GUD (Mauritius) Ltd, a subsidiary of GUD Holdings South Africa – a leading automotive products company – is an automotive air filters manufacturer based in the Mauritius Freeport Development (MDF) premises, in Mer Rouge. This pioneering project, with an estimated investment of nearly MUR 60 million, boasts a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant with a production capacity of 2 million units annually. It will mainly supply the Eastern and Southern African countries leveraging on the SADC and COMESA trade agreements. GUD (Mauritius) Ltd intends to employ 50 workers who will benefit from on-the-job training programmes developed in collaboration with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD).
According to GUD (Mauritius) Ltd, an offshore manufacturing initiative provides the platform for a smaller scale fit-for-purpose filter manufacturing unit that would be able to meet a specific demand. Manufacturing in Mauritius provides a paradigm shift that would enable the group to compete at the international level with other companies having plants in different areas. The company has focused on two key principles for the new manufacturing site: firstly, lower costs for manufacturing through location as well as design and, secondly, Mauritius as a location with preferential access to key target markets. The medium-to-long term vision of GUD (Mauritius) Ltd is to substantially increase its production capacity, target new export markets and consider the production of other automotive components such as oil filters or fuel filters.
Following a phased implementation over one year, which has been closely monitored and thoroughly facilitated by the Economic Development Board, GUD (Mauritius) Ltd has been launched on the 29th of March 2019 in Mer Rouge, in the presence of Honourable Soomilduth Bholah, Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, the shareholders and executive directors of GUD Holdings South Africa, as well as all relevant public and private stakeholders. The setting up of GUD (Mauritius) Ltd reinforces the comparative advantages offered by Mauritius to enable value-added activities, hence boosting exports.