A few month ago, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies stressed that South Africa cannot stop supporting its automotive sector. In his words: “The auto industry is key to the future of manufacturing in this country…”
Within an industry where change seems to be the only constant, the automotive industry has its work cut out for it, in ensuring that manufacturing practices are world class, and that growth within the industry is stimulated effectively.
The Durban Automotive Cluster recently held a Study Tour that focused on the principles and best practices of “FLOW” and how it relates to the development of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) competencies and the pursuit of in-firm competitiveness.
Delegates embarked on a tour of three firms, namely Lumen Special Cables, Afrilaser, and Gomma Gomma. The Study Tour offered delegates an opportunity to witness the implementation of Flow best-practices, across a range of product categories: wire harnesses, pressed metal and furniture.
The Study Tour highlighted how the theories and principles can be implemented in each unique setting and become a catalyst for increased competitiveness across manufacturing sub-sectors.