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UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT 

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has re-entered the light-duty truck sector with the launch of the new Kuzer. Once a stellar performer in this segment of the truck market, the Japanese truck maker has been without a light-duty vehicle in the South African truck market since 2015. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The 500 000th W205 C-Class – the current model – rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) assembly plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape, on March 16. MBSA also this year celebrates 25 years of manufacturing the C-Class sedan and 25 years of women on the production line. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

No escaping the move to electric, says Jaguar as it launches new I-Pace 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2019 A third fully electric vehicle has made its debut in South Africa. The new Jaguar I-Pace adds to the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 already available in the local market. 

No escaping the move to electric, says Jaguar as it launches new I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2019 Port Elizabeth-based e-coating specialist, Electrocoat, wishes to sell at least 51% of the business to a black investor. Businesses that are successful in implementing major transformational changes will secure a sustained competitive advantage under the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035,... 

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner

Adapt to digital or be left behind — warning to South African auto industry

By: African News Agency      14th March 2019 South Africa's automotive component supply sector needs to urgently focus on vehicle electronics if it is to meet ambitious new localisation targets. This emerged at the the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa conference which continued in Durban... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2019 JSE-listed energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer Metair saw a strong contribution from its overseas acquisitions in the energy storage vertical, while also being supported by good volume throughput from the automotive components vertical in the year ended December 31,... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Metair MD Theo Loock

Goodyear introduces a concept tyre for autonomous, flying cars

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2019 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear has unveiled a concept tyre designed for use by autonomous and flying cars. The Goodyear Aero concept is a two-in-one tyre that would work both as a tyre for driving on the road and a ‘propeller’ for flying through the sky. 

Goodyear introduces a concept tyre for autonomous, flying cars
The two-in-one Goodyear Aero concept tyre

Naacam aims to unlock localisation at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The main aim of this year’s National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show is to be an effective platform for stirring the local automotive industry into action around a common vision for the future, says Naacam executive director Renai Moothilal. The biennial... 

Naacam aims to unlock localisation at show
RENAI MOOTHILAL Transformation is an imperative for the development of the South African automotive industry.

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show

1st March 2019 German chemicals giant BASF is one of the confirmed exhibitors at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Working within the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) 2035 strategic framework – the extended Automotive Production... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show
SECOND TIME This year marks BASF’s second time exhibiting at the show

CSIR to showcase new technology at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) plans to showcase its casting, powder consolidation and related manufacturing technologies and products  at this year’s National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show, which will be held from March 12... 

Naacam Show to offer a platform for machine learning specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 Cape Town-based machine learning specialist DataProphet co-founder and CEO Frans Cronje says the association of automotive component and allied manufacturers (Naacam) Show will act as a platform to showcase its work. Dataprophet chief technology officer Dr Michael Grant will present at the event... 

New development allows steel pistons to be used in car engines

1st March 2019 Automotive parts manufacturer MAHLE’s new development allows steel pistons to be used in powerful passenger car engines. The new production technology clears the way for lower fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions facilitating maximum design freedom for the piston gallery to ensures... 

New development allows steel  pistons to be used in car engines
NEW TECHNOLOGY Allows the use of steel pistons in powerful passenger car diesel engines

Organisation to address transformation in the automotive industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 Business lobby organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be one of the organisations that will deliver a presentation at this year’s National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Busa CEO Tanya Cohen tells Engineering News that a... 

Organisation to address transformation in the automotive industry
TANYA COHEN South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry is a key industry in terms of employment numbers and investment

Tyre company wins four HR Awards

1st March 2019 Leading South African tyre company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) – which manufactures Dunlop tyres, Sumitomo tyres as well as Falken tyres – scooped four awards at the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) HR Audit Awards. Winning three of the category awards in addition to the... 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) aims to sell more than 6 000 units this year, which will be a significant jump from last year’s new record of more than 5 500 units – a 26% increase on 2017 sales. “We aim for more than 10 000 units by 2022, says Mahindra SA CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year
Rajesh Gupta

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 Mike Mabasa is set to take over as new executive director at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) at the end of March.   He will succeed Nico Vermeulen, who will be retiring after 37 years of service. 

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director
Nico Vermeulen

Motus achieves H1 growth despite muted new-vehicle market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 Amid a downturn in new-vehicle sales and a challenging economy, JSE-listed automotive holding company Motus achieved consistent operating profit, normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS) and revenue growth for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the six months ended... 

Motus achieves H1 growth despite muted new-vehicle market
Motus CEO Osman Arbee

Start of production at BAIC plant delayed until later this year

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 Following a delay in the completion of the Beijing Automotive Group Corporation South Africa (BAIC SA) plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape, full-scale vehicle production is now scheduled to start before the end of the year. At the sod-turning event in 2016, it was... 

Start of production at BAIC plant delayed until later this year

Ford South Africa achieves new export and production records

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019  Ranger exports from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant reached an all-time high in 2018, with the company shipping 68 364 units to export markets. This is a 16.2% increase compared with 2017. 

Ford South Africa achieves new export and production records
The Silverton plant

VWSA to reach record production this year, says Schäfer

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) should this year produce a record number of vehicles at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, says CEO Thomas Schäfer. He says the local arm of the German car maker should produce 161 900 vehicles, of which 108 000 are scheduled to be exported. 

VWSA to reach record production this year, says Schäfer
The VWSA plant in Uitenhage

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 South Africa’s new-vehicle market should reach roughly 550 000 units this year, 0.4% down from last year’s 552 226 units, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says TSAM expects the first half of 2019 to be tough, especially with elections looming in May. 

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2019 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Jasper Hafkamp is confident that the momentum seen in the second half of 2018 in terms of new-truck sales in the local market will continue into 2019. The first half of 2018 was “very bad”, but the outlook improved significantly as the year... 

Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range
The Arocs distribution range

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th February 2019 Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists Pro-Auto Rubber’s manufacturing operation in November 2016, the most significant... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector
Photo by Bloomberg
VITAL INDUSTRY The rubber industry is linked to the state of the economy, as it services various sectors of the economy

Fiat Chrysler South Africa aims for recovery to 4 000 units in 2019

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA) aims to sell more than 4 000 Fiats, Jeeps and Alfas in South Africa in 2019. This will be a significant improvement on the roughly 2 600 units moving off showroom floors in 2018. 

Fiat Chrysler South Africa aims for recovery to 4 000 units in 2019
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger
The refreshed Ford Ranger

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO
Lance Schultz

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation
TYRE ECONOMY The ongoing importation of used casings does nothing more than unnecessarily introduce more waste tyres into the economy

Fuel price increases led to decline in new-car sales, says Strobel

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) customer offer marketing manager Victor Strobel says fuel price increases have affected new-car sales, which slid from 47 478 units sold in November 2018 to 39 984 units in December 2018. Subsequently, many people... 

Fuel price increases led  to decline in new-car  sales, says Strobel
SALES DOWN New-vehicle sales have dropped owing to increased fuel prices

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2019 Les Hayden’s Cobra replica assembly line in Cape Town is up and running again, following a change in ownership.   Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) in 2017 initiated a project to modernise the Hayden Cobra, but sold its interest in the venture after a decision to return to its core business of... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table
The Hayden Cobra

Hudaco maintains FY18 dividend despite economic headwinds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2019 JSE-listed engineering consumables supplier Hudaco Industries maintained its final dividend for 2018 at 380c apiece, despite having experienced an “especially challenging” year. The company reported a 3% year-on-year decrease in operating profit to R655-million.  

Hudaco maintains FY18 dividend despite economic headwinds
Photo by Dylan Slater
Hudaco CFO Clifford Amoils and Hudaco CE Graham Dunford

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

Hino SA expects truck market to remain flat, aims to set up dedicated EHCV dept

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2019 The South African new-truck market grew by 4.6%, to 27 492 units, in 2018 compared with 2017, says Hino South Africa (SA) VP Ernie Trautmann. Within this market, medium commercial vehicle (MCV) sales increased by 0.3%, to 7 913 units, with heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) sales expanding by 1.7%,... 

 Hino SA expects truck market to remain flat, aims to set up dedicated EHCV dept

Automotive sector to prioritise local, specialised component manufacturing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (Toyota SA) on Tuesday pointed to localisation and specialised component manufacturing as the top priorities in the five-year Automotive Sector Business Plan. Toyota SA president and CEO Andrew Kirby presented the plan on behalf of the automotive sector at... 

Automotive sector to prioritise local, specialised component manufacturing
Toyota SA president and CEO Andrew Kirby addresses the Business Economic Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Volkswagen signs agreement with Ethiopia to develop auto industry

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Ethiopia to deliver a joint vision for the development of an automotive industry in the East African country. The MoU was signed by Volkswagen sub-Saharan Africa region head Thomas Schaefer and Ethiopian Investment... 

Volkswagen signs agreement with Ethiopia to develop auto industry
Thomas Schaefer signs the memorandum of understanding with Abebe Abebayehu. With them are German federal republic president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ethiopian minister for finance and economic cooperation Ahmed Shide

Acquisition of German company confirmed

25th January 2019 The acquisition of Germany-based planetary drives producer O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH by Italian gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes producer Bonfiglioli and Italian transmission systems producer Carraro has made Bonfiglioli the sole owner of O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH. The process,... 

Acquisition of German company confirmed
BONFIGLIOLI AS GLOBAL LEADER The company's goal is to continue expanding into heavy construction, mining machinery, marine, port and airport equipment markets

The switch to EVs needs plugs on the world's remotest roads

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The whole four-hour drive to Coober Pedy, Wiebe Wakker knew the inevitable was coming. Less than 15 miles outside town, a sun-scorched outpost of Australia’s Outback that’s served as a backdrop for Mad Max movies, the battery of his electric car ran out. Wakker, a 31-year-old Dutchman, steered... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The global take-off of Additive Manufacturing (AM, popularly called 3D printing), it is now apparent, took place some six years ago. "2012 was a turning point in AM, globally," consultancy Wohlers Associates President Terry Wohlers tells "Engineering News". "The technology really gained... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark
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