SP Metal Forgings, a South African-based company that specialises in the manufacturing of hot forge based precision components for the automotive and non-automotive sectors, has been named the recipient of Toyota South Africa Motors’ Supplier Award for its achievement in cost management. The award-giving ceremony was held at Toyota in Durban on Wednesday, 19 March 2014.
Since its acquisition of the Uitenhage-based company Guestro Forging & Machining, from Dorbyl in 2010, SP Metal Forgings has been supplying Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) with wheel hub forgings for their Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV). The superior quality and cost-effectiveness of the forgings did not go unnoticed, as Toyota South Africa recognised the positive impact that the product had on its business and rewarded SP Metal Forgings for outstanding work.
This significant achievement brought immense pride and exuberance to the SP Metal Forgings team. Accepting the award on behalf of his company, SP Metal Forgings owner and Managing Director, Ken Manners, said, “We feel extremely honoured and proud to receive this award from a prestigious company like Toyota.”
The partnership with Toyota is set to expand, as the company has recently secured a deal to supply Toyota with machined rear axle housing forgings. The project is scheduled to commence in 2016.
As the largest forging company in Africa, SP Metal Forgings continues to grow from strength-to-strength, with its plants – located in Boksburg, Gauteng and Uitenhage, Eastern Cape – producing a high quality mix of automotive and non-automotive components to a broad spectrum of manufacturers and commercial vehicle groups, worldwide. Since 2010, the Uitenhage plant has seen an exponential sales growth from around R200 million to R353 million in 2013.
For more information on SP Metal Forgings, please visit www.spforge.co.za.