09 Apr Locally Produced Automotive Fasteners
9 April 2019
The South African Automotive Industry is growing and along with the increase in automotive production, the need for high quality fasteners has increased too.
Historically, most fasteners used in the automotive industry in South Africa have been imported because there had been no other option, until recently. All Automotive OEM’s and component suppliers are now motivated to source as much locally as possible due to the Department of Trade and Industry’s APDP program that provides specific incentives for localisation. The recently announced South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) has increasing local content levels in the automotive value chain from 38% to 60% as one of its central objectives, the achievement of which is considered to be a key to driving job creation and creating opportunities for new entrant development.
The increasing international steel prices and continual Rand devaluation also provides the necessity for automotive companies to stabilise their source of supply, ideally locally. Naturally it is more desirable to have a local supplier to ensure minimised stock holding, faster delivery lead times, more efficient product development and expedited trouble shooting.
With over 30 years’ experience in the manufacture and distribution of high-quality fasteners, Impala Bolt & Nut supplies a wide range of industries, including high-tech Automotive as a first and second tier supplier. Impala has geared up specifically to supply high-quality fasteners to the Automotive market using local raw materials produced by ArcelorMittal.
Our complement of quality manufactured products encompasses an extensive range of standard and specialised bolts, nuts and washers, all locally produced and suitable for automotive applications.
In addition to a range of standard fasteners, Impala Bolt & Nut is able to manufacture a wide range of specialised fasteners specific to required applications. With a competent, highly skilled technical team and a dedicated in-house design and tooling manufacturing facility, they are able to develop 3D-modeled drawings and produce exact tooling in order to manufacture within the relevant specifications for quality, conformity and cost containment.
Founded in 1988, Impala Bolt & Nut is a South African owned and independently-run bolt and nut manufacturing company, providing standard and specialised fastener solutions, coupled with industry-leading customer service within the automotive, engineering, and general industrial sectors. The senior management team is made up of experts in engineering and manufacturing, with several of them boasting 15 to 20 years of experience in the fasteners industry.
Impala has been steadily investing in highly specialised purpose-built plant and equipment, cross-skilling and training machine operators and enhancing the well-entrenched quality management system in order to expand its capabilities and extend the product range. Further exciting developments are planned for the coming year.