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Automotive localisation testing programme gives EC SMEs a leg-up opportunity

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SUPPORTING automotive component localisation in the Eastern Cape, eNtsa is calling for proposals for the Automotive Localisation Testing (ALT) programme for 2024/25.

The eNtsa ALT programme is a regional initiative which aims to provide product and material testing support to automotive component manufacturers linked to the Eastern Cape. The programme focuses on supporting SME Tier 2/3 suppliers involved in the localisation of a component for supply to an OEM or Tier 1 supplier.

Support may be received at various stages of localisation, including product development testing, expanded routine testing to improve quality control of localised parts and access to new technologies.

eNtsa is an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University and includes an ISO 17025 SANAS-accredited testing lab. Situated in Nelson Mandela Bay, eNtsa has provided engineering and testing support to national and international partners in the automotive, manufacturing, petrochemical and power generation industries for over 20 years.

Testing support available

Free – 100% subsidised – testing is available via this programme at the eNtsa Testing Lab which provides the following services:

  • Material testing
  • Mechanical testing
  • Temperature/humidity testing
  • Corrosion testing
  • Microscopy (e.g. coating and weld analysis)
  • 3D dimensional scanning and inspection

The eNtsa ALT programme offers support packages valued at up to R50 000 and all support is strictly technical. It is not a financial support programme.

Who should respond

The programme is open to South African SME, Tier 2 and Tier 3 automotive component manufacturers operating in the Eastern Cape. To be eligible, the company must have a supply contract, commitment, offtake agreement, or similar with an OEM or Tier 1 supplier. The required period in which the testing for localisation testing must be between Apr 2024 and Feb 2025.  In the second stage of the application review, a site visit is mandatory.

Proposals can be submitted online before 15 April 2024. For further information, contact

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