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PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017
The E-TURN32 as it is a fully electric, computer numerically controlled machine, with all axes using Siemens drive technology and servo-motors. It can bend in 15 axes movements, roll and punch different sizes of tube up to 50.8 mm in diameter, and in any material, such as ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty metals, except plastic

SA auto firms join Tripartite Free Trade Area talks

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Solutions specialist expands product range
ALTIVAR ATV320 This system has been developed to optimise design and engineering costs

Volvo Trucks makes further investment into Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

General Motors rebuffs allegations of acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      25th May 2017 General Motors (GM) on Wednesday rebuffed allegations that it had acted unilaterally without consulting trade unions about its disinvestment from South Africa and the resulting imminent retrenchments. This comes after GM announced last week that it was disinvesting from South Africa and that it... 

SACP denounces disinvesting General Motors acting in bad faith

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The South African Communist Party (SACP) came out in support of workers at General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and its supply chain on Wednesday, denouncing the disinvesting company for allegedly acting unilaterally and in bad faith towards the labour movement. “The SACP expresses its message of... 

Numsa demands full disclosure of GM deal with Isuzu

By: African News Agency      24th May 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Wednesday that it was demanding full disclosure on General Motors' (GM's) deal with Isuzu. This comes after the Numsa officials met with GM employees on Tuesday in Port Elizabeth to discuss details of the company’s decision to... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles

GM’s exit from SA likely to see the loss of 589 jobs 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will, most likely, cut 589 jobs at GM South Africa (GMSA) as it restructures to form Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA), says GMSA. GMSA employs around 1 800 people. 

GM’s exit from SA likely to see the loss of 589 jobs

GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will “have negative consequences on component suppliers to the company’s existing Chevrolet assembly lines”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. “We... 

GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Weak economy continued to exact toll on new-vehicle sales in April

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new... 

General Motors pulls out of SA, GMSA to become Isuzu Motors SA

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) on Thursday announced that it would disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

General Motors pulls out of SA, GMSA to become Isuzu Motors SA
GMSA president and MD Ian Nicholls

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2017 A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing to the increased risk of those preferences being revoked ahead... 

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns
Tutwa Consulting Group MD Peter Draper

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

Cartrack shows strong subscriber growth, battles weak rand, African market
Zak Calisto

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share
Fuso assembly at the East London plant

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 South African vehicle manufacturers in April joined the negotiations around the formation of an African Tripartite free trade area (TFTA).   The local industry was pursuing duty-free access for new vehicles made in South Africa to the markets included in the TFTA, said National Association of... 

SA Auto Inc pursues duty-free access for new vehicles in African markets
Dr Norman Lamprecht

BMW’s Rosslyn plant to start producing X3 early next year

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Chief selected for Imperial’s newest business venture

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 The automotive business of the JSE-listed Imperial group has a new leader. Former Imperial CFO, Osman Arbee, was named as the CEO of Imperial’s newest business venture, the Motus Corporation, in January. Arbee has been with Imperial for close to 13 years. 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant
Zhang Wei, Geoffrey Qhena and Lian Zhaoshan

VW looks to halt losses in Americas, Russia by 2020

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 Volkswagen's core brand has pledged to end losses in the United States, Latin America and Russia by the end of the decade, counting on cost cuts and higher-margin new models as it tries to move beyond its diesel emissions crisis. Europe's largest automaker is pursuing efficiency measures to... 

Atlantis Foundries casts for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The current focus of Atlantis Foundries (AF) is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to the existing business, says AF chief commercial officer Sally Redshaw. “We were unable to source new business under the ownership of Daimler, as it was not part of their strategy.” 

Atlantis Foundries casts for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold

BAIC unveils passenger car offering for SA

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Industry Group Company (BAIC) has unveiled the passenger car that it hopes will secure its first customers in the South African market. The D20 compact hatchback and sedan range “is a boutique small car for the South African market”, says BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan. 

Mercedes-AMG models to be added to SA plant’s production portfolio

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 In 2017, Mercedes-AMG celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The company from Affalterbach, founded by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, today acts as the sports car and performance brand for German carmaker Daimler. The AMG badge has grown rapidly in popularity since 1967, nudged on by... 

New-vehicle sales tumble as economy, politics bite

     2nd May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday... 

New-vehicle sales tumble as economy, politics bite

Volvo Trucks invests in fitment of safety features at Durban plant

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 Volvo Trucks South Africa (VTSA) has invested R6.5-million into its semi-knockdown manufacturing plant, in Durban. The investment will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected safety features that were previously not available in the local market. 

Volvo Trucks invests in fitment of safety features at Durban plant

Bloodhound land-speed record attempt postponed to 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 The Bloodhound team’s attempt to set a new world land-speed record has been postponed to 2018. Initially planned for 2015, the UK-driven record attempt has faced a number of deferments, owing largely to budgetary constraints. 

Downgrades to be felt across entire auto value chain

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 The effects of Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings having downgraded South Africa to junk status will wash “through the entire value chain of automotive production”, warns Frost & Sullivan Mobility Africa programme manager Craig Parker. The impact of the downgrade, leading to a weaker rand, among... 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

Meeting 60% local content goal would transform economy, create 49 000 jobs

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 Achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in South Africa will make a significant impact on the South African economy, including the creation of 49 000 new jobs and an additional R68-billion in gross domestic product, says Automotive Masterplan lead and B&M Analysts chairperson Dr Justin... 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Robotic solution for  machine tools industry
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

Trend of declining SA vehicle exports to the rest of Africa continued in 2016

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa continued its steep decline in 2016, notes the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its newest quarterly business review. Export sales of new vehicles have declined from 78 787 units in 2013, to... 

Truck group says downgrade turbulence could affect market outlook

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 The South African truck market demonstrated ongoing resilience in the first quarter of 2017, despite political and economic turmoil, says UD Trucks Southern Africa MD Gert Swanepoel. However, South Africa’ s recent downgrade by two ratings agencies will determine if the marginal growth achieved... 

Steel demand to grow in 2017/18 as recession risk decreases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Global steel demand will increase by 1.3% to 1.53-billion tonnes this year, and by a further 0.9% to 1.55-billion tonnes in 2018, following growth of 1% in 2016, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said in its latest short-range outlook (SRO), published on Friday. Worldsteel economics... 

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