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Growing global trend for small, compact and cost-saving VSDs

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to a global trend in cost efficiency and going green, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive sales engineer Sean Tibbott foresees the demand for a small, compact and cost-saving variable-speed drives continuing to grow worldwide. 

High-performance chain offers enhanced strength and reliability

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 To ensure greater strength and durability, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of Tsubaki high-performance product chains now includes the robust Workhorse elevator series. 

Increasing energy cost prompts need for drive systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 The ever-rising cost of energy and the increasing pollution associated with power supply systems are continuously driving the need for alternating current drive systems with low harmonics and power regeneration, says Midrand-based variable-speed drive (VSD) and automation equipment supplier... 

Increasing energy  cost prompts need  for drive systems
U1000 MATRIX DRIVE The U1000 matrix drive does not require any additional filtering to achieve low harmonics

Misaligned pulleys affect belt efficiency and life span

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Misaligned pulleys are one of the biggest contributors to premature failed belts, negatively affecting drive efficiency and shortening the life of the belt significantly, states engineering consumables and components distributor BMG power transmission GM Carlo Beukes. 

Misaligned pulleys affect  belt efficiency and life span
FENNER DRIVE ALIGNMENT LASER The Fenner Drive Alignment Laser is designed for accurate pulley and sprocket alignment

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more  compatible installations
EASYPACT TVS The EasyPact TVS range encompasses nine sizes of contactors that cover a broad range of current ratings

Multifunction vibration meter redefines vibration screening

26th January 2018 Sandton-based distribution centre Comtest is offering electronic test tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke’s latest vibration meter, the Fluke 805, which provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. 

VFD adoption triggers need for bearing protection rings

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 As the adoption of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) increases, so too will the need for the reliable mitigation of destructive shaft voltages, which will lead to increased demand for bearing protection rings, says bearing protection solutions provider AEGIS sales and marketing manager Adam... 

Portuguese firm to support SA’s auto tool-making skills push

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th January 2018 With South Africa having shown growth in the automotive manufacturing sector in the past few years, integrated mould manufacturer CR Moulds laments the shortage of South Africa-based toolmaking skills to match the current positive industry growth. 

Toyota Hilux holds on to top bakkie sales spot

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 The Toyota Hilux in 2017 again took the crown in the annual brawl for the top spot on the bakkie sales charts. Becoming more of a heavyweight bout in recent years, as Ford stepped up its game in this lucrative segment of the local market, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sold 36 422 Hilux... 

New-vehicle sales moved forward in 2017 after three years in reverse

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 After spending three years in negative territory, South African new-vehicle sales finally managed to inch forward in 2017, growing by 1.8%, to 557 586 units, compared with 2016. New-vehicle sales dropped by 11.4% in 2016, 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

Interactive zebra crossing makes South London debut

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2018 UK-based technology company Umbrellium has installed an interactive pedestrian crossing in South London that responds dynamically, in real-time, to its environment. Umbrellium says the familiar zebra crossing design (originating in the 1940s) has not been updated for the ways that city... 

Polo investment decision would have been tough sell in 2017, says VWSA

By: Irma Venter     25th January 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... 

Polo investment decision would have been tough sell in 2017, says VWSA
The new Polo Vivo

Subaru in S Africa to stay, says Japanese brand

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2018 Subaru South Africa (SA) sales increased by 10% last year, reaching 1 002 units, outgunning a lethargic domestic market that managed only a 1.8% gain in 2017 compared with 2016. Subaru has been operating in South Africa for more than twenty-five years. 

Subaru in S Africa to stay, says Japanese brand

UD Trucks wraps up R30m plant investment, studies Eicher assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2018 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has completed a R30-million phase-one upgrade of its Rosslyn assembly plant, in Tshwane. The aim of the investment was to modernise the plant to mirror the UD Trucks’ Ageo plant, in Japan.  

UD Trucks wraps up R30m plant investment, studies Eicher assembly
Aubrey Rambau

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output due to Brexit, diesel uncertainty to hit sales

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will temporarily reduce production at its northern English car plant in Halewood later this year in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars. Jaguar Land Rover's sales in Britain and Europe were flat in 2017 and it... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA takes second and third at Dakar 2018

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 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, which concluded on the weekend, was won by Peugeot’s Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, with TGRSA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA takes second and third at Dakar 2018
Giniel de Villiers

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run onto the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

Further car sales growth expected this year after 2% uptick in 2017

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 South African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association has released its third quarter review of business... 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

Sasol service stations attract largest number of visitors, survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Sasol service stations are attracting the most feet per service station in South Africa, with Shell service stations in second position. Engen, with its much larger service station footprint, attracts more visitors, in total, than any other brand. 

Wesbank to provide financing for Haval Motors customers

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 WesBank, a division of First Rand Bank, has concluded an agreement with Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) to provide finance products for the brand’s expanding customer base in South Africa. The Chinese vehicle manufacturer Great Wall Motors (GWM) has traded in South Africa since 2007. 

VWSA launches assembly, ride-sharing, car-hailing business in Rwanda

By: Irma Venter     18th January 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... 

VWSA launches assembly, ride-sharing, car-hailing business in Rwanda
The 2018 Polo

Volvo aims for climate-neutral automotive manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Volvo Cars' engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company's first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating on January 1. The car manufacturer noted that this marked a significant step towards its vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing... 

New-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

By: Irma Venter     16th January 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-truck market expected to grow by 1.5% in 2018, says UD Trucks

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc 

By: Irma Venter     15th January 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... 

Autonomous driving in SA faces pedestrian, road sign challenges, finds Merc
Self-driving mode on the Mercedes-Benz Inteliigent Drive S-Class with Jochen Haab. (See second self-parking video as well)

Bloodhound to travel to SA this year to chase 800 km/h mark

By: Irma Venter     11th January 2018 The UK-based team chasing a new world land-speed record will send its Bloodhound supersonic car to South Africa in October, the project has confirmed. Following the Bloodhound’s successful 320 km/h runway trial at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, in October last year, the team will be... 

Bloodhound to travel to SA this year to chase 800 km/h mark
Photo by Stefan Marjoram
The Bloodhound at Newquay

Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2018 The Toyota Hilux in 2017 again took the crown in the annual brawl for the top spot on the bakkie sales charts. Becoming more of a heavyweight bout in recent years, as Ford stepped up its game in this lucrative segment of the local market, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sold 36 422 Hilux... 

Hilux, Polo Vivo top 2017 new-vehicle sales charts yet again
The Toyota Hilux

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2018 After spending three years in negative territory, South African new-vehicle sales finally managed to inch forward in 2017, growing by 1.8%, to 557 586 units, compared with 2016. New-vehicle sales dropped by 11.4% in 2016, 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

South African new-vehicle sales inch up 1.8% in 2017, exports, production down

Jaguar Land Rover to decide whether to build electric cars in UK in 2018

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will have to decide in the next 12 months whether to build electric cars in its home market, its director of sales Andy Goss said on Monday. Its first electric model, the I-PACE, will be built in Austria. 

AIDC, Nissan South Africa receives international training accrediation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) on Monday reported that the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), in partnership with Nissan South Africa, has successfully met the training criteria to become an IMI-approved international centre in South Africa. After successfully completing a... 

AI solutions come out tops in auto group’s innovation challenge

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions secured big wins at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) Innovation Challenge, held in November. The winners were announced following a judging process by a panel that included representatives from MBSA’s parent company, German car maker Daimler. 

Another positive month for vehicle sales in November

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales experienced yet another positive month in November, countering general negative economic sentiment for the sixth month in a row, with new-vehicle sales up 7.2% compared with November last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that... 

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Mercedes-Benz launches entry-level commuter bus in SA

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

VWSA uses competition to select five black suppliers to enter supply chain

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has crowned five black-owned component supplier companies as the winners in its Ntinga Project. The Ntinga Project was launched on October 19, with the announcement of ten finalists. These finalists were each provided mentorship by an existing VWSA supplier,... 

Morocco announces auto industry deals worth $1.45bn

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Morocco said on Monday it had signed deals for 26 auto industry projects worth a total of €1.23-billion ($1.45-billion) as it seeks to build its position as an international hub for the sector. The deals include six agreements with French company Renault to expand an "industry ecosystem" allowing... 

SA new-vehicle sales forecast to grow in 2018 – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 South African new-vehicle sales are projected to grow by 2% in 2017 compared with 2016, while 2018 is expected to produce further “modest growth”, says the National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). The association of Friday released its third quarter review of... 

SA new-vehicle sales forecast to grow in 2018 – Naamsa

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