Op­por­tu­ni­ties for black-owned firms

The Herald (South Africa) - - BUSINESS - Her­ald Re­porter

THE Eastern Cape Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­try Fo­rum (ECAIF) has in­vited all man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies based in the Port El­iz­a­beth, Uiten­hage and East Lon­don re­gions which hold a Level 3 and higher B-BBEE cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to reg­is­ter on its data­base.

“Work­ing with all the lead­ing com­po­nent sup­pli­ers in the Eastern Cape, we have iden­ti­fied a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties for black­owned man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies in sup­port of the govern­ment’s drive to in­crease the par­tic­i­pa­tion of blacks in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor,” ECAIF sup­ply chain work­ing group con­vener An­dre Nel said.

“An ad­di­tional ben­e­fit is that hav­ing a stronger and broader base of au­to­mo­tive sup­pli­ers in the Eastern Cape will help us re­tain and grow the lo­cal mo­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor on which the prov­ince’s econ­omy is so de­pen­dent,” he said.

ECAIF, whose mem­bers in­clude all of the main au­to­mo­tive com­po­nent sup­pli­ers in the prov­ince, is geared to pro­mote the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of man­u­fac­tur­ing in the Eastern Cape’s au­to­mo­tive com­po­nents sec­tor.

The op­por­tu­ni­ties that have been iden­ti­fied in a sur­vey of ECAIF mem­bers are in pack­ag­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing of small plas­tic and metal parts, tool­mak­ing and the sup­ply of spe­cial­ist chem­i­cals and oils.

“But, we are more than happy to meet with man­u­fac­tur­ers of other prod­ucts,” Nel said.

“Our more than 50 mem­bers are al­ways look­ing for ways to in­crease lo­cal con­tent and re­duce the costs of lo­gis­tics.

“Com­pa­nies do not have to be in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor al­ready.

“ECAIF will help them to meet the re­quire­ments of Tier 1 and Tier 2 com­po­nent sup­pli­ers.” There was no cost in­volved. Com­pa­nies want­ing to reg­is­ter can go to the ECAIF web­site at www.ecaif.co.za and down­load the form or for fur­ther de­tails call Ed Richard­son on (041) 582-3750.

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