Industry Trend Analysis - Autos Investment Round-Up: South Africa Still Relevant To Regional Expansion - DEC 2017


BMI View: South Africa will retain its position as the SSA region ' s leading manufacturing base as companies still view it as a stepping stone to the rest of the region. Investment in alternative locations will continue in smaller scale, however, adding to the diversification of the region ' s production capabilities.

In BMI's regular round-up of production investments, we track the latest projects from the production side of the industry and analyse trends that we see developing on a regional basis. In doing so, we hope to build a picture of any potential hubs that may be developing, as well as company strategy in terms of production bases and export programmes.

Our latest investment round-up for the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region is smaller in the number of projects than some previous round-ups and also lacking in financial details. However, there are still some clear trends evident in the nature of the projects, not least the enduring appeal of South Africa as a production base, even when the sector is in a slump.

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