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Growing FAW becomes SA’s second biggest truck exporter

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 FAW South Africa (SA) first appeared as one of South Africa’s top five truck exporters in 2016, debuting in fifth position. In 2017, the company has moved up to the number two spot, behind the Volvo group. Exports reached 159 units in 2016, growing to 212 units in 2017. 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 The UK team attempting to break the world landspeed record has announced a revised timeline for the project. It has been the expectation that the Bloodhound supersonic car would travel to South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, later this year. 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2018 If South Africa does “not move quickly” on creating a market for electric vehicles, “we’ll be left behind”, warns Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Also, should the South African automotive industry wish to achieve its long-stated objective of producing a million or more vehicles a year... 

 SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield
The Nissan Leaf 2

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018
YEAR OF THE DRONE The versatility of drones make them adaptable for a variety of industries

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2018 Brink Towing Systems this month produced its 350 000th tow bar at its plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The Pietermaritzburg-based company is a manufacturer and importer of towing solutions. 

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) last week dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export, transporting more than 100 units on 27 wagons via train to the Durban port, with Europe the final destination. “[This is] the result of a R6.1-billion investment into the country and the... 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 UD Trucks has joined the global pursuit to develop fully electric and self-driving trucks. The group launched a road map, called Fujin & Raijin, Vision 2030, that aims to deliver fully-electric and autonomous trucks over the next 12 years. 

 UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings. This number is down from the record R171.1-billion achieved in 2016, at 15.6% of total export earnings. Total automotive revenue in the South African... 

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Trade shows, expos significant to investment into Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th May 2018 In its fifty-second year of serving the automotive industry in Portugal and internationally, Portuguese automotive suppliers association Afia believes that being involved in trade shows, conferences and expos plays a significant role in creating relationships with countries such as South Africa. 

Automotive press for local range of light commercial vehicles

4th May 2018 A servo-driven automotive press for automotive components integrated provider Auto Industrial (AI) has been designed, manufactured and commissioned by pneumatic, electric and mechanical drive technology specialist Tectra Automation. The application- specific automotive press is used by AI to... 

Automotive press for  local range of light  commercial vehicles
THE SERVO-DRIVEN AUTOMOTIVE PRESS The servo-driven automotive press produces one part every 40 seconds for 22 hours a day

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Metals supply constraints could slow battery electric vehicle (BEV) production rates in the near term, says ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service.  

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation 

2nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about Ford South Africa CEO Dr Casper Kruger’s plans to lure consumers back to the Ford brand. 

Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation
Ford South Africa’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3.6% in April, to 36 346 units, compared with the same month last year. The number is not the final tally, however, as it is expected to increase by about 350 units once Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa submits its delayed sales tally by the... 

April new-vehicle sales improve by 3.6%

Fuso aims for a 10% share in South Africa’s new-truck market

By: Irma Venter     2nd May 2018 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) wants to grow Fuso’s share of the local new-truck market from 6.1% in 2017, to 10% in 2020, says DTBSA executive director Jasper Hafkamp. Fuso market share in 2014 was 4.2%. The South African new-truck market reached 22 268 units in 2017. 

Fuso aims for a 10% share in South Africa’s new-truck market
The Canter Lift FE4-130

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

By: African News Agency      27th April 2018 The five unions involved in the national bus drivers' strike have slammed efforts at resolving the almost two-week long impasse, saying despite interventions at the highest levels the parties remain "far apart" and that the strike action will continue into the long weekend. In a statement issued... 

Parties in bus drivers' strike still 'far apart' - unions

Company operating under new name

27th April 2018 Since the beginning of January, equipment manufacturer Bosch Group’s motors and generators division has started operating under independent company SEG Automotive. The new name is testimony to over a century of history in the development and production of starter motors and generators as well as... 

Daimler joins China's Responsible Cobalt initiative

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 German carmaker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a programme established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labour... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2018 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended
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Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield

Commuter bus firm Hosken lists on the JSE

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail, which operates the Golden Arrow bus service, on Tuesday became the second company this year to list on the JSE’s main board.  Welcoming Hosken to the exchange, JSE primary markets head Prejelin Naggan said that the listing should... 

SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2018 Despite certain areas of weakness, South African component suppliers have advanced their competitiveness and productivity in recent years, shows the South African Automotive Supplier Industry Benchmarking Report 2018. “It is clear that South African suppliers are making real progress, and that... 

 SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2018 Toby Venter’s LSM Distributors will, in May, expand its South African portfolio with the addition of the Lamborghini brand. LSM currently distributes sports car brand Porsche and super-luxury marque Bentley in South Africa. 

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable
The Lamborghini Urus

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

Porsche unveils two new GTS models

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2018 The beauty of the new Porsche 718 Boxter GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS is that you can inch along with the Joburg morning traffic and travel over the occasional speed bump without any problem, or that you can switch to Sport Plus mode, which makes the German gentlemen clear their throats like... 

Porsche unveils two new GTS models
The 718 Cayman GTS

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is opposed to reducing protection on the import of electric vehicles (EVs) as a way of increasing domestic demand, arguing that automotive firms should, instead, use the duty offsets available to them through production rebate... 

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Haulage company offers discounted rates
LONG-LENGTH LOADS Transcon Haulers demonstrates its long-length load capability

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

CMH achieves 17.2% y/y increase in FY18 headline earnings despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Tuesday reported a good set of results for the financial year ended February 28, despite ongoing challenges including a difficult economic, trading and political environment.  

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck
AIR PRODUCTS Air Products has more than 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

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