Volkswagen expecting a 14% production rise in 2014 - DTI

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) “expects production at its engine plant in Uitenhage to rise 14% in 2014,” according to the Progress Report on the Industrial Participation Action Plan (IPAP) tabled in Parliament.

The Progress Report states that VWSA expects output to touch 172 873 units in 2014, compared with 151 269 units last year.

“Of the estimated 172 873 units to be produced in 2014, about 45 000 will be for the local market.

“In addition, 46 765 units will be exported to the Chinese market, while 73 448 and 7 448 units will be exported to the Indian and Malaysian market respectively.

The Report states that General Motors South Africa (GMSA) is using “rapid prototyping, popularly known as 3D printing, to develop prototype parts for Isuzu.

“The company has used the technology for localisation and validation process for the development of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB pick-up, which was launched in South Africa in 2013.”

It notes that the technology has been used to produce prototype parts for a range of components.

These include: plastic chips, mud guards, support brackets, air cleaner and air conditioner components, radiator shrouds, rear step components, electronic module housings and the utility box for the extended cab variant.

The Report says since its establishment of the Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) has approved 200 projects involving total estimated investment of R26.2 billion, supporting 56 197 jobs and “is expected to create 21 836 new jobs”.

Pointing to the R5 billion investment by Mercedes Benz SA into its C Class plant in East London, the Report notes that the investment “will also benefit the East London Industrial Development Zone Automotive Supplier Park”.

Further, it will benefit companies sup-plying MBSA with components.

“Most of the cars made at the MBSA plant are set to be exported to 80 mar-kets around the world.

“The facility is about to become the sole global supplier of right-hand drive versions of Mercedes cars”. - metrominutes