The speedy industrialisation and modernisation at the moment sweeping by many African international locations has resulted in an elevated demand for capital items comparable to machinery, lubricants, spare components, ball bearings and other mechanical items and accessories. The discussions largely focus on the battle within the automotive trade between the automotive producers and the unbiased spare part producers: automobile manufacturers want a high level of protection for their spare half designs in view of the profitable after-gross sales market, whereas the impartial spare part producers want to see liberalisation of the spare components market.
Whereas this level of visibility is great, the intermittent nature of spares demand mixed with the choices dealer has to service it (purchase from OEM, buy from distributor, purchase from another seller, buy gray market components) make it difficult to accurately forecast supplier demands on to the OEM.
Nonetheless, the rise in demand for quality spare components has inspired parallel imports into the country forcing leading car distributors and spare part firms to start a full-blooded campaign in opposition to illegal importers who operate from neighbouring countries, notably throughout the border in Oman.
These environments achieve somewhat respectable service ranges by way of inordinately high inventory ranges, unresponsive order to delivery lead occasions that cover planning and operations issues within the spare components provide chain, but enhance the danger of buyer satisfaction and experience being sub-par resulting in eroding brand loyalty.
Both the marketplace for unique automotive components (OEM, Authentic Gear Manufacturer) and the free spare elements market (IAM, Independent Aftermarket) are affected by product counterfeiting and grey market trading. Furthermore, there exists a sure danger that a producer of spare elements untruthfully claims to have acted for this objective.