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Mercedes-Benz SA says pilot solar project a success; plans expansion 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has declared its pilot solar energy project a success. MBSA piloted the project in order to evaluate the solar yield for the East London manufacturing plant, in the Eastern Cape. 

Volvo Trucks starts testing hydrogen vehicles

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Volvo Trucks has started testing commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen technology. The Swedish manufacturer already offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas. The goal is now for hydrogen trucks to be added to its product portfolio in the second half... 

Image of Volvo hydrogen truck

Three South African technologies pitch for Innovate UK funding 

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 During a briefing by energy technology innovation and funding network Innovate UK for technology innovators and entrepreneurs on June 27, three South African technology companies presented their innovations for potential funding from the UK organisation. The three companies also served as... 

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Ducere MD André Reyneke discussing Miser Technologies drivetrain fuel savings and emissions reductions systems and Greenthermo Energy operations director Rearabetswe Dire discussing the company's project to increase production of biodiesel

Testing of electric minibuses in SA conditions to start in Stellenbosch early next year

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

Numsa to picket the Japanese embassy on future of Nissan plant; Nissan denies closure rumours 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will be picketing the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria on Friday. The union intends to hand over a memorandum of demands regarding a “number of grievances” against Nissan’s management in South Africa.  

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Driver assistance system wins gold at Automechanika Innovation Awards

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 SynapCAM has clinched the top spot in the Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 Innovation Awards. The product was designed and developed in the US and South Africa by Synap, and launched on the local market at the Automechanika automotive aftermarket and related industries show held in Johannesburg in... 

Global on-road hydrogen vehicles to exceed one-million by 2027 – research study 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2022 A new study from UK-based Juniper Research has found that the number of hydrogen vehicles in service globally will exceed one-million units in 2027, from just more than 60 000 in 2022 – growth of more than 1 500%. The Far East and China; West Europe; and North America are expected to lead the... 

Artist's impression of a hydrogen manufacturing site

Final Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan expected by November 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 A Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan (JETP-IP), which will seek to unlock $8.5-billion in concessional climate finance to accelerate South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables and support workers and communities currently reliant on the coal value chain, is expected to be... 

COP President Alok Sharma
COP President Alok Sharma

So you bought your first EV? Now, how do you look after it?

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 The continuing global mobility move away from fossil fuels means that more of us will drive battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sooner than we probably may imagine. Experts have spoken about consumers’ range anxiety – will my BEV make it to my destination before the juice runs out? – or the fear... 

In tight race to market, EVs becoming less green – research report

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Independent research into electric vehicle (EV) development has found that most automotive companies are more focused on improving range and reducing costs than improving the carbon footprint of these vehicles. This new research has been published by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of... 

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand rises

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Scania Southern Africa MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of Scania Southern Africa at the end of last year. He has spent 15... 

SA faces unique EV conundrum, warns Frost & Sullivan research director

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2022 It is impossible to draw a direct comparison between South Africa and other countries that have adopted strategies to push the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), warns Frost & Sullivan research director Craig Parker. He says that South Africa’s economic structure and demographic profile are... 

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Craig Parker

VWSA builds wastewater recycling facility, installs solar plant

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2022 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has implemented two projects to reduce the environmental footprint of its Kariega plant, situated in the drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. The first project is a wastewater recycling facility, which has been constructed onsite at the plant.  

Image of project team members for the wastewater facility are Nick Chapman, Hermann Ferreira, Manfred Gie, Gerhardt Goosen and Cibin Mathew
Project team members for the wastewater facility: Nick Chapman, Hermann Ferreira, Manfred Gie, Gerhardt Goosen and Cibin Mathew

Volvo CE starts testing of its first prototype hydrogen articulated hauler

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2022 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has started testing its first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04.  The company says the results of the project will provide insights into the possibilities provided by hydrogen and fuel cells as the Swedish group continues research on... 

Image of the Volvo HX04
The Volvo HX04

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Electric vehicle sales surging, but future growth hinges on battery, critical mineral supply diversification – IEA

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

Company adds two new boiler rental units

10th June 2022 Local boiler and burner supplier Combustion Technology has added two new boiler rental units to its rental offering. 

An image of a rental boiler
RENT A BOILER Combustion Technology adds two new boiler rental units

Push for education in manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Owing to a continued lack of understanding of the concept of tribology and its importance, the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) remains a firm advocate of the need for tribology education in the manufacturing sector. Tribology is the study of friction and wear, where two surfaces... 

A metal component that can be seen with deep grooves in it caused by frictional wear
WEAR OH WEAR The South African Institute of Tribology explains that tribology is the study of friction and wear, where two surfaces moving over one another cause friction

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year 

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Local bus sector under the pump

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The South African bus sector has faced challenges over the past two years, with commercial-vehicle sliding-window designer and manufacturer Widney Transport Components noting a drop in volumes, says sales manager Lucas Mehlape. “Local demand is mainly driven by government tenders, so the more the... 

REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted
REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted

Toyota, Woven Planet develop portable hydrogen cartridge prototype 

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2022 Japanese mobility group Toyota and its subsidiary Woven Planet have developed a working prototype of a portable hydrogen cartridge.  This cartridge design is set to facilitate the everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power a broad range of daily life applications in and outside of... 

Toyota's prototype of the portable hydrogen cartridge
The portable hydrogen cartridge prototype

Net-zero road transport by 2050 still possible as EVs set to quintuple by 2025 – BloombergNEF 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2022 The road transport sector can still reach the target of net-zero emissions by 2050 through electrification, but urgent action is required from policymakers and industry participants­ ­– this according to research company BloombergNEF’s (BNEF’s) latest yearly Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook... 

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Ford to invest in green steel, aluminium

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2022 Ford Motor Company has announced that it will join the First Movers Coalition, a global initiative to harness purchasing power and supply chains to create early markets for innovative clean energy technologies.  “As part of the First Movers Coalition, we’re targeting the environmental impact of... 

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Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand grows

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2022 Scania Southern Africa (SSA) MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of SSA at the end of last year. He has spent 15 years with... 

Image of Scania Southern Africa (SSA) MD Erik Bergvall 
Erik Bergvall 

Fully electric Fuso Canter being homologated in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 The fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber. As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet been... 

Nissan unveils prototype production site for all-solid-state batteries

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 Nissan has unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028.  This prototype facility, located within the Nissan Research Centre, in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, aims to further promote the development of... 

EV sales surging, but future growth needs battery, minerals diversification – IEA 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

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SA vehicle, component exports rose 18.1% to R207.5bn in 2021

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 The value of new-vehicle and automotive component exports from South Africa increased by R31.8-billion, or 18.1%, to a record R207.5-billion in 2021, up from R175.7-billion in 2020. Last year’s vehicle and automotive component exports accounted for 12.5% of total South African exports, down from... 

UK sustainable logistics company secures Fortune 500 customer as it transitions from startup phase

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

African researchers invited to apply for JWO Research Grant

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th May 2022 African researchers are invited to apply for this year’s Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant, for projects with a focus on the preservation of Africa’s natural environment. The winning project will receive $150 000 in funding support. The deadline for submissions is May 27. 

2021 saw several new export records, soaring imports from India – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 The value of new-vehicle and automotive component exports from South Africa increased by R31.8-billion, or 18.1%, to a record R207.5-billion in 2021, up from R175.7-billion in 2020. Last year’s vehicle and automotive component exports comprised 12.5% of total South African exports, down from the... 

Image of Dr Norman Lamprecht, the trade, exports and research executive at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR 
The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year
WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year

Porsche aims for more than 80% of new-vehicle sales to be all-electric by 2030

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 Last year, almost 40% of all new Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe were either plug-in hybrids or fully electric models.  “In 2025, half of all new Porsche sales are expected to come from the sale of electric vehicles – in other words, all-electric or plug-in hybrid,” says Porsche chairperson... 

Daimler, Volvo, Traton sign deal to build European charging network for trucks and buses

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 Daimler Truck, the Traton Group and Volvo Group have signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe.  The parties say they are committed to initiating... 

Volvo Car SA local range now almost entirely electrified

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022  

eCanter being homologated, two units set for local testing – DTBSA 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2022 The fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber. As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet... 

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The new-generation eCanter
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