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Apr 29, 2016
CAT EQUIPMENT Barloworld is the official dealer of CAT machinery in Southern Africa
Machinery and global brands distributor Barloworld Equipment group has invested $14-million in its equipment operations in the city of Kitwe, in Zambia.
Apr 29, 2016
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Apr 29, 2016
Automotive exports from South Africa increased by R35.8 billion – or 30.9% – to R151.5-billion, in 2015, up from the R115.7-billion recorded in 2014. The 2015 numbers mean that auto exports accounted for 14.6% of South Africa’s total export earnings, says National...
Apr 29, 2016
Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it is separating its business within Volvo Maroc SA to a long-standing West and Central Africa distribution partner SMT group.
Apr 29, 2016
Following a 13 140 km journey from Spain by ship, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) new try-out press has arrived at the manufacturer’s Uitenhage plant. VWSA has invested R120-million in a new 21 000 kN try-out press to improve manufacturing capabilities at...
Apr 29, 2016
Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and...
Apr 28, 2016
Steady appreciation in international petroleum prices during April has brushed aside gains in the rand/dollar exchange rate, setting the stage for more fuel price hikes in May, the Automobile Association (AA) cautioned on Thursday. This view is based on unaudited...
Apr 22, 2016
The City of Tshwane will spend R188-million on land on which to build an Automotive City in Rosslyn, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced on Thursday. "The City is currently engaged in the process of establishing the Tshwane Automotive City in Rosslyn, which includes...
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Apr 22, 2016
This year’s biennial eight-day Sasol Solar Challenge will take place from September 24 to October 1. The event will start in Pretoria, move down to Port Elizabeth and wrap up in Cape Town, similar to the 2014 solar challenge. The 2016 event again revolves around...
Apr 21, 2016
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel
South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will sign a ‘Joint Development Agreement’ with the Beijing Automotive International Group (BAIC) in China this weekend, earmarking the Eastern Cape as the proposed location for a new automobile plant. Speaking...
Apr 21, 2016
Lagos, Nigeria
The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) would be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that would allow the automotive...
Apr 20, 2016
Following a poor first quarter, Hino South Africa (SA) has adjusted its forecast for the South African truck market down from 28 000 units, as predicted at the beginning of the year, to 25 000 units, says Hino SA VP Ernie Trautmann. The local truck market reached 30...
Apr 19, 2016
Combined Motor Holdings CEO Jebb McIntosh
Despite a revenue loss of R360-million following the closure of two large dealerships during the year, investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) recorded an increase of 2.6% in total revenue to R11-billion from R10.7-billion for the company’s financial...
Apr 19, 2016
The Fuso Canter E-Cell truck
Daimler Trucks has provided a small fleet of electric trucks to the German city of Stuttgart. Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler management board member responsible for Daimler Trucks, and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) president and CEO Marc...
Apr 15, 2016
South African car and bakkie exports into Africa declined for the third year in a row in 2015, falling from 79 228 units in 2012, to 77 589 units in 2013, 60 189 units in 2014, and 41 446 units last year – this according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s...
Apr 15, 2016
US car maker Ford will invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produces the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in Africa, the Middle East and...
Apr 15, 2016
March domestic new-vehicle sales, at 47 631 units, fell by 14% compared with the same month last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says the proliferation of public holidays during the period, including Easter – last...
Apr 15, 2016
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has opened the doors to its new Learning Academy in East London. Construction on the project started in August 2014. The academy is the result of a R130-million joint investment by MBSA and the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, which...
 
 
 
 
Apr 15, 2016
LSM Distributors will be satisfied with sales of around 60 Bentleys a year, says Bentley South Africa spokesperson Christo Kruger. “However, much of this ambition will be informed by Bentley’s product range and presentation of this range.”
Apr 15, 2016
Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) has started the second phase of its R2-billion investment programme to upgrade and expand its tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.   SRSA manufactures passenger and commercial tyres, in particular under the Dunlop...
Apr 14, 2016
Norman Lamprecht
Automotive exports from South Africa increased by R35.8 billion – or 30.9% – to R151.5-billion, in 2015, up from the R115.7-billion recorded in 2014. The 2015 numbers mean that auto exports accounted for 14.6% of South Africa’s total export earnings, says National...
Apr 13, 2016
Newly-formed trade union, the Liberated Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Limusa), on Tuesday said it was taking Toyota South Africa (Toyota SA) and the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) to the CCMA following a dispute about worker representation at the Durban...
Apr 13, 2016
The new Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to see 2016 sales reach around the same level as 2015, defying a South African new-vehicle market most analysts agree will drop around 10% this year. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says there is “no doubt” the...
Apr 12, 2016
The Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) hopes to assemble Hyundai’s new Santa Cruz pick-up in South Africa from 2020. HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson says the local distributor is “working very hard” to convince the Korean manufacturer to assemble the bakkie...
Apr 12, 2016
The revamped Kyalami race track
The South African Festival of Motoring (FoM), set to replace the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), would offer local motor companies a less expensive, shorter, less static event that should appeal to a broader range of South Africans, said Konstantin von...
Apr 11, 2016
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The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight...
Apr 08, 2016
A 30c/l increase in the fuel levy, another rise in interest rates and new consignor/consignee legislation will all load more costs onto a transport industry that is already struggling to remain profitable, says Standard Bank business vehicle and asset finance head...
Apr 08, 2016
If a country’s artisan skills base was weak, chances were its economy would be weak, said Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas at the opening of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) new artisan Learning Centre in East London in March. Part of the transformation...
 
 
 
 
Apr 08, 2016
Less than three months after his appointment as executive VP and COO of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Andrew Kirby has been appointed TSAM president and CEO. He will take up his new position on April 1.
Apr 08, 2016
Last year, 12% of respondents in KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES) believed that the global automotive industry was somewhat to extremely likely to see a major model disruption in the next five years. This year the figure increased to 82%. The global...
Apr 08, 2016
ALUMINUNUM GROWTH The aluminium foundry sector produces about 5 000 t/y of components
The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) believes that potential for growth of the foundry industry currently lies in the automotive sector, as this is the largest market for aluminium castings. “Legislation worldwide is driving automotive companies and...
Apr 08, 2016
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SURVIVAL OF THE FOUNDRY INDUSTRY To be more competitive the industry has to strive to be technologically advanced to cater for new market demands
Amid the economic downturn and lack of skills in the foundry industry, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) believes that growth opportunities for the industry lies in embracing technological development that will create new market opportunities. “To...
Apr 08, 2016
Nonprofit trade and investment promotion organisation the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (Taitra) hosted 25 Taiwanese enterprises in Johannesburg last month to assist in developing relations with local companies.
Apr 08, 2016
Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has invited black-owned suppliers to participate in its first ever black-owned suppliers’ day. The event will take place at the VWSA PeoplePavilion in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, on Thursday, May 5.
Apr 07, 2016
Datsun South Africa (SA) on Thursday introduced fixed-cost motoring to its customers as it launched the All-in-1-Go finance package. For the Datsun Go driver, the offering spelled a single fixed monthly payment that would cover all the major costs associated with...
Apr 06, 2016
Jeff Nemeth
The South African automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “premeetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement, says Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa...
Apr 06, 2016
Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and...
Apr 06, 2016
The 220t crown of the try-out press
Following a 13 140 km journey from Spain by ship, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) new try-out press has arrived at the manufacturer’s Uitenhage plant. VWSA has invested R120-million in a new 21 000 kN try-out press to improve manufacturing capabilities at...
 
 
 
 
Apr 05, 2016
Ford Everest
US car maker Ford announced on Tuesday that it would invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produced the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in...
Apr 04, 2016
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Apr 04, 2016
Oil company Chevron South Africa has appointed Victor Bester as GM of its Cape Town Refinery, in Milnerton. Commenting on his appointment, Bester said that fuel security and skills development remained top priorities for the country and that Chevron South Africa’s...
Apr 01, 2016
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Tesla Model 3
Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure...
Apr 01, 2016
March domestic new-vehicle sales, at 47 631 units, fell by 14% compared with the same month last year. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Friday that the proliferation of public holidays during the period, including...
 
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