Quarterly newsletters


ASCCI Quarterly

Every three months we publish a newsletter with insights and data of relevance to the South African automotive industry, and information on ASCCI activities. You can browse the library below…

We are excited to bring you the second ASCCI Newsletter of 2018. This edition features some of the findings from our recent study tour to Turkey. These findings provide an insightful contrast to the South African automotive industry which makes the article a must read. We also share a unique feature on Hesto Harness as we sit down with the firm’s Managing Director, John Chandler, to uncover what his firm does to set itself apart from the competition.

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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.

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Who is our primary competition?

January-March 2017

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.

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Turkey: The engines driving international competitiveness in the automotive industry

July-September 2016

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.

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Morocco: leveraging market access and proximity to develop a successful automotive industry

January-March 2016

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.

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Lessons for South Africa from the Thai automotive industry’s success

October-December 2015

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.

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Case study on the Australian automotive industry

July-September 2015

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.

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9 key lessons for supporting the automotive industry at a regional level

April-June 2015

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.

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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.

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