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VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2018 German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The group also kickstarted its mobility operations in the East African country. 

Ford appoints new MD for South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2018 Neale Hill has been appointed MD of Ford South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, effective July 1. He succeeds outgoing MD Casper Kruger. 

Mercedes-Benz to invest R10bn in East London plant expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2018 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Cars will invest €600-million, or about R10-billion, to expand its South African subsidiary Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) manufacturing plant, in East London, and equip it for the future. The investment will be used to build a new paint shop and a new... 

Mercedes-Benz to invest R10bn in East London plant expansion
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Cyril Ramaphosa, Nhlanhla Nene and Markus Schäfer

Wärtsilä partners with Hyundai to advance second-life EV batteries for energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä and automaker Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries towards the growing energy storage market.  

BMW SA expects small gains in EV market; in talks with fuel group on charge points

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2018 BMW i3 sales declined last year to 66 units, down from 93 units in 2016. Sales of the fully electric i3 have reached 32 units for the first five months of the year. The i3 currently represents all electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Africa, as no Nissan Leaf sales have been recorded this year. 

BMW SA expects small gains in EV market; in talks with fuel group on charge points
The new BMW i3 electric vehicle

Strong attendance growth at Fastener Fair Turkey 2018

22nd June 2018 Exhibitors at the fourth edition of the Fastener Fair Turkey 2018 welcomed high calibre Turkish and international visitors for three days, with a total of 2 900 managers, engineers and buyers visiting the event. This represents an impressive 70% growth, compared with the 2016 show. 

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Imperial Holdings’ board has resolved to proceed with the unbundling of its Motus automotive business, it announced on Thursday. The JSE-listed company has previously indicated its plans to restructure its operations into two large independent and self-sufficient businesses – one holding the... 

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing
Imperial CEO Osman Arbee

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 A number of fleet management solutions can save businesses the additional costs of the recent value-added tax (VAT) and fuel price increases, says Standard Bank Fleet Management executive head Derick de Vries. He says this year’s increase in VAT to 15% from 14% can be “comfortably offset” by... 

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges
Derick de Vries

S African automotive sector encouraged to embrace Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous transformation and change and there are various challenges that need to be addressed within South Africa’s automotive industry, African Innovators director Sherrie Donaldson said at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, on Wednesday. Speaking as... 

Hyundai teams up with VW's Audi to boost hydrogen cars

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Hyundai agreed a deal with Audi on Wednesday to collaborate on hydrogen car technology, hoping to boost an energy segment that has lagged behind battery electric vehicles. The South Korean firm wants to increase the uptake of hydrogen cars, which are propelled by electricity generated by fuel... 

VW, Ford confirm talks on possible commercial vehicle tie-up

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co are talking about jointly developing and building a range of commercial vehicles including vans, the companies confirmed on Tuesday. A Reuters story earlier on Tuesday said VW and Ford were discussing joint production of vans. 

Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2018 Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has officially launched the South African version of its internationally recognised ‘Factory of the Year’ competition and is urging domestic manufacturers to enter ahead of the August 20 deadline for submissions. AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo... 

Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark
AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo Sibiya

Head of VW's Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 German authorities arrested the head of Volkswagen’s luxury arm Audi on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be detained over the carmaker’s emissions test cheating scandal. Munich prosecutors, who earlier this month widened their probe into Audi, said Rupert Stadler was being held... 

London, other cities call for new petrol and diesel car ban to start earlier

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other city leaders from across Britain said on Monday a government plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward by ten years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality. Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said... 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Series production of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, is set to begin next year. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019
The Porsche Taycan

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO,  he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

Industry 4.0 to add benefits across the entire value chain

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2018 The nascent industrial revolution happening across the world, termed Industry 4.0, is helping to improve the entire value chain through the digitalisation of all processes and the integration and improvement of the interdependent processes, says industrial systems multinational Siemens Digital... 

Nissan announces Africa, Middle East and India expansion plans

By: Nadine James     13th June 2018 Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan. The automotive manufacturer aims to build on its strengths and “solid profit margins” in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab... 

Germany sees no quick solution to trade row with US, open to talks

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Germany sees no immediate solution to the trade dispute between the United States and other major economies but remains open to talks "among friends", Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Monday, seeking to head off a full-blown global trade war. US President Donald Trump backed out of a joint... 

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Supplier expanding its tools range
RECENT RELEASE The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) last year again produced a record number of vehicles. MBSA’s East London plant built 106 500 vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) in 2015, growing this to a new record of 118 700 vehicles in 2016. 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

Shelby SA opens orders for Shelby F-150, to overwhelming response

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2018 South Africans do love their bakkies – and the bigger the better, it seems. “We are delighted to confirm that the order book is open for a limited number of 565 kW Shelby F-150 bakkies to satisfy the ultimate needs of South African bakkie owners,” Shelby South Africa (SA) CEO Peter Lindenberg... 

Shelby SA opens orders for Shelby F-150, to overwhelming response
The Shelby F-150

New-vehicle market shows improvement in all segments in May

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 2.4% in May, to 42 984 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released on Friday showed that May new-passenger car sales gained 0.7%, to reach 26 561 units. 

Metair seeks to acquire Slovenian battery manufacturer for €300m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 JSE-listed energy storage and automotive component manufacturer Metair has submitted an indicative nonbinding offer to acquire battery manufacturer Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB), in Slovenia.  

Metair seeks to acquire Slovenian battery manufacturer for €300m

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on pace to reach more than 1.6-million units this year, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2014. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF’s) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, there are a number of reasons for this increase, including the fact that... 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 The most important consideration when buying a car (new or used) in Kenya is fuel efficiency – this according to the Deloitte Africa Automotive Insights report on East Africa, published this month. Fuel efficiency is followed by safety and value for money. 

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases
Nairobi, Kenya

KLT SA in push to increase chassis frame production to meet Ford requirements

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT SA) has to increase production this year at its Hammanskraal plant, in Pretoria, from around 450 chassis frames a day, to 500 units a day, says KLT SA CEO Paul Leonard. KLT SA supplies the Ford plant in Silverton, also in Pretoria, where the... 

 KLT SA in push to increase chassis frame production to meet Ford requirements

African auto industries not viable without policy support

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2018 If African governments do not develop sustainable, long-term automotive industry policies – including policy measures that address the issue of the sale of used vehicles – they will fail to develop automotive sectors within their economies, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers... 

 African auto industries not viable without policy support
Lagos, Nigeria

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

Paramount’s KPE JV secures new armoured vehicle order in Kazakhstan

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group’s joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), has secured a new and substantial order from the government of Kazakhstan for its advanced 4 x 4 mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, the Arlan. This follows the recent... 

Paramount’s KPE JV secures new armoured vehicle order in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering'S advanced 4 x 4 mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, the Arlan

Volkswagen SA announces two new appointments

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 Mark Handley has been appointed head of Volkswagen South Africa Commercial Vehicles and Ryan Searle Volkswagen South Africa National sales manager. Handley played a key role in bringing about a significant improvement in Volkswagen's Dealer Satisfaction Index, helping to make the Volkswagen... 

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2018 Mahindra & Mahindra South Africa (MMSA) has initiated contract assembly of its Mahindra and Bolero bakkies in KwaZulu-Natal. Production volume will be 2 500 a year in a single shift, but can be increased to 4 000 units a year. Production is from semi-knockdown kits, imported from India through... 

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

US auto import probe borders on provocation – Germany's DIHK

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The US decision to launch a national security investigation into car imports marks a further low point in business ties with Europe and could lead to costs of 6 billion euros, Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industries and Commerce said on Thursday. "To cite aspects of national security as... 

‘Movement’ key to economic growth – report

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 Investing in transport, logistics and infrastructure to improve the movement of goods is a key driver of economic growth, the ‘Avis Van Rental Movement Report 2018’ reveals. Unpacking key report findings at the launch in Midrand, on Tuesday, Avis Movement Southern Africa commercial vehicles... 

Bloodhound timelines revised 

22nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the latest developments with the Bloodhound supersonic car’s landspeed record attempt, which will be held at the Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. 

Bloodhound timelines revised
Bloodhound timelines revised

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