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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... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 VWSA launched its new Polo and showcased the R6.1-billion investment in its plant and new products on January 28. 

Ford Struandale plant exceeds 3m engine production milestone, eyes 2018 expansion

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 The Ford Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, is celebrating the assembly of 500 000 Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engines since 2011, bringing the total of engines produced at the plant to 3.3-million units since its establishment in 1964. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is now... 

Ford production expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is expanding production capacity to meet growing local and international demand for the Ford Ranger. 

Ford investing R3bn to expand Ranger production in Silverton

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

Ford invests R3bn to expand Ranger production, build Raptor locally

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is investing R3-billion ($220-million) in expanding Ranger production at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The plant builds the Everest sports-utility vehicle and Ranger pickup, with the latter exported to 148 markets. 

100 years of Ford truck history

     25th August 2017 Last month marked exactly 100 years since Ford Motor Company (FMC) created the first Model TT, a small truck based on the Model T car. Since then, FMC has turned into the world’s best-selling bakkie manufacturer. 

Local company to supply wheel assemblies for new BMW X3  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Wheel assembly solution provider Wheel Assemblers will supply tyre and rim assemblies for the new X3 (G01) model from German vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa (SA) to be built in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Wheel Assemblers (Pty) Ltd

     28th July 2017 Established in 2003 to focus on automotive wheel assembly outsourcing, Gauteng-based Wheel Assemblers has grown into a nigh-R100-million-a-year-turnover company servicing automakers Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) and BMW South Africa under multiyear contracts. The company invested... 

R125m conveyor for Ford plant

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade the 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The conveyor system carries vehicles from the plant’s body shop to the paint shop. 

Ford invests R125m in conveyor system for Silverton plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th June 2017 While concerns were raised about the state of investment into the local vehicle manufacturing industry, after General Motors’ decision to exit the country in May, the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade its 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system... 

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. 

Competition Commission adds ten charges against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Less than a week after referring Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division, the Competition Commission has added ten more charges. The commission is also seeking administrative penalties of... 

Nemeth to depart Ford SA, Toyota’s Kruger appointed new MD

By: Irma Venter     29th March 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. 

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing for production

     24th March 2017 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is testing three-dimensional (3D) printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn, in the US.  

Ford tests large-scale 3D printing

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is exploring how large one-piece automotive parts, like car spoilers, can be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles. Ford is the first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build three-dimensional (3D) printer.   Capable of printing car parts of practically... 

Ford Tests Large Scale 3D Printing with Light-Weighting and Personalization in Mind

     7th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance... 

Repairs completed on over 63% of recalled Ford Kuga 1.6-litre models

By: Anine Kilian     6th March 2017 Ford South Africa on Monday said more than 63% of the 1.6-litre Ford Kuga’s that were recalled have been repaired and returned to their owners. Around 4 556 1.6-litre Ford Kugas, built between December 2012 and February 2014, have been affected by the safety recall in South Africa. 

Lithium asset consolidation proceeds unabated

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2016 Asset consolidation is continuing in the junior lithium space, with several companies announcing deals in the past week. Wealth Minerals announced Monday that its Chilean subsidiary has entered a letter of intent dated December 12, with arm’s length vendors giving it the exclusive right and... 

Bank says new-vehicle sales may fall again next year after 12% 2016 slump

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 New-vehicle sales in South Africa will drop by around 12% in 2016 compared with 2015, says First National Bank (FNB) senior industry analyst Jason Muscat. The same forecast model used to determine this decline suggests that sales in 2017 may drop another 5%, as a worst case scenario, he adds. 

Ford’s local unit shipping first batch of Africa-bound Everest SUVs

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Exports of SA-built Ford Everest starts, first vehicle to Kenya

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2016 The first batch of South African-built Ford Everest vehicles destined for export markets in sub-Saharan Africa has been completed, with the first vehicle on its way to its new owner in Kenya. The moondust silver Everest 2.2 XLT 4 X 4 departed Durban on November 12, and is destined for Mombasa,... 

Ford begins local production of sports utility vehicle

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started production of the Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The introduction of the Everest to the assembly line means the Ford plant becomes a two-vehicle assembly facility. The plant currently produces the... 

Ford begins Everest production at its Silverton plant 

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2016 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) this week started production of the Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton plant, in Pretoria. The introduction of the Everest to the assembly line means the Ford plant becomes a two-vehicle assembly facility. The plant currently... 

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

African auto association initiates talks with Nigeria on policy support

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, has visited the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

African auto body lobbies Nigeria on industry development

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, is visiting the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

Carbon dioxide to be used in foam, plastic vehicle components

     22nd July 2016 Last month, multinational automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it is the first automaker to formulate and test new foam and plastic components that use carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock. Researchers expect to see the new biomaterials in Ford production vehicles within five... 

Ford invests in new job training, entrepreneurial development centre

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 US car maker Ford will invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its South African assembly plant, in Silverton. The Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) is slated to open in October. 

Ford invests R11.5m in new community, jobs training centre

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2016 US car maker Ford on Tuesday announced that it would invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its South African assembly plant, in Silverton. The Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) was slated to open in October. 

Work to start this year on post-2020 auto incentive model

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

Tshwane to spend R188m on land for Automotive City

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 The City of Tshwane will spend R188-million on land on which to build an Automotive City in Rosslyn, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced on Thursday. "The City is currently engaged in the process of establishing the Tshwane Automotive City in Rosslyn, which includes the purchasing of land... 

Work on APDP replacement programme to start this year - Davies

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

The Ford Mustang hasn’t lost its mojo – 50 years on

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 There are far fewer iconic brands in the world than marketers claim. An icon has to outlast its generation and outwit its competitors. It has to communicate something about its owner, and not necessarily that he, or she, has money. That is far too obvious. There is also the danger that iconic... 

Entry-level car prices soar as rand plummets

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 The entry-level car market ain’t what it used to be. The crowded, highly competitive segment has seen some steep price jumps in recent years as the rand plummeted against almost all currencies, pushing up import costs – this while salary increases have largely failed to keep track of new-vehicle... 

First Ranger bakkie rolls off Nigerian assembly line

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2015 The first Ranger bakkie produced at Ford Motor Company’s new Nigerian plant has rolled off the assembly line. Ford in August announced that it would produce the Ranger in the West African country, from kits supplied by its South African plant. 

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