VM Automotive currently supplies aluminium and steel blanks to BMW and Mercedes Benz South Africa from our Rosslyn plant. The plant has been supplying blanks since early 2014. The plant in Rosslyn supplies BMW South Africa with aluminium and steel blanks for the current X3 (GO1) model, as well as certain parts under the previous 3-series (F30) contract. It supplies aluminium and steel blanks to the East London plant for Mercedes Benz for the current model of the C-Class (W205). The plant is a Tier 2 supply and supplies blanks to the press plants of MA Tool and Die in Rosslyn (for GO1) and Berlin (205). The plant was certified by the Mercedes Benz South Africa quality team as being compliant with the OEM’s production quality standards.
MBSA has awarded W206 Blanking Contract to VM Automotive, and plans are underway to build the new second blanking plant in Berlin, East London, which will be completed around June, 2020.
We have also commenced with a process of providing blanks in future for the other local OEMs, e.g. Volkswagen, Nissan and Ford.