2014 supplier performance review

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The latest analysis of benchmarking data from 153 suppliers (47 in South Africa, 85 in developed countries and a further 21 in developing countries) provides critical insights into the performance of the South African automotive industry in 2014 relative to key economies that we compete against in terms of localisation, exports and investment.

There are three key findings that emerge from the analysis.

Boost Programme for Cape Town CMTs

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2014 has seen the commencement of an exciting learning curve for 7 SME clothing firms in Cape Town. The firms, most of which are suppliers to leading retailers, were part of the Boost Development Programme which focused on developing the businesses through joint meetings, workshops and tours. Common challenges were identified amongst the firms and addressed as topics in the programme.

Benchmarking platform adopted in India

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The automotive industry is characterised by advanced product technology, process technology and management practices. This makes is a challenging environment for lower tier suppliers to compete in, especially if those suppliers are based in countries with developing automotive industries.

In recognition of these challenges the Government of India’s Ministry of Heavy Industries has partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Automotive Component Manufacturing Association of India (ACMA) to provide assistance to Indian suppliers.


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