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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Manufacturer improves extra-heavy truck warranty

24th August 2012 Truck and bus manufacturer Hino has announced a comprehensive warranty for its extra-heavy trucks in South Africa. The new warranty on the Hino 700 Series model range is now valid for three years with unlimited kilometres for on-road use and two years with unlimited kilometres when the truck is... 

Spring manufacturer maintains competitiveness

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Spring manufacturer, Springwell reports that several large export contracts by vehicle manufacturers are under way, which is positive for the South African economy and automotive component suppliers. However, as the scale of these projects increases, so does the competition between component... 

Green focus for truck and bus manufacturer

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Local vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus South Africa reports it is able to serve the increasing demands for fuel-efficient heavy and extra-heavy trucks that have optimal power-to-weight ratios. 

Healthy commercial vehicles market drives services, support development

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Owing to a significant increase in the sale of commercial vehicles, Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Hasa) reports that it is shifting its focus to improving the fundamentals of its specialised Hyundai Commercial Vehicles division to avoid outgrowing its service capabilities too quickly. 

Ethanol a good green option for SA buses – supplier

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Truck and bus supplier Scania South Africa believes that ethanol-powered buses can be a viable option for greener transport in South Africa. 

Plant hire company receives 12 tipper trucks

18th November 2011 Plant hire company CE Plant Hire has received 12 tipper trucks from commercial truck company FAW this year, with the last two delivered in October. 

Manufacturer’s production facilities expanded by R100m investment

18th November 2011 Manufacturer and refurbisher of commercial trailers Paramount Trailers plans to increase its market share by investing in a new manufacturing plant. 

Manufacturer introduces new truck ranges  

By: Sinette Goosen     18th November 2011 Truck manufacturer and distributor Powerstar has introduced its new improved VX and V3 truck ranges at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in October. 

City school group buys new buses

18th November 2011 The South African Board of Jewish Education’s concern for the safety of its students informed its decision to replace the bus fleet used for transporting pupils of the King David schools in the Johannesburg area. 

Creation of specialist division results in sales growth

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th August 2011 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) says it has experienced significant growth in commercial vehicle sales since launching its specialised Hyundai Commercial Vehicles division in January. 

Commercial vehicle sector holds significant job creation potential

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th August 2011 As one of the main business sectors in South Africa, the medium to heavy commercial vehicle sector holds great potential for creating much-needed jobs in South Africa, says vehicle finance provider WesBank head of commercial vehicle finance Shane van der Merwe. 

Demand for lighter trailers on the rise 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th August 2011 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco reports that demand for its fibreglass interlink trailers has increased in excess of 50% over the past two years. 

Trailer design prevents metal fatigue

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th August 2011 A new side tipper trailer, designed by Pretoria-based trailer manufacturer Scully-Coetzee Trailers, is geared towards meeting the demands of local operating conditions and eliminating the effects of metal fatigue.  

Trucks are indispensable

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 There is a false perception that an upgraded rail network will result in turmoil, possibly crippling a keen source of entrepreneurial opportunity in the commercial vehicles industry, Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) commercial vehicles manager Danie de Beer reports. 

Manufacturer to open up office in South Africa

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 Suspended dump body (SDB) manufacturer Duratray International will be establishing a South African office before the end of 2010.

The company reports that South Africa represents a strategic entry point to the local and sub-Saharan African markets. Duratray International has already concluded a... 

Healthcare a priority for trucking industry 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) reports that the once stable industry of about 70 000 South African truck drivers is now under threat from the impact of poor health and the shortened life span of its driving workforce. 

Uniformity needed for transporting dangerous goods

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 A national standard for inspecting vehicles transporting dangerous goods is being established to bring uniformity to the varying conditions set out in various municipal bylaws, freight transportation consultant Transheq Consulting owner Richard Durrant reports. 

Confusion reigns over dangerous goods vehicle regulations

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 A national standard for inspecting vehicles transporting dangerous goods is being established to bring uniformity to the varying conditions set out in various municipal bylaws, freight transportation consultant Transheq Consulting owner Richard Durrant reports. 

Logistics group upgrades Namibian freight infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 The Namibian logistics initiative Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) reports that it is involved in the improvement of three freight corridors to neighbouring countries. WBCG CEO Johny Smith says that the group aims to convince businesses to ship goods destined for southern Africa through the Port... 

Despite uncertainties, industry shows signs of growth

By: Karishma Thakurdin     20th August 2010 Despite the current state of the economy, the commercial vehicle sector is experiencing positive growth, reports local truck assembler Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA). 

New contactless ticketing system for buses

20th August 2010 Bus operator Buscor says that its new ticketing system, developed by business process and information technology services company Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), aims to improve passenger and operational efficiency. 

Positive results from distribution optimisation contract

20th August 2010 Supply chain management major Barloworld Logistics reports that it has achieved positive results in the first year of its distribution optimisation contract with Navistar International, a US-based manufacturer and distributor of commercial vehicles, engines, parts and services. 

New electronic, mechatronic remanufacturing unit

20th August 2010 Global commercial vehicle control systems supplier Wabco Holdings has established an operating unit Wabco Reman Solutions, that will specialise in remanufacturing electronic and mechatronic components, as well as traditional mechanical products for commercial vehicles and passenger cars. 

Developing, attracting youth key to trucking industry

By: Karishma Thakurdin     20th August 2010 The lack of skills is a significant challenge for the truck building industry and more initiatives are needed to raise awareness and attract the youth into this sector, reports specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles TFM Industries. 

New range of vehicles to enter local market 

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 Despite the current financial downturn, commercial vehicle company Iveco South Africa is experiencing good sales and also has a range of new vehicles that will enter the South African market in the future, Iveco MD Eddy Chvatal tells Engineering News.

Iveco’s bus range is the company’s current... 

Future growth in local truck sales looks positive

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 While the overall commercial vehicles market in Africa has declined, some markets have actually improved over the last year. Future growth in South African truck sales looks positive and the recession may encourage higher efficiency, commercial vehicle supplier MAN Truck & Bus group marketing... 

Local company experiences growth in vehicle tracking

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 Fleet management and vehicle tracking company DigiCore, has seen remarkable growth in its vehicle tracking division, a 93% recovery rate of hijacked trucks and is offering new underground and undercover global positioning system (GPS) technology, DigiCore MD Mark Rousseau tells Engineering News.... 

Highly efficient biofuel could replace diesel

20th November 2009 In the search for efficient alternatives to fossil fuels, producer of heavy trucks and transport solutions, Volvo Trucks, and other companies are at work, in Sweden, developing a new, highly efficient biofuel as a vehicle fuel. Volvo Trucks is working with the European Union, the Swedish... 

Niche market 
entry increases company sales

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 Despite the current global economic environment, trailer manufacturer AFRIT has restructured the company to target a niche market and has started to see an increase in sales.

The market may be turning - at least for this company. In the last few months, AFRIT side-tipper sales have increased... 

Potential ban may hinder industry growth

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 The commercial vehicle industry is facing a potential ban on certain categories of transport by truck and higher production costs, owing to State-owned power utility Eskom’s tariff hikes. But, if government heeds the industry’s call for support on the potential ban and other challenges, potential... 

Manufacturer aims to 
reduce its environmental footprint

21st August 2009 New trucks in South Africa, purchased after January 1, 2010, will have to comply with the Euro II regulations. This means that engines cannot produce more than 2,2 g/km of carbon monoxide (CO) and 0,50 g/km of hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides. 

Local truck sales feel the pinch of the economic crisis

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st August 2009 Manufacturer and supplier of specialised vehicles TFM Industries MD Johan van der Merwe says that, with the current economic pressures, local truck sales are down by about 50%, which results in a lot of stress in the market.  

New technology monitors tyre pressure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st August 2009 Producer of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles Wabco Automotive South Africa has introduced a new technology that will monitor tyre pressures and enhance the safety of a fleet. 

Top mounts secure contact between tyre and road surface

21st August 2009 Diversified engineering company SKF South Africa’s vehicle service market manager Marchant Taylor says that the toughest of all suspension components is the top mount suspension.  

South Africa’s first hybrid dump-truck concept unveiled

21st November 2008 Mitsubishi Fuso, a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa unveiled South Africa's first, hybrid dump-truck concept at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). 

Japanese trucking company achieves independence

21st November 2008 Commercial vehicles company Toyota Trucks announced at the Johannesburg International Motor Show that the company is to break from Toyota South Africa to become an independent division, reports the company.  

Slow progress to rail spells positive outlook for commercial vehicles industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st November 2008 Despite the current economic downturn, and the changing of South Africa's freight transportation policy which hopes to once again transport the majority of bulk materials by rail, the future of South Africa's commercial vehicles industry is still bright, reports the Road Freight Association (RFA). 

German engineering company cashes in on Africa

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st November 2008 German engineering company, Voith Turbo, reports that a significant portion of the generated by the company's transportation division has been made on African projects. 

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