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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.... 

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

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. 

Growing global trend for small, compact  and cost-saving VSDs
MOVIGEAR MECHATRONIC DRIVE UNIT The units are able to reduce installation and start-up efforts and costs

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

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