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BMW to expand Rosslyn high-tech centres amid strong digitalisation push

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

Components packages in marketing stage

By: Aarifah Nosarka     30th September 2016 The Marken range label holder, used to hold documentation onto component boxes and stillage in the automotive sector, is actively being marketed, says custom designer and manufacturer of packaging systems Conceptainer MD Ken Mouritzen. He says it is a robust and durable pouchless label holder to... 

Components packages in marketing stage
POUCHLESS HOLDER The product is designed for attaching control documentation to bins, crates and racking in diverse industries.

Components supply remains stable despite unstable industry

By: Aarifah Nosarka     30th September 2016 The availability and supply of imported automotive equipment components during the first quarter of 2016 remained stable despite continually being affected by exchange rate movements, says financial services provider Investec Import Solutions head Adam Orlin. In its May 2016 quarterly review of... 

Components supply remains stable despite unstable industry
ADAM ORLIN Belt tightening is a trend likely to continue

Fully autonomous Volvo truck put to work underground in Sweden

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 The Volvo Group has put its first fully autonomous truck to the test at underground operations at the Kristineberg mine, 100 km from Arvidsjaur, in northern Sweden. The mine, owned by metals company Boliden, was opened in 1940 and is the oldest in operation in the area. A polymetallic ore... 

Healthy components industry needed to drive local content

By: Aarifah Nosarka     30th September 2016 The drive toward local content in respect of South Africa’s automotive industry production could support the components industry, says National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “We have committed to support the... 

New components can grow automotive sector

By: Aarifah Nosarka     30th September 2016 The depth in component production capacity in South Africa’s automotive sector must be ratcheted up, and ways of attracting wider automotive value chain activities, as seen in competitor economies, need to be found, says the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of... 

Volkswagen gearing to assemble Polo Vivo in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2016 Volkswagen aims to start assembly of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of this year. Kenya will be the first global market outside South Africa to sell the Vivo. 

National Treasury developing contingency plans for possible Brexit effects on S Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     29th September 2016 The National Treasury is busy discussing the possible impact on the South African economy of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), known as “Brexit” for short. At the moment, it is not at all clear what the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU will look like. The UK is... 

National Treasury developing contingency plans for possible Brexit effects on S Africa

2017 car of the year finalists announced

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2016 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 28-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

2017 car of the year finalists announced
Volkswagen Tiguan

App tracks phone use while driving, promises free coffee if you behave

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2016 Three Japanese companies have joined forces to reward drivers for not using their phones while driving, making use of an innovative smartphone app. Auto maker Toyota Motor Corporation, coffee company Komeda, and telecommunications operator KDDI Corporation kicked off the initiative in September,... 

App tracks phone use while driving, promises free coffee if you behave
Driving Barista explained

Sometimes less is more, says Pitot as he departs Naacam

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2016 A local automotive industry with five vehicle manufacturers producing 150 000 units each a year might be better than seven to eight manufacturers producing between 50 000 and 100 000 vehicles each a year, says former National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam)... 

Sometimes less is more, says Pitot as he departs Naacam
Photo by Duane Daws
Roger Pitot

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 A domestic homologation process has been initiated for an innovative American bimodal transport solution, which integrates long-distance rail with ‘first- and last-mile’ road legs to provide a door-to-door cargo service. The process began following the recent announcement that South African... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology
The RailRunner units carry standard shipping containers

Ford, BMW dealerships to be built in R170m Newtown development

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2016 Property investor and developer Atterbury is building premises for two new motor dealerships in the Johannesburg city basin – Joburg City Auto BMW and Joburg City Auto Ford. These showrooms and service facilities, set to open on July 1, next year, are being developed on the northern edge of... 

Ford, BMW dealerships to be built in R170m Newtown development
The Newtown Junction piazza

Geely sponsorship restarts Bloodhound project

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2016 The Bloodhound project has announced a three-year agreement with the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) as its prime sponsor and official automotive partner. The Chinese automotive group – the owner of the Volvo Car Group – will provide technical, as well as financial support to the British... 

Geely sponsorship restarts Bloodhound project
Photo by Stefan Marjoram
The Bloodhound vehicle

Davies urges Tesla to invest in South Africa 

By: African News Agency      26th September 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, who is attending Monday’s Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) forum in Washington DC, made the most of an opportunity at a business breakfast on Sunday to encourage an investment by South African-born entrepreneur Elon Musk in the country of his... 

Auto industry, unions conclude wage deal to 2019

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet, which owns all commercial ports in South Africa and is the sole operator of the country’s container and automotive terminals, has naturally had a major influence over port operations and terminal handling charges. However, that role and dominance has often... 

Commission’s ports probe to place spotlight on Transnet’s economic impact

Insight into SA’s new auto master plan expected in early 2017

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2016 Unless strong action is immediately taken to stem the export of scrap metal and keep it in South Africa at competitive prices, the scrap beneficiating industry will further decline, and directly affect the aluminium sector, says aluminium foundry alloys producer Zimco Aluminium Company (Zimalco)... 

Uncompetitive scrap metal prices causing further decline in industry
Photo by Bloomberg
ALUMINIUM SMELTING PLANT Scrap and aluminium metals are being processed further into semi-finished products

Upgraded Kyalami receives key Grade 2 motor racing certification

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 Kyalami’s 4.522 km Grand Prix circuit has been certified by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Grade 2 race track, following an extensive refurbishment process that started in May last year. Kyalami is the only motor-racing facility in Africa with such accreditation, says... 

Van Zyl departs MBSA trucks division

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2016 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will, on December 1, welcome Jasper Hafkamp as its new Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA) executive director. In this position he will be responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses (DT&B) in Southern Africa. Hafkamp joined Mercedes-Benz Nederland in 1995 after... 

Van Zyl departs MBSA trucks division
Kobus van Zyl

High-technology sport becomes virtual

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2016 The 65-year-old high-technology Formula One motorsport is increasingly using digital and virtual systems to gain small, but crucial, advantages against competitors, says Red Bull Racing CIO Matt Cadieux. Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsports, he enthuses, and cars can typically reach speeds... 

VW investors seek €8.2bn in damages over emissions scandal – court

By: Reuters     21st September 2016 Volkswagen (VW) faces €8.2-billion ($9.14-billion) in damage claims from investors over its emissions scandal in the legal district where the carmaker is based, a German court said. A total of about 1 400 lawsuits have been lodged at the regional court in Braunschweig near VW's Wolfsburg... 

Takata shares tank after report some bidders considering bankruptcy proceedings

By: Reuters     20th September 2016 Shares in Takata Corp fell as much as 9% on Tuesday after a Bloomberg report that some of the company's bidders are considering the possibility of some form of bankruptcy proceedings for the troubled Japanese air bag maker. Citing people familiar with the bidding process, Bloomberg reported on... 

Renault Kwid set for SA debut in Nov, Oroch small bakkie possibility for 2017

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2016 Renault South Africa (SA) is set to launch a fresh attack on the country’s budget market in November, when it introduces the A-segment Kwid. The India-made Kwid should be priced below Renault SA’s current entry-level Sandero. 

Renault Kwid set for SA debut in Nov, Oroch small bakkie possibility for 2017
The Kwid

Another made-in-India truck enters SA market

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Automotive HVAC market set to garner higher revenue globally

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 Syndicated market research provider Allied Market Research (AMR) projects that the automotive heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems market will garner revenue worth $22.8-billion by 2022.  

Automotive HVAC  market set to garner  higher revenue globally
ASIA: A KEY PLAYER Based on geography, Asia-Pacific was the highest revenue-generating region, accounting for more than a 46% share in 2015

Ford sets 2021 target for high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Korean auto firms aiming to assemble bakkies at Benoni plant

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is close to finalising a deal with Hyundai Motors South Africa (HMSA) to assemble its K2700 and K2500 workhorse bakkies at HMSA’s Benoni plant, says KMSA CEO Ray Levin. HMSA assembles the Hyundai HD65 and HD72 medium-duty trucks at the Benoni facility, as well as... 

Refineries face uncertain future as SA fuel standards lag

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 While not able to speak on behalf of the industry, South Africa’s refineries are probably grappling with the question of whether they can afford to upgrade their facilities to produce cleaner diesel and petrol, or whether it is more cost-effective to close down, says Sasol senior technical... 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant 

     15th September 2016 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has announced the establishment of a new vehicle plant, to be located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth. 

Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant
Beijing Automotive Group and Industrial Development Corporation to build new vehicle plant

SA’s economic competitiveness stumbling block to Datsun production

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2016 South Africa is the ideal place to produce Datsun vehicles for Africa, “but not today”, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. Africa as a continent, with its rapidly growing middle class, is every consumer product company’s dream, he notes. However, it is also a highly complex market, made up of... 

SA’s economic competitiveness stumbling block to Datsun production
Vincent Cobee

Peugeot inks 3D printing deal aimed at cutting car costs

By: Reuters     15th September 2016 French carmaker PSA said on Thursday a partnership with a US three-dimensional (3D) printing startup would lead to cheaper production of whole vehicle structures as well as parts for its models. The maker of Peugeot, Citroen and DS cars said it had agreed with Los Angeles-based Divergent 3D to... 

Volvo places self-driving truck in operation at underground mine 

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2016 The Volvo Group has put a fully autonomous truck to the test at underground operations at the Kristineberg mine, 100 km from Arvidsjaur, in northern Sweden. The mine was opened in 1940 and is the oldest in operation in the Boliden area. A polymetallic ore containing zinc, copper, lead, gold and... 

Volvo places self-driving truck in operation at underground mine
The Volvo FMX self-driving truck enters operations at the Kristineberg mine

Gauteng 'open for business', Makhura tells German chamber

By: Anine Kilian     9th September 2016 Government’s vision for the Gauteng province has not changed, despite the change of leadership from the African National Congress to a Democratic Alliance-led coalition in major metropolitan regions, including Johannesburg and Tshwane, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday. Speaking at an... 

Gauteng 'open for business', Makhura tells German chamber
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal
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