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Automotive News

Nathi Khena, Putco

31st August 2001 Nathi Khena 

Southern African railways: is it sunrise or sunset?

By: Keith Campbell     31st August 2001 The SADC railway network is a regional physical communication and integration network of enormous importance and potential, but which faces major challenges and needs radical reform 

New safety code for rail industry

31st August 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will develop safety standards for the local railway industry – an initiative which is believed could facilitate uniform railway safety standards for the entire Southern African Development Community and even the sub-Saharan region. 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

SA autocats for Europe and China

20th August 2001 Auto giant Volkswagen South Africa has secured a further R1,7-billion in catalytic converter contracts over the next five years for export to Europe and China. 

Smiths Wheels

17th August 2001 Smiths Wheels manufactures and distributes alloy wheels of varying designs and fittings. 

Developments in engines and accessories

10th August 2001 The innovative design Storm five-cylinder diesel engine fitted in Land Rover's Discovery and Defender four-wheel drive vehicle models is equipped with an unusual fuel-cooling system from Serck Heat Transfer, which helps to ensure consistent power output. 

SA beats autocat forecasts

By: System Author     10th August 2001 It was estimated that South Africa will manufacture ten-million catalyts by 2002 but, already, this industry is expected to top 11-million units this year alone. 

Where is the systems planning?

10th August 2001 I have noted with irritation and agitation the increasing number of large advertising boards that are being put up along our freeways. 

DTI cuts tyre-imports red tape

9th August 2001 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has heeded persistent complaints by the Tyre Dealers' Association (TDA) and promised to issue their delayed import permits immediately. 

Increased skills with a new training programme

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 A new internationally-recognised automotive shopfloor programme run by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is set to get under way in September this year. 

. . . but Aussie shrugs off zinc bears

3rd August 2001 While market analysts are ‘sinking’ zinc as an investment option, one Australian producer is convinced that the metal still has a bright future. 

Auto sector sees R1-billion increase in capex

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 The year 2000 saw a significant improvement in the automotive industry, with higher sales volumes and new vehicle pricing resulting in industry revenue rising to R32,6-billion compared with R24,9-billion in 1999, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa... 

Incentives help firm to boost its profits

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 Twelve months after Austrian company VA Tech TMS took over South African firm Cullinan Precision Engineering (CPE), the new automotive line producer has more than tripled its turnover from R30-million to over R100-million, says MD Mike Kirby. 

Counterfeits are flooding R15bn auto spares market

3rd August 2001 South Africa is being flooded by counterfeit and substandard vehicle spares creating a very real danger on the roads, warns the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). 

Counterfeits are flooding R15bn auto spares market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 South Africa is being flooded by counterfeit and substandard vehicle spares creating a very real danger on the roads, warns the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI). 

Three-year logistics contract awarded

3rd August 2001 South African vehicle manufacturer, Ford Motor Company of South African has announced its decision to appoint DNA Supply Chain Investments to handle its outbound logistics to dealers across Southern Africa. 

Customers receiving more attention

3rd August 2001 Customers in today’s fast pace world are increasingly demanding a one-stop-shop in all aspects, including automotive servicing, says Robert Bosch’s director of automotive aftermarket sales and technical services, Edwald Faulstich. 

Low growth rates deter auto investors

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 The South African economy needs to sustain growth rates of between 5% and 6% to encourage the motor industry to invest in the country, DaimlerChrysler CEO Christoph K 

New black-empowerment tyre firm established

3rd August 2001 A new black empowerment tyre company, established and run by a group of Trentyre employees from previously disadvantaged communities, has been established in South Africa. 

Firm's successful exports continue

3rd August 2001 Continuing its successful export programme to the balance of the African continent, in April this year Nissan South Africa exported a record 502 units into the numerous African territories in which it is active. 

New concept in exhaust systems

3rd August 2001 International automotive component manufacturer Bosal’s research and development centre in Lummen, Belgium, backed by its facility in South Africa, has developed a new concept in exhaust systems which could be the biggest step forward in exhaust system technology since the catalyst. 

Replacement parts on offer

3rd August 2001 The new multipurpose vehicle from Daewoo, the Tacuma, has gained another feature following the launch of a purpose-designed and manufactured towbar by Bosal Automotive. 

Testing machines for the automotive sector

3rd August 2001 UK firm Anthony Best Dynamics (ABD) is now one of only a few companies worldwide to offer a full range of kinematic and compliance (K&C) testing machines for the automotive industry. 

Firm is to tap more automotive markets

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 Vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has entered into negotiations with US company General Motors regarding an increased shareholding within the company, Delta announced last month. 

Tyre manufacturer on a roll

3rd August 2001 Two years of research paid off when South African tyre manufacturer Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) was awarded the contract of over R75-million to supply tyres for the DaimlerChrysler Sprinter vehicles for DaimlerChrysler (DC) Germany earlier this year. 

Range of supply-chain solutions supplied

3rd August 2001 Supply-chain solutions company Exel supplies a wide range of products to the automotive industry, including integrated logistics centres, supplier parks, inbound transport, aftersales services including automotive management services and support services. 

SA to be the platform for global auto growth

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 Uitenhage autotive manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa is setting its sights on being the platform supplier for the next generation of cars produced within the group. 

Auto-trader's ownership will change hands

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 By September this year, South African brand management giant Barloworld will own 100% of the South African Subaru distributorship, thereby adding a wholesale operation to its sizable automotive stable, Subaru national marketing executive Teresita van Gaalen tells Engineering News. 

Automaker steels for Aids battle

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 Automotive giant DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has become one of the first local motor manufacturers to launch a HIV/Aids workplace strategy, which it is implementing at its branches in East London, Pinetown and Pretoria, indicated CEO Christoph K 

Wheels manufacturer plans to lift output and boost exports to 80%

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2001 The Johannesburg-based HE Group is the new owner of 33-year-old Smiths Wheels, after buying the wheel manufacturer from the Dorbyl Group in April. 

Replica materials for Pta station rebuild

By: Laura Franz     3rd August 2001 The unusual nature of the replica products required to restore the charred Pretoria station to its former glory is creating opportunities for local contractors and artisans in the field of carpentry, tiling, roof construction, and painting, reports Stocks Building Africa MD: Gauteng Johan Brink. 

Union welcomes new rail-restructuring mood

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2001 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), which believes the intended concessioning of rail parastatal Spoornet’s cash cows – CoalLink and Orex – will deal a body blow to the country’s railway system, says it is “happy that the government is... 

In search of automotive excellence

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Last year South Africa exported 100 000 vehicles; five years ago it exported none - a mirror of the change which has taken place in South Africa’s automotive sector. 

Bullet train from airport to Sandton in 12 minutes

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 Imagine travelling from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Sandton in twelve minutes. 

Taxi hub opens May

By: Zonika Botha     27th July 2001 By the end of May next year, 100 000 taxi and bus commuters will pass through what will be Johannesburg’s largest transport-cum-trading hub. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

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