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Creamer Media announces special offer for Real Economy Yearbook to be published in June

     Updated 6 hours ago The next edition of Creamer Media’s Real Economy Yearbook will be published on 30 June 2017 and will provide a researched overview of the state of play in a number of industrial and mining sectors. As in previous years, the Real Economy Yearbook will include updates on key news developments in... 

Turnkey vacuum solutions from Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique

     Updated 7 hours ago In a move to become a global leader in vacuum solutions, Atlas Copco established Vacuum Technique as a fifth business area on 1st January 2017. Vacuum solutions originally formed part of Atlas Copco Compressor Technique’s product portfolio. Following the vacuum business’s excellent growth over... 

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... 

BMI expects gradual price recovery for industrial metals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Since bottoming out in early 2016 and staging an impressive, albeit largely speculative, rally over the past year and a half, industrial metals will experience a gradual price recovery over the coming years, as improving fundamentals support a stabilisation, rather than rebound, in prices,... 

Naamsa suspends new-vehicle sales projections amid political flux

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will, for the time being, suspend all new-vehicle sales projections, in light of recent political events. President Jacob Zuma at the end of March fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his deputy, Mcebisi... 

Revised framework for SA auto sector expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen.... 

Volatile rand has big impact on MBSA’s truck business

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a 12.6% drop in sales in 2016 compared with 2015. The company sold 4 631 new trucks and buses in South Africa in 2016, down from the 5 300 units and 5 897 units recorded in 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

SIDENOR places order with SMS group for modernization of bar mill in Basauri

     19th April 2017 The Spanish company SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES, S.L. has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the modernization of its bar mill in Basauri. The goals of the modernization are to achieve a more effective rolling process and an improvement in material properties. The SMS group scope... 

Free State special economic zone to launch at month-end

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 In its efforts to accelerate economic growth and development in designated regions of the country, government is set to launch the Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Tshiame, near Harrismith, in the eastern Free State, on April 25. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said... 

South African to lead local Ford unit for first time since full reinvestment

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 US car maker Ford has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa (FMCSA) region MD, as from April 1. Current president and CEO Jeff Nemeth will take up a new position at Ford as part of his planned return to the US on July 1, states the company. 

Survey reveals attitude of South Africans towards self-driving technology

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 South Africans are divided on who they trust the most to bring self-driving technology to market, with half of consumers preferring tech companies and the other half choosing traditional car manufacturers, reveals the Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study, released in South Africa in March.... 

Metrology institute invests in new mixing technology

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2017 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) on Wednesday launched its new Resodyn Acoustic Mixer (RAM), which it bought for R12-million. The RAM is an industrial mixer that thoroughly mixes gases, liquids, solids, powders and viscous compounds, without the need for impellers or... 

BAIC introduces D20 range, second model to follow later this year 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 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”, said BAIC International VP Li Xiaofan on... 

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

By: Irma Venter     10th 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... 

Stillwater transaction to test Trump team’s appetite for China deals

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2017 Even as President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China met for the first time to try to sort out their complex relationship, Trump’s administration is reviewing attempts by China to buy sensitive US companies and in one case is actively trying to thwart a deal. The Trump administration... 

BMI forecasts change in commodity demand up to 2050

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2017 Structural macroeconomic and industry shifts will contribute to changing demand patterns for various commodities over the coming decades, says research firm BMI. “We believe demand for commodities such as coal, iron-ore, steel and fertilisers will slow over the years to 2050, while demand for... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Volkswagen South Africa Group aims to ramp up production of the new Polo at the Uitenhage plant by the third quarter of this year. 

Getting It Right

     7th April 2017 In an article citing law firm Spoor & Fisher, which was published in our March 24, 2017, edition as part of the Automotive Components feature on Page 32, we inadvertently referred to the company as Spoor & Fischer. The error is regretted. 

Joburg to host automation conference next month

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 The industrial automation multinational Rockwell Automation’s Automation University conference will develop and hone local automation skills and expertise in industries, says Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa control systems and software business manager Christo Buys. The two-day conference,... 

Metair in multiyear deal to supply enhanced batteries to Germany’s Daimler

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

MoU could pave way for Tata-VW cooperation

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (oU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

South African automotive industry at a crossroads

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 The local automotive industry is at a crossroads and the timing of the inaugural National Association of Automobile Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) show, in Durban, came at a critical point for those rising to the challenge of massive policy changes and industry challenges. Speaking... 

Automotive industry key to future of South Africa’s manufacturing industry – Davies 

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has stressed that South Africa does not have the luxury to stop supporting its automotive sector, as has been the case in Australia, where the industry has come to an end.   “The auto industry is key to the future of manufacturing in this country and... 

Regionalisation strategy needed for South African automotive manufacturers to grow

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 South African automotive manufacturers need to drive a strong regionalisation strategy in Africa, according to National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (Naacam) president Dave Coffey. Welcoming guests to the first Naacam show, which has been billed as... 

Higher local content in SA-made vehicles could create 49 000 jobs, says Barnes 

By: Irma Venter     6th 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... 

Automotive Industry Gains Insight To Masterplan Development At NAACAM Show

     6th April 2017 The inaugural NAACAM Show reflected a significant  intent and strategy shift within South Africa's automotive sector. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa President Dave Coffey  said  the stated  acceptance by  industry role-players of the need to... 

NAACAM Show tackles localisation and transformation with strong government support 3.30pm, Wednesday 5 April, Durban ICC

     6th April 2017 “With the NAACAM Show incorporating the Durban Automotive Cluster’s National Localisation Indaba now underway I am very pleased with the investment by eThekwini Municipality to attract and host the national automotive production industry to Durban” says Shunnon Tulsiram, Head of Economic... 

Rio Tinto sees bumpy ride for aluminum as China poses puzzle

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2017 Rio Tinto Group’s aluminum boss sees prices for the lightweight metal heading for an “extremely” volatile period, with uncertainty over when China will curb production helping to keep investors on edge. “That’s really where the uncertainty is at the moment,” Alfredo Barrios said in an interview... 

S&P's South Africa sovereign junk downgrade 'the beginning of the capital market tsunami' - Abedian

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2017 Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating to junk status, will adversely affect the cost and availability of capital, economist Iraj Abedian said on Tuesday.  “Before the downgrade, the South African government and all sub-national entities,... 

Transnet calls for private sector support in funding South Africa’s logistics infrastructure

By: Shirley le Guern     4th April 2017 Transnet cannot foot the entire R400-billion bill for logistics infrastructure alone. At least 25% should come from the private sector, which has sufficient funds “sitting and being lazy” on its balance sheets,Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama told delegates at the eThekwini Maritime Cluster’s annual... 

Cabinet reshuffle could have ‘far-reaching consequences’, warns auto body

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) will, for the time being, suspend all new-vehicle sales projections, in light of recent political events. President Jacob Zuma last week fired Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, as well as his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, as... 

Automotive Masterplan In Focus At Naacam Show

     31st March 2017 The South African automotive industry will gain insight to the strategic direction of the soon to be finalised Automotive Masterplan at the NAACAM Show being held at Durban’s ICC on April 5-6. Work been done to finalise the masterplan and its associated policy levers is being done under the... 

Gases for laser cutting and welding processes

     31st March 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s. At the time it was recognised that nitrogen cutting was possible, giving an unoxidised edge, but laser power was simply too low to make this commercially attractive. The... 

Platinum beneficiation champion poised to launch fuel cell components plant

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 South Africa’s much-spoken-about platinum beneficiation drive is poised to receive some sorely needed impetus later this year, when Isondo Precious Metals’ (IPM’s) fuel cell component manufacturing plant arrives in the country. The best-in-class plant, designed and built by German coating... 

Export strategies likely to be feature of updated auto support programme

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 Given the poor outlook for growth in sub-Saharan Africa since the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices, “it would be reasonable to conclude” that any government support programme for the South African automotive industry requires a “sustainable export strategy”, says Mercedes-Benz South... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released in April

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October says. “We are aiming to strategically support... 

Platinum beneficiation champion poised to launch fuel cell components plant

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 South Africa’s much anticipated platinum beneficiation drive is about to start, following the arrival of local beneficiation company Isondo Precious Metals’ (IPM’s) fuel cell component manufacturing plant, which is expected to arrive in the country later this year. The new best in class plant,... 

Shipping group expects SA auto exports to continue to grow

By: David Oliveira     31st March 2017 Shipping group Safmarine believes the immediate outlook for automotive exports from South Africa is positive in light of ongoing investments by established and emerging original-equipment manufacturer (OEMs). Safmarine global key account manager Dave Everett notes that sector attracted major... 

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