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Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Subaru sales accelerate by 10% in ‘lethargic’ South African market

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Subaru South Africa (SA) sales increased by 10% last year, reaching 1 002 units, outgunning a lethargic domestic new-vehicle 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. 

Progressive partnership forged in steel

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 Despite the constrained local economy, steel supplier and processor Allied Steelrode and fully women-owned industry newcomer BBD Steel Suppliers have found growth potential in a progressive partnership. “The state of the steel industry in South Africa is challenging . . . There is a lot of... 

Progressive partnership forged  in steel
MONIKA PRETORIUS, ARUN CHADHA AND GWEN MAHUMA Allied Steelrode and BBD Steel Suppliers have formed a lucrative partnership

Cartrack introduces ‘low-cost’ theft-only insurance product

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Fleet management and vehicle tracking group Cartrack has launched a R9.99-a-month theft-only insurance product, although true price is closer to R108.99, when all costs are included. The JSE-listed group says the “first-to-market innovative insurance offering for vehicle theft” targeted the... 

Goodyear’s soybean breakthrough wins global prize

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2018 The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has won the Tyre Technology International Award for Innovation and Excellence in the category ‘Environmental Achievement of the Year’, during the 2018 Tyre Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany. The technology represents a breakthrough by Goodyear in applying... 

Goodyear’s soybean breakthrough wins global prize

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

Hyundai SA launches light-duty truck, believes market will grow over next 5 years


By: Irma Venter     26th February 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has replaced its HD72 light-duty truck with the Mighty EX8. The EX8 may be the first introduction in a new commercial vehicle line-up for HASA, with the South Korean manufacturer increasingly keen on expanding its range and reach in right-hand-drive markets,... 

Hyundai SA launches light-duty truck, believes market will grow over next 5 years

The Hyundai EX8

China puts responsbility for battery recycling on makers of electric vehicles

By: Reuters     26th February 2018 China will make manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV) responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries, as part of its efforts to tackle mounting waste in the sector, say new rules published on Monday. China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to... 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2018 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has increased Volvo truck sales by 6% in 2017, from 1 957 units in 2016, to 2 074 units in 2017. Volvo trucks secured a third sport in the South Africa heavy-duty commercial vehicle segment in 2017, the only segment in which it competes. 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018
The Volvo Trucks plant in Durban

New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20%, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker... 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Global parcel deliveries reached roughly 44-billion units in 2014, growing by almost 48%, to 65-billion parcels, in 2016.  This trend is far from flattening out. Various studies expect yearly growth rates of between 6% and 8% a year through to 2025. 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania
Metair MD Theo Loock

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) on Friday not only launched its standalone business at its manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth – apart from the General Motors brand, following the latter’s exit from South Africa last year –  but also showcased its new bakkie-derived sports utility... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle
Isuzu mu-X

Cartrack launches R9.99 a month anti-theft product

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 Fleet management and vehicle tracking group Cartrack has launched a R9.99-a-month theft-only insurance product, although true price is closer to R108.99, when all costs are included. 

Cartrack launches R9.99 a month anti-theft product
Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto

East London plant’s performance-car production journey continues

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on the very last  day of Januaryproduced 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 assemblyof three Mercedes-AMG models for the export and local markets. MBSA announced last... 

Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up bakkie, was unveiled in Thailand this week. The Raptor will be produced at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, as part of a $220-million investment announced late last year, aimed at... 

 Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant
The Ranger Raptor

Auto masterplan to be tabled in Cabinet next month

By: Irma Venter     9th February 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 that it “must not be assumed that Cabinet will endorse it immediately. Once they endorse it, we will proceed.” 

Positive Budget will see growth surpass current forecasts – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     9th February 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... 

New Polo, Polo Vivo production starts at Uitenhage in wake of R6.1bn investment

By: Irma Venter     9th February 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... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

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... 

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... 

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

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. 

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