Recent activities

DAC Study Tour

9 November 2017

The Study tour looked at the principles and good practices of quality, and how it relates to the development of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) competencies and the pursuit of in-firm competitiveness.

DAC Study Tour

12 October 2017

The recent DAC Study Tour took place on 12 October 2017, the tour focused on the principles and best practices of Flow and how it relates to the development of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) competencies and the pursuit of in-firm competitiveness.

Quality Circle Programme August 2017

30 August 2017

The first session of the third DAC Quality Circle Programme for 2017 explored the theory around problem solving and quality circles, and offered delegates a broader and deeper understanding of the various tools and methods available to them.

DAC Localisation and Growth TSC

17 August 2017

On 17 August 2017 we visited Takata to observe their localisation strategy and the successes they have achieved in localising previously imported components.

Skills Development TSC and workshop

7 June 2017

This workshop was graciously hosted by G.U.D Filters. Together, G.U.D and PMI gave a presentation on working with individuals living with disabilities and their experience thereof. This session offered DAC members a glimpse at the value which can be derived from working with individuals living with disabilities, while looking frankly at the challenges. It was an incredibly valuable session for those DAC members in attendance.

Manufacturing Excellence Quality Circles Programme May 2017

17 May 2017

The second installment of the DAC Quality Circles programme brought together delegates from Duys Engineering Group, Hesto Harnesses, Braceable Manufacturing, Lumen Special Cables and Thekwini Wire and Fasteners.

Management Development Programme 2017: study block 2

15-19 May 2017

The second study block for the DAC Management Development Programme (MDP) began on Monday, 15 May. The MDP runs for a year and is open to all DAC member firms. The MDP is delivered by the University of Stellenbosch Business School and DAC member firms gain immense benefit from their participation in the programme each year.

Management Development Programme 2017: review day

10 May 2017

The DAC recently hosted the Management Development Programme (MDP) review day, where syndicate groups participating in the MDP present their findings and group project status to an adjudication panel, which included representatives from University of Stellenbosch Business School, the Durban Automotive Cluster Executive and representatives from the Durban Automotive Cluster member firms.

Manufacturing Excellence Quality Circles Programme April 2017

19 April 2017

The second Quality Circle Programme for 2017 began on the 19 April. The session included delegates from Duys Engineering Group, Hesto Harnesses, Bracable Manufacturing, Lumen Special Cables and Thekwini Wire and Fasteners.

NAACAM Show and National Localisation Indaba 2017

5-7 April 2017

The inaugural NAACAM Show took place at the Durban ICC on the 5th, 6th and 7th April, the show ran concurrently and in partnership with the Durban Automotive Cluster’s National Localisation Indaba.

Durban Automotive Cluster Annual General Meeting

14 March 2017

This event was utilised to reflect on key current issues that would have a major bearing on the industry.

Skills Development: DOJO centre tour and Harambee recruitment and training model

28 February 2017

This activity included a tour of the Smiths Manufacturing DOJO centre, followed by a presentation from Harambee. Both of these sessions offered DAC members a glimpse at the value of training and assessing potential employees and the potential ways to mitigate the costs of employing the wrong people.

Management Development Programme 2017

February 2017

The MDP supports managers to develop a holistic view of the firm and strategically engage across functions. It has been specifically developed for the automotive industry, and is designed to bring real business benefits to participants and their organisations.

TRACE Team Leader Training Programme 2017

February 2017

The TRACE skills programme focuses on developing a strong understanding by participants of key World Class Manufacturing (WCM) principles. In addition to the theory sessions, the training has a strong practical mentoring and coaching component to ensure implementation and drive real business benefit.

Manufacturing Excellence Study Tour 2016: a focus on the importance of manpower-best practice session

24 November 2016

The theme of the session was MANPOWER and it commenced with an upfront theoretical presentation. The session also included the host firms, Toyota Tsusho Africa and TI Automotive, providing an overview of their approach to managing production, with this including a focus on the importance of people in supporting their operations and processes. In addition, the session entailed a plant tour of the host firms.

Skills Development: recruitment, assessment centres, and the talent pipeline

17 November 2016

This event looked at the various skills development programmes on offer, as well as provided expert insight into best practices in recruitment, assessment and managing the talent pipeline.

Manufacturing Excellence Study Tour Programme 2016: a focus on methods-best practice session

11 October 2016

The theme of the session was “Methods” and it commenced with an upfront theoretical presentation. The session will also included the host firms, Federal-Mogul Motorparts and MAN Truck & Bus, presenting on their particular production systems and the methods in place that support their manufacturing processes. The session included a plant tour at the host firms.

Localisation and Growth Programme: the South African investment climate & currency volatility management options

20 September 2016

At our session on the South African investment climate & currency volatility management options, we looked at the conditions of the local environment, including:

  • Assessment of the South African investment climate
  • South African currency and understanding hedging

DAC Skills Programme Workshop September 2016

6 September 2016

The DAC Skills Development Programme hosted a quarterly session on Tuesday, 6 September 2016 where our Management Development Programme delegates presented their final research projects.

Durban Automotive Cluster Annual General Meeting

21 July 2016

The Durban Automotive Cluster’s 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on 21 July 2016 at the Dube TradePort. The event reflected on two key current issues, namely policy – with local automotive policy currently under review – we focused on other emerging markets’ policy choices and their implications and localisation, hearing from Toyota, the largest OEM in South Africa and many DAC members’ key customer, on localisation for survival.

DAC Manufacturing Excellence Quality Circles Programme

14 June 2016

Quality Circles are an appropriate World Class Manufacturing intervention to drive improved performance and safety in the automotive industry. The aim of the programme was to facilitate and encourage an improved focus on QC as a robust mechanism that supports continuous improvement and thus enhanced competitiveness at firms. All firm participants involved in the sessions would be able to facilitate a QC Programme at their firms.

DAC Skills Development Effective Communication & Current Skills

17 May 2016

The DAC Skills Development Programme hosted a quarterly session on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. The session included a Technical Steering Committee meeting and a look at Skills and Industrial Relations concerns facing our industry.

DAC Manufacturing Excellence Quality Circles Programme

20 April 2016

After the success of the pilot programme in 2015, the DAC launched its Quality Circles (QC) Programme in 2016, with the first 3-day Session to commence on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. The aim of the programme was to facilitate and encourage an improved focus on QC as a robust mechanism that supports continuous improvement and thus enhanced competitiveness at firms.

Team Leader Training 2016

7 April 2016

Following the success of the 2015 programme, the DAC hosted the Team Responsibility and Competitiveness Evaluation (TRACE) programme at reduced rate to member firms. It is run over a nine week period, one day per week, which commenced in May 2016.

A review of the SA State of the Automotive Industry

11 February 2016

The South African automotive industry is neither bullish nor bearish with reason for both positive and negative sentiment. The Durban Automotive Cluster’s annual State of the Automotive Industry presentation was held on Thursday, 11 February 2016 where Douglas Comrie shared insights to assist firms develop the most appropriate strategies.