The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) has announced that the NAACAM Show 2019 will be hosted by eThekwini Municipality in partnership with the Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC). This second iteration of the show will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on 12 – 14 March 2019.
The inaugural NAACAM Show held in April 2017 was supported and endorsed by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Purchasing Council, Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI), as well as National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
The NAACAM Show 2017 enjoyed generous financial support from eThekwini Municipality, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) amongst others. The conference hosted 1 304 delegates and 186 exhibitors, with 122 pre-arranged buyer-supplier linkage meetings taking place, against the backdrop of 46 conference speakers, including two South African Ministers, and five internationally-based speakers. An exhibition highlight was the profiling of 38 black-owned suppliers. Delegate feedback from 2017 was overwhelmingly positive, with nearly two-thirds of attendees finding the event to be better than similar events in South Africa, as well as being beneficial to themselves and their organisations.
A key objective of the NAACAM Show 2019 is to deliver significant localisation benefits for participants. The South African Automotive Masterplan has a vision of significantly deepening the local content from the current level of 40%, to 60% by 2035, and increasing production volumes from the 600 000 to 1,2 million vehicles by 2035. In terms of providing direct support to promote localisation at the Show, attendees can look forward to securing meetings with local firms which have product and/or process technologies to localise components, through the Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) National Localisation Indaba (NLI). Prioritised support will be granted to components, which may be localised at model facelift or changeover, between 2020 and 2023. Through the DAC NLI, participants may arrange one on one meetings with foreign firms that have an interest in partnering with or investing in South African automotive component manufacturers.
The NAACAM Show aims to become the premier automotive manufacturing growth, technology, transformation and stakeholder engagement forum in Africa. The 2019 version carries the support and endorsement of the Department of Trade and Industry, the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI), as well as the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
Bookings were due to open in late May 2018. If you are interested in receiving early notification and first sight of the finalised exhibition floor plan, please contact the NAACAM Show Project Management team on TEL: 031 764 6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.naacamshow.co.za