Ikhwezi Automotive (Pty) Ltd offers a specialised support mat die-cutting service to Catalytic Converter manufacturers.

T: +27 (0)41 486 2585

F: +27 (0)41 486 2649


Ikhwezi Automotive (Pty) Ltd

Ikhwezi Automotive (Pty) Ltd offers a specialised support mat die-cutting service to Catalytic Converter manufacturers.

Ikhwezi Automotive (Pty) Ltd is a Port Elizabeth based company that was formed during the first quarter of 1999. The company consists of German Nationals and South African shareholders, inclusive of an Economic Empowerment Group.

Some of the shareholders have been involved in the automotive industry for many years and their contribution towards the establishment of the company has been invaluable.
Ikhwezi Automotive has been exclusively contracted by 3M South Africa to die-cut InteramTM material that is imported from the United States of America for use in the manufacture of catalytic converters. Using the latest technology the company can ensure increased supply at shorter lead times, thereby ensuring excellent customer service. All finished products are destined for the export market via local catalytic converter manufacturers.

Ikhwezi Automotive has attained ISO/TS16949 certification and the employees are committed to the continuous improvement of the Quality Management System. The company Quality Policy and related documentation reflects their commitment.

The dedication of the employees is made visible by the clinical appearance throughout the factory in Port Elizabeth.
Ikhwezi Automotive is an example of joint venture partnerships with major overseas suppliers like 3M wanting to participate in the growing South African automotive market and thereby contributing to long-term economic stability.

Equipment and Process

The base is a 150 ton Hydraulic Press with a PLC operated Servo driven, conveyor belt feeder system. Exceptional “run at” averages are achieved by using multi cavity dies.

The press is designed to decoil rolls of material on a continuous basis. Sheets of material can also be die-cut. Indexing is done by a PLC controlled servo-motor. Dies are designed to minimize material wastage. The finished goods product is stacked by a shuttle system. The product is manually inspected, counted and packed.


Working one shift in a 42 hour week and meeting demand at 70% of available capacity.

Quality Management System

Ikhwezi Automotive is ISO TS/16949:2002 certified.


Ikhwezi Automotive (Pty) Ltd will provide the best service possible by the die cutting and delivery of Interam™ components. All business is conducted within the framework of internationally accepted standards. We will endeavour to exceed customer expectations through the service that we offer and by continually improving our Quality Management System.

Management provides for employee participation and is supportive of development at all levels within the company. The participation of all employees is therefore encouraged and no suggestion for improvement goes unnoticed.
Ikhwezi Automotive is committed to protecting the health and safety of its employees by providing a safe working environment and the implementation of responsible waste management programmes. The company is committed to comply with all legislation, national and international, statutory and regulatory that applies to the functioning of Ikhwezi Automotive (Pty) Ltd.

Our Clients

Automotive Clients
Ikhwezi Automotive currently supply to the following manufactures:

· Aluminox
· ArvinMeritor
· Autotube Manufacturing
· Benteler Automotive (Pty) Ltd
· Catalytic Converters / Bosal SA
· Eberspächer South Africa
· Faurecia Exhaust Systems
· Fleetguard EMISSION SolutionsTM
· GBG Engineering
· Gillet Exhaust Technologies
· HJS Automotive Technology
· Magneti Marelli
· Precision Exhaust Systems

Board of Directors

* German

Kalipile Mabentsela

Previously the General Manager for Corporate Affairs at Transnet; has been in senior management positions for the last 10 years. He is a highly respected member of the business fraternity both in the Eastern Province and Gauteng Province.
Email Address: kmabentsela@yahoo.com

Hartmut Dohrer*

Managing Director of Ikhwezi Automotive with over 30 years experience in automotive industry. He is currently based in Port Elizabeth

Pieter Bosch

Currently Executive Director of Ikhwezi Group of Companies and a past President of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business. Presently Director of the Leadership Institute with more than 30 years experience in the manufacturing and corporate and business environment
Email Address: piet@ikhwezisolar.co.za

Willy Gauss*

Currently Executive Director of Ikhwezi Group of Companies and Managing Director of Autopipe (Pty) Ltd; He has extensive historical roots and more than 40 years in the motor industries sector. He is also involved in Property Development in the Eastern Cape.
Email Address: willy001@telkomsa.net

Contact Us

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Our Location and Details

Based in Port Elizabeth, also known as the friendly city of South Africa, we are located at 16-18 Stephenson Street, Deal Party, an industrial area 13 minutes or 13km away from the airport.
Phone: +27 41 486 2585
Fax: +27 41 486 2649

Hartmut Döhrer

Managing Director
Secretary: Adele Wait
Email: admin@ikhwezi-automotive.co.za

Aubrey Karshagen

General Manager
Email: aubrey@ikhwezi-automotive.co.za

Sheryl Fennell

Head Office / Accounts Service
Email: devprop1@iafrica.com
Tel: 043 – 704 4900
Fax: 043 – 704 4907

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Directions to Ikhwezi Automotive

Directions from PE airport to Ikhwezi Automotive

Depart from front of Airport building/car park. Turn right at Stop.
Left at traffic circle (Aviators Restaurant and Filling Station on left).
Over narrow gauge railway line into 3rd Avenue Walmer.
Right at Traffic lights into Heugh Road.
Straight over next set of traffic lights into Walmer Boulevard (Double lane).
Follow Walmer Boulevard to traffic lights at T-junction (view of Harbor).
Stick to lane second from left.
Turn left and keep right onto Freeway.
Follow signposts to Burman Road, Deal Party.
Pass Russel Rd, Albany Rd, Mount Rd, North End, Commercial /Uitenhage Rd.
Stick to left hand lane after Commecial/Uitenhage Rd off ramp.
Do not take Humansdorp/Kempston Rd off ramp; go straight into Burman Rd, Deal Party.

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