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There is room for more ride-hailing services, says Taxify country manager

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 1 minute ago Taxify believes there is room for another electronic ride-hailing service in South Africa. US-based Uber started operations in South Africa in 2013, with Estonia’s Taxify moving into the country in 2016. 

Buying only SA-made vehicles could boost GDP by R37bn, says Wits study 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago New research by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) shows that a government policy of buying only locally produced cars, bakkies, buses and trucks at national and provincial government level could, through various multiplier effects, increase South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) by... 

Buying only SA-made vehicles could boost GDP by R37bn, says Wits study

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

 Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

Hytec Group companies reduce OEM’s energy costs

19th October 2018 In a first for South Africa, automation solutions provider Tectra Automation and hydraulic solutions provider Hytec collaborated to aid a motor vehicle original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) reduce energy costs at its Port Elizabeth engine plant. 

Hytec Group companies  reduce OEM’s energy costs
MONITORING PRESSURE The Sytronix variable speed pump drive monitors the hydraulic pressure and adjusts the motor running speed so only the required pressure at any given time is delivered

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

South Africa poised to adopt plan to boost local car industry suppliers 

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 South Africa is likely to adopt new plans for the country's car industry in December which aim to increase the local content of assembled cars to 60% by 2035 from around 38% now, a cabinet minister said on Thursday. The new plan, which will come into effect in 2021, seeks to provide stability for... 

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2018 It has been a challenging year for corporate South Africa, says Combined Motor Holdings (CMH). “The economy has suffered from the after-effects of years of corruption and mismanagement, [as well as] the ANC's recent pronouncement that it intends to amend the Constitution to allow land... 

It’s a tough market out there and it’s not getting better, says CMH

Cape Town e-bus rollout in limbo until Whitehead investigation wraps up end-2018 

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2018 The City of Cape Town’s bid to use electric buses within its MyCiti system has been stalled by the investigation into former Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. A fleet of eleven electric buses was scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by... 

Cape Town e-bus rollout in limbo until Whitehead investigation wraps up end-2018

Brink Towing Systems SA secures additional export volumes

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2018 An unexpected surge in demand will see Brink Towing Systems South Africa (SA) in October and November export almost 10 000 additional units to its parent company, the Brink Group, in the Netherlands. Brink Towing Systems SA is the largest manufacturer of tow bars in the domestic market, and... 

Brink Towing Systems SA secures additional export volumes
The new Yaskawa robot at the Brink Towing Systems SA factory

Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2018 Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record (currently at 1 227.98 km/h), has run into serious financial trouble. The company has entered into administration, with the appointment of Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, partners... 

Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m
The Bloodhound vehicle in 2017

Commercial vehicle market defies economic downturn 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2018 The South African new-truck market has increased overall sales by 2.3% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year, defying a slew of negative economic indicators. According to the latest sales statistics released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa,... 

Commercial vehicle market defies economic downturn
Gert Swanepoel

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2018 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has produced its first batch of trial Ranger Raptor bakkies at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. In preparation for full-scale production of the new model, the plant assembled its first ten official Ranger Raptor units as part of the tooling... 

Ford produces first trial Ranger Raptors in SA, invests another R160m

Volkswagen is near hiring top banks for truck unit IPO

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Volkswagen is close to hiring banks and advisers to work on an initial public offering (IPO) for its heavy-truck division, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co are likely to win mandates as global coordinators for... 

Numsa members embark on strike at Toyota

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members have embarked on a strike at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as at its warehouse facility in Atlas road, in Johannesburg. The union said in a statement on Monday that TSAM routinely failed... 

Cape Town adds direct routes, 29 new bus stops to MyCiti service

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The City of Cape Town will introduce a number of new routes and bus stops to its MyCiti bus service, starting October 27. “Our transport planners recently conducted a review of the MyCiTi service and the passenger demand on the MyCiTi routes,” says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development MMC... 

Cape Town adds direct routes, 29 new bus stops to MyCiti service

Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2018 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Monday voiced its support for the Competition Commission’s proposed voluntary Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South African vehicle repair, service and parts supply sectors. However, the association emphasised that it... 

 Application of code of conduct requires ‘extensive' review, says auto industry body

Automotive aftermarket distributor looking to expand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Automotive aftermarket distributor AfriPart is focusing on expanding its footprint into the sub-Saharan Africa market and on adding value for clients by improving its operating, product and technology platforms, says MD Andrew Sommerville and sales and marketing head Richard Berner. AfriPart is... 

Automotive aftermarket distributor looking  to expand
AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET AfriPart is the country’s first automotive aftermarket distributor that is 100% owned and operated through an empowered employee trust

Importers tightening control over logistics processes

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Amid government’s Automotive Masterplan support programme that targets 60% local component production and manufacturing, automotive businesses are tightening control over their logistics processes – where trade finance is being viewed as a broader import finance solution rather than a... 

Importers tightening control over logistics processes
TECHNOLOGICAL VISIBILITY Technology is becoming critical in the importing process

Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 The future of the van is self-driving, electric and versatile, says Mercedes-Benz. The German manufacturer unveiled its Vision Urbanetic at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Germany last month. The envisaged new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family will be based on an all-electric... 

 Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision
The Vision Urbanetic explained

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

 Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body
Mark Dommisse

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030. The Japanese car maker expects internal combustion engines, combined with some form of electrification, such as plug-in hybrids, to account for 95% of the vehicles it produces by 2030, and battery electric... 

 Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

Germany pushes VW, BMW for trade-ins to defuse diesel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Germany’s ruling coalition pushed Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to offer trade-in rebates for older diesel vehicles to avoid driving bans in urban areas and defuse a crisis that’s sullying the country’s reputation as an automotive leader. The plan wasreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government... 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 The South African new-vehicle market declined by 1.9% in September, to 49 670 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that September new-passenger car sales decreased by 2.6%, to reach 32 786 units. 

New-vehicle market declines by 1.9%, record exports for September

Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 Dutch team Nuon has taken top honours in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, arriving in Stellenbosch on the weekend with 4 030.4 km on the clock. Nuon’s close rivals from Japan, team Tokai, completed 3 941.4 km, and had to be satisfied with second place. 

 Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge
Dutch team Nuon on the weekend took gold in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla CE Elon Musk on Thursday of fraud and sought to remove him from his role in charge of the electric car company, saying he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. In a lawsuit, the... 

US regulator sues Musk for fraud, seeks to remove him from Tesla
Photo by Reuters
Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian suppliers exporting to the US, claims AquaJet Profiles director Preeshan Naidoo. The sanctions were... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales
Photo by Reuters
TARIFF SEE-SAW US tariffs have had a positive and negative effect on aluminium profit margins

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 Mercedes-Benz last week unveiled the electric Actros heavy-duty truck. The first eActros was delivered to German logistics company Hermes in September for use under real-life conditions. 

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros
The eActros

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled 

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 The launch last week of the updated Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy truck in Germany saw the long-touted concept of the MirrorCam finally make its production debut. Gone are the large exterior side-mirrors in favour of two cameras, located outside the vehicle, and two 15-inch in-cab tablets that... 

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled
The new Actros boasts technology that will perform an emergency stop if the driver fails to spot a pedestrian.

Abland to develop combined-use Menlyn Maine Towers

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Property developer Abland will develop a combined motor dealership and premium office space, called Menlyn Maine Towers, in Pretoria, and aims to achieve a 4-star green rating accreditation with the Green Building Council of South Africa. The development for the Barloworld Toyota Menlyn... 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at UK car plant after warnings on Brexit, diesel

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will go down to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant in central England just days after its boss warned about the impact of Brexit and diesel policy. The Castle Bromwich facility will operate a three-day week from October until the... 

SA delegation arrives in Japan for investment mission 

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 A South African delegation arrived in Tokyo, Japan on Monday for an investment mission which is set to take place until Saturday. The delegation, led by the acting head of Invest South Africa, Yunus Hoosen will be meeting with leading companies in an effort to attract them to invest and expand... 

SA delegation arrives in Japan for investment mission
Acting Head of Invest South Africa Yunus Hoosen

Top trends that are likely to change the way we work and live

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Quantum computing and flying cars are two of the top trends that Frost & Sullivan has outlined within its top trends for 2018/19 at its CEO Think Tank in Cape Town.  The company has looked at trends that are changing the way we work and live. 

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