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VWSA takes the top spot as Exporter of the Year 2019

Aug 20, 2019
VWSA takes the top spot as Exporter of the Year 2019

Port Elizabeth - THE biggest employer in the province received top accolades at the 2019 Exporters Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year Awards.

During the gala event, hosted at The Sun Boardwalk Convention Centre, on Friday night, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) was announced as the Overall Winner of the 24th annual Exporter of the Year Awards.

This year’s win is a hat-trick for VWSA, who also received the prestigious title of Overall Winner of the Exporter of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2017 respectively.

Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey said in the judges’ opinion, VWSA achieved the most success in the period under review.

“VWSA is the largest employer in the Eastern Cape with over 4000 employees, contributing R2.6-billion in salaries, wages and benefits to the Metro and they indirectly support over 50 000 people in South Africa through their vast supplier network,” said Levey.

As a major exporter at the Port Elizabeth harbour, VWSA this year exported over 75 000 cars (valued at about R15,6-billion) to countries such a Britain, Ireland, Australia and Japan, increasing the company’s exports by 37%. The company also exported over 65 000 engines to India and Malaysia.

Other awards VWSA received last night included a third merit award for the SJM Flex Environmental Award, a third merit award for the IDC Job Creation Award and the Uitenhage automotive company was also announced the winner in the category Best Exporter: OEM.

VWSA Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer said he was proud and humbled to receive the awards, especially the accolade of the Overall Winner of Exporter of the Year 2019.

“Exporting is an important part of our business as the majority of our vehicle and component production is exported to international markets. Over the years our export volumes have increased, which has been good for the sustainability of our business, as well as our suppliers,” said Schaefer.

VWSA has been exporting since 1992 and manufactures and assembles vehicles as well as automotive components for the local markets and over 25 countries. Since 2003 the company had invested over R14-billion in the modernisation and upgrade of its manufacturing facility.

Other merit and category winners announced during last night’s awards evening included:

SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award

  • Winner:LA Mohair

SJM Flex Environmental Award

  • First Merit Award: SMA Engineering
  • Second Merit Award: Eberspächer South Africa
  • Third Merit Award: Volkswagen Group South Africa
  • Winner:Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

IDC Job Creation Award

  • First Merit Award: Sovereign Foods
  • Second Merit Award: Shatterprufe
  • Third Merit Award: Volkswagen Group South Africa
  • Winner:Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa 

Best provider of services to exporters

  • First Merit Award: Coega Development Corporation
  • Second Merit Award: BLG Logistics of South-Africa
  • Winner:Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade)

Best exporter: Small business

  • Merit Award: LA Mohair
  • Winner:S4 Integration

Best exporter: Medium enterprise

  • Winner:Sovereign Foods

Best exporter: Corporate

  • First Merit Award: Talhado Fishing Enterprises
  • Second Merit Award: Eberspächer South Africa
  • Third Merit Award: G Modiano Ltd.
  • Winner:Shatterprufe

Best exporter: OEM

  • Merit Award: Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa
  • Winner:Volkswagen Group South Africa

Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey said that all the winners and merit award winners richly deserved their awards and congratulated all the participants for their outstanding achievements over the past year.

Levey also thanked all the sponsors of the 2019 Exporter of the Year Awards including Transnet National Ports Authority (Platinum), Absa (Gold), Volkswagen Group South Africa (Gold), Magnetic Storm (Gold), Oracle Media (Gold), SJM Flex SA (Silver), Industrial Development Corporation (Silver) and Sasfin Commercial Solutions - Global Trade (Bronze), Kingfisher FM (Media), The Herald (Media) and RNews (Media).

The popular awards banquet was attended by more than 450 guests, who were entertained by Centrestage’s All-Star Band.

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