Hyundai starts producing trucks in SA

Hyundai starts producing trucks in SA

2014-08-12 19:25

Cape Town - South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has started production at its first assembly plant in South Africa, initially building medium-sized commercial trucks.

The Benoni plant has been assembling trucks since July, ahead of a formal launch in September, said spokesperson Deon Sonnekus.

"This is the first time that Hyundai has set up an assembly plant in South Africa," Sonnekus said, adding that the company expects to also assemble pick-up trucks from next year.

South Africa is the continent's leading automotive manufacturer and aims to build 1.2 million vehicles by 2020.

However, labour strikes and slowing economic growth in recent months have curbed output at the local plants of some of the world's main carmakers, including Ford, Toyota and BMW.

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2014-08-12 21:29

    No comments from critics because its a good story

      Danie Van Rensburg - 2014-08-12 22:17

      It certainly is a good story, it will stay that way as long as the anc and unions stay far away from the plant.

      Mundus Uys - 2014-08-12 22:32

      Ngidi. Did you miss the "However," part? At least in theory, Hyundai rides for free on the 3 year NUMSA agreement.

      Revelgen - 2014-08-13 09:06

      Yep, Ngidi, until the unions start their business-destroying rubbish and productivity drops. I have been to Korea several times, seen their factories and how hard the people work there. The ANC better keep their partners-in-crime away from this factory because it won't be 'good news' any longer. And, by the way, we recently lost a massive new BMW factory deal because of 'SA labour issues.' Not such good news, hey?

      Fiwals West - 2014-08-13 09:55

      What is good about this? They open China malls and they dont employ or give SA peeps a chance to run that? Its already bad enough that all this money is going out of the country and all we do is consume their goods and still need to pay e-toll. But ye great news <-- sarcasm

      Revelgen - 2014-08-13 10:19

      Actually, Fiwals, Hyundai is Korean not Chinese, but point taken.

  • Jonathan Gardiner - 2014-08-12 23:07

    Very positive on the South African economic outlook.

  • Siphiwe Ntuli - 2014-08-12 23:12

    I'm a budding entrepreneur. My business operate within automotive sector, manufacturing sector. We manufacture Car Mats. Hyndai is one of our potential clients. We based in Joburg CBD. We would like to know if Hyundai has created a space for small business like ours to become their suppliers under Hyundai Enterprise Development Program. For more infor about our business Contact Siphiwe Ntuli 082 744 2943.

      Kobus Hattingh - 2014-08-13 06:43

      Good luck Siphiwe hope you come right. Ignore the downthumbs as some people dont wish to see the sun shine on others.

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-08-13 08:18

      All the best Siphiwe.

      Revelgen - 2014-08-13 09:11

      Great Siphiwe, we need a million more people like you. Some free marketing advice: make sure your quality standards meet Hyundai's, get your pricing right and prove that you can deliver the volumes required. However, I note that they are manufacturing trucks, possibly using moulded rubber mats? If so, be sure to get a sample of what they need before you make your presentation.

  • Piet Pretorius - 2014-08-13 08:22

    At least some good news. Just imagine how many more vehicle manufacturers we could get in SA if it was not for strikes. So many more people could have jobs if not for strikes and unions. Really sad. Is good to see a big company is willing to risk their business and give it a go.

  • Ramon Gokaran - 2014-08-13 08:48

    good story bring it on

  • Stephan van Zyl - 2014-08-13 09:46

    ... and what about a light commercial truck "bakkie" such as the Bantam, Corsa or NP200? will do great in SA!

  • Roy Stewart - 2014-08-17 00:22


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