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Earlier this year, a change of ownership occurred at Auto Industrial. Previously the company operated within the ZF Group, a global manufacturer of transmission and steering systems as well as chassis components and axles. Auto Industrial was considered a non-core business and capital expenditure was very limited. with plans to expand and improve, Auto Industrial proposed that the business be sold and after a lengthy process, Trinitas Private Equity bought 70% of the company’s shares, and management 30% of the shares. This deal was effective from 1st January 2014.

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

or more than 40 years, Auto Industrial Group has been an integrated provider of machined and assembly, ductile and grey iron castings as well as hot steel forgings of various automotive components. With a total of five production facilities, which includes two machining plants, two foundries and one forge, Auto Industrial’s capacity and competency serves all of the major automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who assemble in South Africa. This extensive manufacturing footprint manages to produce approximately four million automotive components annually.

Auto Industrial’s CEO Andrea Moz believes that the company’s ongoing investments, attention to detail and commitment to local businesses and communities make it stand out from industry rivals: “we continually invest in the latest technology and always put in the required capacity as and when needed,” he reveals. “Our core focus is the manufacture of safety critical world class products.” “we are the sole manufacturer in the local market for our products and accordingly we are the first point of call for all seven OEMs that have local manufacturing plants for new projects. we pride ourselves in producing and procuring locally. Our products are in excess of 95% local.” Moz also goes on to say that keeping a close and meaningful relationship with all of the OEMs while satisfying their ever-changing requirements has also helped Auto Industrial build its profile in South Africa. “we have a long relationship with all the OEMs based on good quality products, supplied on time and at a reasonable price,” he notes. “The focus on various OEM’s has changed over the years depending on their own strategy of vehicles

We are the sole manufacturer in the local market for our products and accordingly we are the first point of call for all seven OEMs that have local manufacturing plants for new projects Andrea Moz, CEO, Auto Industrial Group

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