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Truck & Bus News

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck and bus tyre plant starts production
The SRSA Ladysmith plant

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd August 2018 Olifantsfontein-based road-rail vehicle (RRV) manufacturer RailPro has developed a bimodal vehicle that transports people and goods on road and rail, says MD Ed Magan. The vehicle, called RailBus, was launched in June. 

Road-rail vehicle innovator introduces RailBus
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITATING MOBILITY Thousands of rural dwellers are situated close to existing rail lines and the RailBus will allow for exploitation of underused rail routes

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2018 The South African new-vehicle market expanded by 2.6% in July, to 47 881 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Wednesday, indicate that July new-passenger car sales gained 4.3%, to reach 32 108 units. 

New-vehicle sales increase in July, 2018 exports set to disappoint

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 Graham Eagle has been appointed as the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), with immediate effect.   His appointment follows the recent resignation of Robin van Rensburg. 

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA
Graham Eagle

Imperial CEO takes extended medical leave until Jan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings CEO Osman Arbee has been placed on medical leave until January 2019, after he underwent surgery in June that subsequently led to a minor stroke. Once Arbee has recovered, he will continue his role as Motus CEO.  

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa is behind the curve on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and this is not a sustainable situation, warns Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “Industry and government need to cooperate a lot more. We are behind the curve. There are no two ways about it. The interaction... 

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to global demand for smarter painting systems that are cost effective and reduce process time, coatings company Kansai Plascon has introduced its Acryline Direct-2-Metal (D2M) system of automotive paints, which is considered as one of South Africa’s leading commercial-vehicle (CV) coating... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range
A RAINBOW OF COLOURS Kansai Plascon’s D2M range is available in thousands of different hues

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

Ford hits carbon  emissions reduction  target eight years early
EMISSION OMISSION Ford’s plug-in Hybrids score a 10 for lowered greenhouse gas emissions

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model
HOLDING IT TOGETHER Collapsible bins were produced to hold automotive parts

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 Sixty-four percent of respondents in this year’s Barloworld Logistics supplychainforesight report indicate that their companies have adopted sustainable business practices. Of the remaining 36% of respondents, 23% say it will only be a priority in the next three years, 6% say it will be a... 

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros

Ford vehicles face extreme conditions in new €70m weather factory

By: Irma Venter     25th July 2018 US car manufacturer Ford has invested €70-million in a new weather factory, based in Germany. The facility features three climate wind tunnels, including a high-altitude lab, and four temperature-controlled test chambers. 

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa on Wednesday hosted a media tour of its 186 027 m2 manufacturing facility in Brits, North West, to showcase how its technology has evolved from the 1950s to date. Bridgestone manufactures passenger radial, light truck radial, truck and bus radial, and... 

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation
Bridgestone manufacturing plant, in Brits

Volvo Trucks appoints new Southern Africa VP

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2018 Volvo Group Southern Africa has announced the appointment of Marcus Hörberg to lead the company’s local operations, with effect July 1. He replaces Torbjörn Christensson. 

Volvo Trucks appoints new Southern Africa VP
Marcus Hörberg

Goodbye Chery, FAW cars, but Tata, Mitsubishi here to stay, says Motus

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2018 Motus no longer imports Chery, Foton and FAW passenger cars and bakkies into South Africa, says Motus Emerging Brands MD Pedro Pereira. Motus is the division of the Imperial group encompassing all things motoring. Motus is set for a separate listing on the JSE in October, following the unbundling... 

Goodbye Chery, FAW cars, but Tata, Mitsubishi here to stay, says Motus
The Tata Nexon

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2018 The number of truck dealerships in South Africa will decrease over the next few years, says BB Motor Group CEO Arnold du Plessis. The 59-year-old BB Group owns 33 dealerships, ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks. 

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Public transport in cities faces a growing number of challenges, says UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Mohamed Mezghani. The first is a growing urban population with increasing demand for mobility. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, it means... 

Public transport systems taking too long to develop, says UITP

Maretha Gerber appointed new head of Merc Trucks Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2018 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has appointed Maretha Gerber as the new head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks for Southern Africa. She replaces Clinton Savage.   Gerber has held several leadership positions within Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). 

Maretha Gerber appointed new head of Merc Trucks Southern Africa

Truck sales show SA economy is struggling, says UD Trucks’ Schulz

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2018 The South African truck market is “going through an interesting dynamic at the moment”, says UD Trucks South Africa (SA) marketing director Rory Schulz. The medium commercial vehicle (MCV) market continues to drop – “it’s quite frightening” – while the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) market is... 

Truck sales show SA economy is struggling, says UD Trucks’ Schulz
Photo by Irma Venter
Joachim Rosenberg

New-vehicle sales up 3% in June, exports tumble

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 3% in June, to 46 678 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, show that June new passenger car sales gained 4.4%, to reach 29 886 units. 

New-vehicle sales up 3% in June, exports tumble
Standard Bank dealer automotive retail head Cyril Zungu

Technology, costs, society affecting fleet companies

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Fleet and fuel management company Globaltrack has identified through research that technology, costs and society are the economic forces that have a direct impact on the survival of transport companies. The most prominent of these forces is technology, with the automation of in-house processes,... 

Technology, costs, society  affecting fleet companies
SUN SETTING ON HIGH FUEL COSTS Fuel Management System reduces fuel costs for the trucking and logistics industry

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Cleaner, safer fuel  on display at expo
POWERED BY NATURAL GAS Natural gas fueling stations are the way of the future

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 First-time exhibitor workshop and fitment centre supplier Integrated Marketing will showcase a range of its products to the truck and fleet management industries at this year’s TruckX expo at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre, in Gauteng, on July 11 and 12. “The... 

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market
BALANCING ACT The mobile XTB1200 truck wheel balancer allows for on site balancing

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 A number of fleet management solutions can save businesses the additional costs of the recent value-added tax (VAT) and fuel price increases, says Standard Bank Fleet Management executive head Derick de Vries. He says this year’s increase in VAT to 15% from 14% can be “comfortably offset” by... 

Standard Bank promises fleet savings as fuel price surges
Derick de Vries

VW, Ford confirm talks on possible commercial vehicle tie-up

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co are talking about jointly developing and building a range of commercial vehicles including vans, the companies confirmed on Tuesday. A Reuters story earlier on Tuesday said VW and Ford were discussing joint production of vans. 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO,  he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) last year again produced a record number of vehicles. MBSA’s East London plant built 106 500 vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) in 2015, growing this to a new record of 118 700 vehicles in 2016. 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

New-vehicle market shows improvement in all segments in May

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 The South African new-vehicle market grew by 2.4% in May, to 42 984 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released on Friday showed that May new-passenger car sales gained 0.7%, to reach 26 561 units. 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on pace to reach more than 1.6-million units this year, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2014. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF’s) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, there are a number of reasons for this increase, including the fact that... 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 The most important consideration when buying a car (new or used) in Kenya is fuel efficiency – this according to the Deloitte Africa Automotive Insights report on East Africa, published this month. Fuel efficiency is followed by safety and value for money. 

East African vehicle market dominated by cheap cash purchases
Nairobi, Kenya

African auto industries not viable without policy support

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2018 If African governments do not develop sustainable, long-term automotive industry policies – including policy measures that address the issue of the sale of used vehicles – they will fail to develop automotive sectors within their economies, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers... 

 African auto industries not viable without policy support
Lagos, Nigeria

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

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