AUTOMOTIVE
COMPONENTS

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The Automotive Components division manufactures components used in the assembly of new motor vehicles and aftermarket accessories. Fifteen manufacturing plants, operating under the Feltex banner, supply a wide range of specialist components to all the vehicle original equipment manufacturers (‘OEMs’) in South Africa.

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AUTOMOTIVE
COMPONENTS

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The Automotive Components division manufactures components used in the assembly of new motor vehicles and aftermarket accessories. Fifteen manufacturing plants, operating under the Feltex banner, supply a wide range of specialist components to all the vehicle original equipment manufacturers (‘OEMs’) in South Africa.

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS

Feltex successfully attained a level 4 B-BBEE score in the past year, ahead of the APDP requirements

Maxe acquired the Excalibur range of automotive accessory products

Maxe acquired a new manufacturing site and will relocate during FY21. The new site will improve production flow and operational efficiencies

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R5.2 million
spent on research
and development
37.6 million
automotive components
produced
30
new ranges of aftermarket
products launched

PRODUCTS

Feltex Automotive Trim
Textile-based automotive acoustic and soft trim components
Autoneum Feltex
Underfloor systems for thermal and impact protection and aluminium heatshields
Caravelle
Overlay carpets/loose-lay vehicle mats and tonneau covers
Feltex Fehrer
Polyurethane flexible foam, moulded seats, conventional and pour-in-place headrests, foam pads, side bolsters and armrests
Feltex Foam
Polyester and polyether flexible, semi-rigid and rigid thermoformable foams for use in vehicles and high-tech industrial products
Auria Feltex
Acoustically engineered tufted automotive carpet
Maxe
Premium automotive accessories made from mild and stainless steel, supplying the LCV*, SUV• and truck markets

* Light commercial vehicle • Sport utility vehicle

130 000
aftermarket
accessories sold
R3.8 million
investment in technology

PRODUCTS

Feltex Automotive Trim
Textile-based automotive acoustic and soft trim components
Autoneum Feltex
Underfloor systems for thermal and impact protection and aluminium heatshields
Caravelle
Overlay carpets/loose-lay vehicle mats and tonneau covers
Feltex Fehrer
Polyurethane flexible foam, moulded seats, conventional and pour-in-place headrests, foam pads, side bolsters and armrests
Feltex Foam
Polyester and polyether flexible, semi-rigid and rigid thermoformable foams for use in vehicles and high-tech industrial products
Auria Feltex
Acoustically engineered tufted automotive carpet
Maxe
Premium automotive accessories made from mild and stainless steel, supplying the LCV*, SUV• and truck markets

* Light commercial vehicle • Sport utility vehicle

R5.2 million
spent on research
and development
37.6 million
automotive components
produced
130 000
aftermarket
accessories sold
30
new ranges of aftermarket
products launched
R3.8 million
investment in technology

‘Our aim is to be the automotive components supplier of choice, utilising leading technology and globally competitive manufacturing capabilities.’

– Ugo Frigerio

‘Our aim is to be the automotive components supplier of choice, utilising leading technology and globally competitive manufacturing capabilities.’

– Ugo Frigerio

Ugo Frigerio, CEO | Automotive Components

After completing a BA Hons (UND) and MPhil (Warwick University UK), Ugo joined Feltex in February 1990 in the HR department as divisional HR manager, becoming group HR manager in February 1996. In 1998, he moved into operations and was appointed in the role of MD of Feltex Foam Mouldings and Feltex Foam Converting divisions, and in October 2005 became MD of Feltex Automotive. Following a realignment of divisional operations, Ugo was appointed as the chief executive officer of KAP’s Automotive Components division during 2014.

Aftermarket accessories for light commercial vehicles (‘LCVs’), sports utility vehicles (‘SUVs’), heavy commercial vehicles (‘HCVs’) and extra heavy commercial vehicles (‘EHCVs’) are marketed under the Maxe brand.

The division focuses on the following areas to grow and remain competitive:

Securing new vehicle models

The automotive sector is characterised by global OEMs operating multiple manufacturing plants around the world for global distribution to both the international and the local market. These OEMs demand that all suppliers provide them with quality products manufactured to global specifications, delivered within specific parameters at globally benchmarked prices.

Working in conjunction with our international partners, we tender for and secure components for new vehicle models, such as moulded foam seats, insulation, acoustic and thermal components, and other light and bulky parts that are best suited to being manufactured locally. The necessary manufacturing technology and capacity is installed for us to manufacture and supply the specified components over the lifetime of the model at the volumes indicated by the OEM.

Maxe designs and manufactures nudge bars, rear styling bars and side steps for the LCV, SUV and HCV/EHCV aftermarket. The design of the bars is unique to the OEM brand and model, and is approved by the OEM in order to maintain the relevant manufacturer’s warranty. The products are sold through the OEM’s dealership network. We work closely with OEMs during the launch of new models, facelifts and promotional models in order to ensure our product availability for these models. We recently developed and introduced a black stainless steel bar to complement our natural stainless steel range in line with fashion trends.

During the year, we acquired the Excalibur range of automotive accessory products. This will enhance our product offering to the market.

Globally competitive

Working closely with global partners, adopting best practice manufacturing techniques as advocated by the OEMs, investing in technology, combined with innovative thinking and years of experience, enables Feltex to be globally competitive. Significant focus is placed on continuously reducing costs and improving efficiencies and skills. This creates an advantage for Feltex in supplying all the major OEMs. The Feltex operations are situated in close proximity to the OEM assembly plants to facilitate ‘just in time’ and ‘just in sequence’ supply. Feltex’s information technology systems interface with the OEMs’ production planning systems in order to facilitate this.

Feltex, in operation since the 1930s, manufactures products to ISO/TS 16949 technical specifications, an international automotive quality system. The operation has also adopted ISO 14001, an environmental management system, which assists us in continually improving our environmental performance.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global new vehicle sales, vehicle build volumes are expected to be subdued for an extended period and new model introductions have been delayed by a few months. Consequently, Feltex has embarked on a significant restructure in line with anticipated lower demand.

Maxe acquired a new manufacturing site, which will improve production flow and operational efficiencies. They will relocate in FY21.

Local content supports the industry

The South African automotive manufacturing industry contributes c. 4% to the South African gross domestic product (‘GDP’). The industry is a major employer and is a significant contributor to the country’s manufacturing sector and export programme.

The industry is well supported by the Automotive Production and Development Programme (‘APDP’), which was recently revised and extended to 2035. The revised APDP encourages OEMs to increase local procurement. This creates an opportunity for Feltex to widen its product range and grow volumes. In order to benefit from these potential additional volumes, local component manufacturers are required to achieve a level 4 B-BBEE score. Feltex successfully attained a level 4 score in the past year, ahead of the APDP requirements.

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