Tasked by the Eastern Cape Provincial government to support manufacturers, Hoosain Mahomed has been appointed General Manager of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), Eastern Cape.
Mahomed joined the AIDC EC from multi-national automotive component manufacturer, Benteler and will from April lead the organisation, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ECDC, mandated to assist manufacturers in the Eastern Cape achieve growth locally and globally.
Mahomed said the AIDC EC would expand the expertise and resources it had implemented with great effect in the automotive industry into other manufacturing sectors.
“Manufacturing is a key driver of GDP and job growth, it then makes perfect sense for the AIDC EC to support manufacturers, regardless of the sector in which they operate, if our local economy is to fully benefit.”
“Despite an exchange rate which supports exporters of manufactured goods, manufacturers face a range of debilitating factors which impact on the cost, quality and delivery of their products and essentially their ability to make profits and retain or grow jobs, which should be the desired outcome,” Mahomed says.
“The AIDC EC’s efforts to make tangible contributions to Eastern Cape companies’ bottom line through shop floor interventions, training and wellness will be intensified towards an outcome of improved efficiency, savings and sustainability,” he said.
The AIDC EC has pioneered new manufacturing systems into industry, having introduced an internationally certified TPM Programme into South Africa and made Six Sigma training readily available in the Eastern Cape to embellish its existing World Class Manufacturing and Cleaner Production programmes. New thinking in the space of QMS and supply chain Logistics, identified as opportunities, is under construction and being modelled to support industry.
Prior to his appointment, Mahomed, who attended Uitenhage High School, and graduated at TUKS, held senior leadership positions at Benteler, Grupo Antolin, Knitmesh SA, Tenneco Automotive, Bosal Africa and Firestone and SA Post Office. Mahomed started his Career as an Industrial Engineer at Volkswagen of South Africa, then Joined Ford Motor Company. Mahomed’s 33 years of experience in predominantly the supplier community brings great wealth to the AIDC EC, which no doubt will benefit the industry at large.