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Daimler joins China's Responsible Cobalt initiative

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago German carmaker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a programme established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labour... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended

By: Irma Venter     Updated 3 hours ago Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended
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Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield

Commuter bus firm Hosken lists on the JSE

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Commuter transport company Hosken Passenger Logistics and Rail, which operates the Golden Arrow bus service, on Tuesday became the second company this year to list on the JSE’s main board.  Welcoming Hosken to the exchange, JSE primary markets head Prejelin Naggan said that the listing should... 

SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2018 Despite certain areas of weakness, South African component suppliers have advanced their competitiveness and productivity in recent years, shows the South African Automotive Supplier Industry Benchmarking Report 2018. “It is clear that South African suppliers are making real progress, and that... 

 SA component suppliers 'making real progress', says benchmarking study

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2018 Toby Venter’s LSM Distributors will, in May, expand its South African portfolio with the addition of the Lamborghini brand. LSM currently distributes sports car brand Porsche and super-luxury marque Bentley in South Africa. 

Porsche’s Toby Venter to add Lamborghini to his stable
The Lamborghini Urus

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

Porsche unveils two new GTS models

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2018 The beauty of the new Porsche 718 Boxter GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS is that you can inch along with the Joburg morning traffic and travel over the occasional speed bump without any problem, or that you can switch to Sport Plus mode, which makes the German gentlemen clear their throats like... 

Porsche unveils two new GTS models
The 718 Cayman GTS

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is opposed to reducing protection on the import of electric vehicles (EVs) as a way of increasing domestic demand, arguing that automotive firms should, instead, use the duty offsets available to them through production rebate... 

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Haulage company offers discounted rates
LONG-LENGTH LOADS Transcon Haulers demonstrates its long-length load capability

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

CMH achieves 17.2% y/y increase in FY18 headline earnings despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Tuesday reported a good set of results for the financial year ended February 28, despite ongoing challenges including a difficult economic, trading and political environment.  

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck
AIR PRODUCTS Air Products has more than 50 patents in hydrogen dispensing technology

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its new regional distribution centre at the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand, Gauteng. Project developer Attacq and BMW SA jointly invested around R260-million to create the facility. 

BMW opens R260m regional distribution centre in Midrand

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2018 The Mathe Group’s Hammarsdale plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, has quadrupled employment and more than doubled output since coming on stream in 2016, says the tyre recycler. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in the Mathe Group,... 

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Car manufacturer Mahindra South Africa (SA) has appointed Rajesh Gupta to succeed Sanjoy Gupta as CEO.  

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO
Mahindra CEO Rajesh Gupta

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

BMW X3 production starts at Rosslyn plant

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Car maker BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has started production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The German firm has invested R6-billion in South Africa since November 2015 to prepare the plant to produce the BMW X3. 

BMW X3 production starts at Rosslyn plant
Car maker BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has started production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2018 The Gauteng government on Wednesday expressed its concern about continuous electricity supply disruptions at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Tshwane. In recent weeks, production had been halted several times owing to cable theft, said Gauteng Economic Development, Environment,... 

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

Kobe Steel to invest $471m to raise automotive steel output

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will invest 50-billion yen ($471-million) in domestic facilities to increase output of high-tensile steel to meet a growing need for lighter materials from automakers. It is the company's first major capital investment since it... 

New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 The domestic new-vehicle market expanded for the first time this year as March new-vehicle sales inched up 1.1%, to 49 233 units, compared with the same month last year.   Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new-passenger car sales gained... 

 New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2018 US car maker Ford’s decision on where to produce the next-generation Ranger pickup “is imminent”, says Ford Middle East and Africa president Jacques Brent. South Africa is currently one of three global production sites for the Ranger. 

 Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford
Jacques Brent

MAN expands retail operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Commercial vehicle provider MAN’s retail operations will on April 1 open a wholly owned operation in Port Elizabeth, which the company considers to be an important location on the Garden Route, to offer support to its clients.  

Ford more than doubles engine assembly capacity at PE plant

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, as part of a R3-billion investment in its South African operations, announced late last year. The Struandale plant currently machines cylinder heads, cylinder blocks and crankshafts for the... 

Ford more than doubles engine assembly capacity at PE plant

South Korea steel shares rise on US steel tariff exemption

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Korea's steelmakers rose on Monday, with market heavyweight Posco leading the overall sector after the United States agreed to exempt South Korea from its new steel tariffs. Washington will impose a quota on steel imports instead, while South Korea in return will improve access for U.S.... 

BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Powered by the fifth generation of battery and drivetrain technology, from 2021, BMW will be able to offer all-electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of up to 700 km, and plug-in hybrids with an electrical range of up to 100 km, the German car maker said this week as it released its annual... 

 BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025
Photo by Irma Venter
Harald Krüger

Industry buoyant owing to exports growth on automation adoption

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 A high demand for automotive component exports has enabled the South African automotive components industry to remain stable, despite a local downswing in disposable income spending on cars, says fibre laser cutting and consumables supplier First Cut which supplies tier 1 and 2 manufacturers in... 

Industry buoyant owing to exports growth on automation adoption
ANDREW POOLE Automotive component manufacturers which have aligned themselves with the export market have been doing reasonably well

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation
NITROGEN GENERATORS AND INFLATORS WIDELY AVAILABLE Nitrogen generators and tyre inflators are widely available at petrol stations all over the country

S African battery market estimated to grow by 6%

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 The local battery market will grow by 5% to 6% a year as the second-hand car-part market grows, says battery and automotive electrical components importer and distributor Probe CEO Frank Rovelli. He says the market is still based on traditional batteries and that it will take some time for... 

Automation trend in automotive industry to boost exports share

23rd March 2018 Multinational factories are looking to standardise on application-specific equipment used in production lines, as well as quality and safety standards. With South African factories generally having caught up with global standards, most of the planned upgrades will be focused on automation,... 

Automation trend in  automotive industry to boost exports share
SAFER AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION LINES Automotive manufactures are investing in safer capital equipment, owing to holding companies’ interest in reducing labour-related injuries

Cartrack aiming to expand affordable vehicle insurance cover

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Hyundai launches Mighty EX8 truck in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has replaced its HD72 light-duty truck with the Mighty EX8. The EX8 may be the first introduction in a new commercial vehicle line-up for HASA, with the South Korean manufacturer increasingly keen on expanding its range and reach in right-hand-drive markets,... 

Audi unveils prototype of its first all-electric model

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

BMW cautions on export credits, increased localisation

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2018 Continued support through export credits is “the single most important ingredient” in German car maker BMW’s discussions with the South African government, and not land expropriation without compensation, or the push for increased black economic empowerment within the local auto sector, says BMW... 

BMW cautions on export credits, increased localisation

Chinese control of cobalt supply risk for EU car industry – Glencore

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg said that the automotive industry is waking up too late to the fact that the Chinese will hold most of the world's global cobalt supply, a key metal for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. "If cobalt falls in hands of the Chinese, yeah you won't see EVs being... 

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