Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park set to grow international and national investors’ business hub

BY SUPPLIED - MARCH 5, 2015

THE purpose-built Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) in Uitenhage managed by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is ready to accommodate more first and second tier suppliers in automotive manufacturing.

Recent announcements by Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) to offer a new car model have sparked interest in companies wanting to locate at the NMBLP.

“Coega is working closely with VWSA and other Multi Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in attracting first and second tier suppliers to locate at the logistics park in anticipation for the new car model,” said Gustav Meyer, CDC senior manager: international markets (transport industries).

“Planned expansions of current tenants such as Rehau and Q-Plas, related to future vehicle productions, are on the horizon and negotiations have started with several other companies interested to lease premises in the park in 2016,” said Mpumzi Flepu the NMB Logistics Park facilities manager.

The park, which currently spans over 183 hectares, features purpose-built infrastructure and shared services which includes security, ICT and logistics to minimise costs for new investors and existing tenants.  

Current tenants in the NMBLP include Benteler Automotive (Germany), Faurecia Interior Systems (France), QPlas (SA), Grupo Antolin (Spain), Inergy Automotive Systems (France), Rehau (Germany), MSC, ITPASA and Hella SA (Pty) Ltd (Germany).

An estimated 126.4 hectares is still available in Precinct B for development to accommodate new first and second tier suppliers in the automotive and other manufacturing sectors.

Another service provided by the logistics park is the rental of office space within the Central Business Hub. “The potential for growth was unlimited for both the NMBLP and the Central Hub,” added Flepu

“The vision of the NMBLP is to obtain economics of scale for the automotive manufacturing industry through centralisation of different functions and suppliers to reduce costs by shortening and improving the supply chain to VWSA and other vehicle assemblers,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communications.