Tyrexpo Africa Launch
September will see the launch of Tyrexpo Africa 2006 – the only independent tyre trade event focusing on every aspect of the tyre industry – which will take place from 12 to 14 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Look out for full coverage in Tyres & Accessories magazine and online services over the coming months.
Currently all the major OEMs in the world are represented in South Africa with seven plants producing 13 brands. South Africa represents the biggest domestic market for vehicles in Africa, accounting for some 80 per cent of the continent’s production and constituting approximately 50 per cent of Africa’s purchasing power. There are over 20,000 enterprises active in selling and providing aftermarket support for South Africa’s seven million passenger and commercial vehicles. The distribution of the national vehicle parc is mirrored in the location of approximately 5,500 garages and filling stations with their associated workshops, 3,300 specialist repairers, 1,100 new car dealerships, 850 used car dealerships, 450 specialist tyre dealers and retreaders, 650 parts dealers and about 280 farm vehicle and equipment suppliers.