The South African Automotive Week is scheduled to again take place in Port Elizabeth from October 10 to 13, following a three-year hiatus, owing largely to the Soccer World Cup, held in 2010, throwing a logistical spanner in the works, says Inkanyezi Event Organisers’ Andrew Binning.
The government-funded biennial event, showcasing the South African automotive industry to local and international audiences, was first hosted in 2007.
Automotive Week is expected to inject around R50-million into the Eastern Cape economy.
This year the event will feature a trade show with around 350 booths covering 10 000 m2, says Binning.
“Fifty per cent of the space is already reserved.”
China will have a 300 m2 national pavilion at the show, with Turkey also present with a national stand. India has around 20 companies looking to participate in the trade show.
Apart from the show, there will also be a gala networking dinner on October 10, an original equipment supplier breakfast on October 11, the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers’ (Naacam’s) national annual general meeting on October 11, as well as the association’s yearly golf day on October 12.
The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) will host an industry conference on October 10 and 11, with the theme “Keys to unlocking growth. Securing the automotive industry’s high road”.
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will host a workshop on October 12, focusing on “Manufacturing implications of the green economy”, with the Mining and Industrial Energy Optimisation group thrashing out means for industry to save energy on October 12.
“In the end the event aims to increase investment in South Africa,” says Binning.
The Automotive Week is hosted by Naacam, the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa, the Retail Motor Industry Group and the AIDC.
Funders include the Eastern Cape provincial government, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality, the East London Industrial Development Zone, the Coega Industrial Development Zone, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry.
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