Durban, May 25, 2018: Mahindra South Africa has joined the league of South African vehicle manufacturers with the opening of a state-of-the-art vehicle assembly facility in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The new vehicle assembly facility for Mahindra vehicles is located in the Dube Tradeport Special Economic Zone (SEZ) next to the King Shaka Airport in KwaZulu-Natal. Here the company will assemble the complete range of Mahindra Pik Up single- and double cab pick-ups.
The facility was constructed in partnership with AIH Logistics, a level 2-rated BBBEE company with proven credentials in the automotive sector. It represents an initial investment of R10 million in facilities and equipment.
“This initiative represents a significant investment in skills and training in the automotive sector. With the support of all stakeholders in this venture, Mahindra and AIH logistics have great ambitions together for the future. Mahindra, in partnership with AIHL, is committed to empower local businesses to grow together and to increase its footprint in Africa. This facility is a start to achieve this objective,” says Mr Dempsey Naidoo, chairman of AIH Logistics.
“The initial investment in this facility represents a significant investment in staff and training. In this, we had the full support of the global Mahindra Group, and we can proudly say that the new assembly facility for Mahindra vehicles benchmarks equally in terms of quality and productivity with any other Mahindra facilities across the globe,” according to Mr Corrie Kotze, Managing Director of AIH Logistics.
Utilising the benefits of the Dube SEZ
The assembly facility for Mahindra vehicles was constructed in partnership with the Dube Tradeport, a special economic zone (SEZ) under the control of the Department of Trade and Industry. Dube Tradeport is located next to the King Shaka Airport in KwaZulu-Natal and is linked to the Durban harbour by road and rail. It is the first assembly facility of its kind to have made use of the benefits of the SEZ sectoral development programme set up by the DTI.
“We are committed as local and national government to support the expansion of the vehicle manufacturing sector in South Africa. We welcome Mahindra’s decision to establish its world-class assembly facility at the Dube Tradeport, and we look forward to supporting their growth as they expand their export reach and widen their local sourcing of parts and components,” says Hamish Erskine, CEO of the Dube Tradeport.
The Mahindra Group is a USD 19 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, aerospace, commercial vehicles, components, defence, logistics, real estate, renewable energy, speedboats and steel, amongst other businesses. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 240,000 people across 100 countries.