At a recent Board Meeting of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) it was agreed that a second Vice President representing the component manufacturing industry be appointed. This sector is a very important part of AAAM’s automotive development vision for Africa. The current President is Mike Whitfield from Nissan and the current Vice President is Andrew Kirby from Toyota, the new the second Vice President is Dr Markus Thill from Bosch. Office bearers of AAAM are elected on an annual basis.
Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 46.8 billion euros in 2019, and thus contributed 60 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology. Dr. Thill, President Region Africa of Bosch, holds degrees in mathematics and physics, including a doctorate from Université de Paris, and has been responsible for Bosch’s business in Africa since 2014.
David Coffey CEO of AAAM thanked Dr Thill for his valuable contribution to AAAM to date and for accepting his new role as Vice President. He added, “Markus’ passion for developing a significant and sustainable automotive industry in Africa is clearly evident in the awareness and support that he has already gathered around the world for our Pan African Auto Pact Vision”.
The AAAM was established in November 2015. It is the only African body focusing on the expansion and deepening of the automotive industry across the continent, by working with governments to shape and implement policies that will attract investors, unlock the economic potential and align a global network of stakeholders committed to the development of the automotive industry in Africa.
“A sustainable manufacturing automotive industry in Africa is essential for the successful industrialisation of Africa, components will play a key role in this going forward and I am convinced that the AAAM’s vision and approach is the way to achieve this. I am therefore delighted to be able to continue playing a key role in realizing this vision as the Vice President representing the component sector”, said Dr Thill.