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Country-specific hazards emerge during self-driving car’s world tour

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Metair expects to report positive growth in FY17 headline

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 JSE-listed Metair expects to report a 24.6% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, while earnings a share are likely to be between 21.6% and 25.5% higher year-on-year. “The automotive component vertical recovered after a difficult 2016, returning to... 

BMW close to ten-year supply deal for battery minerals – FAZ

By: Reuters     12th February 2018 BMW is close to signing a ten-year supply contract for lithium and cobalt, the company's procurement chief told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, amid an industry-wide scramble for raw materials needed for electric car batteries. "The aim is to secure the supply all the way down to the... 

Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up bakkie, was unveiled in Thailand this week. The Raptor will be produced at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, as part of a $220-million investment announced late last year, aimed at... 

 Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant
The Ranger Raptor

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry

9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems have revealed a new technology roadmap that will enable next-generation in-vehicle networking with security. Additionally, the companies have shared their timelines for commercial deployment of... 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry
INNOVATION COLLABORATION Hyundai and Cisco have been collaborating since 2016

Multistage line a first for South Africa, to reduce scrap rate in automotive industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th February 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode will later this year test the prototype model of a custom-built, multistage slitting and blanking line. Once the full-scale line has been built and commissioned it will achieve average scrap rate reductions of between 5% and 25% and improve... 

Multistage line a first for  South Africa, to reduce scrap  rate in automotive industry
WARNE RIPPON The new multi-stage slitting and blanking line will be a first for South Africa

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced

9th February 2018 Research and development enterprise Toyota Research Institute (TRI) presented Platform 3.0, its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The new platform is based on a Lexus LS 600h L and combines greater technological... 

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced
NEXT GENERATION Platform 3.0 is one of the most perceptive automated driving test cars on the road

VWSA passenger car market leader for seventh consecutive year

9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturing company Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) ended 2017 with 80 308 sales, giving it a total market share of 21.8%, with the Volkswagen brand achieving 18.9% share in a year in which it ran out of supply of its most successful models. Since the introduction of the Polo... 

VWSA passenger  car market leader for seventh consecutive year
MARKET LEADER The Volkswagen Polo sold 22 916 units last year

Lubricants company creates specialist division to drive localisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa (FUCHS) and its parent company FUCHS Petrolub SE, based in Germany, have created a Lubritech division to drive a specialisation and localisation agenda.  

Lubricants company creates specialist  division to drive localisation
Photo by Duane Daws
PLANT FOR PURPOSE Before food-grade lubrication can be manufactured, it needs certain certifications, including Kosher, Halaal and ISO 21469 certification

High-performance diesel engine oil launched

9th February 2018 Earlier this month, lubricant and grease manufacturer Blue Chip Lubricants launched a super high-performance diesel engine oil called Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40.  

High-performance diesel engine oil launched
EXTENDING ENGINE LIFE With the current influx of diesel engines into the South African market requiring this type of technology, now is the ideal time to introduce the Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40

Portuguese association says MoU with South African tooling bodies beneficial to both countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th February 2018 With an 85% export rate in the past year from its member companies in Portugal, Portuguese mouldmaking association Cefamol secretary-general Manuel Oliveira says the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with South Africa’s National Toolmaking Initiative Programme (NTIP) and Tooling... 

Auto masterplan to be tabled in Cabinet next month

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 Government’s new automotive industry support scheme will be presented to Cabinet in March, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe. However, he tells Engineering News that it “must not be assumed that Cabinet will endorse it immediately. Once they endorse it, we will proceed.” 

Positive Budget will see growth surpass current forecasts – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 It is possible for economic growth in South Africa in 2018 to surpass all current expectations, but “much depends on what is announced in the budget speech”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. The budget is to be announced on... 

Joburg aiming to complete assessment of feasibility of electric buses by end-2019

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

New Polo, Polo Vivo production starts at Uitenhage in wake of R6.1bn investment

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 German carmaker Volkswagen in 2015 took a multibillion-rand decision to invest in new Polo and Polo Vivo production in South Africa. However, it is “unlikely” that the group would have come to the same positive conclusion in 2017, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) MD and chairperson... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

OneLogix achieves strong H1 performance despite tough economy

By: Anine Kilian     8th February 2018 JSE-listed OneLogix’s earnings a share for the six months to November 30, 2017, increased by 11% to 23.3c, with CEO Ian Lourens commenting on Thursday that this growth was organic in nature. “This affirms the strength of our growth strategy and the resilient business models of our businesses,... 

OneLogix achieves strong H1 performance despite tough economy
OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

UK car sales fell 6% in January as diesel demand slumps

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 British new car registrations fell 6.3% in January, in part due to customers being put off from buying diesel models which politicians have targeted over air quality concerns, an industry body said. Total new sales stood at 163,615 units with demand for diesel vehicles declining by an annual... 

BMW SA opens R73m training centre at Rosslyn plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) on Friday cut the ribbon on a new, R73-million training academy at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria. The 6 000 m2 facility can host 300 apprentices a year. 

BMW SA opens R73m training centre at Rosslyn plant
Photo by Irma Venter
Merseta CEO Raymond Patel, Higher Education and Training Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize and BMW SA CEO Tim Abbott

R3.5bn empowerment venture fund to be launched in auto sector this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s seven light vehicle manufacturers plan to launch a R3.5-billion venture fund this year, aimed at boosting black economic empowerment in the domestic automotive manufacturing industry. The seven manufacturers are BMW, Ford, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Nissan and Volkswagen. They... 

R3.5bn empowerment venture fund to be launched in auto sector this year
BMW Group South Africa CEO Tim Abbott

Britain proposes unlimited fines for car emissions cheaters

By: Reuters     2nd February 2018 Carmakers that try to cheat vehicle emissions tests could face unlimited fines and criminal charges under proposals set out on Thursday by the British government. The announcement is aimed at addressing criticism that the government was toothless in dealing with Volkswagen after a scandal that... 

Truck replacement cycle expected to resume in 2018, after 2017 sales slump

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 The South African new-truck market continued its steady decline in 2017, dropping by 2.65% to 25 042 units, compared with the 27 011 units sold in 2016. The new-truck market reached 30 469 units in 2015 and 31 554 units in 2014. 

New gas detection sensors available in SA

2nd February 2018 A range of compact gas sensors from gas detection sensor technology developer Figaro is now available for purchase in South Africa through electronics components supplier RS Components (RS). The company explains that the gas sensors are targeting a wide range of gas monitoring and detection... 

Showcase of SA's manufacturing prowess to debut in 2019

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 To showcase the best South Africa has to offer in terms of local manufacturing and South African-produced capital equipment, capital equipment manufactures lobby group the South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) has partnered with exhibition organisers Specialised Exhibitions... 

Assembly plant included in VW’s roll-out of mobility solutions to Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 German car maker Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VMSR), an integrated automotive mobility solutions company that is to be run under the auspices of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA). VWSA is responsible for the sub-Saharan African region within the Volkswagen... 

Two podium spots for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA in 2018 Dakar

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 Two days of high drama in the 2018 Dakar Rally saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (TGRSA) take second and third spot in the marathon South American race. The race was won by Peugeot’s Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, with TGRSA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel in second place, and... 

January new-vehicle sales decline by 8.9%

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2018 New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 8.9% in the first month of the year, to 45 888 units, compared with January last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that January new-passenger car sales dropped by 11.6 %, to 32 642 units. 

January new-vehicle sales decline by 8.9%

Mercedes-Benz SA adds two more AMG models to its production line

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on Wednesday produced its first Mercedes-AMG C 63 S at the East London plant, in the Eastern Cape, following a R200-million investment to allow for the assembly of three Mercedes-AMG models for the export and local markets. MBSA announced last year that it would... 

Mercedes-Benz SA adds two more AMG models to its production line
The Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Job One

Haval Motors stages revival, mulls local assembly, African expansion

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2018 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) seems to have tapped into South Africa’s love of sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), with the Chinese brand on the comeback trail following a shake-up in ownership. Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) was launched as an independent importer in 2007. GWM in China... 

Haval Motors stages revival, mulls local assembly, African expansion
The Haval H2

New auto support scheme to be presented to Cabinet in March

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2018 Government’s new automotive industry support scheme will be presented to Cabinet in March, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe. However, he tells Engineering News Online that it “must not be assumed that Cabinet will endorse it immediately. Once they endorse it, we will... 

New auto support scheme to be presented to Cabinet in March
The Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage

Prudent fiscal decisions could boost 2018 economic growth, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2018 It is possible for economic growth in South Africa in 2018 to surpass all current expectations, but “much depends on what is announced in the budget speech”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. The budget is to be announced on... 

Prudent fiscal decisions could boost 2018 economic growth, says Naamsa
Nico Vermeulen

Opel to export cars to Tunisia, Morocco – CEO in FAZ

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 PSA Group's Opel plans to start exporting cars to Tunisia and Morocco from its European plants, its chief executive told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in an interview. France's PSA agreed in March to buy Opel from General Motors in a deal valuing the business at €2.2-billion... 

TSAM confirms precautionary recall of 730 000 vehicles

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday confirmed that it was conducting a recall campaign related to potentially defective Takata airbag inflators, which was currently affecting a number of automotive brands worldwide. TSAM stated that this was not a new recall for its models, but an... 

TSAM confirms precautionary recall of 730 000 vehicles

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