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Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2018 The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, set to take place from September 22 to September 29, will mark South Africa’s sixth solar car race. The eight-day event will see more than 20 teams depart from Pretoria and finish in Stellenbosch. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on... 

Volvo Trucks appoints new Southern Africa VP

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2018 Volvo Group Southern Africa has announced the appointment of Marcus Hörberg to lead the company’s local operations, with effect July 1. He replaces Torbjörn Christensson. 

Volvo Trucks appoints new Southern Africa VP
Marcus Hörberg

Goodbye Chery, FAW cars, but Tata, Mitsubishi here to stay, says Motus

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2018 Motus no longer imports Chery, Foton and FAW passenger cars and bakkies into South Africa, says Motus Emerging Brands MD Pedro Pereira. Motus is the division of the Imperial group encompassing all things motoring. Motus is set for a separate listing on the JSE in October, following the unbundling... 

Goodbye Chery, FAW cars, but Tata, Mitsubishi here to stay, says Motus
The Tata Nexon

Davies concerned about extension of US tariffs to autos and auto parts

By: African News Agency      16th July 2018 South Africa’s steel and aluminium exports to the United States does not pose any threat to US national security, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. Davies was speaking during bilateral meetings in Washington DC with US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, US Secretary... 

Davies concerned about extension of US tariffs to autos and auto parts
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2018 The number of truck dealerships in South Africa will decrease over the next few years, says BB Motor Group CEO Arnold du Plessis. The 59-year-old BB Group owns 33 dealerships, ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks. 

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

Manufacturing output tempers recession fears

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose again in May after a disappointing first quarter as production of motor vehicles and durable consumer goods increased, offering hope the economy will avoid slipping into recession. The continent's most industrialised economy suffered its worst quarterly... 

Manufacturing output tempers recession fears

Nissan admits to more testing misconduct for cars sold in Japan

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 Nissan Motor said on Monday it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes. Nissan said it had found sample test environments for emissions and... 

Tesla raises car prices in China -Electrek

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 Tesla Inc has raised prices on its Model X and S cars by over $20 000 in China, automotive news website Electrek reported on Monday, making it one of the first US carmakers to hike prices in the wake of rising trade tensions. China slapped retaliatory tariffs on US car imports in response to... 

Opel investment drives brand identity, new dealerships

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Opel Germany has established a new subsidiary Opel South Africa (Opel SA), which has invested more than R700-million into parts, warranty and service plans for Opel customers in Southern Africa.  

Opel investment drives brand identity, new dealerships

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Public transport in cities faces a growing number of challenges, says UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani. The first is a growing urban population with increasing demand for mobility. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, it means... 

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

Maretha Gerber appointed new head of Merc Trucks Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has appointed Maretha Gerber as the new head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks for Southern Africa. She replaces Clinton Savage.   Gerber has held several leadership positions within Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). 

Maretha Gerber appointed new head of Merc Trucks Southern Africa

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Installation of water  metering system complete
COMPLIANT The Krohne Waterflux electromagnetic flow meter is a low maintenance water meter which meets stringent potable water standards designed for bidirectional flow measurement

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Technology provides  digital water solution  for Africa
GOING DIGITAL Siemens shows how digitalisation of water management processes is creating impressive new possibilities to increase efficiency and reduce costs

Truck sales show SA economy is struggling, says UD Trucks’ Schulz

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2018 The South African truck market is “going through an interesting dynamic at the moment”, says UD Trucks South Africa (SA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The medium commercial vehicle (MCV) market continues to drop – “it’s quite frightening” – while the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) market is... 

Truck sales show SA economy is struggling, says UD Trucks’ Schulz
Photo by Irma Venter
Joachim Rosenberg

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

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 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. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

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

New-vehicle sales up 3% in June, exports tumble

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3% in June, to 46 678 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, show that June new passenger car sales gained 4.4%, to reach 29 886 units. 

New-vehicle sales up 3% in June, exports tumble
Standard Bank dealer automotive retail head Cyril Zungu

Technology, costs, society affecting fleet companies

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Fleet and fuel management company Globaltrack has identified through research that technology, costs and society are the economic forces that have a direct impact on the survival of transport companies. The most prominent of these forces is technology, with the automation of in-house processes,... 

Technology, costs, society  affecting fleet companies
SUN SETTING ON HIGH FUEL COSTS Fuel Management System reduces fuel costs for the trucking and logistics industry

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Cleaner, safer fuel  on display at expo
POWERED BY NATURAL GAS Natural gas fueling stations are the way of the future

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 First-time exhibitor workshop and fitment centre supplier Integrated Marketing will showcase a range of its products to the truck and fleet management industries at this year’s TruckX expo at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre, in Gauteng, on July 11 and 12. “The... 

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market
BALANCING ACT The mobile XTB1200 truck wheel balancer allows for on site balancing

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2018 German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The group also kickstarted its mobility operations in the East African country. 

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

Ford appoints new MD for South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2018 Neale Hill has been appointed MD of Ford South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, effective July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Casper Kruger. 

Mercedes-Benz to invest R10bn in East London plant expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2018 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Cars will invest €600-million, or about R10-billion, to expand its South African subsidiary Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) manufacturing plant, in East London, and equip it for the future. The investment will be used to build a new paint shop and a new... 

Mercedes-Benz to invest R10bn in East London plant expansion
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Cyril Ramaphosa, Nhlanhla Nene and Markus Schäfer

Wärtsilä partners with Hyundai to advance second-life EV batteries for energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä and automaker Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries towards the growing energy storage market.  

BMW SA expects small gains in EV market; in talks with fuel group on charge points

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2018 BMW i3 sales declined last year to 66 units, down from 93 units in 2016. Sales of the fully electric i3 have reached 32 units for the first five months of the year. The i3 currently represents all electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Africa, as no Nissan Leaf sales have been recorded this year. 

BMW SA expects small gains in EV market; in talks with fuel group on charge points
The new BMW i3 electric vehicle

Strong attendance growth at Fastener Fair Turkey 2018

22nd June 2018 Exhibitors at the fourth edition of the Fastener Fair Turkey 2018 welcomed high calibre Turkish and international visitors for three days, with a total of 2 900 managers, engineers and buyers visiting the event. This represents an impressive 70% growth, compared with the 2016 show. 

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Imperial Holdings’ board has resolved to proceed with the unbundling of its Motus automotive business, it announced on Thursday. The JSE-listed company has previously indicated its plans to restructure its operations into two large independent and self-sufficient businesses – one holding the... 

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing
Imperial CEO Osman Arbee

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 A number of fleet management solutions can save businesses the additional costs of the recent value-added tax (VAT) and fuel price increases, says Standard Bank Fleet Management executive head Derick de Vries. He says this year’s increase in VAT to 15% from 14% can be “comfortably offset” by... 

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges
Derick de Vries

S African automotive sector encouraged to embrace Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous transformation and change and there are various challenges that need to be addressed within South Africa’s automotive industry, African Innovators director Sherrie Donaldson said at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, on Wednesday. Speaking as... 

Hyundai teams up with VW's Audi to boost hydrogen cars

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Hyundai agreed a deal with Audi on Wednesday to collaborate on hydrogen car technology, hoping to boost an energy segment that has lagged behind battery electric vehicles. The South Korean firm wants to increase the uptake of hydrogen cars, which are propelled by electricity generated by fuel... 

VW, Ford confirm talks on possible commercial vehicle tie-up

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co are talking about jointly developing and building a range of commercial vehicles including vans, the companies confirmed on Tuesday. A Reuters story earlier on Tuesday said VW and Ford were discussing joint production of vans. 

Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2018 Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has officially launched the South African version of its internationally recognised ‘Factory of the Year’ competition and is urging domestic manufacturers to enter ahead of the August 20 deadline for submissions. AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo... 

Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark
AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo Sibiya

Head of VW's Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 German authorities arrested the head of Volkswagen’s luxury arm Audi on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be detained over the carmaker’s emissions test cheating scandal. Munich prosecutors, who earlier this month widened their probe into Audi, said Rupert Stadler was being held... 

London, other cities call for new petrol and diesel car ban to start earlier

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other city leaders from across Britain said on Monday a government plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward by ten years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality. Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said... 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Series production of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, is set to begin next year. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019
The Porsche Taycan

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO,  he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

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