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GM’s departure from SA will hurt suppliers, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will “have negative consequences on component suppliers to the company’s existing Chevrolet assembly lines”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. “We... 

General Motors pulls out of SA, GMSA to become Isuzu Motors SA

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) on Thursday announced that it would disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

SMC Feels the Force with its Range of Electric Actuators

17th May 2017 SMC offers optimum solutions for almost any industrial process     With numerous dynamic industrial processes requiring sophistication and precision, processes such as the assembly of circuit boards, positioning of workpieces and sorting of goods all looks to a high level of automation to make it... 

SKF delivers higher-performance across its INSOCOAT bearings range

12th May 2017 With its latest generation of electrically insulated bearings, SKF has raised the performance standard to provide constant electrical performance, even in high humidity. SKF’s INSOCOAT bearings range comprises bearings with an electrically insulating coating on the external surfaces of its inner... 

Vertical roller mills enhance cement plant

12th May 2017 High-quality cement manufacturer and supplier United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unisem) is using two vertical roller mills (VRMs) from export-oriented engineering company Loesche at its successfully commissioned new Cement Plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River state, Nigeria. Loesche received the... 

Nampo Harvest Day allows company to build relationships

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Owing to the agriculture market becoming more technologically advanced, bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) says attending the Nampo Harvest Day will allow the company to build the necessary relationships within the sector. 

Robust pump delivers water on dry days

12th May 2017 Pump manufacturer Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar-powered pumping system which solves the challenges presented by harsh and remote environments, providing pumping power on dry days when water is needed most. 

DTI determined to support manufacturing sector

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2017 To enhance industrial capabilities and ensure job creation in South Africa, government aims to adopt a strategy to leverage the scrap metals produced by and belonging to the State and State-owned companies to enhance the competitiveness of the local steel industry. This is according to Department... 

New alliance increases reach of pneumatic vibrators

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Through bearings and power transmission distributor Bearings International (BI), pneumatic and electric vibrators manufacturer OLI has released a new range of pneumatically powered centrifugal vibrators to the South African market. 

Meeting 60% local content goal would transform economy, create 49 000 jobs

By: Irma Venter     28th 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... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 kicks off in the Eastern Cape

25th April 2017 Engen Driver Wellness, a mobile health awareness initiative run by Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness kicked off this month at Cape Road Convenience Centre in Port Elizabeth. The initiative which impacts positively on the country’s bulk truck driver operators continues to increase driver... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 ‘Big money’ investors are increasingly looking to invest in the relatively small ‘new-age metals’ space, comprising metals such as lithium, graphite and cobalt, as strengthening fundamentals for these minerals and an unprecedented high-impact investment opportunity draw the potential for bonanza... 

Franklin Electric 4” NextGen submersible motors available after four years of development

20th April 2017 Following a two-year design and laboratory test phase and a further two years of field testing, the new generation of Franklin Electric’s 4” submersible motors was launched into the southern African market last year. The new design, which was introduced to the European market in 2012, includes... 

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... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

10th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

Saw designed for hard-to-reach areas

7th April 2017 Earlier this year, multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch launched its GSA18V-125 18V EC Brushless 285 mm stroke reciprocating saw, which combines an advanced handle design for greater comfort, an 18 V motor and orbital or nonorbital action to deliver superior cutting... 

Testing of world’s first fuel-cell-powered train under way

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom successfully completed an 80 km/h test run of the Coradia iLint, the world’s first fuel-cell-powered passenger train, at the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Germany, last month. An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and the Czech... 

Compact self-erecting cranes for smaller building sites

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Self-erecting cranes have several benefits for contractors wanting a quick, easy and efficient solution to their lifting and moving requirements on smaller building sites, and perhaps even the larger ones, according to Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French.  

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... 

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... 

Competition Commission refers Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to Tribunal

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th April 2017 The Competition Commission has lodged a complaint with the Competition Tribunal against Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha. The firm is one of four companies investigated by the commission and found to have been involved in a cartel transporting Toyota vehicles by sea to and from South Africa... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

5th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

3rd April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African Ferrochrome plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The conversion... 

Opel Astra crowned 2017 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

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... 

Specialised dewatering solutions from Franklin Electric

29th March 2017 Franklin Electric is utilising their commitment to and understanding of complex dewatering applications together with cutting-edge scientific methodologies to offer specialised dewatering solutions in South Africa that are 40% - 80% more cost effective than any other on the local market.... 

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. 

New Curve™ Pump Proves Its Capability In Market Application

24th March 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  Among the first South African companies to adopt this new technology was Hernic Ferrochrome who currently plans to retrofit all the pumps at their OB-Plant to the CURVE™ range. The conversion... 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya

24th March 2017 French multinational automotive manufacturer General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) and motor dealer Urysia Limited Authorised Peugeot Dealers, will begin in June with supplying a yearly volume of over 1 000 Peugeot units in order to meet the expectations of the Kenyan market.  

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) 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... 

Impact of Opel sale on South Africa not immediately clear

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 General Motors (GM) and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) has announced the sale of GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to the PSA group, in a transaction valued at €1.3-billion and €0.9-billion, respectively. With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of... 

Kwatani

17th March 2017 Kwatani, previously known as Joest South Africa, is one of the largest local original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of custom-engineered vibratory equipment solutions for the African continent. On average, one machine a day leaves the company’s 17 000 m2 heavy fabrication facility outside... 

Opel Astra takes Car of the Year title

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

Commitment To Africa Is Not Just About Money

16th March 2017 When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development on an unprecedented scale. According to... 

New APDP must boost volumes, exports, says Merc SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     15th 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... 

Van Zyl first African to become senior managing officer at Toyota Motor Corporation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) chairperson and Toyota Motor Europe (TME) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl has become the first African to be promoted to senior managing officer by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). The appointment, a step up from managing officer, is effective April 1, two... 

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