South Africa's National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), says Renai Moothilal will be its new executive director as of next month.

The association has been without a full time leader since last year, with Roger Pitot advising in a part-time capacity.

Moothilal joins NAACAM after spending the last decade at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), most recently as a senior official in the Automotive policy unit.

During that time, he managed the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI), as well as laying the groundwork for the (ongoing) development of an Automotive Masterplan from 2020 to 2035.

Outside core policy issues he has been part of several incentive adjudication committees as well as being an advisor to automotive companies on issues related to investment and production in South Africa.

"We are pleased at Renai's appointment, said NAACAM president, Dave Coffey. "He brings a set of skills and experience and has, in a fairly short time, made his mark in the automotive manufacturing sector.

"Under the leadership of the DTI, preparations are firmly underway to develop an Automotive Masterplan and supporting policy framework to optimise growth and economic outcomes from the sector up to 2035. NAACAM wants to ensure the automotive component supplier base in SA both contributes to and benefits from this growth."

NAACAM represents around 150 automotive component manufacturing and related service provision companies, spread across more than 220 production sites across South Africa.

In 2015, there were around 82,000 direct jobs associated with component manufacturing. In the same year companies in this sub-sector invested more than R2.7bn (US$202m) while generating sales in excess of R82bn.