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Pasdec Automotive Technologies officially opens the VWSA PQ25 Polo Wiring Harness Assembly Line

Brits, October 2012

At a ceremony held at its Brits plant on the 18th October 2012, Pasdec Automotive Technologies (Pasdec) officially opened the Wiring Harness Assembly Line for the recently awarded VW PQ25 Polo contract.


Left to Right (front Row): Mr Wally Slack (VWSA), Mr Kevin Pather (Pasdec), Dato' Kamaruddin bin Mohammed (Pasdec),
 Mr David McGluwa (IDC), Mr Goh Song Han (Pasdec)

The assembly line was opened by Pasdec’s Chairman, Dato' Kamaruddin bin Mohammed, and the ceremony was attended by delegates from Volkswagen South Africa, merSETA, Invest North West, the Department of Labour (UIF), the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), HSBC and the IDC.

BACKGROUND

The process for acquiring the VW PQ25 Polo contract began in September 2010 and in March 2012 VWSA conducted a Potential Supplier Audit, which Pasdec passed on the first attempt. In April 2012 VWSA conducted a Technical Evaluation Audit and for a second time Pasdec passed first time. Pasdec presented a “QTR” overview to the Quality Engineering, Logistics and Purchasing Division at VWSA in May 2012. Pasdec was the first South African supplier to do this type of audit and once again Pasdec passed with no findings and achieved an “A” Rating.

Based on the audits and presentation, Pasdec’s quotations were formally presented to the Local Sourcing Committee at VWSA on 28th May 2012. VWSA subsequently issued Pasdec with a letter of intent and the company was certified as a Volkswagen Approved Supplier.
The VW Project Team with Directors & Management– from Left to Right:
Mr Goh Song Han (Director),  Darryn Hattingh, Gielie Fourie, Walter Scrooby, Dato’ Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Ali (Director), Lizelle van der Merwe, Victor Chivers (Project Leader), Patricia Kramer, Wally Slack (VWSA), Dato' Kamaruddin bin Mohammed (Chairman), Mark van Veenhyuzen , Nick Nola, Kevin Pather (CEO), Jose Flamengo

INVESTMENT IN PLANT & MACHINERY

Pasdec’s investment in the first phase of the project amounts to R10 million and the company has built a dedicated assembly facility with two moving lines and five static stations. Bespoke test facilities have been imported to meet WCM Standards and a unique tooling concept, the first of its kind in South Africa, has been employed.

Although the electrical wiring harnesses will be assembled in the Brits plant, Pasdec’s service centre in the Eastern Cape will be providing intensive logistic, quality and engineering support.

INVESTMENT IN HUMAN RESOURCES

During his presentation, Pasdec’s CEO, Kevin Pather, emphasised the very positive impact this new contract had on job creation and skills development.

“During 2010/2011,” said Pather, “Pasdec embarked on an extensive Learnership Programme to ensure that appropriate skills would be available for this and other projects. As a result Pasdec was able to create 170 direct and 45 indirect job opportunities for young unemployed individuals, all of whom had a minimum qualification of Grade 12. Pasdec was pleased to offer employment for all learners on completion of the Learnership Programme and all employees engaged in the Volkswagen Project received dedicated product-specific training.”

Pasdec praised the exceptional cooperation received from all the stakeholders, including merSETA, the Department of Labour, AIDC, IDC and VWSA.


The Assembly Team pictured with Pasdec’s Chairman, Dato' Kamaruddin bin Mohammed