Automotive OEMs

We help clients strengthen their financial performance by improving all aspects of their value chain, from brand strategy to product development and supply-chain optimization to marketing and sales.

addingThe most pressing challenges in the automotive industry today may be the search for profitable growth and the ability to expand into the booming vehicle markets across developing countries, all while contending with an environment that is both volatile and uncertain. Doing this well requires a carefully defined product and brand strategy, a lean and efficient supply chain, a high performing organization with the right mix of talent and a tightly planned and executed implementation process.

To help our clients address these challenges, we can provide them with unique insights and expertise related to market entry and network expansion, the success factors required for productive joint ventures and manufacturing expertise. In addition, we have on the ground experts who understand the local automotive markets. Our product development excellence program and supply-chain analysis can provide breakthroughs in efficiency and cost management, no matter the length or complexity of the supply chain.

We also help OEMs with design of test protocol having expertise who understand both standardization from South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and regulations from National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS). Our team has technical expertise to the highest calibre of South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS). We draw from our experience from having influenced some of the standards and regulations through serving in technical committees. We have conducted both systems assessments/audits and technical assessments/audits to support compliance to EU, Japan, USA market requirements.

We have applied our wealth of expertise in ISO 17025:2007 Requirements, ISO 9001:2008 Requirements, ISO 9001:2008 Internal Audit, ISO 9004:2008 Guide to Improvement with OEM’s. ISO/SANS 10216 Evaluation of Vehicle Test Station and ISO/TS 16949 Automotive Quality Management.

For Road Freight and owners of trucks we have a service offering that meets the requirements of the Department of Transport Initiative. We render consulting service on Road Transport Management System (RTMS), assessing the capability of the business to conduct the business. This has a direct result and impact on road safety challenge the country is faced with, daily. Our consultants are SANAS Technical Assessors for the RTMS programme.

Automotive suppliers

We help clients improve productivity, strengthen innovation, and compete globally in a variety of markets.

The changes currently taking place in the automotive supplier industry from the need to go global to the emergence of new competitors in low-cost countries have increased business uncertainties and turned decision making that used to be straightforward into a much more complicated process.

From new lighting technologies to breakthrough powertrain solutions, suppliers manage the frontlines in an attempt to find superior solutions for their OEM customers. They're also responsible for roughly 70 percent of the industry's costs, placing them front and centre in the continuing effort to boost productivity.

We help supplier companies in all the steps of the business value chain. Our projects range from growth strategies and business-plan development to R&D aspects such as material-cost optimization and supply-chain optimization. With the impending 70 percent local content programme spearheaded by Department of Trade and Industry (Dti), suppliers have no option but to comply to government requirements and our expertise will make this transition a fluid one. We provide a competitive window through our facilitation for various incentive schemes available from our long standing relationships with government.

We invest in knowledge development to address key industry concerns which enables to bring more value add to our clients. We have applied our wealth of expertise in ISO 17025:2007 Requirements, ISO/TS 16949 Automotive Quality Management, ISO 9001:2008 Requirements, ISO 9001:2008 Internal Audit, ISO 9004:2008 Guide to Improvement with Suppliers, from tier one to tier three.

Emerging markets

We help OEMs, suppliers, and related companies deal with the complexity of entering and operating in emerging markets around Africa.

Over the last 10 years, automotive sales in emerging markets, such as China, India, and Brazil, have proved not only resilient but also more robust than many experts would have predicted. However, the world is competing to gain entry into the new market, Africa. We can facilitate a smooth entry through our long standing relationships and support your business to reach it’s potential.

As a growing firm with dedicated local auto experts, we have helped clients in several areas:

  • Construct a winning 3 year growth strategy
  • Developing a compelling SADEC specific car portfolio via localization R&D
  • Implementing stringent quality-improvement processes

We have been in major auto projects, including the product called Joule, an electric vehicle (EV) that was a first for South Africa. This was a government supported which made it a national asset which was aligned o global trends. This will improve as the imperative on carbon emission was introduced through taxation on all vehicles sold. Our experts are constantly involved with the developments within the sectors through participation in various technical committees.

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