by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – ISUZU Motors South Africa has received the Best Exporter award in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) category at the recent Eastern Cape Exporters Awards.
It also clinched the SJL Flex Environmental Merit award at the event held in Gqeberha, to celebrate local businesses making an international impact, together with showcasing the talent and tenacity of some of the province’s top economic contributors.
Isuzu has deepened and further grown its export market from the Eastern Cape to 25 markets across the African continent culminating in the company being the number one Eastern Cape-based automotive exporter into the African continent for 2022.
“Isuzu Motors South Africa has a bold agenda of creating a thriving automotive sector in Africa and driving the re-industrialisation of the African continent,” said Penelope Mkhwanazi, Senior Vice President for Revenue Generation in Rest of Africa and International Markets.
Over the past three years, Isuzu Motors South Africa has seen an increase in vehicle sales by 59 percent in the 1-ton pick-up segment in Rest of Africa markets and Sub Saharan Africa.
It has achieved 195 percent growth of commercial vehicles in the Rest of Africa markets when compared to the previous financial year.
Isuzu received the SJL Environmental Merit award for the third time, recognising the interventions implemented to protect the environment.
The company achieved a 13,3 percent reduction in water usage and a 7,5 percent reduction in energy usage at all its sites while maintaining the recycling ratio of 99 percent for non-manufacturing facilities.
It improved the recycling ratio for the main manufacturing operation, from 95 percent in 2021 to 97 percent in 2022 with all company facilities continuing to be landfill-free from 2018.
“This is testament of the hard work and dedication of our employees and all our strategic partners which include our customers, suppliers and communities,” Mkhwanazi concluded.
– CAJ News