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Automotive Industry

Better brazing techniques improve vehicle body repair quality

22nd February 2008 Advanced high-strength steels used in the manufacture of motor vehicles are changing brazing techniques used in the automotive industry, brazing consumables, equipment and gas supplier Afrox says 

Vehicle sales under pressure from high interest rates, credit rules

22nd February 2008 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports that total new vehicle sales ended 2007 by recording its sharpest decline in about six years 

Hybrids pave the way to green future

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 Local markets will follow global markets towards a more environment friendly automobile market in future, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

Growth despite lower vehicle sales for auto manufacturer

22nd February 2008 Japanese car manufacturer Honda has reported a 75% growth in vehicle sales in South Africa in 2007. 

Coega a possible components import site

22nd February 2008 The new port of Nqgura at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is being explored as a possible import site for containerized components and completely knocked-down parts, Coega IDZ manager of business development in automotive and logistics Gustav Meyer says. 

Steering-angle sensor incorporates new plastics technology

22nd February 2008 The steering-angle sensor that component manufacturer Bosch produces for various international car manufacturers is now being made of Ultradur High Speed, BASF’s easy flowing polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). 

Local company protects vehicles for export

22nd February 2008 After a disappointing 2007 and the weakness of the rand against foreign companies, there is a possibility that vehicle exports are to increase by almost 50% this year and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in South Africa are turning to industrial manufacturing company Tesa to ensure exports... 

Components industry positive despite energy crisis 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 This year should not see a marked difference in the automotive components industry despite the current energy crisis, says the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) 

Local manufacturer ranks in world’s top ten

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 Year-end global sales results for the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) rank Toyota South Africa in the top ten in Toyota’s key world markets, including Japan. 

Automotive manufacturers maintain export volumes despite disruptions

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th January 2008 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says it is commendable that the automotive industry maintained export volumes for 2007, despite some disruptions occurring during the year. 

Technical skills need inspires training academy

27th July 2007 The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has launched South Africa�s first nationally recognised training academy aimed at providing a professional training solution to the South African motor industry. 

Renewed sponsorship demonstrates faith in component quality

27th July 2007 Bearing technology manufacturer SKF South Africa has announced the renewal of its Nissan Motorsport sponsorship for the 2007 racing season, thereby cementing a successful nine-year partnership. 

New engine valve technology to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions

27th July 2007 Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced that it has developed a �next-generation' variable-lift engine valve mechanism and that the technology will soon be introduced to a new production model featuring a 2,0-l engine. 

Technology centre a 'shot in the arm' for local automotive industry

27th July 2007 The automotive industry has received a major boost with the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) automotive technology centre (Satec). 

Enterprise development raises OEM standards

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 Automotive component suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) require strong leadership, skilled workforces and compliance with internationally acknowledged standards of excellence to cement their international competitiveness and realise national priorities in the automotive sector... 

. . . But has a way to go to match global standards

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 South Africa's export-oriented automotive industry needs both an improved supply chain infrastructure and reductions in the cost of doing business if it is to compete on an international footing, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) COO Barlow Manilal. 

Promising outlook for components industry

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 Despite current problems, the outlook for the automotive components industry is positive, says National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Roger Pitot. 

Review hold-up impedes investment opportunities

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 The non-release of the Motor Industry Development Programme's (MIDP) midyear review report, conducted over a year ago, could have severe ramifications for the South African automotive industry in the future, as the country will lose out on investment opportunities to other parts of the world... 

Retail motor industry experiences slowdown in sales

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 The total percentage of new car sales for the period January to June 2007 of 6,8 %, is below the level achieved during the January to June period in 2006, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) CEO Jeff Osborne. Further, he says, sales of new passenger cars slowed more sharply than... 

Donation puts mechanical and mechatronic engineering students in

27th July 2007 Global drive solutions group SEW Eurodrive has donated five complete geared motors with a variety of gearbox layouts to the department of mechanical and mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. 

Consolidation phase for SA auto industry after three record years

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 After three successive years of record sales and production, the South African automotive industry is currently in a moderate phase of consolidation, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. 

Lead employer vehicle drives young skills

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) Employment and Skills Development Lead Employer (ESDLE) was one of a handful of success stories in government's Esdle initiative. Launched as a Gauteng pilot project, and funded by the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector... 

Customised elastomer meets automotive specifications

27th July 2007 Manufacturer and distributor of chemical, plastic, mining and construction products Elastogran manufactures a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomer called Elastollan, which is a customised formulation to meet complex and demanding automotive specifications. 

Record sales augur well for automotive division

27th July 2007 Vehicle sales in South Africa have reached record levels over the last 18 months, which augurs well for Bearing Man's automotive division, says operations manager for Bearing Man's automotive division Ashwin Ramrathy. 

New Southern African agency for global coatings division

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 The coatings and surface technology arm of Sulzer Corporation, Sulzer Metco (SM), has appointed Fe Powder Supplies, of Kya Sands, as its sole agent for the Southern African market. 

Automotive industry operates SA's most advanced supply chain...

27th July 2007 The recent, and third successive, supplychainforesight study of the South African automotive industry's supply chain found that the sector remains in possession of South Africa's most advanced industry supply chain. 

Adhesive tape manufacturer launches automotive choice tapes

27th July 2007 European adhesive tape manufacturer, tesa, recently launched its automotive tapes to South Africa's leading original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) and first-tier suppliers. The high quality tapes and labels, based on the latest technology, offers off-the-shelf, as well as customised,... 

Auto giant eagerly awaits final BEE codes for multinationals

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) chairperson Hansgeorg Niefer expects to have more clarity from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on what is expected from multinational companies under government�s new black economic empowerment (BEE) code �within the next few... 

City aims to have 94 km bus network in place in time for World Cup

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 The City of Johannesburg aims to have its R2-billion Rea Vaya rapid bus transport system operational in 2009 � in time for the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

McCarthy buys Shell Autoserv

5th February 2007 Vehicle retailer McCarthy has acquired Shell Autoserv, a national chain of stand-alone service centres, the company announced on Monday. 

Car giant unveils luxury sedan to be made in East London

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 German motor manufacturer DaimlerChrysler has unveiled the long-awaited new Mercedes Benz C-Class. 

Japanese auto gaint overtakes German competitors as SA's biggest car exporter

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) has taken over the number one position among the country�s built-up vehicle exporters, after more than a decade of trailing German subsidiaries Volkswagen, BMW and DaimlerChrysler. 

Jan vehicle sales rose 6,9% y-on-y

2nd February 2007 New vehicle sales had started 2007 on a positive note, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Friday, when it reported that almost 7% more units were sold in January, than in the same month last year. The 6,9% improvement in sales translated into 3... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Gautrain consortium secures R3bn loan

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2007 The Bombela Concession company, government's private partner in building the 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail link, and its joint lenders, Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), have finalised negotiations to fund its R3-billion commitment to the project. Standard Bank and RMB are the lead... 

Taxi alliance to finalise recap legal challenge this week

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Taxi industry association the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) hoped to have finalised the legal action that it will be taking against the Department of Transport, regarding government's taxi recapitalisation programme, by the end of this week. Speaking in a telephonic interview with Engineering... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

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