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Automotive News

S African product eclipses European filter at auto plant

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 Fine-filter systems supplier Antonair Consulting reports that its locally-developed product has outperformed a benchmark German filter at a Rosslyn automotive plant. 

Brazilian automakers back free-trade deal with SA

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2002 THE Brazilian automotive industry enthusiastically supports the idea of a free-trade agreement between their country and South Africa. 

Synthetic worlds within six walls

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd March 2002 Cyberspace is not just something found in the movies. For a long time, the car industry has been making practical use of virtual environments in the design of new vehicles. This modern technology is now affordable for small and medium-sized companies. 

Exports of wheel rims, exhausts in prospect

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Newly-formed Nissan Diesel South Africa will explore options to manufacture components locally, including wheel rims and exhaust systems, for its global Japanese parent, Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC). 

SA makes vehicle-parts standards leap

20th March 2002 Transport Minister Dulah Omar says the decision by the South African government to adopt United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) regulations makes it possible for industry to enter into larger international markets while allowing the South African consumer to have access to a wider... 

Car choices load supply-chain costs

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 South African automotive component manufacturer, Bosal Africa, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The company has become a market leader both locally and internationally as a producer of exhaust systems, catalytic converters, towbars and jacks. 

Gauteng competitiveness drive

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), a joint venture between Blue IQ and the CSIR, is continuing to provide support services to strengthen the position of the automotive industry in Gauteng and nationally as part of its move towards increased exports, quality and capacity, maintains... 

Supply-chain management outsourcing still pays

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Automotive manufacturers operate in a competitive environment and are constantly trying to spend more time concentrating on their core competencies, which is no longer just about manufacturing, but also the design and marketing of their specific automotive brand. 

Call for holistic government support for auto sector

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Government’s initiative to increase the automotive sector’s international competitiveness, the Motor Industry Development Programme, is currently under review with the possibility of the programme being extended from 2007 until 2012. 

Year of stops and starts for the South African auto industry

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 This year is expected to be a year of mixed fortunes for the South African automotive industry. 

Local auto maker's engine production is set to more than triple in 2002

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) is scheduled to increase its engine production to 160 000 units later this year from 50 000 in 2001. 

Pta plant upgrade kicks off

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 The upgrade of BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn manufacturing plant, near Pretoria, has already begun to enable it to increase production from 49 000 vehicles to 60 000 vehicles a year. 

Brazilian connection for SA auto industry

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Greater opportunity for local automotive parts and components manufacturers to become global players is emerging as a result of growing economic collaboration between South Africa and Brazil. 

Development programme earns reprieve

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) is now moving into its seventh year, and following its success, it is likely that the programme will be rolled over until 2012. 

French-Japanese auto alliance strengthens

15th March 2002 Last month, French auto maker Renault gave instructions to exercise the warrants for 539,75-million shares of Nissan that it has been holding since the 1999 Renault-Nissan agreement. 

Advanced fuels research laboratory launched

15th March 2002 Petrochemical giant Sasol and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have expanded their existing research collaboration by establishing a new advanced fuels research laboratory within the university’s department of mechanical engineering in Cape Town. 

SA tooling industry needs boost

15th March 2002 The South African tool making industry is not currently meeting the tooling needs of the automotive industry, says Arts, Culture, Science and Technology minister Ben Ngubane. 

No excuse for getting lost

15th March 2002 Satellite Navigation for South African BMW drivers has taken a huge step forward with the release of the CD-ROM containing detailed maps of urban Gauteng, the Western Cape, East London and Durban, together with the major routes that connect these cities. 

Development of zinc alloy for auto applications progresses

15th March 2002 Development work by the CSIR’s National Product Development Centre (NPDC) on a more creep-resistant zinc alloy for use in automotive ‘under-bonnet’ components is reaching an important milestone in the experimental stage. 

US govt and automakers announce cooperation in hydrogen-car research

15th March 2002 Against a backdrop of futuristic vehicles at the Detroit Auto Show in January, US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and executives of Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler announced a new cooperative automotive research partnership between the US Department of Energy and the US Council for... 

New SA plant exports auto leather to Italy

15th March 2002 Late last year, Mario Levi Manufacturing South Africa opened its R39-million re-tanning and finishing plant in Uitenhage. 

UK in drive for greener vehicles

15th March 2002 The UK is planning to become a world leader in the move to cleaner, ‘greener’ road transport vehicles of the future. 

Accident-free driving vision

15th March 2002 Studies prove that more than 90% of all car accidents could have been avoided if the drivers of the vehicles had been warned in time of the impending danger. Researchers at German automotive manufacturer DaimlerChrysler are therefore working on various concepts for making vehicles even safer. 

NF Die Casting

15th March 2002 NF Die Casting manufactures cast aluminium alloy road wheels and has the capacity to produce around 1,2-million units a year at present. 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 

R470m toll upgrade nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The R470-million contract to upgrade the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban – being undertaken by Dabulantaba, a joint venture involving Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Fikile Projects – is expected to be completed by mid-year. 

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

Exports grow beyond Africa's borders

15th March 2002 Toyota South Africa (TSA) finally looks set to join the ranks of South Africa’s significant automotive exporters, following its announcement at the end of January that it will be assuming responsibility for Corolla exports to Australia during 2003. 

European export feat for SA automaker

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 In the last four years, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), has gone from only supplying this country’s market, to being recognised as an established exporter of the VW brand back to European markets. 

Union seething over bus makers liquidation

12th March 2002 Bus-manufacturing company Durabuild was placed under provisional liquidation and an estimated 500 workers have lost their jobs. 

Japanese acquire SA truck maker

11th March 2002 Nissan Diesel Motor Corporation (NDMC) said it had acquired South African truck maker Nissan Diesel and will pump R300-million into the company as part of the deal. 

Metal-finishing firm aims for top enviro rating

8th March 2002 Having obtained an SABS ISO 9002 quality assurance listing at the end of last year, metal finishing company African Electroplating is now focusing its attention on achieving SABS ISO 14001 environmental rating. 

SA a testing ground for auto giant

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2002 SOUTH Africa has become one of the most important testing areas for global automotive group DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedes-Benz division. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

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