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Issue 54: March 2018

Executive Update


reetings NAACAM members, in this, the first newsletter of 2018. It’s been an interesting start to the year, especially with the installation of a new President in South Africa, coupled with observed increasing levels of business confidence.

Hopefully, before the publication of the next newsletter we will see an announcement around the post 2020 policy framework which, by all indications and engagements NAACAM has been involved in, will have a stronger localisation focus than the current APDP. You may have noted with interest recent media reports by OEMs objecting to such changes, however, we are encouraged that the process has resulted in an understanding that the current framework is not delivering the localisation outcomes which are so needed to justify longterm government support for the sector. On the topic of media, you will find information on the recently appointed NAACAM media service provider on page 7. This is a crucial area of focus for NAACAM as we look to lift the profile of the sub-sector. We are already on social media as a result of the media strategy being implemented, so please follow our accounts: e-Mail: [email protected] GPS Co-ordinates: S26º08’13” E28º11’23”

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NAACAM We also continue to highlight black supplier members, with information found on WEKABA Engineering, a company who joined NAACAM last year. Large members looking to increase their exposure to black owned sub-suppliers should investigate the potential to partner with a firm like WEKABA. It’s also important to reflect on the great success NAACAM members have had in becoming integral parts of the Toyota supply chain. Congratulations to all those who were recognised for their achievements at the recently held Toyota Annual Business Meeting and Awards function (page 5). In closing, I remind members that we have started preparations for NAACAM Show 2019 and the participation of as many of our members as possible will add to the event’s stature. For interest read the opinions of leading Western Cape member, Atlantis Foundries, of their experience of our inaugural event (page 2). Wishing you well for the remainder of 2018. Regards


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Issue 54: March 2018


dient South Africa recently opened a new state-of-theart trim and JIT plant in Rosslyn, near South Africa’s capital city Pretoria. The Rosslyn plant, with more than 370 employees, will serve our premium brand customer BMW with seat covers and complete seat JIT assembly for the new BMW X3 (GO1) model. Adient has invested more than 6 million €uros (approximately $7.4 million USD) into the new plant, which is located in the Rosslyn Automotive Supplier Park, only 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from local BMW facilities. Plant Manager Daniel Stephanus Brink said, “This facility is a great example of how Adient demonstrates our ability to execute globally. We had ongoing support from many Adient team members around the world who helped the South African team to officially open this world-class facility.” “We are looking forward to supporting our customer BMW on this exciting program where they will be changing their production from the well-known 3 Series sedan to the new X3 SUV,” said Daniel. “I thank every member of the team for their efforts. I’m convinced that we will do outstanding work here in Rosslyn and will add to Adient’s success story.” Adient entered the South African market in 1994. With a regional headquarters office in Port Elizabeth, Adient now operates four plants in the region: the new facility in Rosslyn; a seating plant in Silverton Pretoria; a JV metals plant in Port Elizabeth; and a cut and sew plant in Lesotho, which is a small country within the borders of South Africa.

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