Bakkie and diesel engine maker Isuzu confirms which province will house its parts distribution center

  • Isuzu is currently building the old and new generation bakkie D-Max at its Struandale plant in the Eastern Cape
  • In May 2022, the Japanese automaker invested R580 million to ensure local businesses reap the benefits of the manufacturing process
  • This week the company confirmed that its parts distribution center will be hosted in Gauteng

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Parts distribution is a crucial part of any vehicle manufacturing business, and Isuzu Motors South Africa will house its new factory in Gauteng.

Isuzu has announced that construction has begun at the Germiston site for its new parts distribution center, with completion scheduled for early 2023. Image: Quickpic
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According to Quickpic, the location in Germiston allows the company to bring its parts distribution and training center closer to its largest regional market and to markets in the rest of Africa.

Isuzu currently manufactures its D-Max in new and previous generation forms in Struandale, Eastern Cape, and has had the B-BBEE Tier 1 score for the past three years.

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Komane Pitso, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, said:

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“This center will allow us to be closer to the markets we serve on the continent and to be better positioned to serve our customers nationwide with rapid turnaround times.”

More and more as Isuzu SA invests R580m to support local parts suppliers for the new D Max Bakkie

In brief News reported that Isuzu Motors South Africa has invested R580 million to support component localization.

This investment includes supplying the supplier tooling necessary to manufacture specific components for the recently launched all new seventh generation bakkie D-Max.

It has been a four-year journey for the Japanese company and a journey they have traveled with their local suppliers as they embarked on a new sourcing strategy in early 2018. The process included classifying local suppliers who had the technical capability to manufacture a list of branded components needed for the new bakkie.

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Localization is the process by which an increased percentage of a motor vehicle’s parts and costs are either assembled or manufactured in South Africa rather than imported.

This process represents a significant opportunity to transform the automotive sector and usher in Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) participants into its supply chain. The automaker has maintained an industry-leading B-BBEE Level One for the second consecutive year.

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