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Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Ford recalls 15 600 cars in South Africa over fire risk

By: Reuters     23rd June 2017 Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 16 000 Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, it said on Friday. The models were built between 2004 and 2012 in India, Ford said in a statement. 

Commercial vehicles JV set to introduce Eicher trucks onto SA market

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Haval outlines SA operating model after GWM takeover

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) has launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford EcoSport and the Mazda CX3. 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design  auto components
ANDREY NIKISHIN The partnership will build a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies

R125m conveyor for Ford plant

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has invested more than R125-million to upgrade the 3 000-m vehicle conveyor system at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The conveyor system carries vehicles from the plant’s body shop to the paint shop. 

Tough economic conditions reflected in May vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earliert his month showed that new passenger car sales declined by... 

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on Thursday officially launched its broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust. The aim of the trust is to increase the number of black-owned suppliers in the automotive sector value chain.  

VWSA trust makes first investment to grow black supplier base
Thomas Schäfer

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts
This bus part can now be 3D printed

Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

 Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets
The Hayden Cobra

Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks open R130m facility in Zambia

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2017 Volvo Group Southern Africa, in partnership with Titanium Motors, has opened a new dealer facility in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in a R130-million investment. The dealership will provide services to Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks customers operating in the region.  “Zambia is a key African market... 

Volvo Trucks, UD Trucks open R130m facility in Zambia

Bloodhound supersonic car to start live testing in October

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

Bloodhound supersonic car to start live testing in October

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2017 The biggest challenge facing Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) is the perception gap that exists in the local market, says CEO designate Gary Scott. The 42-year-old Scott, who joined KMSA in 2002, will take over from Ray Levin on July 1. Scott is currently KMSA’s sales director. 

Kia SA’s new CEO wants to fill perception gap, grow sales
Gary Scott

Composites cluster charts way forward for basalt in composites

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

Naamsa believes sales growth still possible despite 2017 headwinds

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) believes it is still possible for the new-vehicle market to grow in 2017, despite “prevailing political and economic uncertainties”. The sales projections for 2017 and 2018, put forward by the association in its newest... 

Nissan expects to unveil new Rosslyn production plan later this year

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of any new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant. 

Product and process innovation key to future success of components firms

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

Peugeot SA here to stay, assures new MD

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2017 Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) is here to stay, says new PCSA MD Francisco Gaie. “The company forms part of VT Holdings’ long-term strategy in South Africa.” 

Peugeot SA here to stay, assures new MD
Francisco Gaie

UD Trucks launches new heavy-duty truck range in SA

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Croner heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) range, named after Chronos, the god of time in Greek mythology. Featuring 13 variants, the new product range offers up to 21 configurations. 

UD Trucks launches new heavy-duty truck range in SA

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 The main feature of global demand for energy is a shift to maximising efficiency through delivering energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour, says independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. He tells Engineering News that this was evident from his interactions with industry... 

Industry trends shift towards efficient, intelligent strategies
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY PRIORITISED With energy integral to every process, the objective should be to maximise the efficiency of delivering the necessary energy at the lowest cost per kilowatt per hour

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

No taxi protests planned 'for now' over rising price of Quantum

By: News24Wire      8th June 2017 There will be no taxi protest "over the escalating price of the Toyota Quantum in Durban for now", the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Thursday. Santaco had threatened to shut down the whole country if the highly used Toyota Quantum manufacturer did not respond to their demands within... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA
The BMW i3 and i8

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2017 Component exports from South Africa in 2016 were again dominated by catalytic converters. Data published in the Automotive Export Manual 2017 shows that catalytic converter exports made up 41.3% of all component exports from South Africa, by value, earning R21.9-billion, up from last year’s... 

Component exports up 6.8% in 2016, engines show strong growth

Indian truck brand Eicher poised to enter the SA market

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, has announced that it will introduce India-made Eicher trucks into the South African truck market by the end of June. The joint venture has already set up base in South Africa in the form of a 100%... 

Indian truck brand Eicher poised to enter the SA market

Cartrack expands subscriber base to more than 600 000

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack, has grown its subscriber base by 19%, to more than 600 000 subscribers over five continents, in the financial year ended February 28, compared with the previous financial year, says CEO Zak... 

Courier service moves to electrify vehicle fleet

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 German logistics company Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. Under this agreement, Hermes will use battery-electric vehicles in its normal operations in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg, in Germany, in early... 

GM’s withdrawal from SA to be negative for component suppliers

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 The decision by General Motors (GM) to pull out of South Africa will “have negative consequences on component suppliers to the company’s existing Chevrolet assembly lines”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Renai Moothilal. “We... 

Isuzu sees opportunity as it buys GM’s Port Elizabeth plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 US vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has announced that it will disinvest from South Africa as part of a global restructuring process. GM South Africa (GMSA) sells the Opel, Isuzu and Chevrolet brands in South Africa. 

Truck model previously imported from India now being assembled in East London

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 2.5%... 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

Haval Motors SA opens its doors, mulls local assembly

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 Haval Motors South Africa (Haval SA) this week launched its first new vehicle in the local market since the company took over from Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA). The H2 sports-utility vehicle (SUV) is set to compete with the Ford Ecosport and the Mazda CX3. 

Haval Motors SA opens its doors, mulls local assembly
The Haval H2

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of a new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant.  

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield
Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

SA’s component sector should pursue growth strategies, says report
Photo by Duane Daws
Renai Moothilal

Nigeria's 'bad bank' says nearing sale of Peugeot car assembly plant to Dangote

By: Reuters     29th May 2017 The Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), the country's 'bad bank' set up following the banking crisis, is close to selling Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), a local car assembly joint venture, to Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, and two Nigerian states. "We have concluded all... 

PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential
Dr Kjelt van Rijswijk (technical director) and Andy Radford (MD) of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017
The E-TURN32 as it is a fully electric, computer numerically controlled machine, with all axes using Siemens drive technology and servo-motors. It can bend in 15 axes movements, roll and punch different sizes of tube up to 50.8 mm in diameter, and in any material, such as ferrous, non-ferrous and specialty metals, except plastic
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