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Cummins to grow its Southern African presence as it celebrates 70-years

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Power and engine multinational Cummins aims to grow its presence in its Southern  African operations, including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, says Cummins Southern Africa MD Thierry Pimi. The key industries for Cummins in the region are the mining, power generation and automotive... 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment
SPURRING DEVELOPMENT The East London Industrial Development Zone has attracted more than R7.3-billion, since inception

New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA chief outlines ‘get fit’ vision

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2017 A new-look, restructured Imperial Holdings has, since 2015, disposed of, or is busy disposing of, 42 businesses with a total revenue of R11.9-billion and operating profit of R937-million. These disposals include Regent Insurance’s non-South African operations, as well as Jurgens Caravans and... 

Restructured Imperial continues disposal spree
Photo by Duane Daws
Mark Lamberti

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

SA body makes economic case for embracing global electric-vehicle trend

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 The Electric Vehicle Industry Association’s (EVIA’s) first goal is to demonstrate to the South African public that they can use electric vehicles (EVs) with confidence, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) cleaner mobility programme GM Carel Snyman. The second goal is... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2017 Jaguar drivers can now use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel at the pump, by making use of a new cashless payment app. The Shell app is one of a number of enhancements to Jaguar’s F-PACE, XE and XF models. (Other updates include the addition of gesture technology where the sweep of a foot... 

Jaguar, Shell launch in-car app to pay for fuel at service stations

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym 

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 “We realise that we have to get ourselves fit again and I am committed to achieving that,” says new CEO at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), Robin van Rensburg. “We have not been as versatile in the last while as we should have been.” Van Rensburg joins the Italian-US group from... 

New CEO sends Fiat, Chrysler SA back to the gym
Robin van Rensburg

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 WesBank has announced the appointment of Mark Finlayson as the CEO of its Motor division following the departure of Simphiwe Nghona on February 1. Finlayson is the current CEO of DirectAxis, a subsidiary of WesBank specialising in non-secured personal loans. 

WesBank announces new CEO for its Motor division
Mark Finlayson

Mini SA welcomes new leader

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 BMW Group South Africa has announced that Thilosh Moodally has been appointed as the new head of Mini South Africa. She succeeds Kabelo Rabotho, who left the company at the end of last year. 

Mini SA welcomes new leader
Thilosh Moodally

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has appointed JJ Dowling as the manufacturing GM at its Port Elizabeth plant. He replaces Wayne Brown, who has taken up a position at Continental Tire in the US. 

Continental Tyre SA appoints new manufacturing GM
JJ Dowling

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle
The Dyna truck

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Japanese car manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has appointed South Africa’s Craig Roberts as the new MD at Mazda Southern Africa. Roberts currently serves as the head of sales at Mazda Southern Africa. He will start work in his new role on April 1. 

Mazda Southern Africa appoints new MD
Craig Roberts

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Company expects increased product demand in 2017

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 South African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) predicts another successful year for the Rocol range of products, as a result of increased interest in the lubricant Rocol Reaming, Tapping, Drilling (RTD) range for reaming, tapping and drilling... 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Mercedes-Benz Vans outlines vision for automated driving and delivery

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Mercedes-Benz Vans (MB Vans) has expanded its goal of automated driving to also include automated delivery. The German manufacturer has announced that it is now the lead investor in Starship Technologies, a start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots. 

Oil enthusiasts sponsor 2017 Great Race

     10th February 2017 In December lubricants specialist Champion Oil announced its sponsorship of the July 2017 Great Race where the overall winner will receive $50 000 in prize money with an additional $1 000 in racing oil. The Great Race is the world's premiere old car rally that has been ongoing for 34 years. It is... 

Plastics training crucial for the automotive industry

     10th February 2017 In light of the growing trend within the automotive industry to increase dependency on plastic components and the greater demand this places on employers to train, upskill and transfer skills to employees in South Africa, local plastics industry representative Plastics|SA has been playing an... 

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Positive outlook for  automotive industry
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE Bearings International is poised to cater to increased new-car production levels with its wide range of bearings and power transmission products

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry
WILLEM STRYDOM AND CLIVE O’REILLY SEW Eurodrive SA’s products can help automotive manufacturers optimize their operations as they expand their product lines

Rising fuel costs expected to drive truck replacement cycle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 A sharp increase in fuel tax, triggered by government’s drive to fill its coffers, a stronger oil price and a continued weak rand may lead to a roughly R2/l increase in the price of fuel in the next few months, predicts Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) director and COO Craig Uren. This will have... 

Spark plug range provides unsurpassed coverage

     10th February 2017 Aftermarket automotive products supplier Federal-Mogul, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, is now offering the new EON-Titan spark plug range from automotive products manufacturer Champion, which incorporates innovative use of the latest spark plug technology. 

Spark plug range provides  unsurpassed coverage
COMPREHENSIVE RANGE The new Champion EON-Titan spark plug range provides car parc coverage of 90% with only 18 product references

Two ‘gold’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms to be added to fleet at ultraluxury Macau hotel

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Two ‘gold’ Rolls Royce Phantoms are set to join a fleet of 30 Phantoms soon to operate at Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung’s The 13 ultra-luxury hotel development in Macau, southern China. The 13’s fleet of Phantoms, valued at R236-million when placed in 2014, represents the single largest order... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria

     6th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Dangote, Sinotruk to build $100m truck assembly plant in Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

Peugeot to assemble two car models in Kenya

By: Reuters     6th February 2017 France's PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars, said on Saturday it had signed a contract to start assembling two car models in Kenya. PSA, which wants to reduce its dependence on European sales, will assemble the Peugeot 508 and 3008 models from kits of pre-assembled modules with... 

Electric-vehicle market share expected to rise sharply by 2040

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) could make up 15% to 35% of worldwide new vehicle sales in 2040, says IHS Markit, a specialist in critical information, analytics and solutions. The findings are part of a new research project, ‘Reinventing the Wheel’, that the company will conduct over the first half of... 

New leader for Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa

     3rd February 2017 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Robin van Rensburg as the new CEO and MD of Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa, the importer of Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth and Alfa Romeo brands. Van Rensburg will hold the same title at Chrysler South Africa, the importer of... 

Transformation a top priority for new Naacam chief

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 The biggest goal of newly appointed National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal is to increase the participation of black South Africans in the country’s automotive sector. He says there are “opportunities to drive... 

Truck group expects market to recover in 2017, but risks persist

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2017 Both the South African and sub-Saharan African (SSA) new-truck markets should see growth this year, following a tough 2016, says UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The South African new truck market, including exports from South Africa into Africa, declined by 11%,... 

Tyre testing facility seen as key to boosting manufacturing in SA

By: Dylan Slater     3rd February 2017 A testing facility is urgently required in South Africa to ensure locally made tyres meet the criteria for South African and African conditions, as there is currently no such facility on the continent.  

Tyre testing facility seen as key to boosting manufacturing in SA
NOBUZWE MANGCU A South African tyre testing facility will allow for the local testing of tyres to be done in accordance with local road conditions and applications

Consumers may benefit from aggressive car marketing in 2017

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 New-car prices jumped by around 11.03% in 2016, says asset finance house WesBank. The increase has been measured based on the average transaction value WesBank recorded on new-vehicle sales last year. 

New-vehicle sales fell for third straight year in 2016

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry in January shows that South African new-vehicle sales declined for the third year in a row in 2016. Sales dropped by 11.4%, to 547 442 units, compared with 617 648 units in 2015. New-vehicle sales fell 4.1% in 2015 and 0.7% in 2014. 

SA industry takes wait-and-see approach as Trump piles pressure on carmakers

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

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