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Automotive Industry

Corporate social 
investment feels effects 
of recession

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th July 2009 Chrysler South Africa reports that the current economic climate, coupled with budget restraints has significantly affected its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.  

Three-point seat belt celebrates 
50 years

24th July 2009 Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the three-point front seat belt. 

Growth despite industry difficulties

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 In spite of the current automotive crisis, global vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has recorded a fifth consecutive year of growth in Africa since 2003, reaching a record of 212 362-unit sales. This marks a volume increase of 18% over 2007 and an increase in its market share in the region... 

Manufacturer hopes to lead high-tech, green charge 

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Automobile manufacturer the Ford Motor Company has launched an aggressive plan to bring pure battery-electric vehicles, next-generation hybrids and a plug-in hybrid to the market quickly and more affordably within the next four years. This is part of Ford’s pursuit for greater fuel economy, lower... 

Brand tussels for 
top-three position

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 French vehicle manufacturer subsidiary, Peugeot Motors South Africa (PMSA) has achieved its International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001:2000 certification as part of its ‘Top 3 by 2010’ service quality initiative. 

Repossession rates down, but second round of 
vehicle repossessions looms

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Asset financier WesBank has reported a steady and continuous decline in the number of repossessions since July last year. An interest rate cut in December as well as subsequent decreases in the fuel price has provided brought about much-needed relief for consumers. While repayment arrears have... 

Automaker has green ambition

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Seeking a symbiosis of people, vehicles and nature is auto manufacturer Nissan's philosophy toward the environment as stated in its Green Programme 2010. 

Association develops vehicle technician skills

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Despite the severe downturn in the automotive industry, the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has identified a significant shortfall in the skilled vehicle technicians and is launching an apprentice project aimed at school leavers in order to entice new blood into the local industry.  

Vehicle sales reach all-time low

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Last year’s new vehicle sales reached the lowest annual sales level since 2004 reports National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).  

Local vehicle importer 
overcomes Chinese brand perceptions

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Chinese vehicle importer Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) has overcome perceptions regarding Chinese vehicle brands to exceed the company’s early sales projections by three fold. 

Industry in turmoil

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Following a turbulent 2008 which saw lower revenues, lower profits, and bankruptcies in the automotive industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada (PwC) reported in a press release issued in Janau, that many manufacturers are faced with an equally bleak year ahead. 

Automaker’s time bank 
system protects jobs during economic downturn

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 German luxury car maker BMW South Africa will not lay off any workers in the short-to medium term despite declining auto sales.  

Development centre boasts positive economic impact

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Established to assist in increasing the global competitiveness of the South African automotive industry, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has demonstrated its positive soci-economic effect on key focus areas. 

Growth predicted for supply chain automated communications

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The future development of supply chains will see a dramatic growth in the area of automated communications for on-demand supply chain management, business software company QAD director of product management for supply chain and manufacturing Tom Buffo tells Engineering News. 

Car, component exports accelerate

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 South African car exports this year are expected to increase by 50% more than during the same period last year, with the component production for locally produced vehicles increasing in tandem, National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturer's (Naacam's) Executive Director,... 

Shipping company launches new automotive operations department

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 International freight management and logistics company ABX Turners Shipping launched a specialised automotive operations department earlier this year. 

Automotive development centre cleans up factory floors

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) finalised an agreement in March with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC) to implement cleaner production programmes in the automotive industry. 

Quality management system builds international accreditation

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The five companies that participated in the first, Quality Management System (QMS) cluster through the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), have completed most of the work required of them. 

Two awards for automotive division

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The automotive division of Bosal Plant 9 received two awards at the Annual National Automotive Conference (ANAC) conference, hosted by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in June, for its participation in the AIDC's Tirisano Cluster programme. 

Audit tool identifies supply chain gaps and improvement strategies

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has created a Supply Chain Audit Tool (SCAT), to logically identify gaps within a manufacturer's supply chain, and opportunities for improvement within a manufacturing supply chain. 

Product portfolio mitigates vehicle market decline

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 Vehicle manufacturer General Motors South Africa's (GMSAs) product portfolio, which spans most segments of the local vehicle, has cushioned the impact of the severe drop in sales volumes experienced in the local automotive sector, reports GMSA product communications manager Tim Hendon. 

High-purchase consumers feel the pinch

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 The decline in the average consumers' disposable income is largely responsible for the turbulent conditions experienced in the local automotive industry at present, with repossession figures believed to be in vicinity of 5000 a month, reports accounting and consulting firm KPMG automotive market... 

Japanese manufacture invests in local automotive sector

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 International automotive manufacturer Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has established a local operation in Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) in a R106-million local automotive market capitalisation plan. 

Interest rates snap at heels of local automotive sector

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 The South African automotive industry is currently reeling under the effects of high interest rates and inflation, reports Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa (MIOSA) Johan van Vreden. 

Contract termination not detrimental to local manufacturer

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 International vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group's decision, in consultation with the South African subsidiary, not to extend Volkswagen South Africa's (VWSA's) contract to manufacture and export the new sixth generation Golf and Jetta ranges will not have a detrimental effect on the local... 

Manufacturer plants trees to offset vehicle carbon emissions

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 German automobile manufacturer Audi South Africa is embarking on an environmental project aimed at combating the rise in CO2 emissions, while at the same time empowering local communities to sustain their own environments.  

Taxi offering builds manufacturers commercial vehicle market

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 Italian vehicle manufacturer Fiat Group has launched its Fiat Professional business division with the aim of solidifying the Fiat brand through a diverse offering of light commercial vehicles for the South African market. 

Putting a spring into the trucking industry

25th July 2008 New technologies that enable the production of polyurethanes that are 10 times as hardwearing as rubber compounds are replacing rubber in many applications says polyurethane product manufacturers Polyurethane Precision Mouldings (PPM) managing director Fred Evans. 

Manufacturer expands network

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 Automotive manufacturer Mahindra South Africa is continuing to increase its representation across South Africa with the opening of a new dealership in Lenasia, Gauteng. 

New vehicle sales plummet in 2008

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports that new vehicle sales for the first half of 2008 reflect a sharp decline of 53 347 for the first half of 2008 when compared to the same period last year. 

Sponsorship serves as blueprint for empowering panelbeaters

25th July 2008 The Adopt-a-Panel-Shop initiative, aimed at raising the service levels of Black-owned panelbeaters, is set to become a national initiative with the potential to redress racial imbalances in the vehicle repair sector. 

New product grows vehicle sales

25th July 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Iveco sold more than 13 000 of its New Stralis truck since its launch in early 2007. 

Electronics company receives supplier award

25th July 2008 Electronics engineering company PFK Electronics of Durban received the General Motors (GMSA) Supplier of the Year Award, in the Electrical category, at a gala evening function in Port Elizabeth this June. 

Public sector investments support local automotive industry

25th July 2008 The South African automotive industry has benefited from big investments since the introduction of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995, reports financial services firm Deloitte and Touche. 

Vehicle manufacturer expects record export volumes

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 New export contracts will give vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) record vehicle export volumes in 2008, reports VWSA MD David Powels. 

New era beckons for local vehicle manufacturer

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa has announced that it has become firmly established as a true volume exporter of vehicles in Toyota Motor Corporation's (TMC's) global production network.  

Ford SA to increase its local content from 35% to 70%

By: Dennis Ndaba     20th June 2008 South Africa has a long way to go before it can become an automotive hub like India and China, says Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) CEO Hal feder. 

Former geologist puts nature to work in battery-charger innovation

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd May 2008 Retired mining geologist Ron Johnson has designed a new buoyancy-gravity (B-G) battery charger for long-lasting rechargeable 12-V and 24-V batteries. 

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