Acclaimed London-based, global thought leader and charismatic futurist Sarwant Singh, who consults with many of the world’s leading companies, will address the sector on the Future of the Automobile. A member of the World Economic Forum Transportation group, he sits on advisory boards of Nissan, ATI, Leeds University Business School and others, while his book New Mega Trends has since been sold in over 30 countries. Toyota, Ford and BMW are also high profile automotive companies he has consulted to.
Singh will share the stage with KPMG’s German-based Global Automotive leader Dieter Becker, renowned for producing the annual Global Automotive Executive Survey and leading research on emerging issues that impact the automotive and manufacturing industry.
South Africa’s OEMs will also be well represented in the line-up of speakers, who will address industry in eleven sessions over two days. Speakers confirmed are Volkswagen SA CEO Thomas Schaefer, Nissan SA CEO Mike Whitfield, Gladstone Mtyoko Divisional Manager at Mercedes Benz, Toyota CEO Andrew Kirby and Senior Vice President for Manufacturing Nigel Ward, Ford CEO Jeff Nemeth and the South African OEM Purchasing Council Chairman John Astbury. SA based OEMs will be amongst the exhibitors, in some cases highlighting localization success stories or opportunities, whilst also being part of a dedicated black supplier profiling process.
Topics at the conference include South Africa’s Automotive Vision and Masterplan, The Future of the Automobile, Manufacturing Best Practice, Transformation, Leadership and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) President Dave Coffey said the conference, featuring presentations, case studies and panel discussions on April 5 and 6 at the ICC in Durban, was scheduled to have keynote addresses from South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies as well as Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel.
“The Conference is an essential part of the industry’s ability to engage with current happenings informing the trajectory of the automotive sector and the exhibition will be a unified expression of the South African value chain’s manufacturing capability,’’ Coffey said.
Other high-profile participants include Ethekwini Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede, SP Metal Forgings MD Ken Manners, Sumitomo Rubber CEO Riaz Haffajee, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Secretary General Irvin Jim, Schaefler MD Marshal Myburgh, Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) CEO Dr David Masondo, Automotive Masterplan Lead Dr Justin Barnes, Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI) Chair Alex Holmes, NAACAM President Dave Coffey, Metair CEO Theo Loock, Transnet Chief Customer Officer Mike Fanucchi and Professor Anthony Black of University of Cape Town.