Stellantis to expand manufacturing footprint to South Africa

The move is in line with Stellantis’ ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategic plan for speedier growth in the Middle East and Africa region and become a major player in South Africa.

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Stellantis to expand manufacturing footprint to South Africa

Pictured above: (Seated L-R): TP Nchocho, CEO of the IDC; Ms. Malebo Mabitje Thompson, Acting Director General, the dtic; and Leslie Ramsoomar, Stellantis South Africa Managing Director. (Standing L-R): Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry & Competition and Samir Cherfan, Stellantis Middle East and Africa Chief Operating Officer.

Stellantis has, earlier this month, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) to develop a manufacturing facility in South Africa.

The signing ceremony took place at the office of Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, and was attended by TP Nchocho, CEO of the IDC, Samir Cherfan, Stellantis Middle East and Africa Chief Operating Officer, and Leslie Ramsoomar, Stellantis South Africa Managing Director.

“I am pleased that Stellantis is looking to South Africa to expand its manufacturing footprint,” said Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition. “The company is a large global- automaker, with a range of well-known brands. South Africa is a great investment destination with significant car-making capacity. We look forward to working closely with Stellantis to enable the company to set up a plant that will expand our manufacturing base and create local jobs,” he said.

“This is an important step in our ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategic plan towards strengthening our leadership in the Middle East and Africa region and becoming a major player in South Africa,” said Samir Cherfan, Stellantis Middle East and Africa Chief Operating Officer. “The manufacturing site in South Africa will be a new building block in our industrialisation strategy that includes the plan to sell one million vehicles in the region by 2030 with 70% regional production autonomy and will bring us closer to our customers’ needs in the region.”

The manufacturing plant is planned for setup in a South African Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The aim is to complete this manufacturing project by 2025.

“An investment partner like Stellantis is an amazing opportunity for South Africa,” said TP Nchocho, CEO of the IDC. “Their track record in manufacturing plants around the world is impressive and we look forward to a joint venture with Stellantis to build a successful plant in South Africa. Another brick in the foundation towards our target of producing a million cars locally in SA.”

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