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Automotive Components

Advanced gearbox for compact segment

20th June 2014 An advanced gearbox, featuring manual and automatic options for gear shifting will soon be introduced to Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki’s compact range of cars. 

Touch screen to replace dashboard buttons

20th June 2014 A large tablet-like touch screen is set to replace buttons in Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s newly updated sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC90. 

Touch screen to replace dashboard buttons
CONNECTED DRIVING The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible

Consumers affected by escalated component prices

20th June 2014 Vehicle owners and operators are increasingly feeling the pinch as a direct result of inflated prices of vehicle components, reports trade body, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA). 

Consumers affected by  escalated component prices
LES MCMASTER Vehicle workshop owners are finding it increasingly difficult to source good quality parts at an affordable price

Wiper clip system enhances compatibility

20th June 2014 A ‘retro clip’ system incorporated into two flat-blade models of windscreen wipers ensures both models are compatible on 95% of South African light and commerical vehicles, reports powertrain and vehicle safety technology company Federal-Mogul. 

Wiper clip system  enhances compatibility
BETTER VISION Flat blades provide a more uniform contact with windscreens, with evenly distributed pressure along the length of the wiper

Components on display at expo

20th June 2014 Automotive components will be on display during the 2014 Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, running from June 24 to 26, in Messe Stuttgart, Germany. 

Imports made easy with one point of contact

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2014 Import and working capital company Blue Strata reports that importing automotive components can be easier if one point of contact is used, as it eliminates the need to deal with five or more services providers, including banks, overseas suppliers, freight forwarders, clearing agents and local... 

Imports made easy with one point of contact
GREG CLINE Dealing with one point of contact means reduced administrative overheads and better transparency in monitoring inbound supply chain logistics

Close eye on automotive component demands

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 New steel grades are continuously being developed and manufactured, especially higher strength steels that are thinner and lighter, to keep up with the constantly evolving nature of the automotive industry, says local steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor. However, South Africa’s steel mills do... 

South African-made automotive products take top awards at Automechanika Johannesburg

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 Five South African-manufactured products reached the final round of this year's Automechanika Johannesburg's 2013 Innovation Awards, highlighting the ingenuity of South African automotive manufacturers. These products reached the top ten out of 25 products and included Durban-based designer and... 

New shock absorber tester does away with questionable results

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 South African shock absorber manufacturer Control Instruments Automotive's (CI-A's) flagship brand, Gabriel, launched a new, internationally recognised shock tester tailored to the South African automotive market in late 2012. "Gabriel spent 2011/12 developing and adopting an internationally... 

Improving Chinese quality weakens demand for local automotive components

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 South Africa's declining manufacturing sector, coupled with the improving quality of automotive components being manufactured in China, has resulted in a greater demand for the cheaper Chinese automotive components, import and working capital specialist Blue Strata Trading sales head Greg Cline... 

Improving Chinese quality weakens demand for local automotive components

New gear train and series wound motors designs add power to winch

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 Off-road equipment and accessories manufacturer Warn Industries’ new range of re-engineered Zeon winches, which are powered by a redesigned planetary gear train and series wound motor, was launched in April. The new automotive transmission system enables the winch to have faster, quieter and... 

The Challenges of Today’s Fleet Management 

21st June 2013 In the not too distant past, fleet management concerns were about the nuts and bolts around maintenance. While those issues are still relevant today, there are now more ‘advanced technological’ issues to address. Against this backdrop Creamer Media and Standard Bank recently co-hosted a Fleet... 

The Challenges of Today’s Fleet Management
Discussion at the Standard Bank Fleet Management Forum, held at the Melrose Arch Hotel

Automotive friction products include security seals

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 A new range of Textar automotive friction products that prevent the use of fraudulent parts - mainly brake pads and break shoes on light and medium commercial vehicles - was launched last month in South Africa. "The Textar range, which is manufactured by brake friction material original-equipment... 

EC continues to experience growth in automotive sector

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 State-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) intends to attract two additional automotive original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and to continue attracting tier-one, -two and -three automotive component suppliers to the Nelson Mandela Bay... 

Centre makes headway in greening local automotive component industry

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 A combined saving of R13-million, between July 2011 and June 2012, by all participating suppliers has been achieved as a result of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) and Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) partnership, says NCPC-SA automotive sector... 

Second automotive component manufacturing incubation centre to be established 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Construction will start in 2013 on a Nissan automotive components manufacturer incubation centre based at the company’s facility in Rosslyn, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) supply chain development department manager Neeraj Kessery. 

Waterborne basecoat technology introduced

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 After a successful implementation period of two months in pilot auto body shops across the country, automotive coatings systems marketer and manufacturer Freeworld Automotive Coatings has, this month, introduced two new product ranges to the South African market. 

Manufacturer expects to increase parts division’s market share

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai expects its parts division’s market share to grow by at least 75% during the next three years, parts director Gary Braude tells Engineering News.  

New automotive component packaging bin launched

22nd June 2012 Packaging custom designer and manufacturer Conceptainer has launched a new recyclable, collapsible bin that is proving particularly successful in the automotive sector. 

Safer way to move tyres

22nd June 2012 A smarter, safer way to move green tyres from one machine to another is making a positive difference to tyre builders in tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s Uitenhage manufacturing plant.  

All vehicles and components to conform to same standards 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) automotive department, which regulates complete new vehicles, motor cycles and automotive components such as child restraints, break friction material, break rubbers and seals, break fluid, automotive glass, motorcycle helmets,... 

Component manufacturer diversifies to include assemblies

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Component manufacturer Dycer Engineering is diversifying its capabilities by including the assembly of automotive components in its service offering, says MD John Gawler. 

Developments in Coega IDZ create opportunities for SA company

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Current developments in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) in the Eastern Cape will create opportunities for coil and leafspring manufacturers Springwell to supply its products to large multinational clients, technical director Andrew Ogden tells Engineering News. 

Distributor launches durable tilt switch

17th June 2011 Automotive components distributor and manufacturer Control Instruments Automotive has introduced an Autosave tilt switch, which is designed to detect vehicle rollover. 

Supplier to introduce solvent-free tyre repair patch 

By: Sinette Goosen     17th June 2011 Global producer and supplier of automotive and industrial products Rema Tip Top will introduce an innovative solvent-free, tyre-repair patch to the South African market in the next six to 12 months.  

New shock absorbers suited to 4 × 4 vehicles

17th June 2011 Automotive components manufacturer and distributor Control Instruments Automotive launched the new Gabriel Safari heavy-duty performance (HDP) shock absorber for sport utility vehicles and 4x4’s, in May. 

Control systems provider signs supply agreement with vehicle manufacturer

17th June 2011 Supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles Wabco has entered into a long-term agreement to supply South Korea’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company with its OnGuardPlus braking system. 

Supplier introduces new wiper blade range 

17th June 2011 Powertrain and safety technology supplier to the vehicle original-equipment manufacturer market, Federal Mogul, says its new Easyvision wiper blade range enables it to serve both directfit and retrofit applications in the mid-level price point market segment. 

Manufacturer receives GMSA supplier of the year award

17th June 2011 Seat assembly manufacturer Lear Corporation South Africa (LCSA) was, in April this year, awarded General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) overall Supplier of the Year for 2010 award. 

Automotive industry increases use of cenospheres

By: Sinette Goosen     17th June 2011 Sole South African cenospheres producer Microspheres South Africa reports that its cenospheres significantly reduce interior vehicle noise when used in bituminous sound dampening sheets for vehicles. 

Companies collaborate to measure carbon footprint of fleet vehicles

By: Sinette Goosen     17th June 2011 Global mobility knowledge company Mobilitas will, on July 1, launch the first phase of its Green Fleet Management system, which was developed in a joint venture with automotive industry statistical information provider Response Group Trendline (RGT). 

Sports car maker uses carbon-fibre chassis on new model

17th June 2011 Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini’s new Aventador LP700-4 is the company’s first flagship model that features a production carbon-fibre chassis, made using an Araldite resin system for resin transfer molding (RTM). 

Carbon tax set to cripple industry, avers association exec

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 Government’s launch of the new vehicle carbon emissions tax, in September, is premature and holds financial repercussions for the automotive components industry, which has only just started recovering from the global recession, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

Strengthening Eastern Cape’s 
automotive industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is engaging with 20 more companies to locate to its 236-ha dedicated automotive production area, in Zone 2 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP), with the roll-out plan for the project already in... 

Increasing the knowledge and skills base in industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 To strengthen the knowledge and skills base within the automotive components industry in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has been involved in a chair with local vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from... 

Skills still lacking despite drive by government and industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 Government departments and agencies continue to support the development of skills in the automotive industry, however South Africa is still behind the required skills level to ensure adequate competitiveness and economic growth, reports the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) maketing... 

Drive specialist adopts a new, holistic approach

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has adopted a new global strategy from Germany, the Drive 360o, which focuses on selling SEW Eurodrive products holistically and providing solution based products to its industries.  

Exports to play a significant role as a catalyst for growth

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive MD Urs Roos reports that exports will play a significant role in the company’s future and that industry activities in Africa are on the rise. He tells Engineering News that, once political discrepancies are put aside, the potential for growth and opportunity is... 

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