R/€ = 13.11
R/$ = 11.90
Au 1205.90 $/oz
Pt 1147.50 $/oz
Aug 02, 2002
First tenant commits to auto supplier parkBack
© Reuse this Lear South Africa – a subsidiary company of the world's largest automotive seats producer Lear Corporation – will be the first company to relocate to the recently launched Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Pretoria, Supplier Park Development Company MD Jochen Freese announced yesterday.
“Lear’s factory will be ready for occupation in November and the company is scheduled to move to its new building in mid-December,” he said.
The ASP is an initiative within Blue IQ’s Gauteng Automotive Cluster project aimed at ensuring long-term survival of the South African automotive industry.
“We welcome the decision by Lear to consolidate its current facilities in Rosslyn and Brits to the ASP,” Blue IQ portfolio manager Sipho Mhlongo said.
“This commitment from Lear is a sign of the excellent support Blue IQ has received from the automotive industry in Gauteng,” he added.
The ASP in Rosslyn is next to the BMW, Fiat and Nissan facilities and is also close to the Ford plant.
“Lear and other tenants will eventually benefit from shared logistics, which will ultimately results in savings in information technology costs, transport, infrastructure, inventory and equipment,” Freese explained.
“In addition, they will experience improved security and safety and a better environment for their workforce,” he added.
According to Lear's Rosslyn GM Grant Thorpe the move to the ASP emphasises the company’s commitment to expand its business and improve its customer service in South Africa.
“We have a highly skilled and loyal workforce which is supportive of this move.
“It provides us with an opportunity to consolidate our two facilities, the stitching plant in Rosslyn and the assembly plant currently based in Brits,” he said.
The leased facility, purpose built for the company, will cover an area of 20 000 square metres.
Thorpe pointed out that the Brits plant is geared for just-in-time (JIT) production of seats for various BMW models and the Fiat Palio model.
“Moving this plant to Rosslyn positions our company for future JIT delivery to BMW and FASA.
“It also improves our potential to supply other Pretoria-based original equipment manufacturers,” he said.
Lear South Africa MD Jurgen Kostanjevec said that the company selected to relocate to the ASP because of a number of future expansion opportunities, shared services and synergies.
“We are currently QS 9000, VDA 6,1 and ISO 14001 systems approved and we are aiming to introduce the new TS16949 certification shortly after having complete the move the ASP,” he said, adding that this is a requirement for the export market and will ensure that the company remains competitive locally.
Lear South Africa is a subsidiary company of the $13,6-billion global Lear Corporation, the world’s fifth-largest auto supplier, producing a range of components to most of the world’s top motor manufacturers.
In addition to being the largest single producer of vehicle seats, Lear is the second-biggest supplier of headliners, third in door panels, electrical and electronic distribution systems, flooring and acoustic systems, and number six in instrument panels.
In South Africa, Lear specialises in fabric and leather vehicle seats.
About 65% of its production is geared for the export market.
The company exports leather seats to four countries, including Germany and Italy, as well as providing seats to the local automotive sector.
Edited by: Zonika Botha© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Automotive News
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
Article contains comments