By Shivani Singh (Durban Automotive Cluster)

The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) is pleased to announce that plans for the NAACAM Show 2019 are well underway. It is expected that the host city and venue will soon be announced as a host bidding process was deemed appropriate to give all major component manufacturing hubs (Nelson Mandela Bay; eThekwini; eKhurhuleni and Tshwane) an opportunity to host the NAACAM Show in 2019.

The inaugural NAACAM Show held in April 2017 was supported and endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Purchasing Council, Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI), as well as National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). The NAACAM Show 2017 enjoyed generous financial support from eThekwini Municipality, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) amongst others. The conference hosted 1 304 delegates and 186 exhibitors, with 122 pre-arranged buyer-supplier linkage meetings taking place, against the backdrop of 46 conference speakers, including two South African Ministers, and five internationally-based speakers. An exhibition highlight was the profiling of 38 black-owned suppliers. Delegate feedback from 2017 was overwhelmingly positive, with nearly two-thirds of attendees finding the event to be better than similar events in South Africa, as well as being beneficial to themselves and their organisations.

A key objective of the NAACAM Show 2019 is to deliver significant localisation benefits for participants. The South African Automotive Masterplan has a vision of significantly deepening of local content from the current level of 40%, to 60% by 2035, and increasing production volumes from the 600 000 to 1,2 million vehicles by 2035. In terms of providing direct support to promote localisation at the Show, attendees can look forward to securing meetings with local firms which have product and/or process technologies to localise components, through the Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) National Localisation Indaba (NLI). Prioritised support will be granted to components which may be localised at model facelift or changeover, between 2020 and 2023. Through the DAC NLI, participants may arrange 1-on-1 meetings with foreign firms which have an interest in partnering with or investing in South African automotive component manufacturers.

A Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising senior component manufacturing industry representatives has been constituted to oversee the Show’s development and implementation. NAACAM’s Executive Director, Renai Moothilal explains “Direct supplier oversight of the initiative is key to ensure that we deliver a programme of action that addresses the sector’s most pressing concerns and issues. We are incredibly grateful to the executives who have given their time to assist us in our mission”. The PSC includes several prominent South African automotive executives, including NAACAM president and Shatterpruffe Managing Director, Dave Coffey; Toyota Tshusho Africa Divisional General Manager and DAC Chairperson, Andrew Velleman; Bosch South Africa Managing Director, Michael Kloss; Atlantis Foundries Legal and Compliance Manager, Christoph Ewers; and Lumotech Managing Director, Wolfgang Ropetz. Furthermore, a stakeholder reference group, including representatives from key African economies, has been constituted to ensure that the initiative is best aligned with key stakeholders’ expectations.

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