Indian motor company Mahindra will consider sharing a South African assembly plant with other brands when it eventually undertakes full vehicle manufacturing in this country, international operations head Arvind Mathew says. "There’s a lot of spare production capacity around the world," he said on Friday. "I don’t see it as a given that a company must own its own plant. I would see contract manufacturing as an option in SA." Mathew was speaking at the opening of Mahindra’s first South African assembly plant, at the Dube TradePort next to King Shaka Airport, north of Durban. The facility reassembles bakkie kits imported from India. Until now, Mahindra single-and double-cab bakkies have arrived fully built in SA. The company has been selling bakkies and sport utility vehicles in SA since 2004. The plant is operated by AIH Logistics, a specialist South African vehicle contract manufacturer that manages a similar operation in Gauteng for Korean brand Hyundai. Mahindra has invested R10m ...

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