Fiat Auto SA has been awarded a European three-year, R700-million contract to export 24 000 catalytic converters a month, which will be fitted to the Italian manufacturer’s 1,3 JTD MultiJet engines.

Fiat Auto SA has been awarded a European three-year, R700-million contract to export 24 000 catalytic converters a month, which will be fitted to the Italian manufacturer’s 1,3 JTD MultiJet engines.


Johannesburg-based Magneti Marelli, a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, has been awarded the contract to supply the components. Production of the catalytic converters commenced in June, and the first container will be shipped out this month.


Rosslyn-based Fiat Auto SA, in conjunction with the company’s Global Sourcing headquarters in Turin, Italy, “… is continually evaluating the viability of procuring South African manufactured components for use in Fiat and Alfa Romeo products around the world,” a spokesman for the company said this week.


The announcement follows less than a month after Fiat Auto SA said its Cape Town-based supplier, Arvin Meritor, had been awarded a R250-million contract to supply catalytic converter components that will be used in the Fiat Croma, the next-generation Fiat Punto, and the new Alfa 159.


The first phase of the deal commences immediately, and 100 000 components will be shipped annually from Arvin Meritor's local factory to its main plant in Germany for sub-assembly. From there, it will be distributed to the vehicle manufacturer's various plants in Italy.


CARtoday.com also reported recently that Fiat Auto SA would be exporting heat shields to Fiat's Cassino plant for use on the Croma's exhaust system.

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