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Bargaining council head optimistic of motor sector labour peace in 2016

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco) general secretary Tom Mkhwanazi says he “is positive” that the motor industry will “avoid a strike this year”. “I think parties will get to the point where they will say it is not to the benefit of employers or employees, looking at the country’s economy... 

Cable protection key in solar systems

     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago Despite the harsh environmental conditions that many photovoltaic (PV) installations are subject to, cable protection is often overlooked, reports electrical component, tool and machinery supplier Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin.  

Cable protection key in solar systems
CABLE WEAR AND TEAR Cable damage and degradation can affect the long-term viability of photovoltaic installations

Chinese vehicle group to directly enter the South African market

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago Vehicle manufacturer Great Wall Motor Company Limited of China (GWM) has announced that it will enter the South African market directly, by granting distribution rights to Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of GWM. GWM made this decision following the expiry of the... 

East London harbour reports vehicle export record for April

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in April set an export record at the East London harbour, with more than 10 000 new C-Class vehicles exported from MBSA’s Eastern Cape plant. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa, when we recorded a total of 10 674... 

Import tariffs harmful to end-user businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago Fasteners and aligned products manufacturer and supplier Impala Bolt & Nut MD Derek Cohen says attempts to protect the local steel market by introducing import tariffs have introduced additional costs for small end-user businesses that are trying to remain viable in a difficult market. 

Import tariffs harmful to end-user businesses
GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION Government incentives have supported development in the automotive sector, and could similarly benefit the steel sector if implemented

Performance brands resilient amid weak vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 45 minutes ago The South African new-passenger car market has revealed some interesting peculiarities in the first five months of the year. Sales from January to May show the measure by which smaller brands are suffering the effect of the weak rand, while it also indicates the resilience of some of the... 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas 

     30th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 horsepower, 100% compressed natural gas buses. Megabus will trial these buses for the next five years at its Free State operations. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

Unitrans’s Megabus procures first Scania Euro 6, CNG buses, Tetra 4 to supply local gas

Automotive sector part of South Africa’s manufacturing success story – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2016 South Africa’s automotive sector is a success story in an embattled manufacturing industry. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Tuesday credited the success of the sector, in part, to the country’s long-term policy certainty and incentives developed under the Industrial Policy Action... 

Volkswagen's US diesel emissions settlement to cost $15bn – source

By: Reuters     28th June 2016 Volkswagen AG's settlement with nearly 500 000 US diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15-billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.03-billion to offer... 

Metair acquires 25% of East African battery and solar power group

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2016 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, announced on Monday that it had acquired 25% of Kenya-based Associated Battery Manufacturers East Africa (Abmeal), and its subsidiaries, at a price tag of $7.3-million. “This transaction ticked... 

Metair acquires 25% of East African battery and solar power group

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script  

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago, Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his home... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

Isuzu expects South Africa’s new truck market to slump again in 2016

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 The South African new-truck market will probably drop 13.2% in 2016, to 26 500 units, compared with 2015, says Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) COO Craig Uren. Next year holds little promise for recovery, with the market currently forecast at around 27 500 units or less, he adds. 

Mahindra aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Mahindra & Mahindra, the India-based global conglomerate active in more than 100 countries, aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa, says Mahindra agri, and Africa and South Asia operations president Ashok Sharma. “It will probably be the first of a range of products to come to South... 

Truck group seeks to regain lost market share after restructuring

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Following a slump in truck sales in South Africa in 2015, MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (SA) and MAN Sub-Equatorial Africa MD Markus Geyer is confident the company can win back its lost market share “within a year”. The local arm of the German group sold 1 317 trucks in South Africa in 2015, at a... 

VW supervisory board mulls damage claims against current, former execs

By: Reuters     22nd June 2016 Volkswagen's supervisory board is studying the possibility of claiming damages from current and former members of the carmaker's management board in relation to its diesel emissions scandal, chairperson Hans Dieter Poetsch said. Volkswagen's (VW) supervisory board on Tuesday stood by a decision... 

South Africa, US free-trade agreement discussions on the cards

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 The impasse between the US and South Africa over meat exports and imports has highlighted the need for a shift in approach with regards to the negotiations over a free-trade agreement (FTA) when the current African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) expires in 2025. While South Africa gained a... 

South Africa, US free-trade agreement discussions on the cards

As wage talks continue, Mibco positive strike will be avoided

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2016 Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco) general secretary Tom Mkhwanazi said on Tuesday that he “was positive” that the motor industry would “avoid a strike this year”. “I think parties will get to the point where they will say it is not to the benefit of employers or employees, looking at the... 

Bidvest McCarthy invests in Isuzu Trucks dealership

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Vehicle retailer Bidvest McCarthy has invested in an Isuzu Trucks dealership strategically situated just off the N4 at Gateway Industrial Park in Pretoria East. The Bidvest industrial conglomerate was extensively involved in freight management, logistics services, terminal operations and marine... 

South Africa makes most use of Agoa, but still only a fraction of the tariffs

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2016 While South Africa has seemingly made the most use of the duty-free trade benefits with the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) since inception, the nonreciprocal deal was, for the most part, heavily underused across the continent. While the 15-year-old Act had surged into the... 

South Africa makes most use of Agoa, but still only a fraction of the tariffs

Naacam announces new component show for April 2017

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2016 The National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has announced that it will host the inaugural Naacam Show at the Durban International Convention Centre, from April 5 to 7, 2017. The show will be hosted every two years as a platform from which to grow the... 

Naacam announces new component show for April 2017

Insurance industry faces radical restructuring due to autonomous cars

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2016 The motor insurance industry faces radical restructuring as a result of the advent of autonomous cars. A research report released by Swiss Re and HERE in April, called ‘The Future of Motor Insurance’, calculated that autonomous driving (AD) technologies, such as lane departure warning, blind-spot... 

Insurance industry faces radical restructuring due to autonomous cars

Suzuki introduces first commercial vehicle to the local market

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) has launched its first commercial vehicle in the local market, in the form of the Super Carry ultracompact bakkie. SASA says South Africa is the first market outside of India – where the Super Carry is manufactured – to introduce the newcomer. 

Suzuki introduces first commercial vehicle to the local market
The Suzuki Super Carry

Audi features strongly in latest customer satisfaction survey

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

Company provides reliable nut and bolt solutions

     17th June 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) extensive range of fasteners, tools and related equipment is used to enhance reliability of equipment in diverse sectors, including light, medium and heavy industries, pulp and paper, construction, original-equipment manufacturers and... 

Ford invests in new job training, entrepreneurial development centre

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 US car maker Ford will invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its South African assembly plant, in Silverton. The Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) is slated to open in October. 

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Mahindra to make local assembly call by year-end

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 The facts have not changed, says Mahindra & Mahindra auto and farm sector group president Dr Pawan Goenka, Mahindra still wants to assemble vehicles in South Africa. However, as he has noted since 2010, Mahindra South Africa (MSA) must reach sales of 6 000 units a year to do so. 

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 hp, 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The official handover of the buses, which comprise the first Euro 6 bus engines in South Africa, was concluded in... 

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTHONY KING Each bus has eight carbon fibre compressed natural gas tanks, which will allow for about 1 200 m3 of gas

Rise in subscriber numbers lifts Cartrack’s revenue to R1bn

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Boosted by global growth and a jump in its subscriber base, fleet management and vehicle recovery group Cartrack has announced a 20% increase in revenue, to R1-billion, for the year ended February 29. Operating profit improved by 19%, to R344.8-million. Cartrack has a presence in 21 countries, in... 

Transnet, Mercedes-Benz SA set export record at East London port

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2016 Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in April set an export record at the East London harbour, with more than 10 000 new C-Class vehicles exported from MBSA’s Eastern Cape plant. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa, when we recorded a total of 10 674... 

 Transnet, Mercedes-Benz SA set export record at East London port

Weak market hammers small brands, sees Porsche outsell Subaru, Fiat

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2016 The South African new-passenger car market has revealed some interesting peculiarities in the first five months of the year. Sales from January to May show the measure by which smaller brands are suffering the effect of the weak rand, while it also indicates the resilience of some of the... 

 Weak market hammers small brands, sees Porsche outsell Subaru, Fiat

Castrol Africa sales up 5% in 2015; new GTX range launched

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2016 The volume of Castrol oil sales in Africa increased by around 5% in 2015 compared with 2014, says Castrol Africa MD David Bouet. Despite the visible slump in the continent’s mining industry, the automotive and industrial markets are still ticking over, he notes. Some countries, such as those... 

Castrol Africa sales up 5% in 2015; new GTX range launched

BMW SA unveils purpose-built solar carport for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold 

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th June 2016 The discovery and proposed exploitation of a natural gas dome containing methane and some of the highest concentrations of helium in the world – South Africa’s first onshore gas find – in the Free State has created much excitement and visions of a local gas hub. “The Free State now has the... 

Free State poised to be helium pioneer as gas developments unfold

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial automation solutions supplier Omron launched 49 new best-in-class Adept Robots in April. The robots – now available in 39 countries; including South Africa –  are integrated with Omron sensors, safety components and machine automation controllers that were all designed to simplify the... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year
RISE OF THE MACHINES The robots' applications are relevant to most packaging lines

MAN aims to win back lost market share; van on the horizon

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2016 Following a slump in truck sales in South Africa in 2015, MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (SA) and MAN Sub-Equatorial Africa MD Markus Geyer is confident the company can win back its lost market share “within a year”. The local arm of the German group sold 1 317 trucks in South Africa in 2015, at a... 

MAN aims to win back lost market share; van on the horizon
MAN Truck & Bus SA MD Markus Geyer
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