Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has celebrated yet another manufacturing milestone recently as the 400 000th VW Polo rolled off the production line in Kariega, Eastern Cape. That’s 400 000 latest-generation units, which began production towards the end of 2017 and were officially released in early 2018. 

The VW manufacturing plant has produced over 61 000 Polo units and around 10 500 Polo Vivos in 2021 already. Of the 400 000 Polos manufactured, 74 000 have been sold in South Africa and the remaining 326 000 have been exported to right-hand drive countries around the world. 

VW is a direct customer of Formex Industries and our automotive components and welded assemblies are used on these vehicles. This achievement is also a celebration for us and all the other suppliers that contribute to these highly successful vehicles.

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VWSA employees celebrate the 400 000th Polo to roll off the production line. ©

Polo milestone is celebrated

“This is a proud moment for our team, who have proven their dedication to delivering for our customers abroad and in South Africa,” says production director at VWSA, Ulrich Schwabe. “I would like to thank every employee, whether on the production line, in the office or working from home, for continuously striving for excellence. This milestone could not have happened without their contributions,” he adds. 

This massive achievement comes as the factory prepares to shift gear and start producing the new facelifted Polo, which was revealed in April 2021. The 2022 Polo will have a new look and a revised back-end to fit the brand’s latest design language, which is inspired by the VW Golf 8. 

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The VW Polo will soon become the Polo Vivo. ©M 93

New Polo to be launched soon

The new Polo is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2022, while the current model will become the new Polo Vivo. This means that the current Polo production run will continue for at least another four years, albeit under a different model name. Formex will continue its long-term partnership with VWSA for the new Polo.

We will be stamping and assembling 33 new components for the 2022 model, in a partnership that will extend for up to seven years. “I think this project is the first of many to come,” says Formex Industries commercial executive, Mihlali Sogoni. 

“In this process, we have cemented our relationship and have VW’s full confidence in a locally transformed company like Formex. VW is serious about transformation and transforming the value chain and this is a sound example of a respected partnership,” he concludes.

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

Formex is a 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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