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Bridgestone, Microsoft partner to accelerate advanced tyre analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2022 Tyre and mobility company Bridgestone and information technology company Microsoft will collaborate to bring Bridgestone mobility solutions platforms to new mobility players, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fleets. Microsoft Azure will enable Bridgestone to create value for customers,... 

Developed countries’ EV uptake strategies may be unsuitable for SA, owing to ‘significant’ wealth disparity, warns Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     5th August 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... 

Ford Motor Company investment project, South Africa – update

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2022 Mass production of the Ford Ranger pickup for the local and export markets is scheduled to start in October 2022. 

Platinum-based fuel cells key for heavy-haul industry – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that interest in using hydrogen fuel cells in the heavy-haul industry is growing rapidly, with several interesting developments currently under way. Platinum-based, proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells provide zero emissions... 

More governments are warming to rare earths funding, Lynas says

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2022 Lynas Rare Earths said more developed nations could invest in new capacity for the critical minerals, after the US government agreed $120-million of funding for the company’s planned facility there. Governments in Western Europe, the US, and Japan are newly focused on creating more resilient... 

High tech launches from SEW-Eurodrive at Electra Mining

3rd August 2022 Visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition in Johannesburg will be spoilt for choice as SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa unleashes more technology to drive productivity and efficiency.  

Rail constraints costing South African miners billions of rands in lost exports 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2022 Despite bulk mineral exports being State-owned Transnet’s single biggest client base, South Africa is unable to access the full benefits of minerals exports, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told delegates attending the first day of the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA)... 

Liontown confident on Kathleen Valley delivery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2022 Lithium developer Liontown Resources was confident that it could execute its Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia, within the set timeframe and within the new budget. The miner at the end of June took a final investment decision on the Kathleen Valley project, but flagged a cost... 

New-vehicle sales, exports surge – but compared with a weak July 2021

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in July surged by 30.9%, to 43 593 units, compared with the same month last year. Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council warns, however, that last month’s  performance was distorted by the cyberattack on Transnet, as well as the widespread riots that plagued parts of... 

Ford SA set to start Ranger mass production in October 

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2022 Ford is starting to wrap up its R15.8-billion investment in its South African facilities to assemble the new Ranger pickup, with mass production for the local and export markets scheduled to start in October. The vehicle will be exported to more than 100 markets. 

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