The facility is earmarked to be an aluminium alloy manufacturing factory to provide products to both the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and after-sale markets, locally and internationally.

Negotiations are already underway to export the product to the United Kingdom (Wofrace and Dymang) and for the local supplier of OEMs Ford, Toyota and Hyundai.

Raw material for production is readily available from BHP Billiton’s smelter in Richards Bay. The technology required within the plant is aluminium alloy die casting and is readily available. The environmental risk is low, as the hot metal would be transported on the ‘Hot Metal Road’. BHP Billiton produces suitable aluminium alloy to begin the production

The investment requirement is $8.6-million.