NO, or very limited,production took place at Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturers with the start of the second week of the component industry strike yesterday.
This follows a three-week strike in the vehicle manufacturing industry by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which is also leading the strike in the fuel and vehicle retail sectors.
The lack in production of Just In Time (JIT) and other vital components is affecting production at all major vehicle manufacturers in South Africa.
Volkswagen Group of South Africa communications manager Matt Gennrich said yesterday thanks to contingency plans the Uitenhage-based vehicle manufacturer was able to maintain limited production in the past week.
"It is imperative a resolution is found as soon as possible to avoid further reputational damage to the industry and the country and to secure employment going forward," Gennrich said.
Communications manager for General Motors Africa Denise van Huyssteen said GMSA was unable to continue with production operations at its Struandale assembly plant in Port Elizabeth yesterday. She said: "We call on the union to resolve the component sector strike as soon as possible."
Ford SA's communications manager Alisea Chetty said limited production took place at its Bay engine plant.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa media manager Lynette Skriker also reported limited production in the commercial vehicles lines at the East London-based vehicle manufacturer. Production in the C-Class line was stopped last week.
Continental Tyre SA communications manager Gishma Johnson said the PE-based tyre giant had embarked on temporary lay-offs (short time) this week due to the slackness of trade experienced in the automotive industry.
Numsa and representatives from the component, fuel and vehicle retail sectors are due to meet again today. – Additional reporting by Sapa