Today Dana Spicer Axle celebrates 50 years of manufacturing in South Africa. In front of customers and government officials, Jeff Periat, Light Vehicle Operations Director flew in from the US to present a commemorative plaque to Paul Myburgh, Uitenhage Plant Manager.
South Africa’s only manufacturer of axles, the company supplies approximately 350,000 parts annually to Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota for their one-ton vehicles. The plant employs over 400 individuals, of which 90% reside in Uitenhage and Dispatch and 10% in Port Elizabeth.
“Beginning in 1966 developing its own axles and diff locks, today we are part of a global organization, supplying highly engineered drivetrain components that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles,” Myburgh said. “We are proud to be able to employ so many who live within the community in which we operate. With the plant being established here for 50 years, we have had generations of families forming part of our team. This has added to our culture and something we value. And with our sustained growth, we envisage being able to recruit more in due course.”
Author: Kimberley Clare Ogden
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