Adapt to digital or be left behind — warning to South African auto industry

South Africa’s automotive component supply sector needs to urgently focus on vehicle electronics if it is to meet ambitious new localisation targets.

This emerged at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa conference which continued in Durban on Thursday.

Rajesh Ramkawal, chief operating officer of Yekani, the electronics manufacturer, warned delegates that telemetrics and electronics have become commonplace in vehicles but “smokestack or conventional manufacturers” in the auto supply industries were in danger of being left behind.

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