The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) organised factory visits to some automotive component manufacturers in Durban, South Africa during the IATF 2021 as part of efforts to promote the automotive industy in Africa. A delegation of automotive industry representatives from Ghana and Kenya visited Hesto which is located at KwaDukuza, about 90km north of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province on 19 November 2021. The delegation included Issaka L. Tetteh (Project Manager of AAAM, West Africa), S.K. Syan (Sagoo Holdings Ltd., Kenya), Ashit Shah (Mutsimoto, Kenya), Nephat N. Njengwa (Auto Springs East Africa Plc., Kenya), and Jackson Wambua (Kenyan Association of Manufacturers).
Mr. William Hilditch (Managing Director) and Mr. Rajaen Naidoo (General Manager, Commercial) and Raeanne Van Der Wath (Senior Manager, Cost Planning) of Hesto welcomed the delegation. After a brief presentation by Mr. Hilditch and Mr. Naidoo, members of the delegation were given the opportunity to ask questions. This was followed by a tour of the plant which was a breathtaking experience for the members of the delegation. The range of automotive wiring harnesses and instrumentation clusters produced by Hesto was very impressive. Considering the growing number of OEMs setting up assembly plants in West Africa, Issaka L. Tetteh advised the Managing Director of Hesto to give thought to setting up a production facility in the sub-region as it is projected by experts to be the next global automotive hub.