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MTN appoints procurement, supply chain management head

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2017 Telecommunications group MTN has appointed Dirk Karl to head up group procurement and supply chain management, effective November 1. He will be responsible for developing and executing global procurement and sourcing strategies, as well as leveraging MTN’s scale to identify opportunities to drive... 

Williams Hunt group to distribute Opel in SA

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2017 The German Opel brand will be distributed in South Africa by the Williams Hunt group, as from January 1, 2018. US carmaker General Motors (GM) earlier this year sold the Opel brand to French rival, Peugeot. Peugeot Citroën South Africa will not, however, take responsibility for Opel in the local... 

Peugeot Citroën South Africa ‘here to stay’

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

A long, relaxed look at wind farms

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th June 2017 About two years ago, I was travelling on a train from London to York. On the way I passed the Drax power station. Drax was built to fire coal but at the time it was burning imported wood chips, which, by some logic of a green fanatic, was better for the planet than burning coal. The fact that... 

Argent’s FY profit increases to R106m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2017 Steel-based beneficiation group Argent Industrial on Thursday reported a R106-million operating profit for the year ended March 31, up from R91-million in the prior year. The JSE-listed company said this was despite its manufacturing division being adversely impacted on by the downturn in the... 

Automotive industry confirms commitment to transformation in meeting with ANC

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2017 South African automotive industry executives reaffirmed their commitment to industry transformation during meetings with African National Congress (ANC) leaders this week, at which they also presented an outline for a proposed R3.5-billion venture capital fund to support black enterprise... 

Australia joins lithium-ion battery 'gigafactory' race

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2017 Plans to build lithium-ion battery plants in Australia are moving apace, with at least two proposals on the table for 'gigafactories' in Queensland and the Northern Territory. A consortium led by Boston Energy and Innovation announced on Wednesday that it had selected a site for a planned... 

Ingeteam supplies its photovoltaic power stations for a 100 MW solar plant in Australia

26th June 2017 Ingeteam has supplied 23 of its 4.8 MW power stations for the Clare Solar Farm project, located in the Australian state of Queensland. This 100 MWAC (125 MWDC) project, conducted by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is being constructed by the Australian EPC, Downer EDI. The energy generated by... 

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Automakers eye fast-growing East Africa as they set up shop in Kenya

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Global automakers have, in recent years, established assembly plants in Kenya as they seek to increase sales in East Africa, sub-Saharan Africa's fastest-growing region. East Africa, of which Kenya is the biggest economy, is projected by the World Bank to grow by 5.4% in 2017, compared with... 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Commercial vehicles JV set to introduce Eicher trucks onto SA market

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Solar Powered Variable Speed Drives For Remote Borehole Applications

21st June 2017 Farmers are making increasing use of photovoltaic solar panels and variable speed drives (VSDs) to get clean and continuous power to their boreholes in remote locations, cutting out the need for costly infrastructure and cables to link with the main grid. Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading... 

Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks open R130m facility in Zambia

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2017 Volvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

Naamsa believes sales growth still possible despite 2017 headwinds

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) believes it is still possible for the new-vehicle market to grow in 2017, despite “prevailing political and economic uncertainties”. The sales projections for 2017 and 2018, put forward by the association in its newest... 

Nissan expects to unveil new Rosslyn production plan later this year

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of any new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant. 

Williams Hunt group to take over Opel distributorship in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 The German Opel brand will be distributed in South Africa by the Williams Hunt group, as from January 1, 2018. US carmaker General Motors (GM) earlier this year sold the Opel brand to French rival, Peugeot. Peugeot Citroën South Africa will not, however, take responsibility for Opel in the local... 

Peugeot SA here to stay, assures new MD

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

Electric vehicles to drive copper demand over next decade – study

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 A growing market for electric vehicles (EVs) will significantly boost demand for copper over the next decade, from 185 000 t this year to 1.74-million tonnes in 2027, a study commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) has found. “That’s a ninefold increase. On top of this, each EV... 

Serendipity smiles on Mkango’s Malawian assets as renewables growth demands more REEs

By: Henry Lazenby     13th June 2017 Demand for rare earth elements (REEs) for use in magnetic applications such as electric vehicles and wind turbines is driving renewed interest in securing supplies of these hard-to-come-by metals outside of the world’s dominant supplier China. This is exacerbated by the fact that while REEs are... 

Cobalt upstarts eye Glencore's turf for electric car spoils

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2017 The race is on to supply more of the cobalt needed for batteries in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles -- and that means fresh competition for the big players Glencore Plc and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A pipeline of projects is looming in places including Australia, the US and... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

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... 

High Efficiency Motors Are Big Cost Savers

5th June 2017 As Africa’s mines work to hold down costs and extract more value from their assets, modern high efficiency motors from Zest WEG Group are helping to cut energy bills and maintenance. Almost two-thirds of the power consumed by the mining sector is associated with electric motors, so these items of... 

New close-coupled pump from KSB

5th June 2017 KSB Pumps and Valves recently added the new generation Etabloc close-coupled pump range to its line-up of efficient water pumps.  The newly enhanced series comprises 43 pump sizes, which can be driven by either 2-pole or 4-pole motors. With further additions to the selection chart, the pump size... 

Indian truck brand Eicher poised to enter the SA market

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies, but no Chevrolet

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd June 2017 “South Africa, what is your favourite meal? Braaivleis! Sport? Rugby! Weather? Sunshine! And what’s your greatest car, South Africa? Chevrolet. Let’s see: it’s braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet, uhh? Well, you sure sound like South Africa to me . . .” Well, maybe not quite so much... 

Theo Mashego

2nd June 2017 This week we feature Theo Mashego, MD of Unidrive Electric Motors, a company that supplies and repairs electric motors.   

Isuzu sees opportunity as it buys GM’s Port Elizabeth plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has announced that it will 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. 

GM’s withdrawal from SA to be negative for component suppliers

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 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... 

DTI on target to achieve 100 black industrialists goal this year

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

Haval Motors SA opens its doors, mulls local assembly

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) this week launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford Ecosport and the Mazda CX3. 

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of a new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant.  

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

29th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Surcotec’s thermal spray coating solutions has the Western Cape marine market covered

26th May 2017 The marine industry is a notoriously harsh environment for equipment, parts and components due to accelerated corrosion in a seawater atmosphere and severe operating conditions. Leading thermal spray company, Surcotec, in partnership with Thermaspray, offers a range of high quality thermal spray... 

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