Autobax is one the country’s leading importers of
automotive timing components, oil pumps and
belting and has been operating in South Africa for
The company supplies all the major automotive
manufactures and aftermarket wholesalers throughout
South Africa and neighbouring countries from its head
office in Cape Town and a branch in Johannesburg.
Autobax imports and distributes leading international
and local brands such as Gates, Aisin, TBK, Sanyco,
Shimizu, Universal Clips and Europart. The company
has a long history of strong partnerships with these
suppliers and continues to retain exclusive distribution
rights in South Africa for their products.
During the year, the company greatly improved its
range of products by increasing coverage for the
proliferation of new motor car models in the country,
and by vastly improving its catalogues.
MotoSport Distribution, the motorcycle and accessories
division of the business, has grown significantly in its
7 years of operation and has secured a large portion
of the motorcycle market in South Africa. MotoSport
Distribution operates from offices in Cape Town and
Johannesburg, supplying customers countrywide and
in neighbouring countries.
During the year under review, exclusive distribution rights
in South Africa have been obtained for leading brands
such as Leo Vince Exhausts, Pipercross Air Filters and
PP Tuning Performance Parts.
Additional warehousing has been secured, which
has enabled MotoSport Distribution to expand on its
already extensive product and customer base.
Autobax and MotoSport Distribution have again had
a positive year, achieving budgeted sales and gross
margin targets throughout the year and increasing
turnover by 11%. However, in the coming financial
year, economic circumstances in South Africa are
likely to put pressure on consumers, resulting in less
consumption expenditure. This is likely to dampen
sales in Autobax and management expects very little
real growth in the coming financial year.