This year’s National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) Automotive Conference will coincide with the highly popular Festival of Motoring in August. The four-day motoring showcase will take place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from Thursday, 22 to Sunday, 25 August 2019. 

The NAAMSA Automotive Conference will take place on the first day of the event and will be centered around the theme ‘Reimagining the future together’. The conference will investigate how the vehicle manufacturing industry can use the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) to increase production and employment statistics. 

NAAMSA Automotive Conference will cover various important topics

Attendees at the conference will also be given an insight into the latest technologies that are shaping the industry and how the sector is progressing in the current landscape. The Automotive Conference will include various programmes and topics of discussion that are relevant to the vehicle manufacturing industry. 

“This is a must-attend event for all those involved in the automotive industry in South Africa as we have drawn up a programme of varied topics covering all major aspects of the industry-led by top-level speakers, including international experts,” says chief executive officer (CEO) of NAAMSA Mike Mabasa.

Conference will be a networking opportunity for industry stakeholders

International experts and hand-picked speakers will attend the conference and share their knowledge with local stakeholders. Last year’s conference was fully subscribed and was a valuable meeting and networking opportunity for all roleplayers in the automotive sector. 

This annual event will help to build a more resilient industry and create joint prosperity through mutual development. The NAAMSA Automotive Conference will run from 8am to 1:30pm on Thursday, 22 August 2019. Seats are limited so booking is essential.


Formex Industries is a metal forming and assembly company that supplies a variety of complex products to the local automotive industry and export market. The company is based in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, South Africa’s foremost region for automotive manufacturing and export.

Formex specialises in producing components for the catalytic converter industry, as well as metal components and assemblies for the various vehicles. Formex aims to become one of the foremost suppliers for the South African automotive industry by 2035, aligning itself with the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) which takes effect in 2020.

Formex is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with over 80% black ownership, of which more than 40% are black women. The company is owned by Deneb Investments Limited – a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (HCI) – one of South Africa’s biggest true B-BBEE companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

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