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Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) announces that the Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) contract for the Bodyshop Loaders Services has been awarded to Specialised Productivity Support Solutions (SPSS).

Mercedes-Benz’s announcement is in support of the automotive industry’s developmental objectives detailed in the South African Automotive Masterplan’s (SAAM) prioritises the transformation of the South African automotive industry through the inclusion of Black South Africans in the supply chain; and builds to the recently announced Automotive Industry Transformation Fund.

Commenting on this announcement, Andreas Engling, CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director of Manufacturing, said: “One of the ingredients of our transformation journey is economic empowerment. As a net exporter and a positive multiplier of the economy of East London, we remain committed to the social and economic development of the region. With their solid knowledge and skills of Bodyshop processes, we believe that SPSS will grow into a sustainable entity, that will provide MBSA and the wider automotive industry with value added services aimed at improving productivity.”

SPSS is a 100% black-owned enterprise, formed by two experienced and skilled employees from the MBSA Bodyshop Division. The establishment of SPSS is a response to Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s business development project, which seeks to streamline the existing operating processes to increase economic activity within the automotive supply chain, and bring about transformation to the industry. SPSS will be responsible for the provision of operators and supervision to load single parts, and sub-assemblies into Bodyshop loading stations at the Plant and the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), in preparation for the new generation C-Class production.