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Abland to develop combined-use Menlyn Maine Towers

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Property developer Abland will develop a combined motor dealership and premium office space, called Menlyn Maine Towers, in Pretoria, and aims to achieve a 4-star green rating accreditation with the Green Building Council of South Africa. The development for the Barloworld Toyota Menlyn... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at UK car plant after warnings on Brexit, diesel

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will go down to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant in central England just days after its boss warned about the impact of Brexit and diesel policy. The Castle Bromwich facility will operate a three-day week from October until the... 

SA delegation arrives in Japan for investment mission 

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 A South African delegation arrived in Tokyo, Japan on Monday for an investment mission which is set to take place until Saturday. The delegation, led by the acting head of Invest South Africa, Yunus Hoosen will be meeting with leading companies in an effort to attract them to invest and expand... 

SA delegation arrives in Japan for investment mission
Acting Head of Invest South Africa Yunus Hoosen

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

Tribunal approves OTS’s acquisition of controlling share of Chevron South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday approved, with conditions, the proposed merger between Off The Shelf Investments 56 (OTS) and Chevron South Africa (CSA). The approval follows after the tribunal heard the second bid to acquire the controlling 75% stake in CSA and after receiving a minor... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2018 Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging company GridCars, will install 82 new public charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the country’s major hubs, as well as along frequently-travelled holiday routes. The R30-million infrastructure investment should... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA
Jaguar's EV network coverage

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 FAW South Africa’s Coega assembly plant, in the Eastern Cape, in August celebrated the assembly of the 4 000th FAW truck in South Africa. Inaugurated in July 2014, the FAW plant was the first large-scale investment made by a China-based company in the region. 

FAW’s Coega plant produces 4 000th truck

Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Cumulative passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales have, most likely, surpassed four-million units at the beginning of September, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). This includes battery electric passenger vehicles and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. 

 Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

South Africa's Automotive Masterplan 

7th September 2018 Government and the automotive industry are said to be close to reaching consensus on the South African Automotive Masterplan. Irma Venter tells us more. 

South Africa's Automotive Masterplan
South Africa's Automotive Masterplan

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification

7th September 2018 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is encouraged to see a high number of large companies applying for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme (WFCS) which is a quality requirement for fusion welding of metallic materials, as well as certified... 

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification
HERMAN POTGIETER I'm encouraged by the growing demand for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme in the country

GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 African Rainbow Capital Investments subsidiary GemCap has acquired online transport management business Linebooker from the Oceana Group for an undisclosed amount.   “The investment by GemCap is significant in that it gives us the scope and capital to expand our service offering and logistical... 

 GemCap investment allows Linebooker to venture outside South Africa
Nick Hoffman

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 2.5% in August, to 47 964 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicate that August new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.2%, to reach 31 447 units. 

New-vehicle market drops by 2.5% in August, exports up 7.7%

Bidvest lifts FY18 HEPS despite volatile market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest on Monday declared a final dividend of 301c a share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended June 30 to 556c, amid a volatile market, which the company said was characterised by weak economic growth and consumer spend,... 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana
Thomas Schaefer and Alan Kyerenmaten, with Angela Merkel and Ghana VP Mahamudu Bawumia looking on.

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2018 Government and the automotive industry have reached “99% consensus” on the South African Automotive Masterplan, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October. “We are close. We are 99% there. We are just finalising the targets.” 

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October
Photo by Dylan Slater
DTI director-general Lionel October

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

Mobility as a Service could be defining in the future of city transport – ITLS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) can, when integrated with smart mobility and public transport, provide efficient transport services for city inhabitants, says Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) founder and director and Sydney Business School Professor David Hensher. Speaking at a... 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Production at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant could, potentially, reach a new record in 2019. BMW SA started production of its first X3 models in April, following a R6.2-billion investment to move from 3 Series sedan assembly to building the new X3 sports-utility vehicle. 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019
BMW Group SA and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard 

30th August 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. Anine Kilian tells us more. 

KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard
KLT’s community partnerships in S Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Hino South Africa (SA) expects to see local truck sales grow from 3 400 units in 2017 to 4 300 units in 2018 – a 26.5% jump in a domestic truck market that is likely to remain flat this year. Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann says the increase is driven by strong growth in Dyna sales, following its... 

Hino SA expects 27% sales jump in flat domestic truck market
Hino assembly at the Durban plant

Volkswagen SA appoints Andile Dlamini as new head of group communications

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has appointed Andile Dlamini as head of group communications. He will take up his new position on September 1. He replaces Matt Gennrich. 

 Volkswagen SA appoints Andile Dlamini as new head of group communications
Andile Dlamini

VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) South Africa, a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, has entered the domestic heavy-duty truck market, with the start of sale of its Pro 6000 series trucks. This will add to the Pro 3008 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) truck range introduced when the company... 

 VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry
The Pro 6016

The 5%, 50% and 360 km/h of Gauteng’s e-toll network 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2018 Little is known about the numbers of the Gauteng open-road toll network (GORT), beyond the well publicised 70% of users who don’t pay their toll bills. However, South Africa’s first electronic toll collection system has laid bare an interesting array of data since its 2010 inception. For example,... 

The 5%, 50% and 360 km/h of Gauteng’s e-toll network

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 An excellent performance from the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from a number of acquired businesses and solid results from the SG Fleet have seen Super Group post a 15% jump in operating profit, to R2.4-billion, for the financial year ended June 30.... 

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions
Peter Mountford

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) aims to grow sales from the roughly 38 000 units expected this year, to about 45 000 units in 2019, says HASA sales and operations director Stanley Anderson. HASA could very well achieve this 18% growth aspiration, as it is about to launch a raft of new... 

Small Styx SUV, revived Atos to push Hyundai sales in 2019
The Hyundai Kona

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Bridgestone South Africa will move into its new head office, located in the growing Waterfall City commercial node between Johannesburg and Pretoria, in February next year. The tyre manufacturer’s new headquarters will occupy 4 800 m2 and accommodate a staff complement of more than 200. 

Bridgestone to move into new Waterfall head office in 2019
Bridgestone brick laying ceremony at the Waterfall precinct

2018 motoring costs highest to date, says WesBank

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The average monthly cost of motoring has increased by about R940, or 14% in the last year, and a whopping 31% since 2013, this according to the latest data from vehicle and asset finance specialist WesBank. Despite prevailing interest rates remaining at low levels and favourable vehicle price... 

2018 motoring costs highest to date, says WesBank

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 Commercial vehicle technologies supplier WABCO South Africa (SA) last month launched ProVia – a high-quality, price-competitive aftermarket brand for commercial vehicle braking systems – across ten Southern Africa countries. ProVia is a safety-focused and reliable budget parts product range for... 

Cost-effective braking systems brand launched
COST CONCERNS A lack of growth within the local commercial vehicle space has resulted in fleet owners’ buying and installing cheaper, but inferior aftermarket products

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 On the back of introducing its all-electric Volvo FL and FE trucks, global manufacturing company Volvo Trucks aims to be the leading sustainable transport solutions provider globally. Sales and series production of the new Volvo FL and FE trucks – designed for urban distribution and refuse... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure
POLICY PUSH Electromobility technology will become essential to the global transport industry as environment-focused legislative policies begin to take effect

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners
INJECTOR REPAIRS Work done on a fuel injection system must be carried out by a competent, skilled and original-equipment manufacturer approved service centre

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” says Ford... 

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa
FORD RANGER The company invested R3-billion in 2011 and another R3-billion in 2017 to meet worldwide demand for the Ranger

Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2018 A big game changer to ensure higher compliance on Gauteng’s open-road toll network (GORT) is to find a solution for the historic debt accumulated within the system, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. He says research done within ETC has shown that a number of people are... 

 Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2018 It is anticipated that the unbundling of the Imperial group will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, says Imperial acting CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Speaking at the company’s annual results announcement in Johannesburg on Tuesday, he said Imperial Holdings would be renamed... 

Imperial unbundling to be implemented in Q4, says Akoojee
Mohammed Akoojee

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2018 Isuzu is alive and well in South Africa, following the abrupt departure of General Motors (GM) from the country in 2017. Following the US company’s exit, Japan’s Isuzu Motors acquired General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Struandale manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth – where GMSA assembled... 

Isuzu SA alive and well, says CEO Sacke
Michael Sacke
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