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South African Automotive Week will provide the sector with a health check and a framework of a plan to re-energize its vision of doubling vehicle production within the next five years, Automotive industry leaders believe.
South African Automotive Week (SAAW 2014), hosted every two years, is expected to attract over 10 000 automotive and allied role players when it is hosted at Gallagher Convention centre in Midrand in Gauteng from October 13-17, 2014.
Up to 600 industry delegates, including the CEO’s of several South African OEMS, will deliberate on issues affecting its performance and progress on achieving its Vision 2020 targets.
“A roadmap to drive towards the goal of 1.2 million by 2020 must be drawn up collectively between government, labour, the OEMs and component manufacturers”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM), Executive Director, Robert Houdet.
“If this is not done quickly we will not remain relevant and our industry will be at risk,” Houdet said.
Houdet said South African Automotive Week, in which manufacturers and several levels of policy makers, including the Minster of Trade and Industry, would participate, would provide a base for the development of such a roadmap.
Reviews and testimonials on the newly implemented Automotive Production Development Plan (APDP), progress on the implementation of the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Improvement Initiative (ASCCII) and a benchmarking study are all expected to hold up a mirror in which the industry will reflect, assess the gap and plot an improved way forward.
High on the agenda of the Two-day Industry Conference are developments that have changed the global automotive landscape, including the tragic collapse of Australia’s auto sector and the development of a powerful new auto manufacturing hub in Nigeria.
“There is no doubt that the SAAW2014 will challenge the readiness of South Africa’s automotive supply chain to adapt to a fast changing global landscape, new technologies and key market opportunities and threats, with a specific focus on our ability to increase exports,’’ says Automotive Industry Development Centre CEO, Barlow Manilal.
Manilal said “the fact that SAAW was developed by industry, for industry, it would create an appropriate platform and sounding board and present current global benchmarks against which the health of the automotive supply chain will be measured.”
Key to growth is the ability of the industry to access new markets, says Houdet, a reason he puts much expectation in South African Automotive Week.
“The participation of numerous international buying delegations and a key theme in the learning programme of accessing Africa as a market, gives confidence that SAAW2014 is a key vehicle in facilitating growth and direction,” he said.
South African Automotive Week Project Director, Andrew Binning said delegations representing 20 countries are expected to participate.
The partnership of the AIDC, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, which secured the rights to host SAAW in Gauteng for the first time has also been instrumental in growing Brand South Africa and attracting record interest, Binning said.
SAAW2014 will be hosted from October 13-17, 2014 at Gallagher Convention Centre, includes a Two-day Industry Conference, 6 workshops, site tours, tradeshow, match-making programmes and networking functions.
More information at www.saaw.co.za