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The inaugural NAACAM Show took place at the ICC Durban from April 5-7 2017 running concurrently and in partnership with the Durban Automotive Cluster’s National Localisation Indaba.
The Show will be hosted every two years (next edition 2019) as a platform from which to grow the automotive component and related manufacturing sectors in South Africa.
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I am pleased to welcome delegates from the South African automotive industry to our award-winning City of Durban, which is also home to Toyota and a significant number of suppliers into local, national and international vehicle production markets.
EThekwini Municipality recognizes that the automotive industry is an important sector that generates significant economic and social benefits for the City and its citizens. As the most significant contributor to the local manufacturing sector, it plays an instrumental role in providing good jobs and upskilling employees. Moreover, it is an important sector for technology transfer into the country that provides significant export earnings and has the potential to act as a key pillar in the transformation of our country.
We are excited by the partnership between the Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) which is mandated to support and develop industry locally and the National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) and are proud to host this inaugural NAACAM Show, incorporating the DAC’s National Localisation Indaba at our iconic Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
I am confident that this show will arm local role players with vital intelligence and strategies on how to take the sector forward and also create business linkages for future collaboration.
I wish you all a fruitful and memorable stay in our warmest and most beautiful City and I humbly urge all of you to take the time out after the show and enjoy our numerous attractions.
EThekwini is indeed a “City in Motion”!!!!
Cllr Zandile Gumede
MAYOR OF ETHEKWINI
We would like to welcome each of you to the 2017 NAACAM Show.
South Africa is a small automotive producing country and one that faces numerous obstacles to competing globally. With this comes the necessity for industry to come together collectively to challenge the status quo and actively pursue opportunities to advance the industry’s competitiveness agenda.
The NAACAM Show represents an important opportunity for this.
An excellent conference line up provides the chance for you to step back from your day-to-day operations and develop the strategic insights that will allow you to think differently about your own business and competitiveness challenges. The extensive line-up of buyer-supplier linkage meetings serves to introduce new supply opportunities that will support the deepening of our local automotive supply base and advance localisation. The exhibition of black owned suppliers will expose potential buyers to the capabilities of these important firms in the supply base with the view to introducing them into the value chain.
In this regard, the NAACAM Show speaks directly to ASCCI’s own objective of advancing the competitiveness of the South African automotive industry, thereby supporting industry growth, creating employment, and progressing transformation.
We hope that your participation is a rich experience.
The ASCCI Executive Committee
The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) partnered with The National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) in early 2016 to create and deliver this flagship event focused on facilitating localisation linkages and other industry-critical outcomes. Not only is this event a first for the industry in South Africa, it will provide Durban Automotive Cluster Members and the Industry as a whole with unparalleled profile and localisation linkage opportunities.
Suffice to say, just twelve months later, as I write this, the inaugural NAACAM Show incorporating the Durban Automotive Cluster’s National Localisation Indaba is a reality. An incredible line-up of speakers is arranged for the conference, sharing insight on the key themes that will determine the future success of the local manufacturing industry. The exhibition hall is near sold out. Hosting OEMs, Tier 1’s, Tier 2’s, service providers and stakeholders who will display a broad range of locally made products and collectively demonstrate the significance of this industry. A pleasing number of these firms are Tier 2 suppliers and many are black-owned, thanks and recognition must go to a number of the OEMs who have made this possible.
A key focus of the Durban Automotive Cluster is the buyer-supplier meetings to facilitate localisation linkages which are undertaken in private meeting rooms throughout the Show. Buyers who have identified imported components that they believe can be localised are matched with suppliers who have the associated product and/or process capabilities to locally produce these imported components. These meetings may soon bear fruit or start the development of relationships that will be realised commercially at the next model cycle or beyond. Increased localisation levels are a key driver for the Durban Automotive Cluster and we are confident this methodology will benefit the broader industry that we welcome to Durban.
It seems that at any point the local automotive industry is at a cross roads. Now however there is, amongst others, the important matter of the Automotive Masterplan that determines the roadmap for the sector until 2035. It is so critical that the industry must unite and show its significance. I am confident that the needs identified by the Durban Automotive Cluster and the National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers have been delivered upon and I wish all delegates, exhibitors and visitors well in their learning, interacting and negotiating.
In closing I would like to thank the many supporters of this Show, notably the Department of Trade and Industry and the eThekwini Municipality who have supported it significantly. To the team from the National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers a very big thank you for your ongoing collaboration. I would also like to thank all Steering Committee members who have given generously of their time in the development of this initiative.
Durban Automotive Cluster
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