Gqeberha - ISUZU Motors South Africa has been awarded the prestigious Best Exporter Award in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) category and the SJL Flex Environmental Merit award at the recent Eastern Cape Exporters awards held in Gqeberha.
The awards were held on 20 October 2023 to celebrate local businesses making an international impact, together with showcasing the talent and tenacity of some of the province's top economic contributors.
The Best Exporter award in the OEM category recognises ISUZU's growth and expansion in the export market while the SJL Flex Merit Award acknowledges the company's efforts in making a positive impact to the environment and operational efficiency.
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. This has had a positive impact on revenue growth and sustainable profitability allowing the company to make a significant contribution to the country's economy.
"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. We are extremely proud to receive the Best Exporter award in the OEM category as we are fully committed to growing the business throughout Africa, with focus on expanding our footprint and supporting trade initiatives and partnerships. Growth brings vast opportunities for us as a business, our dealers, the industry and country," said Mrs Penelope Mkhwanazi, Senior Vice President for Revenue Generation in Rest of Africa and International Markets.
ISUZU's growth into the Africa markets has not only strengthened its own position but has also contributed to economic development and job creation. The company continues to expand its presence into numerous African countries, solidifying its reputation as a dependable and preferred choice for commercial and light-commercial vehicles.
Mkhwanazi continues "Over the past three years, ISUZU Motors South Africa has seen an increase in ISUZU sales by 59% in the 1-ton pick-up segment in rest of Africa markets, Sub Saharan Africa. We have achieved 195% growth of commercial vehicles in the ROFA markets when compared to the previous financial year."
ISUZU also received the SJL Environmental Merit award for the third time recognising the interventions implemented to protect the environment.
The company achieved a 13,3% reduction in water usage and a 7,5% reduction in energy usage at all its sites while maintaining the recycling ratio of 99% for non-manufacturing facilities. ISUZU improved the recycling ratio for the main manufacturing operation, from 95% in 2021 to 97% in 2022 with all company facilities continuing to be landfill-free since 2-018.
"It is an honour and privilege to receive such recognition for our collective efforts. 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 concludes.
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About Isuzu Motors South Africa
ISUZU Motors South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited of Japan. Isuzu has had a presence in South Africa since 1964, when the first commercial vehicles entered the market, which was soon followed by the introduction of light commercial vehicles in 1972. The brand's popularity grew and resulted in local production of light commercial vehicles in 1978. Today, Isuzu remains one of South Africa's leading commercial vehicle brands and has become renowned for its durability and reliability. For more information on Isuzu products visit www.isuzu.co.za