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South Africa’s national minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will join automotive executives to woo international investors and reshape a strategy to double vehicle production in South Africa over the next five years.
Southern Africa’s automotive manufacturing supply chain and foreign buyers from 20 countries will gather at South African Automotive Week in Midrand between October 14 and 17.
The trade initiative which includes a formal match-making programme between buyers and sellers, manufacturing related exhibition, site tours and industry conference, is a tool for the South African industry to spur market share growth.
Davies will be joined by a host of foreign trade ambassadors, the heads of local OEMs and several invited international technical experts to outline South Africa’s potential growth path.
A number of international experts will present on a learning programme, these include the head of Nigeria’s newly formed Automotive Council, Aminu Jalal and Mike Whitfield, CEO of Nissan which produced the first locally assembled vehicle in that country earlier this year.
The learning programme at the Week, which includes no less than 6 technical workshops and numerous presentations is very ambitious and represents one of the most comprehensive packages of information and resources for every member of the supply chain,” added Houdet.
South African Automotive week Director, Andrew Binning said international interest in South Africa’s automotive offering is present.
Buyers representing significant purchasing power from the UK, USA, Nigeria, Taiwan, Hungary, China, Russia, Uruguay, Spain, Turkey, Argentina, Namibia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia and Namibia, will be present, while trade ambassadors from a wider range of countries will also participate.
Numerous activities feature as part of the Week, including the RMI WorldSkills Competition, the winners of which will represent South Africa in Brazil and a student design competition Competition to manufacture an automotive component from recycled plastic.
For more information you can visit www.saaw.co.za
Download the overall programme of events here – all of which are geared towards growing the sector and providing a networking opportunity for the related sectors – at this unique business to business trade Initiative.