Keep­ing pro­duc­tion line mov­ing

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Re­porter

Chevro­let is leav­ing SA and its South African par­ent, Gen­eral Mo­tors (GM) SA, is pack­ing its bags. Opel is re­main­ing after a group of deal­er­ships has amal­gated but what about Isuzu?

When the big an­nounce­ment of GM’s de­par­ture was made ear­lier this year, it was Isuzu Mo­tors that stepped up to take over some of the lo­cal op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Port El­iz­a­beth where both GM’s trucks and bakkies are as­sem­bled.

Isuzu Mo­tors Lim­ited is pur­chas­ing the plant as well as GM’s 30% share­hold­ing in Isuzu Trucks SA. Un­der the Isuzu brand, the com­pany con­tin­ues to pro­duce the Isuzu KB bakkie at its Struan­dale plant as well as medium- and heavy-duty trucks at the Kemp­ston Road plant, both in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Re­cently, Isuzu pro­duc­tion man­agers in­spected the assem­bly line at the Struan­dale plant in Port El­iz­a­beth to en­sure pro­duc­tion qual­ity is not com­pro­mised dur­ing the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion process. The pro­duc­tion lines have been con­sol­i­dated into a sin­gle plat­form sup­port­ing Isuzu light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle assem­bly.

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