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Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2018 Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has officially launched the South African version of its internationally recognised ‘Factory of the Year’ competition and is urging domestic manufacturers to enter ahead of the August 20 deadline for submissions. AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo... 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Series production of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, is set to begin next year. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019
The Porsche Taycan

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO,  he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

Nissan announces Africa, Middle East and India expansion plans

By: Nadine James     13th June 2018 Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a major expansion strategy in the Africa, the Middle East and India region as part of the company’s six-year midterm plan. The automotive manufacturer aims to build on its strengths and “solid profit margins” in markets including South Africa, India, the United Arab... 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) last year again produced a record number of vehicles. MBSA’s East London plant built 106 500 vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) in 2015, growing this to a new record of 118 700 vehicles in 2016. 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on pace to reach more than 1.6-million units this year, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2014. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF’s) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, there are a number of reasons for this increase, including the fact that... 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

Bloodhound timelines revised 

22nd May 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the latest developments with the Bloodhound supersonic car’s landspeed record attempt, which will be held at the Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. 

Bloodhound timelines revised
Bloodhound timelines revised

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2018 The UK team attempting to break the world landspeed record has announced a revised timeline for the project. It has been the expectation that the Bloodhound supersonic car would travel to South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, later this year. 

Bloodhound project revises dates for first runs in South Africa

SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2018 If South Africa does “not move quickly” on creating a market for electric vehicles, “we’ll be left behind”, warns Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Also, should the South African automotive industry wish to achieve its long-stated objective of producing a million or more vehicles a year... 

 SA to be ‘left behind’ if it does not move quickly on EVs, warns Whitfield
The Nissan Leaf 2

Drone industry to expand in 2018

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 Any sector has the potential to adapt drones to its purposes, owing to drones being versatile, relatively low cost and on an upward trajectory in terms of technological development, says United Drone Holdings CEO Sean Reitz. “Mines have adopted drones for aerial surveys, which is a cheaper,... 

Drone industry to expand in 2018
YEAR OF THE DRONE The versatility of drones make them adaptable for a variety of industries

UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 UD Trucks has joined the global pursuit to develop fully electric and self-driving trucks. The group launched a road map, called Fujin & Raijin, Vision 2030, that aims to deliver fully-electric and autonomous trucks over the next 12 years. 

 UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Powered by the fifth generation of battery and drivetrain technology, from 2021, BMW will be able to offer all-electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of up to 700 km, and plug-in hybrids with an electrical range of up to 100 km, the German car maker said this week as it released its annual... 

 BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025
Photo by Irma Venter
Harald Krüger

Audi unveils prototype of its first all-electric model

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

Europe’s FlixBus to test electric buses on long-distance bus network

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2018   Europe’s largest long-distance mobility provider, FlixBus, will be the first company worldwide to test electric buses (e-buses) on its longer-distance bus routes. Beginning in April, the first all-electric Flix-E-Buses will begin test operations on the 150 km route between Paris and Amiens,... 

Europe’s FlixBus to test electric buses on long-distance bus network

Metair aims to almost double gigawatt hours capacity in the next three years

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component manufacturer Metair is gearing up to become a multiple-site giga factory, in an effort to reap the benefits from the rapid increase in battery use in the automotive, telecoms, utility, mining, retail and materials-handling sectors. “We have made good... 

Metair aims to almost double gigawatt hours capacity in the next three years
Metair MD Theo Loock

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new power-train technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE) that has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

Daimler's R&D chief sees nickel rich batteries gaining traction

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 The car industry is moving towards making electric car batteries with a higher ratio of nickel, Ola Kaellenius, Daimler board member responsible for research and development, said on Tuesday. High cobalt prices have been pushing manufacturers to adjust the recipe for the batteries used to power... 

Audi unveils first electric vehicle in Geneva, set for SA launch by 2020

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 Audi has unveiled its e-tron prototype at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, in Switzerland. The prototype offers a preview of the German brand’s first all-electric model. This is also the vehicle that is scheduled for launch in South Africa in 2019 or 2020. 

Audi unveils first electric vehicle in Geneva, set for SA launch by 2020
The Audi e-tron

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2018 The first fully autonomous vehicle may make its debut in South Africa in October, as part of the inaugural Future Mobility Africa event, organised by the Mobility Centre for Africa (MCA). The two electric-powered candidates for the first fully autonomous vehicle trial in South Africa are,... 

Fully autonomous vehicle set for October trial in SA
The Navya autonomous shuttle

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2018 Research firm Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis of the electric truck market finds that the global light/medium/heavy-duty hybrid and full electric truck segments are expected to reach yearly sales of more than 2.25-million units by 2025. Frost & Sullivan believes China will lead the... 

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

Metair buys into Romanian battery packs, electric drives firm

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Bloodhound supersonic car to arrive in South Africa in October

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2018 The UK-based team chasing a new world land-speed record will send its Bloodhound supersonic car to South Africa in October, the project has confirmed. Following the Bloodhound’s successful 320 km/h runway trial at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, in October last year, the team will be... 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2018 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has increased Volvo truck sales by 6% in 2017, from 1 957 units in 2016, to 2 074 units in 2017. Volvo trucks secured a third sport in the South Africa heavy-duty commercial vehicle segment in 2017, the only segment in which it competes. 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018
The Volvo Trucks plant in Durban

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Global parcel deliveries reached roughly 44-billion units in 2014, growing by almost 48%, to 65-billion parcels, in 2016.  This trend is far from flattening out. Various studies expect yearly growth rates of between 6% and 8% a year through to 2025. 

Sprinter reboots for digital efficiency as global parcel, food deliveries soar

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2018 Energy storage and automotive component specialist Metair has acquired 35% in Primemotors (Prime), in Romania, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rombat, in an effort to accelerate its production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for the growing European market. Metair recently launched a... 

Metair expands lithium-ion capabilities in Romania
Metair MD Theo Loock

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Country-specific hazards emerge during self-driving car’s world tour

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 It may surprise the taxi haters, but South Africa is not the most challenging country to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle in self-driving mode. The winner is China, with its sometimes erratic cyclists, lack of lane markings and confusing traffic signals. Mercedes-Benz at the end of last year... 

Portuguese association says MoU with South African tooling bodies beneficial to both countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th February 2018 With an 85% export rate in the past year from its member companies in Portugal, Portuguese mouldmaking association Cefamol secretary-general Manuel Oliveira says the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with South Africa’s National Toolmaking Initiative Programme (NTIP) and Tooling... 

Joburg aiming to complete assessment of feasibility of electric buses by end-2019

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg hopes to conclude a near-term feasibility study on the use of battery electric and fuel-cell buses by the end of 2019. With this done, it could be possible to introduce an electric bus to the city’s bus fleet in a pilot implementation project in 2023, says City of... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

New auto support scheme to be presented to Cabinet in March

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2018 Government’s new automotive industry support scheme will be presented to Cabinet in March, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe. However, he tells Engineering News Online that it “must not be assumed that Cabinet will endorse it immediately. Once they endorse it, we will... 

New auto support scheme to be presented to Cabinet in March
The Volkswagen plant in Uitenhage
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