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Regulator says local tyres are ‘export worthy’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 South African pneumatic tyres are on par with their global counterparts, says regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). 

Regulator seeks to improve tyre homologation process

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is not “completely satisfied” with the current approval period for pneumatic tyre homologation, says NRCS automotive GM Duncan Mutengwe. 

Regulator seeks to improve tyre homologation process
TWICE THE TROUBLE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications follows a two-stage approach for importers applying for tyre homologation

ERG mulls construction of battery metals plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2020 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is assessing options for the construction of a plant to produce nickel/cobalt/manganese (NCM) precursor materials for use in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs). The group is planning to develop the proposed plant in... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the first step in the roll-out of its local electric mobility programme, through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project. The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles (EVs) being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has slammed the Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment last week. These guidelines will mean, for example, that car owners... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines
Mike Mabasa

Substitution outlook intensifies with platinum at half palladium price ­– Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 With the price of platinum at half of the palladium price, the concept of replacing palladium with platinum in some gasoline catalyst convertors is increasingly likely to occur – but not in the very short term, outgoing Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith said on Monday.... 

Substitution outlook intensifies with platinum at half palladium price ­– Amplats
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on Anglo American Platinum’s results. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2020 Jabulani Selumane has been appointed as CEO of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF).   Selumane, a mechanical engineer by training, has more than ten years’ experience in the automotive industry. Prior to that he worked at Barloworld. 

BMW’s Selumane appointed as CEO of transformation fund

Germany's Volkswagen and Daimler push for more 'sustainable' Chile lithium

By: Reuters     12th February 2020 German automakers Volkswagen and Daimler have launched a study to push for more “sustainable” lithium mining in Chile, according to lobbyist filings reviewed by Reuters, a sign of growing supply chain concerns ahead of an expected electric vehicle boom. Chile’s Atacama salt flat is by far the... 

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland this week told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the world was shifting towards zero emissions transportation and that this will likely result in shortages of 'green' metals, like platinum and copper. He... 

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum
Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson discusses the global move away from internal combustion engines towards electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

DRC to benefit from rise in global copper demand  

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines chairperson Robert Friedland is capitalising on the rising need for more copper globally, with a mission to restore the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC's) position as the number one producer of copper metal in the world. Friedland told the 2020 Investing... 

DRC to benefit from rise in global copper demand
Ivanhoe Mines chairperson Robert Friedland addresses the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Isuzu SA starts exports of bakkie assembly kits to Kenya

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2020 The Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) plant, in Port Elizabeth, has started supplying knocked-down (KD) D-MAX bakkie kits for assembly at the Isuzu manufacturing facility in Kenya. This represents the first intra-continental regional trade exchange of its kind for the Japanese vehicle... 

Britain to ban new petrol and hybrid cars from 2035 

By: Reuters     4th February 2020 Britain will ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from 2035, five years earlier than planned, in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to use the... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2020 The South African new-vehicle sales market will shrink by 4% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says Toyota expects the passenger car market to decline by 4%, to 339 900 units, with the light commercial vehicle market (LCV) to drop by 2%, to 150 585... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota
Andrew Kirby

Hudaco performs well, despite economic downturn

By: Simone Liedtke     31st January 2020 Automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products supplier Hudaco managed to grow its headline earnings a share for the financial year ended November 30, 2019, by 5.1% year-on-year to R13.55. The company said this was “an achievement” given the tough business environment in South Africa,... 

Hudaco performs well, despite economic downturn
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford

Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R4.28-billion in its local operations up to the end of 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the investment will straddle a number of areas at the local arm of the Japanese car maker. 

 Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations
Andrew Kirby

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 Drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive has supplied geared motors to an automotive company as part of an expansion project at its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade
SEW-Eurodrive export sales representative Phillip Steyn discusses one of the company’s latest projects. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.12.2019 latest projects

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2020 German premium car maker Audi has expanded its networked traffic light project from Ingolstadt to Düsseldorf. At the end of January, Audi drivers in Düsseldorf will see information from around 150 traffic lights in their cockpit, thus increasing their chance of catching a wave of green traffic... 

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

Numsa signs wage deal in motor retail, components sector

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which represents about 306 000 employees at automotive components companies, petrol stations and car dealerships, has signed a three-year wage agreement. Under the terms of the wage agreement, Numsa members employed by component... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Following a year characterised largely by disappointing performances from the electric vehicle (EV) and consumer electronics sectors, better days are ahead for battery market participants, with key markets for electric cars set to start growing again. This is according to consultancy firm Wood... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award  to casting producer
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

Component manufacturer ‘gears up’ for new automotive business

24th January 2020 Local chassis manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa is the only independent chassis manufacturer in Africa, supplying chassis frames and other high-tech components to motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also one of eight automotive component manufacturers which, according... 

Component manufacturer ‘gears up’ for new automotive business
STEELY PARTNERSHIPS Allied Steelrode's steel processing equipment allows the company to supply a wide range of products and sizes to the automotive component manufacturing sector

Local supplier grows through development programme

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Local automotive tool manufacturer and supplier Naicker Toolmakers has benefited from completing nonprofit organisation Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative’s (ASCCI’s) Black Supplier Development Programme (BSDP). Naicker Toolmakers began its involvement in the programme in May... 

Local supplier grows through development programme
DEVELOPING LOCAL SUPPLIERS The BSDP aims to drive transformation and skills sharing in the automotive sector by facilitating access to markets for component manufacturers like Naicker Toolmakers

Auto industry seen consolidating as falling demand, higher costs bite

By: Reuters     23rd January 2020 The auto industry faces further consolidation and jobs will migrate to lower-cost countries as companies struggle to develop cleaner vehicles in an economic downturn, European Auto Industry (ACEA) president Mike Manley said on Wednesday. Tighter emission rules introduced in the wake of... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Tesla in talks to buy Glencore cobalt for Shanghai car factory

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2020 Glencore is negotiating a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s new electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal would help Tesla avoid a supply squeeze on the key battery metal as it pushes into the world’s largest car market, and mark a win... 

Two manufacturers now produce 19-inch tyres in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2020 Two tyre manufacturers announced in December that they have started 19-inch tyre production in South Africa, in what they say is a first for the domestic industry. Bridgestone South Africa (SA) says its production of 19-inch tyres is the results of an unquantified investment in new technology at... 

Two manufacturers now produce 19-inch tyres in South Africa
The CTSA team with the 19-inch General Grabber AT3

SA wants to be continent’s automotive producer of choice – Patel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is hoping that regular meetings between government, labour and representatives from the vehicle assemblers and automotive component suppliers, will create a stable and predictable environment for automotive investment. The Automotive Executive Oversight... 

Metair completes Romanian battery factory, mulls sale of energy storage business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2019 JSE-listed automotive components maker Metair has successfully completed the installation of the company’s first lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing and assembly facility in Bucharest, Romania. The facility will start producing cells from the second quarter of next year, at a capacity of... 

BMW boss elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has elected BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott as its new president. He will serve a two-year term. 

BMW boss elected as new Naamsa president
Tim Abbott

Device to prevent tyre flat spots in hobby and sports cars

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 The No More Flat Spot device prevents flat spots from forming on the tyres of recreational, hobby and sporting vehicles by inflating cushions beneath a vehicle and lifting it off the wheels, says No More Flat Spot inventor Pieter Olivier. Vintage cars, sports cars, yacht and boat trailers, often... 

Correct textiles selection key in meeting standards

6th December 2019 The selection of textiles for use in automotive design and manufacture that adhere to stringent quality, acoustic, safety and environmental requirements is critical, says textiles manufacturer Fibertex SA sales manager Rosa Naidoo. She adds that Fibertex SA – part of the global Fibertex group –... 

Correct textiles selection key in meeting standards
INNER BEAUTY Fibertex nonwovens are used in automotive components and for vehicle interiors

Local component supplier celebrates half-century

6th December 2019 Automotive aftermarket supplier Autobax is celebrating its fiftieth year in operation since its beginnings as an engine parts agency, selling mainly pistons but also other components. “Notably, Autobax was the first acquisition of wholesale and retail bearing and transmission equipment company... 

Local component supplier  celebrates half-century
ABOVE THE BELT Autobax supplies quality-branded automotive parts from belts and chains to bearing kits and allied products

Manufacturers join forces for sector development

6th December 2019 In the spirit of Kyodo, automotive manufacturers Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) have joined forces to create a black supplier development programme for local manufacturer Algoa Components Manufacturers (ACM). When ACM reported concerns about the future... 

Manufacturers join forces for sector development
'COMPONENT' SOCIAL INVESTMENT Both Toyota and Isuzu have undertaken the responsibility of developing an beleaguered local manufacturer

Positive outlook promotes investment in sector

6th December 2019 In light of the positive industry outlook for major automotive manufacturers such as Nissan, steel distributor Allied Steelrode has invested in process technology to assist its predominantly automotive component sector clients. Allied Steelrode's suite of steel beneficiation equipment ranges from... 

Positive outlook promotes  investment in sector
STEELY INVESTMENT Allied Steelrode CEO Arun Chadha and automotive sales GM Lee-Ann Geyser hope to meet customer expectations through investing in new equipment

Silicone gasket maker well received

By: Halima Frost     6th December 2019 Since launching its RTV Silicone Gasket Maker, industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley says there has been a positive uptake by the automotive component and maintenance sectors. The gasket maker is an aftermarket product aimed at vehicle mechanics who repair automotive components... 

Silicone gasket maker  well received
STICK IT Pratley's silicone gasket maker has been well received by the automotive sector

Southern Africa has opportunity to lead in e-mobility space, says SAIIA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2019 Irrespective of which policy position government and the private sector decide to take, the global and Southern African landscape will be affected by the e-mobility revolution. Independent public policy think tank, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on Thursday discussed... 

Southern Africa has opportunity to lead in e-mobility space, says SAIIA

Filter status in real time with comprehensive software solution

29th November 2019 Industrial filters manufacturer and supplier Mann+Hummel offers the world's first solution for precise monitoring of the filter status of various applications. Enabling monitoring of the filter status can reduce unplanned downtime as well as lower the total cost of ownership. Algorithms provide... 

Filter status in real time with comprehensive software solution
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS Measured data from monitors is transferred from the respective vehicle to the OEM cloud where it is anonymised and passed on to the Mann+Hummel cloud
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