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Automotive News

Control solution for engine plant

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Automotive manufacturer Ford/Samcor is in the process of upgrading several of the key production lines at its Port Elizabeth engine plant in preparation for some large export orders. 

Local auto industry drives twards third-quarter turnaround in prospects

By: System Author     6th August 1999 The first half of 1999 has been described as one of the most severe downturns in the history of the South African automotive industry, with a six- to nine-month lag expected before the latest interest-rate cuts affect consumer demand. Engineering News features reporter Laura Franz speaks to... 

Coega development zone and port

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An integrated transportation study and a sewage treatment and return effluent study for the Coega development zone and port. 

Transport minister brings ‘justice’ to roads

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Implementing the strategies set out in the Moving South Africa action agenda and ensuring that effective law enforcement is in place are the two main issues that newly-appointed Transport Minister Dullah Omar will pursue. In an exclusive interview he tells Engineering News that the strategies... 

R1-million sort and process upgrade at JIA

By: System Author     30th July 1999 International air express operator DHL Worldwide Express has spent R1-million upgrading and expanding the sort and process flows at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to cater for business growth and to ensure faster shipment transfers and improved shipment security. The gateway, which has... 

Light-truck study a heavyweight cost-saver

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) validation phase has grabbed much of the attention lately in the automotive-steel market. The proof-of-concept body-structure design demonstrates how carmakers can reduce the weight of a passenger car, drop the cost, and increase performance and safety all... 

R1bn for coal terminal No 2

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 State-owned transport provider Transnet has set aside about R1-billion to facilitate the creation of a second coal outlet at Richards Bay – the new terminal is known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT). Those close to the project believe construction will begin during the last quarter... 

R50m road contract begins

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Design work has begun on the project to rebuild and upgrade the Kei Cuttings on the N2 freeway in the Eastern Cape, for which the South African National Roads Agency has allocated close to R50-million. The site is located north of the Kei river, between East London and Umtata. Due for completion... 

Largest trailers built in South Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Transport company Chayah Transport has taken delivery of its first two non-tipping Cargo-Floor trailers. These semitrailers have been designed and build by Henred-Freuhauf trailers, in conjunction with Cargo Floor represenative Rene Wegkamp. The 16 m semitrailers are the largest... 

New rail link makes tracks into Africa

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Setting the wheels in motion for increased trade between South Africa and its Southern African neighbours, a new 150 km railway line, which connects Beitbridge in Zimbabwe with an existing line at West Nicholson, has been opened officially to international traffic this week, reports Spoornet rail... 

High-speed trains for the new millennium

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fleet of high-speed tilting trains will be supplied to the Virgin Rail group under a deal worth  

R6,8m train detection equipment supply contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 LOCAL company Transport Railway Signalling has secured a contract worth R6,8-million from a UK signalling company for the supply of 300 sets of high-voltage impulse track circuit (HVITC) train detection equipment. The HVITC equipment will be installed along 600 km of track by the international... 

State set to commercialise coal-conversion technologies

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) will shortly be appointing consultants to advise it on how best to commercialise proprietary technology which is able to convert coal into value-added products. CEF’s Dr Howard Roberts tells Engineering News the technology is currently housed in... 

Norwegians give SA R320m

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Details of the development co-operation programme – in which Norway will make R320-million available to South Africa over 2000 to 2004 – were announced in June. The new programme represents an extension of an existing co-operation on development between the two countries. One of the... 

New truck rolls on to local market

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Commercial vehicle manufacturer AMC Commercial Vehicles, of Randburg, launched a new 1,5 t truck, the AMC Super Loader, in June. “We expect this vehicle to capture about 50% of the market,” reports AMC marketing manager Rod Drake. The company expects the vehicle to be used by... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

Ship deal puts the wind in SA’s sales

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The unbundling and sale of Safmarine’s container line division to the Copenhagen-based AP Moller group, effective from last month, has already resulted in improved benefits for customers of Safmarine Container Lines (SCL). Although SCL will continue to independently market its Southern... 

Thabo to support spatial-development initiatives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 More emphasis is expected to be given to spatial-development initiatives (SDIs) and industrial development zones (IDZs) by government under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki. In his speech to parliament late last month, Mbeki stated that major investment projects were underpinned by the... 

Transport plan in Pretoria hits a brick wall

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) cannot advance plans to improve the metro’s transport situation since funding and the new demarcation of Pretoria, as well as other unresolved provincial and national issues, are slowing progress. “We have many proposals on how to... 

R500m national motor workshop chain

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Petrochemical company Shell South Africa has announced a five-year plan to develop a national chain of 180 motor workshops which will help to stimulate the motor industry and create over 2 000 jobs The project will see an injection of R500-million into the industry. Earlier this year, the company... 

Second factory follows hot on heels of first

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s first commercial cassava starch plant has been operating successfully in the Northern Province for the past six months following its official opening in January. Reported to be one of the few commercial cassava-starch operations in Africa, the R28-million plant, which is... 

New local truck-production plant opened

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Another name has been added to the Automakers plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, where a range of vehicle makes and models are being produced. The addition of Iveco to the production of Fiat Uno and Nissan vehicles to the plant is another step up the ladder for Automakers to become a large-scale... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Five-year outsourced fleet transport contract signed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TRANSPORT company PPC Transport has concluded an agreement with Corobrick to take over its existing motor transport fleet. The division traditionally serviced its sister company PPC in the transportation of cement goods, but plans to diversify half of its business. PPC Transport will move... 

Business benefits realised

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A drive initiated by Deloitte Consulting to realise further business benefits from Mossgas’s enterprise resource-planning (ERP) implementation has realised substantial gains for the world’s only producer of liquid transportation fuels from offshore gas. ERP – an integrated... 

SA aluminium prospects shine brightly

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What is the current state of the local aluminium industry? At the semi-fabrication level the aluminium industry is about R8-billion a year – to some extent this depends on the ruling London Metal Exchange price. This includes an allowance for the importation of alumina, so I am talking... 

Drive to increase aluminium use in vehicles

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Leaders of the auto- motive and alu- minum industries have unveiled plans to create an inter-industry alliance to promote collaborative research to accelerate the use of new and improved aluminum technologies for motor vehicles. This initiative, called the Auto Aluminum Alliance, includes members... 

‘Do-it-yourself’ aluminium welding promoted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Aluminium welding can be catered for by a process called Techno-Weld, an innovative aluminium fusion-welding and repair process now available in South Africa. It is described as a breakthrough in welding with aluminium, and is a low-temperature (380?C) system which fusion-welds virtually all... 

South African oil firm on African safari

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Newly appointed Engen CE Almorie Maule has informed Engineering News in an exclusive interview that she planned keeping Engen on track with regard to its stated aim of transforming itself into a niche oil industry company with a network spread across the African continent and the broader Indian... 

Transport dept takes non-core back seat

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Department of Transport is commendably taking a back seat when it comes to non-core functions – it is one of four government departments that have outsourced their motor transport services to Imperial Holdings in a R2-billion contract. The contract is most likely to grow to R3-billion... 

Aircraft demand to soar over next 20 years

By: System Author     25th June 1999 More than 15 500 new jetliners valued at US$1,3-trillion will be required by passenger and cargo airlines between 1999 and 2018. This figure has emerged from Airbus Industrie’s latest global market forecast which, for the first time, also contains a comprehensive review of the cargo market.... 

Alu-cans strike gold

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In just five years since the introduction of the aluminium beverage can to South Africa, the recycling of these cans has grown into a multimillion-rand industry. Aluminium Can Recycling Association (Acra) GM Henning Viljoen indicates that the yearly recovery rate of aluminium beverage cans in... 

Five-year transport operation contract won

By: System Author     25th June 1999 PROFESSIONAL haulier Unitrans Freight has been awarded a five-year transport operation contract by chicken producer Rainbow Chickens. In terms of the contract the company will take over responsibility for vehicles, depots and workshops as part of Rainbow’s outsourcing programme. “The... 

Fruit transport bin partnership formed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Johannesburg company Batecor has formed an agreement with Clip-Lok International to own, operate and hire out a revolutionary patented bulk bin to the international fruit industry. These rights also extend to the manufacturing and marketing of the full range of Clip-Lok products within the... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

Gearless transmission systems developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Fuel savings of more than 17% compared with conventional manual gearboxes have been achieved with the infinitely-variable transmission (IVT) system developed by UK specialist Torotrak. This, and a number of other key advantages claimed over conventional manual, automatic and... 

Development of Centurion industrial park on track

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE development of Truck City, forming part of Century Business Park, is on track with three out of eight sites left for development. The balance of the sites at the park have been earmarked for the development of retail, light industrial operations and warehousing and will be proclaimed in... 

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