A competitiveness comparison between locally owned and multinational automotive firms in South Africa
January – March 2018
As part of ASCCI’s W orld Class Manufacturing programme, which supports the development of local suppliers, comparative benchmark data has been gathered from 62 South African based suppliers to date. We were interested in the comparative performance of locally owned and multinational suppliers.
Who is our primary competition?
For every vehicle platform, OEMs have a range of production locations. The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) developed a picture of production volumes and locations for the 11 platforms produced in South Africa.
Turkey: The engines driving international competitiveness in the automotive industry
Turkey’s current sizeable automotive industry dates back fifty years and developed on the basis of a broader strategy of import substitution industrialisation. This strategy focused specifically on the production of light commercial vehicles. Over the past 10 years the industry has experienced strong growth on the back of the establishment of 13 OEMs producing over 1 million vehicles and a component industry comprising more than 500 entities. The focus article in this newsletter explores how the success of Turkey’s automotive industry unfolded.
Morocco: leveraging market access and proximity to develop a successful automotive industry
Morocco’s automotive manufacturing industry has grown significantly over the past 5 years as vehicle manufacturers look to leverage the benefits of an affordable production location with access and proximity to nearby European markets. The focus article in this newsletter explores how the country’s industrial policy has supported this growth to make Morocco a player of significance in automotive manufacturing in Africa.
Lessons for South Africa from the Thai automotive industry’s success
While South Africa has seen growth in automotive production and exports between 1994 and 2014, its success is overshadowed by the remarkable rise of Thailand as a global manufacturing hub. The focus article of this newsletter unpacks some of the lessons behind this success and their relevance to the South African automotive industry.
Case study on the Australian automotive industry
The focus article of this newsletter is a case study on the Australian automotive industry that considers various factors that have contributed to the closure of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) plants and the ultimate demise of the Australian automotive industry.
9 key lessons for supporting the automotive industry at a regional level
The focus article of this newsletter considers several international case studies (both good and bad) to explore lessons for regional economic development in the context of the South African automotive industry.
Where do we need to focus to improve performance?
November 2014-January 2015
Automotive quality standards are notoriously stringent. Given the high cost of quality, customers want some level of assurance regarding the standard of supplier quality performance; while suppliers are interested in introducing the culture and standards within their businesses that allow them to deliver high quality products cost effectively.
What is ASCCI?
ASCCI was launched in December 2013 to coordinate supply chain development activities in the South African automotive industry.
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