As part of its larger commitment to local production of the new D-Max bakkie, Isuzu Motors South Africa has invested R580-million to promote component localization.
The process represents a tremendous potential to revolutionize the automobile industry and usher in B-BBEE players into its supply chain.
For the second year in a row, Isuzu has maintained a B-BBEE Level One rating in the automotive industry.
“With the relevant commodities intellectual property rights secured we’ve collaborated with our local supply partners to develop the necessary capabilities to sustainably manufacture those commodities in South Africa,” Isuzu Motors South Africa’s Senior Vice-President for Commercial Operations, Komane Pitso, said.
Design capability has shifted to be more transnational over the previous few decades, so we need to get involved locally. The relationship between the car sector and the government has progressed significantly.
“However, the automobile sector still confronts significant obstacles in advancing localization and building a future-proof supply chain, and without localization, the industry would struggle to remain competitive,” Pitso said.
Isuzu has been able to collaborate with 107 local component