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Automotive Components

Industry trying to reduce reliance on imports

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 High quality, increased productivity and cost reduction are vital for success as the South African automotive industry works to reduce its reliance on automotive component imports while growing its export potential in a slow economy, says industrial equipment supplier Germ Africa director Robert... 

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Given the multifaceted nature of South Africa’s automotive sector, intra-industry dialogue and collaboration are crucial to advancing the industry’s ability to provide high-quality products and much-needed employment in a rapidly evolving world, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)... 

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement
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KEEPING PACE Advancing education and training in the automotive sector is crucial for keeping up with changes in technology and the local demand for skilled technicians

Local innovation key for growing automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Key to realising the growth potential of South Africa’s automotive sector is local innovation, albeit with due consideration to conditions and operating environments, as local companies are not always able to use international innovations and technologies, says enterprise resource planning (ERP)... 

Local innovation  key for growing automotive industry
PAULO DE MATOS South Africa is no laggard when it comes to the uptake of new technologies, especially in the automotive sector

Mobile workshop enhances interactions with automotive OEMs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Science and technology company 3M South Africa has launched its new mobile workshop – Abrasive Solutions On the Move – which will provide easy access to its technologies and services for its original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) clients in the automotive sector. 

Mobile workshop enhances interactions with automotive OEMs
ON THE MOVE 3M’s mobile unit features a full test laboratory, training facilities and capabilities for providing all of the company’s abrasive solutions on site

Supply chain management key to industry success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 The effective management of financial and physical supply chains is a key differentiator for South African automotive companies wanting to survive in an uncertain market, with access to technologies that can assist in streamlining these functions critical to success, says import and working... 

Supply chain management key to industry success
GREG CLINE Automotive aftermarket imports are growing owing to the depressed state of the economy shifting buying behaviour

Auto components manufacturer launches portable drill winch

     24th March 2017 Automotive component manufacturer Torre Parts and Components has launched the WARN Drill Winch, which runs off a standard portable drill that turns it into a versatile pulling tool.  

Auto components manufacturer launches portable drill winch
WARN DRILL WINCH The portable WARN Drill Winch makes rigging fast and easy

Company offers joints for plastic content in auto manufacturing

     24th March 2017 Germany-based mechanical engineering company Haag + Zeissler says the automotive industry is planning to increase the present plastic content in electric vehicles by around 25% to enable a necessary saving in vehicle weight.  

Company offers joints for plastic content in auto manufacturing
9001 SERIES ROTARY JOINT The automotive industry wants to increase the present plastic content in electric vehicles by around 25%

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya

     24th March 2017 French multinational automotive manufacturer General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) and motor dealer Urysia Limited Authorised Peugeot Dealers, will begin in June with supplying a yearly volume of over 1 000 Peugeot units in order to meet the expectations of the Kenyan market.  

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya
PEUGEOT 3008 Kenya will start assembly of the new Peugeot 2008 sports utility vehicle in June

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing for production

     24th March 2017 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is testing three-dimensional (3D) printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn, in the US.  

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing  for production
THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING Ford has started testing 3D printing technology for more efficient low-volume production

Smart tyre for future urban fleets designed

     24th March 2017 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear unveiled the Goodyear IntelliGrip Urban concept tyre at the Geneva International Motor Show 2017, in Switzerland, on March 7.  

Smart tyre for future urban fleets designed
INTELLIGRIP URBAN Goodyear announced its smart-tyre technology aimed at improving ride-sharing vehicles

S African company wins Japanese award for the first time

     24th March 2017 Automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv South Africa (SA) has been awarded the coveted Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) Total Plant Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award for 2017.  

NCPC-SA to emphasise efficiency at Naacam show

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) will share its knowledge regarding resource efficiency and cleaner production methods to assist industry in lowering costs through reduced energy, water and material use during this year’s National Association of Automotive... 

NCPC-SA to  emphasise efficiency  at Naacam show
JOHNSON MATTHEY FACTORY Johnson Matthey South Africa joined a flagship energy-management project of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa

Authorities help to curb counterfeit car part imports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs offices are committed to reducing the number of imported counterfeit spare parts for motor vehicles, says law firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Authorities help to curb  counterfeit car part imports
PAUL RAMARA Counterfeit components coould be tracked through market investigation by checking car part agents that import goods from Asia, the Middle East

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.

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... 

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

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... 

Scope for increased localisation of auto components

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 South Africa’s light vehicle production has increased only marginally in the past five years – 533 000 units were produced in 2014 – with local content of automotive components also stagnating at a low 35%, compared with levels of more than 80% in countries such as Thailand and Brazil, says the... 

Scope for increased localisation  of auto components
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LOCAL INITIATIVE A developed local supply chain could enable component manufacturers to buy more reliable and cost-effective subcomponents and materials, locally

French manufacturer receives International Engine of the Year award

     2nd October 2015 French multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën received the International Engine of the Year Award for its three-cylinder Turbo PureTech engine, which ranked top in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category, in June. PSA Peugeot Citroën notes the award “crown[ed] a... 

French manufacturer receives International Engine of the Year award
Photo by Bloomberg
FITTING PART The PureTech family of three-cylinder engines is fitted on several Peugeot models

Tyre brands awarded top spots in auto magazine tests

     2nd October 2015 Three of tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s tyres, namely the Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, the EfficientGrip SUV tyre and the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, were all awarded first place in their respective categories in recent motoring magazine tests. “Tested against several other brands, all three tyres came... 

Tyre brands awarded top spots in auto magazine tests
TOP SPOT Goodyear’s premium EfficientGrip SUV tyre came out top across 15 wet and dry disciplines

Manufacturer ramps up automotive composites production

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites is ramping up production of several automotive component composite parts for a UK-based, high-end automotive manufacturer. AAT Composites, which was awarded the contract of undisclosed value in April, will... 

Manufacturer ramps  up automotive  composites production
LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN The composite parts are made using laminate construction of advanced carbon weave-epoxy material

Market uncertainty drives need for efficient auto imports

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 As the volatile rand rate causes a flux in the logistics and import market, there has been a definite paradigm shift in the market as the industry moves towards a more integrated and, therefore, cost-effective solution for the automotive import process, reports import and working capital... 

Market uncertainty drives need for  efficient auto imports
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MARKET IMPERATIVE Automotive components imports remain vital as these parts are needed for the aftermarket sector

Aluminium auto panel production expected to accelerate

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). Afsa executive director Mark... 

Aluminium auto panel  production expected  to accelerate
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ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally

First auto incubation centre programme participant graduates

     2nd October 2015 Broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) automotive supplier Zig Enterprise owner Caiphus Mokotedi met the minimum criteria required to graduate from the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) automotive incubation centre, making him the first graduate of the programme. The... 

First auto incubation  centre programme  participant graduates
CAIPHUS MOKOTEDI Mokotedi is one of the first black economic-empowerment entrepreneurs who joined the incubation programme in 2011

Brake reduces vehicle stopping distance by up to 40%

     2nd October 2015 Sweden-based automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv is showcasing a new vacuum braking system – the Torricelli brake – developed to significantly reduce the stopping distance for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles. The Torricelli brake is a vacuum-induced plate below a... 

Brake reduces vehicle  stopping distance by  up to 40%
FUTURE INNOVATION The brake’s patented solution uses a 0.3 m2 vacuum plate below the vehicle, which activates in 0.1 seconds and produces a downforce of 15 000 N

Tandem axle lift enables enhanced road traction, fuel savings

     2nd October 2015 The new tandem axle lift function of Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks’ vehicles makes it possible for a truck to disengage and raise the second driven axle during operation, thereby providing a better road grip and lowering fuel consumption when a truck is driven without a load. “Volvo... 

Tandem axle lift enables enhanced road traction, fuel savings
NEW FUNCTION Volvo Trucks’ tyres can now be lifted 140 mm off the road surface when the second driven axle is disengaged

Possible labour issues a challenge for automotive industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 In addition to mitigating rising manufacturing input costs, a potential prolonged strike in 2016 is the most significant challenge the automotive components sector could face, avers professional services firm KPMG. “The previous strike created considerable negative sentiment towards South Africa.... 

Possible labour issues a challenge for automotive industry
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RISK FACTOR South Africa’s automotive industry, government and labour are continuously engaging to avoid another strike to protect the industry and retain employment

Auto production needs to be streamlined, says control specialist

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 As the timeframe needed to produce automotive vehicles is becoming increasingly shorter and the process significantly more efficient, the design and implementation of automotive components and assembly production equipment must also be completed in shorter timeframes, says motion-control... 

Auto production needs  to be streamlined, says  control specialist

Industry committed to green development

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2014 Owing to significant increases in the cost of energy over the past four years, some sectors, such as the automotive component manufacturers and high-intensity energy users, have made a commitment to improving energy efficiency at plants, according to government programme the National Cleaner... 

Industry committed to green development
SAVINGS INCURRED Feltex is reaping the rewards of an NCPC resource efficiency and cleaner production assessment done in 2011

Exports drive local manufacturing capabilities

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2014 Hot-forge-based components manufacturer SP Metal Forgings currently has a large contract to supply South African commercial vehicle manufacturers with more than 500 000 vehicle components a year, including drive-train parts, the company reports. 

Exports drive local  manufacturing capabilities
KEN MANNERS The local development and manufacturing of automotive components is the primary driving force behind the success of SP Metal Forgings

Counterfeit parts threaten motorists’ safety

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2014 The greatest risk for the automotive components industry is counterfeit critical parts, such as brake pads and shoes, fuel pumps and suspension components, which put the lives of drivers and passengers at risk, says legal firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Counterfeit parts threaten motorists’ safety
PAUL RAMARA Counterfeiters are constantly becoming more skilled in copying genuine parts

Advanced gearbox for compact segment

     20th June 2014 An advanced gearbox, featuring manual and automatic options for gear shifting will soon be introduced to Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki’s compact range of cars. 

Advanced gearbox for  compact segment
AUTO SHIFTING The gearbox offers both fully automatic and manual shift modes

Touch screen to replace dashboard buttons

     20th June 2014 A large tablet-like touch screen is set to replace buttons in Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s newly updated sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC90. 

Touch screen to replace dashboard buttons
CONNECTED DRIVING The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible

Consumers affected by escalated component prices

     20th June 2014 Vehicle owners and operators are increasingly feeling the pinch as a direct result of inflated prices of vehicle components, reports trade body, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA). 

Consumers affected by  escalated component prices
LES MCMASTER Vehicle workshop owners are finding it increasingly difficult to source good quality parts at an affordable price

Wiper clip system enhances compatibility

     20th June 2014 A ‘retro clip’ system incorporated into two flat-blade models of windscreen wipers ensures both models are compatible on 95% of South African light and commerical vehicles, reports powertrain and vehicle safety technology company Federal-Mogul. 

Wiper clip system  enhances compatibility
BETTER VISION Flat blades provide a more uniform contact with windscreens, with evenly distributed pressure along the length of the wiper

Components on display at expo

     20th June 2014 Automotive components will be on display during the 2014 Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, running from June 24 to 26, in Messe Stuttgart, Germany. 

Imports made easy with one point of contact

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2014 Import and working capital company Blue Strata reports that importing automotive components can be easier if one point of contact is used, as it eliminates the need to deal with five or more services providers, including banks, overseas suppliers, freight forwarders, clearing agents and local... 

Imports made easy with one point of contact
GREG CLINE Dealing with one point of contact means reduced administrative overheads and better transparency in monitoring inbound supply chain logistics

Close eye on automotive component demands

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 New steel grades are continuously being developed and manufactured, especially higher strength steels that are thinner and lighter, to keep up with the constantly evolving nature of the automotive industry, says local steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor. However, South Africa’s steel mills do... 

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