M a r k e t N e w s

Nissan to announce production plans for Rosslyn plant by end - 2015

Posted on : Monday , 17th August 2015

Nissan South Africa (SA) would make an announcement on the production of new models at its Rosslyn plant, near Pretoria, by the end of the year, said Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield on Tuesday. Print Send to Friend 0 0 Speaking at a media dinner in Johannesburg, he noted that he expected the announcement “to be positive”.

The Nissan SA plant currently produced the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as the NP200 half-ton pick-up. Nissan’s brand-new one-ton bakkie was already available on the global market, but not in South Africa. A number of global vehicle manufacturers had in recent years expanded production and exports from their South African operations on the back of incentives offered in government’s Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP), but not Nissan SA. Whitfield said discussions within the Japanese group indicated that Rosslyn would, going forward, act as the mother plant for Africa, supplying vehicles and assembly kits into the region. However, the plant also wanted to play “a bigger role in the global picture”. Whitfield said Rosslyn had the capacity to produce 110 000 vehicles in two shifts, and that it was the “intention to utilise that capacity” in any future production scenario. Nissan SA would produce around 40 000 vehicles in 2015, far short of government’s official 50 000 unit a year threshold set for a number of APDP incentives. Whitfield was not prepared to divulge the models being considered for future local production. He did, however, highlight a number of interesting facts around the African new vehicle market. Around 1.4-million new cars were sold in Africa in 2014, growing to an expected 2.2-million by 2020. “A big part of this growth would come from the entry-level market, if they can secure finance,” says Whitfield. The A-segment was expected to make up 36% of the African new vehicle market by 2020, and the B-segment 6%. Pick-ups would make up 16% of the market. A- and B-segment vehicles were entry-level sedans and hatchbacks. The Datsun Go, distributed by Nissan in South Africa, was an A-segment car. In Angola, the biggest-selling vehicles were A- and B-segment vehicles. The buyers were young people, said Whitfield, with access to finance and newly-built road infrastructure. The potential of the small car market was “massive”. “We need to capitalise on this. South Africa must not look only at the pick-up market.” Whitfield noted that eight countries, including South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria, made up 90% of the new-vehicle market on the 54-country African continent. He affirmed Nissan SA’s continued position as the supplier of assembly kits to its parent company’s new Nigerian operation, despite local fears that South Africa could eventually lose out to a Nigerian automotive assembly industry.

Last year Nissan SA supplied 3 000 NP300 kits to the Nigerian plant. Nigeria had, in the last two years, through a new tariff regime, economically favoured local vehicle assembly over vehicle imports. Many people had lamented the sharp decline in the oil price, said Whitfield, but it had served as a “significant wake-up call” to African economies, such as Nigeria, which rely on oil as their single biggest revenue stream. “Oil was the easy way out. These economies need to diversify now. They need to produce what they consume and consume what they produce.” And, if South Africa did not supply the Nigerian market with automotive assembly kits and parts, “many others” were ready to do so. “It is a massive opportunity.” Free-trade agreements – more than those currently on the table – would certainly help Nissan SA’s expansion, added Whitfield. If the South African automotive industry wanted to produce more than one-million vehicles in the foreseeable future, it would need to place more affordable vehicles in the local market, while also building a strong presence in Africa, and “for that we need strong trade agreements”. “The local market is not currently shrinking due to a lack a demand, but rather due to a lack of affordability,” said Whitfield. He added that a bilateral, mutually beneficial trade agreement between Nigeria and South Africa, currently in the works, would offer great benefits to the local automotive industry.

Source : engineeringnews.co.za
Featured Companies
  • Bajaj Auto
  • Nissens A/S
  • Bajaj Auto
  • Tire Group International, LLC.
  • dubaiexporters.com
  • Steelmate - Think safety think Steelmate

Complete List  

Advertisers in previous issue:

  • China Jiangsu Dongxing Auto Decorations Co.,Ltd,established in 1989,the manufacturer of cabin and body parts for truck Mercedes-Benz, Volvo,Scania,Man,Iveco,Daf and Renault.
  • Fuel Saver
  • Cylinder heads
  • Product includes Braking, Steering, Suspension, Filtration, Transmission, Cooling, Heating, Electrical, Engine, Lubricants, Chemicals, Wiping, Lighting etc.
  • Meizhou Jinda Auto Parts Co.,Ltd. is a state-owned enterprise ,specializing in manufacturing auto clutch disc and brake.
  • Mobile Crushing and Screening plant
  • Gear Gremlin is a completely new collection of indispensable accessories for motorcyclists, covering everything from a valve dust cap to a chain breaker and riveting kit.
  • DM is one of the leading manufacturer specialized in reflective material in the world, which is only one manufacturer that not only produce personal safety production but also produce traffic safety production in China.
  • For European Trucks & Engine Parts.
  • Steelmate - The world leading manufacturer in mobile electronics industry
  • GARAGE 1 has been purchasing cars, trucks and jeep in order to recuperate esclusively top quality used complet engines, gearboxes and mechanicals parts.
  • Lanfeng machine Co., LTD is a collection of R&D, production and sales of Fuel dispenser and LPG dispenser, gas station equipment of large enterprises in China.
  • Tyre makers.
  • JINGZHOU JINGFU AUTO PARTS CO.,LTD , a Taiwan & Hubei joint venture, is focusing on manufacturing and supplying professional suspension parts.
  • Dealers of Honda,Yamaha,Suzuki.
  • JNBK Corporation is a trusted leading manufacturer for top quality brakes with a widest range of products covering main applications for Japan, Europe & Americas.
  • Our corporation is an important motorcycle production base in southern China.
  • Global Auto Parts is an Automotive Aftermarket spare parts wholesaler offering genuine quality aftermarket replacement parts for all makes and models of passenger cars, light commercials vehicles, trucks and trailers.
  • Nordic Trailers Ltd we pride ourselves on importing and selling world leading car trailers from Respo.
  • Range,Service,Quality.
  • Tyres,Chain,Battery
  • Auto Parts
  • FM Filter Monza can respond to this need with a wide range of ready or customized filters, manufactured using different technological solutions.
  • Wheel bearing / Hub units,Water pump bearings,Deep grove ball bearings;Strut bearings;Heavy duty truck tapers;Tensioner bearings
  • Car garage equipment
Afrotrade International Marketing, Tel: +971-50-6285684
© 1998-2020 Afrotrade