Friday, 18th September 2020, COLOMBO;The Sri Lanka Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association (SLACMA) recently announced that the Sri Lanka Government is actively seeking to promote automotive assembly with locally secured components, in order to boost the industry and create better job opportunities. The assembly of 100 vehicles will create more than 250 direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs. With the local vehicle assembly, component manufacturers will have a strong market to sell their products as well as improve product quality.
President SLACMA Dimantha Jayawardena said, “Automotive components manufactured by our members are of the highest quality and conform to international standards. They are fast gaining recognition as OEM products by leading automotive manufacturers. The government has offered this industry policy as an incentive to promote the use of at least 30% of the original components from local manufacturers. This policy is monitored by the Ministry of Industry and Supply Chain under Hon. Wimal Weerawansa, along with the Ministry of Finance. SLACMA is also grateful to Hon. Dilum Amunugama, the State Minister of Vehicle Regulation, Passenger Transport Services, Railway Carriages and Automobile Industries for his active support in driving this policy forward.”
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the SLACMA and the Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA) back in 2017 has supported the technical collaborations. The two associations support each other through joint ventures, guidance in policy matters, and to obtain assistance in finding OEM partners.
Sri Lankan Component Manufacturing has entered the Global Supply Chain by the technical collaboration between Ideal Auto Seating and MSKH India, a joint venture of Magna Worldwide – the largest automotive component manufacturer in the world. Magna Worldwide has its presence in 28 countries with 169,000 employees and 338 manufacturing plants.
SLACMA has submitted a 10-year master-plan to the Finance Ministry as a crucial step to take the Local Assembly Industry and Component Supply to the next level, as they seek quality certification from their regional counterparts to boost growth. Currently, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Industry and Supply Chain is in the process of obtaining cabinet approval for the Standard Operating Procedure for local assembly and local auto-component manufacturing.
“The local automotive component manufacturers find it difficult to export their products as Sri Lanka’s automotive industry as well as the auto-component industry does not have the component classification or certification authority. We at SLACMA have invited the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to provide these certificates to local automotive component manufacturers so that our members could enter the high potential markets around the world. ARAI is the highest standard research organization and the certification body in South East Asia,” the SLACMA President said.