http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.24Change: -0.03
R/$ = 10.64Change: -0.07
Au 1298.90 $/ozChange: 1.34
Pt 1482.50 $/ozChange: 3.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 08, 2012

AIDC calls for local manufacture of LPG automotive conversion kits

Back
Construction|Engineering|Africa|African Oxygen|Components|DT-Gas Systems|Gas|Industrial|Industrial Development Corporation|PROJECT|Systems|Africa|Poland|South Africa|Automotive|Component Manufacturing|Liquefied Petroleum Gas|Local Manufacturing|Systems|Transport|Infrastructure|Renny Malungane
Construction|Engineering|Africa|Components|Gas|Industrial|PROJECT|Systems|Africa||Automotive|Systems|Transport|Infrastructure|
construction|engineering|africa-company|african-oxygen|components|dt-gas-systems|gas-company|industrial|industrial-development-corporation|project|systems-company|africa|poland|south-africa|automotive|component-manufacturing|liquefied-petroleum-gas|local-manufacturing|systems|transport-industry-term|infrastructure|renny-malungane
© Reuse this



The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has called for expressions of interest to manufacture liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) automotive conversion kits and/or components locally.

Junior project manager Renny Malungane told Engineering News Online the locally made parts or kits would be used in the AIDC-led taxi project wherein LPG conversion kits are installed in minibuses in Gauteng to reduce emissions and operating costs.

The R20 000 systems enable taxis to operate dually on LPG or petrol.

To date, over 300 of Gauteng’s 32 000 minibus taxis have been equipped with the LPG systems, while eight refuelling stations have been constructed in and around the province. “Between now and February 28 we have to have done another 110 taxis in Gauteng,” Malungane noted.

He said the programme had been extended on request of the Department of Transport (DoT), which was looking to reach all areas of the province. “The amount of taxis to be converted in the extended programme will depend on demand from taxi operators.”

The AIDC is looking to stimulate a new industry of “autogas” component manufacturing in South Africa.

Local manufacturing would boost employment and bring down the cost of the conversion kits, which were currently sourced from Poland-based DT-Gas Systems. “To have the kits or components manufactured locally could drive down their price and increase demand locally,” Malungane said.

He added that companies such as DT-Gas were willing to partner with local manufacturers and would fund the starting up of operations.

However, the AIDC would work with the Department of Trade and Industry, as well as the Industrial Development Corporation in providing funding for local manufacturers which were interested, but did not have the funds to finance the infrastructure and skills required.

GOING FORWARD

He further stated that AIDC would undertake a feasibility study in the current financial year, while contracts could be awarded in the next financial year.

The industry body was also currently in discussions with commercial gas producer African Oxygen regarding the construction of additional refuelling sites in Gauteng.

Malungane said a cofunded model would be considered for the next financial year that would see local government paying 80% of conversion costs, while taxi operators paid the balance. However, in the longer term, the plan was that taxi owners would finance 100% of the conversion.

Meanwhile, the AIDC was processing proposals for compressed natural gas automotive conversion kits for minibuses and buses.

Malungane emphasised the importance of dual-gas/fuel systems in South Africa, adding the DoT was considering the implementation of regulations that would prohibit the registration of vehicles that were not outfitted with such units.
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Environment News
Cape Town
The final environmental-impact assessment (EIA) scoping report for the proposed realignment of the existing primary runway at the Cape Town International Airport has been published for public comment, giving stakeholders the opportunity until August 1 to comment. The...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA Toyota South Africa was recognised as Energy Company of the Year in November 2013
The growth of the automotive industry, in South Africa and worldwide, is being influenced by the ways in which vehicle manufactures are creating ways of using energy efficiently, according to government initiative the National Cleaner Production Centre of South...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 59 minutes ago South African electricity tariffs are likely to increase by more than the 8% already sanctioned for the year starting April 1, 2015, after the energy regulator determined on Wednesday that Eskom had under recovered R7.82-billion in revenue between 2010 and 2013. The...
Updated 2 hours 20 minutes ago Thailand Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (Tapma) president Achana Limpaitoon has expressed interest in partnering and forming joint ventures (JVs) with the organisation’s South African counterparts to grow the automotive manufacturing industries of both...
Updated 3 hours ago Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has issued, for public comment, the application for the designation of an industrial development zone (IDZ) at Tshiame, in Harrismith, in the Free State, as well as the granting of an operator’s permit for an IDZ. The...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks