Member Profile: AIDC Eastern Cape

THE AIDC Eastern Cape (AIDCEC), as an implementing arm for the Eastern Cape Provincial Government’s development plan, provides dynamic and outcomes-driven skills training, technical support (supplier development) and market access programmes (Enterprise Development) for the manufacturing supply chain.

Aligned with the objectives of SAAM2035, to boost the South African economy through the automotive sector, the AIDCEC’s programmes operationalise Skills Development, Localisation, Transformation and deepening value addition.   AIDCEC’s activities are underpinned by the necessity of the local supply chain being globally competitive with respect to cost, quality and delivery performance.

Highly trained and experienced engineers implement skills and high ROI improvement programmes by both teaching and implementing TPM, Six Sigma, QMS (to IATF16949 accreditation), Energy Management and Workplace Wellness, which addresses productivity, absenteeism, values and morale.

The Localisation Supermarket, launched in partnership with Eastern Cape Automotive Industry Forum (ECAIF), is a permanent exhibition of automotive components that are imported and for which local options are sought.  It provides tangible and transparent access to localisation opportunities in the Eastern Cape’s automotive supply chain, for black suppliers to participate meaningfully and to strengthen the manufacturing base of the sector. The supermarket is aimed at driving localisation to widen the manufacturing base and promote inclusivity of black suppliers.

Suppliers are able to view parts virtually, online and then express an interest on the platform after which AIDCEC would engage eligible suppliers through a RFQ process and provide support towards securing and fulfilling a supply contract.

According to the SAAM2035 report, a reasonable target for the South African automotive value chain is to increase the contribution of Black-owned suppliers’ automotive GVA within the economy to 25% of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 total.

The online version of the Localisation Supermarket and its catalogue of local manufacturing opportunities, together with information on our full basket of services, is freely available at


Company: AIDCEC

Contact: Kholisile Maneli

Email: [email protected]