Vehicle exports for the first half of year currently reflects a massive decline

Vehicle exports for the first half of year currently reflects a massive decline

The entire motor industry was able to resume full operation in June 2020 under the current COVID-19 country lockdown restrictions. Although markedly up from the previous two months, the new vehicle market continued to remain under severe pressure.

Vehicle exports for the first half of year currently reflects a massive decline of 40,3% compared to the same period last year. The performance of vehicle exports over the course of 2020 remains linked to the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the health of the global economy. Economic activity has declined drastically in countries and regions where lockdowns have been enforced and the recovery time frame is difficult to predict.

With the entire motor industry easing into full operation from 1 June 2020 and with the domestic automotive industry’s major export destinations starting to ease their lockdown restrictions, vehicle export numbers are anticipated to start gaining momentum again.

Download below the full NAAMSA Media Release and June 2020 industry New Vehicle Sales.

WEBINAR: Optimising the Foreign Exchange Function of your Business

WEBINAR: Optimising the Foreign Exchange Function of your Business

Join Exporters Eastern Cape and Offshore FX on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 11:00 for a discussion on optimising the foreign exchange function of your business and conducting sound financial management principles during uncertain times.

The webinar will touch on:

  1. The importance of optimising the foreign exchange function of your business. Covering important treasury functions like maximising profit on foreign exchange payments, having more control on your payment processes, hedging and exploring if your bank is the right fit for your FX needs.
  2. Sound financial management: Manage cashflows to maximise profitability; Plans to manage cashflow deficits and surpluses; Are cashflow risks properly managed – forex exposure, major debtor exposure, lender covenants; Plans to fund growth and expansion.

 

The webinar will be conducted by:

Andre Claassen, founder of Offshore FX with over 15 years experience in forex and treasury outsourcing. Offshore FX is a boutique multi-banked foreign exchange service provider and works with importers and exporters of all sizes.

Dean Meyer, B.Comm CA (SA), over 25 years experience as a CFO in South Africa and abroad.

 

Topic: Optimising the foreign exchange function of your business and conducting sound financial management principles during uncertain times.

 

EVENT DETAILS:
DATE:       Thursday, 25 June 2020
TIME:        11:00
VENUE:    https://event.webinarjam.com/register/18/vyprgu9 

Click on the button below to register.

Vehicle export numbers are anticipated to start gaining momentum again

Vehicle export numbers are anticipated to start gaining momentum again

Although export sales, at 10 819 units, registered a big fall of 19 333 units or a decline of 64,1% compared to the 30 152 vehicles exported in May last year, this was an improvement on April 2020 considering that many of the vehicle manufacturers will only commence production in June 2020.

The performance of vehicle exports over the course of 2020 remains linked to the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy. With all the OEMs gearing up for full production from 1 June 2020 onwards and with the domestic automotive industry’s major export destinations starting to ease their lockdown restrictions, vehicle export numbers are anticipated to start gaining momentum again.

The sector continues to take the health and safety of all its employees, suppliers, contractors, and partners very seriously and the systems we have put in place are not only robust but effective in assisting us to manage the risk of infection across the entire manufacturing environment.

Download the full NAAMSA media release below as well as the May 2020 Industry New Vehicle Sales. 

VWSA resumes production and exports

VWSA resumes production and exports

  • Uitenhage plant restarts production in line with Level 4 lockdown regulations
  • 100-point plan implemented to protect employees on site

Uitenhage – Following a gradual ramp-up of its local production, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing operations.

In line with the regulations pertaining to Level 4 of lockdown, VWSA production was restarted on 4 May, with essential employees returning to work in a phased approach. The company has since started exporting Polos to various markets, in addition to manufacturing Polos and Vivos for the local market. On-site employees are supported by colleagues who continue to work from home where this is possible.

Prior to the gradual ramp-up of production, a number of measures to combat Covid-19 were put in place at all VWSA sites. These measures form part of a 100-point plan implemented across the Volkswagen Group to ensure the health and safety of employees. The plant’s on-site Wellness Centre has been equipped and its staff continues to consult with high-risk employees to ensure their wellbeing is prioritised.

Upon their return to work, employees were informed of the new protocols through employee orientation sessions, a detailed booklet and extensive signage installed at all sites and areas. Returning employees were further informed regarding hygiene and physical distancing practices that can further protect them. The company also provided each employee with a set of masks and over 20 tons of hand sanitiser have been sourced for all VWSA sites.

“Our essential services team ensured that the workplace was Covid-19 compliant before we officially restarted production in Uitenhage,” said Jens Bruecker, Production Director at VWSA. “Our 100-point plan is designed to ensure that all employees feel safe and good about their workplace, so we can manufacture and deliver vehicles without compromising our commitment to the wellbeing of our employees.”

“With dealerships being allowed to reopen on a phased basis, VWSA will again be able to meet the needs of its loyal local customer base,” said Mike Glendinning, VWSA’s Sales and Marketing Director. “Our team has worked remotely during the lockdown to support dealerships in preparing to reopen, and to assist customers through our Customer Interaction Centre. In addition, VW Commercial Vehicle dealerships remained open over the lockdown period to service vehicles for essential services. We look forward to welcoming our customers back to the dealerships, and we are taking every precaution to prepare for this.”

VWSA’s Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Schaefer, thanked Naamsa for its assistance in lobbying with government for the automotive industry to be allowed to reopen. “The automotive industry has a crucial role to play in the local and national economy,” said Schaefer. “We are grateful that this role was acknowledged with the decision to let the industry operate and trade again.”

“In many aspects, the Covid-19 crisis has eclipsed our daily lives. As such, it must be our main priority at VWSA to act responsibly in every aspect of our business – and this includes, first and foremost, to ensure that our employees can work without risking their health. We will continue our extensive efforts to fulfil this duty,” Schaefer concluded.

 

For more information contact:


Andile Dlamini

Head: Group Communications

Volkswagen Group South Africa

Mobile: +27 82 451 5415

Work:    +27 41 994 5042

E-mail:  andile.dlamini@vwsa.co.za

 

WATCH NOW: Impact of Covid-19 on Banking Sector – May 2020

WATCH NOW: Impact of Covid-19 on Banking Sector – May 2020

Banks play a vital role in the economy and accept that as a designated essential service it is their duty to remain accessible and support their customers during these challenging times for all South Africans.

Exporters Eastern Cape hosted its second webinar on Thursday, 28 May 2020 with three major banks in South Africa: Standard Bank, Absa and Nedbank on the impact of Covid-19 on the banking sector and the funding interventions and solutions available for clients and customers in good standing.

Thank you to the speakers for making time to share their knowledge and the financial solutions available at each perspective bank. See below the speaker details if you would like to contact them directly.

Standard Bank

Loyiso Nyengule

Retail & Business Banking Eastern Cape / Nelson Mandela Bay / Head: Business Banking

Tel +27 (0)41 391 3256 / Mobile +27 (0)82 794 1524 / www.standardbank.com / Loyiso.Nyengule@standardbank.co.za

Nedbank

PJ Bouwer

Provincial Manager I Business Banking; Eastern Cape | Business Banking | Nedbank Limited

T +27 (0)41 393 5942 C +27 (0)66 2654390 email: pjb@nedbank.co.za

Absa

Mzi Baleni

Manager – Specialist Transactional Solutions; Eastern and Southern Cape

T 041 390 6241 / M 076 797 8844 / E  mzi.baleni@absa.co.za

WATCH NOW: IDC Webinar – April 2020

WATCH NOW: IDC Webinar – April 2020

Exporters Eastern Cape hosted its first webinar on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 with Kingsley Dell-Robertson from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as guest speaker.

See below the second newsletter from IDC outlining the funding opportunities available and the funding summary document on Google Docs that Kingsley mentioned in the webinar.

 

You are more than welcome to contact Kingsley directly for more information:

Kingsley Dell-Robertson

Industrial Development Corporation

Regional Manager: Eastern Cape (West), Port Elizabeth Office

kingsleyr@idc.co.za / pe@idc.co.za

041 363 1640 (PE Office) / 011 269 3000 (Head Office)

www.idc.co.za

 

Contact the Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen at info@exportersec.co.za to suggest other topics for upcoming webinars.