It's all about the customer
Newsletter 1 2017
Satisfying the ever-increasing demands of customers remains a central challenge for all firms, regardless of which sector they are operating in. This challenge is clearly evident for automotive suppliers, and especially those supplying OEMs. This is also the case for suppliers located in South Africa.
While the journey is not over, we have come a long way
When considering the performance of the South African automotive component industry, the focus is primarily on the industry’s latest performance levels. However, we often fail to reflect and celebrate how far the industry has actually come, not only in recent years, but over an extended period of time (i.e. over the last decade).
The SA auto supplier industry: a sector under pressure, but there are positives
The benchmarking findings from 2015 highlight that the South African automotive supplier industry is a sector under pressure. Despite this, the findings also reveal that there are definite positives evident and reasons for optimism.
The National Localisation Indaba
It is clear that localisation is central to the growth and sustainability of the automotive industry in South Africa. To this end, the National Localisation Indaba is taking place on 28 and 29 July 2015 in Durban.
Production volume as a driver of competitiveness and localisation
Low production volumes are frequency cited as one of the key reasons for local suppliers being unable to meet a global price benchmark and in many cases for it therefore not being viable to localise certain components.
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