The South African automotive manufacturing industry is an important contributor to the country’s economy. With the ever-increasing demand for vehicles, having dependable suppliers of high-quality components is critical. 

The South African automotive industry employs around 114 000 people in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and component sectors and contributes 4.3% to the gross domestic product (GDP). Formex Industries is a renowned manufacturer and supplier of automotive components in South Africa. We have been a reliable partner for South African OEMs for decades. 

Formex has two core product divisions; Pressing & Complex Assemblies and Tubings. The company is conveniently located on South Africa’s east coast in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole. This region, which encompasses Gqeberha and Uitenhage, is a major economic driver for the national gross domestic product (GDP). Formex is committed to world-class quality for all of its products and components. 

Automotive sector contributes the most to manufacturing output

Formex products: Pressings

Our pressing division specialises in stamped components. Formex recently installed a new 1600-tonne auto transfer press at the Struandale plant, which is the largest press in the Eastern Cape for a locally owned supplier and will allow Formex to become more internationally competitive for body shop stampings. A second 1000-tonne press was also installed, which boosts our stamping capabilities.

Stamped components are widely used in the automotive industry for various applications, including chassis, body panels and structural parts. Formex provides a wide variety of stamped components, including but not limited to:

  • Chassis components
  • Brake and suspension system parts
  • Engine and transmission components
  • Structural parts

The largest auto transfer press in the Eastern Cape at Formex Industries' Struandale plant

Formex tubing division

Our tubing division produces and distributes tubular and exhaust-related components. This division reaches beyond the automobile industry with stainless steel tubing being a crucial product for a number of other industries. 

Formex tubing also makes use of laser welding, TIG welding, CNC bending and forming, and robotic welding technology to manufacture the following tubular components:

  • Exhaust systems
  • Air conditioning and ventilation tubes
  • Suspension system parts
  • Boiler and air-reheater tubes for the power and sugar sectors

We also have the capability to manufacture components such as roll-over protection structures, drive chain tubes, mining split-sets and various construction industry components.

A selection of Formex products in a glass display case

Importance of working with a local supplier

Working with a local supplier has various benefits for South African OEMs and enterprises. For starters, it ensures supply chain efficiency, lowering lead times and logistics expenses. Local suppliers understand the market well and can respond swiftly to changes and requests.

Secondly, working with a local supplier offers cost savings. Businesses can access competitively priced components by reducing overseas shipping and customs costs, contributing to overall cost reductions.

Finally, working with a local supplier such as Formex Industries saves time. They can provide rapid support due to its proximity to OEMs, decreasing reaction times and minimising production disruptions.

Formex Industries is a major player in the South African automotive component manufacturing business, providing OEMs with a diverse range of high-quality products. We offer stamped and tubular components for automotive and other applications. For more information about our components and products, please contact us today. 

Formex Industries is a metal forming and assembly company that supplies a variety of complex products to the local automotive industry and the export market. The company is based in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, South Africa’s foremost region for automotive manufacturing and export.

Formex is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier. The company is owned by Deneb Investments Limited – a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (HCI) – one of South Africa’s biggest true B-BBEE companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

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