DELPHI AND DELTA MOTOR CORPORATION JOIN FORCES IN SOUTH AFRICA
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Delphi Interior and Lighting Systems and Delta Motor Corporation Delta Motor Corporation was a South African car manufacturer, which was created through a management buy-out after General Motors (GM) divested from South Africa in 1986. It assembled Opel, Isuzu and Suzuki models for sale in South Africa and for export to other right hand drive (Pty.) Ltd. have established a joint venture to manufacture fully-trimmed seats for current and future Delta Motor models on a just-in-time (JIT JIT - dynamic translation ) basis and leather seat covers for export to Opel assembly plants in Europe.
The new company -- Delphi Interior Systems South African (Pty.) Ltd., in which Delphi Interior and Lighting Systems will have 80 percent equity -- will begin production in January 1996.
"Both joint venture partners realize the importance of consistently meeting Delta and Opel's exacting requirements for quality, service, and price in the execution of this contract," said Paul Tosch, general manager of Delphi Interior and Lighting Systems. "In addition, the joint venture will support our strategy to grow our business globally."
"This entry into a new area of leather exports is a significant opportunity for both joint venture partners and provides an added boost to South Africa's broader Eastern Cape Province economy," said Andre van Rooyen, Delta Motor Corporation's Director of Industrial and Commercial Holdings.
The new company is focused on adding value to one of South Africa's basic resources -- leather -- and will result in the creation of 150 new jobs at the leather manufacturing facility to be established at Delta's Aloes Industrial Park, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The leather will be sourced exclusively from South African tanneries which will supply cut sets to the sewing plant in Port Elizabeth. The leather covers -- including seat covers, door panel covers and headrest covers -- are for use on a JIT basis in the Opel Omega, Opel Omega Estate and Opel Vectra passenger cars.
Delphi Interior and Lighting Systems, a division of Delphi Automotive Systems, is the world's largest supplier of interior systems. The division employs over 30,500 people worldwide at 27 manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia Pacific, and eight design/engineering centers -- four in the U.S., one in Germany, two in Mexico and one in Japan.
Delta Motor Corporation, the winner of South Africa's prestigious Car of the Year Award for the past two successive years, assemble and distribute Opel passenger cars, Isuzu commercial vehicles, Suzuki recreational vehicles and Saab luxury vehicles in southern Africa. The company was established following a management buyout of General Motors interests in South Africa in 1986.
/CONTACT: Rick Asher of Delphi Public Affairs, 810-578-3426/
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