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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales is “positive”, contrasting with the bigger decline in passenger vehicle... 

Imported trucks adapted to suit South African environment

     18th November 2016 Engineering support services company, Babcock Africa’s Transport Solutions division is giving cutting-edge European engineering a distinctly African twist, with adaptations to suit the local environment, having stocked up on high-quality DAF Trucks vehicles imported directly from the DAF factory... 

Numerous upgrades to recently launched bakkie

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 Owing to ongoing local dealer and customer feedback, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) launched the Isuzu KB 2016 range, consisting of 17 models, in September. GMSA VP sales, service and marketing Brian Olson says the new KBs, which were shipped to dealers across sub-Saharan Africa in September,... 

Numerous upgrades to recently launched bakkie
FACELIFT The upgraded sixth-generation Isuzu KB

Electric drives delivered for truck and bus systems

     19th August 2016 Germany-based manufacturing company ZF offer all-electric drive solutions for urban vehicles with limited range, and hybrid technologies for long distance transport applications where combustion engines continue to be indispensable in the long term. Its newest development is an all-electric... 

Enhanced powertrain improves performance

     19th August 2016 Last month Swedish multinational manufacturing company Volvo Trucks announced that its powertrain is now more efficient than before as it incorporates the latest generation of Euro 6 engines and the integrated intelligent Volvo I-Shift transmission. "Combining good driveability with... 

Enhanced powertrain  improves performance
OPTIMAL INTEGRATION ACHIEVED The company can ensures optimal integration and communication between engine and transmission

New crane truck launched at open day

By: Kimberley Smuts     19th August 2016 Fleet and specialised equipment provider Lovemore Bros launched its new 80 t/m crane truck at the company’s open day in June, with its second unit to be in production by the end of the year. The new 80 t/m crane truck has a narrow footprint and can fit into tight, restricted spaces with low... 

New crane truck  launched at open day
FLEET CAPACITY INCREASED The company’s fleet consist of crane trucks with hydraulic cranes and abnormal load rigs with extendable trailers

Software system assists with maintenance schedules

By: Kimberley Smuts     19th August 2016 With logistics companies having to deal with breakdowns and repairs of buses and trucks, loss of income from fees being docked at major ports because of delays in collections, penalties incurred for late deliveries or their simply not being able to service a given route, asset management... 

Software system assists with maintenance schedules
OVERCOMING LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES The company notes that the RPM software is not only designed for heavy vehicles but is geared for all types of maintenance

Industry body prioritises clean fuels legislation

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Driving the introduction of clean fuels legislation, which will facilitate the use of extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicles emitting low-carbon emissions, and the localisation of some truck parts and components, are key areas being pursued by the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Division of the... 

Industry body prioritises  clean fuels legislation
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies

R40m investment to boost trailer company’s supply, service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 In its drive to become a “one-stop truck and trailer shop”, local commercial trailer manufacturer Paramount Trailers has invested more than R40-million in two new divisions – Paramount Trucks, and a service, repair and refurbishment factory – at its 75 000 m2  Midvaal manufacturing facility in... 

R40m investment to  boost trailer company’s supply, service offering
Photo by Duane Daws
MULTIFUNCTIONAL DEMAND An increase in the sale of multifunctional trailers can be attributed to shorter transporting contracts and the increasingly varied nature of transported cargo

Rise in truck hijackings driving telematics industry growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 The increasing number of truck hijackings in South Africa has resulted in its telematics market maturing at a rapid pace. Telematics technologies ensure full visibility of fleet vehicles at any time to allow for the early detection of potential theft and are, therefore, one of the biggest... 

Rise in truck hijackings driving telematics industry growth
Photo by Duane Daws
EMPOWERED USE Telematics technologies ensure full visibility of fleet vehicles at any time to allow for the early detection of potential theft or hijacking, thereby enhancing security

Truck manufacturer improves local volumes, maintains production forecast

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Since opening its truck assembly plant in Coega, in the Eastern Cape, in 2014, vehicle manufacturer FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FVMSA) has improved its production volumes by 50%. Therefore, the company’s forecast in May – selling about 1 000 trucks in South Africa this year – remains,... 

Truck manufacturer improves local volumes, maintains production forecast
SUSTAINED FOCUS FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa has sold more than 800 units locally, while the truck assembly plant has produced more than 950 units since January

Truck, trailer company increases sales, targets improved output

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Multimillion-rand facility expansions, the improvement of quality and service, and additional orders from new clients are key to the 18% sales growth registered this year by truck and trailer body building company Serco, states MD Clinton Holcroft. This growth took place in local and neighbouring... 

Truck, trailer company increases sales, targets improved output
PIONEER DESIGN The fibre-glass construction of the ‘step-decked’ trailers provides for good waterproofing, while the double doors on the sides ensure easy access

Increasing demand for used commercial vehicles

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 Obtaining well looked after and high-quality, second-hand commercial vehicles is the greatest challenge currently facing the commercial used-vehicles division of automotive manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa, says commercial vehicle marketing director Stanley Anderson, who adds that... 

Increasing demand for used  commercial vehicles

Proposal for goods vehicles regulations ongoing

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 The Department of Transport (DoT) in April put forward a proposal to ban trucks exceeding 9 t from public roads during peak hours and hopes to implement the proposed regulations by the end of 2015. This elicited strong reaction from local businesses, says industry body the Johannesburg Chamber of... 

Proposal for goods vehicles regulations ongoing
Photo by Duane Daws
BANNING HEAVY TRUCKS The Department of Transport hopes to implement its newly proposed regulations by the end of 2015

Reinforced concrete preferred for construction of Ekurhuleni bus lanes

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 As concrete is the preferred material for the new concrete bus lanes for the Ekurhuleni integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) currently under construction on Gauteng’s East Rand, cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) has played an advisory role on site for... 

Reinforced concrete  preferred for construction of Ekurhuleni bus lanes

Trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 Asset management solutions provider QCIC’s Qic-T12 trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft and effectively optimises trailer use and performance, says QCIC director Brian McKenzie. "The Qic-T12 device is a rechargeable trailer tracking solution designed for management and stolen... 

Trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft
TRAILER TRACKING SOLUTION The Qic-T12 device can be fitted to trailers, compressors, power generators and lighting plants, among other applications

Certification shows fleet safety and efficiency

     21st November 2014 Driver training is one of the single biggest interventions that can salvage the tarnished reputation of the transport sector, which is currently seen as a high-risk industry owing to the number of buses and trucks causing carnage on South African roads, says financial services group Standard Bank... 

Commercial vehicle assembly plant opens in SA

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (SA) opened a semi-knocked-down (SKD) assembly plant in Apex, Benoni, in September, as part of a multimillion-rand investment in its commercial vehicle division in the local automotive market. The rationale behind the SKD commercial vehicle assembly plant was... 

Company announces in-house financing

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Engineering support services company Babcock Africa, sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks to the Southern African market, announced in October that it had established a dedicated finance company, Babcock Financial Services (BFS). “This development will give Babcock the competitive... 

Company launches new facilities

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Logistics services provider DHL launched two new facilities, in Plumbago Business Park, east of Johannesburg, for its Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions last month. 

On-board software increases peace of mind

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Entry-level fleet owners can enjoy increased peace of mind regarding the safety of their large, cross-border vehicle fleets, owing to the cost-effective QIC-SUR global postioning system (GPS) tracking unit. Asset management solutions provider QCIC director Brian McKenzie explains that QIC-SUR is... 

Positive responses to product received, growth expected

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Energy and petrochemicals company Shell has received positive responses from original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for its range of transmission-component protection oil, Shell Spirax, which was launched in April. Shell commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham explains that products, such... 

Private-sector employment crucial for strong economy

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 The current pessimism in the private sector can be attributed to the state of the South African economy which, in turn, has led to a lack of employment in the sector, says Imperial Fleet Management, part of the Imperial industrial services and retail group, CEO Nicholas de Canha. He adds that by... 

Transport network project on track

     21st November 2014 The multi-million rand construction programme for the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) network has made significant headway this year, and continues to create jobs for the local communities, despite a few challenges, says RRT design and construction manager Amogelang Kgoathe. She adds that, “it... 

Brand awareness needed to increase product offering

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s commercial vehicles division’s greatest challenge is creating brand awareness, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa commercial vehicles GM Danie de Beer, who adds that the problem is compounded by the lack of right-hand-drive trucks being... 

Brand awareness needed to increase product offering
Photo by Hyundai
HYUNDAI HD TRUCKS Hyundai has only two right-hand-drive models in South Africa; the 3 t HD 65 and the 4 t HD 72

Future of trailer technology lies in load management

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 JSE- and NYSE-listed fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics plans to move into load management, assisting with the safe transportation of goods being moved by trailer. MiX Telematics Africa sales director Steven Sutherland explains that, in cases where companies are... 

Future of trailer  technology lies in  load management
Photo by Orange Ink
STEVEN SUTHERLAND From a risk perspective, it is important to be cognisant of the valuable goods on trailers

Increasing US truck product holding a strong focus – SKF

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 Technology company SKF South Africa, which is celebrating its centenary this year, is improving its commercial vehicle product range, particularly US truck products, explains SKF automotive division manager Gary Czapski. “South Africa’s truck fleets predominantly comprise trucks from the US and... 

Increasing US truck product holding a strong focus – SKF
Photo by Laverick Media Communications
PRODUCT OFFERING SKF engineers and manufactures commercial-vehicle OEM-approved wheel bearings, heavy-duty tensioners and universal joints

Nameplate Centre

     22nd August 2014 Nameplate Centre services a large segment of the mining, construction, government, metropolitan, municipal and sub-Saharan African region with visibility signage, safety equipment and branding. Established in May this year, the company specialises in creating road or traffic signs, including... 

Nameplate Centre

Truck conversion company to open second service centre in Gauteng

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 Richards Bay-based US car import and sales company US Trucks aims to establish its second service centre in Gauteng, which is a market that represents nearly 80% of the company’s sales, US Trucks partner Thinus de Beer tells Engineering News. The new service centre will be located in Silver... 

Truck conversion company to open  second service centre in Gauteng
Photo by US Trucks
DASHBOARD CONVERSION Part of the dashboard is manufactured in South Africa, but the bulk of the dashboard is original, which is cut and reassembled

Construction for transport project under way

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 The first phase of the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) system will be operational by 2015/16, following a R3.5-billion investment for the construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the integrated public transport system. 

Construction for  transport project  under way
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT The ITS components are being designed to include a host of features

Design enhances Cape Town’s BRT system

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 Geotextiles and geosynthetic solutions provider Kaytech has provided a design solution using its bidim drainage technology for the drainage system of the new new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Cape Town. 

Design enhances  Cape Town’s BRT system
LIKE CLOCKWORK The MyCiti BRT system was designed to be rolled out in phases and, once completed, would cover the entire city and its surrounding suburbs

Public transport improving across the country

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 With a number of bus rapid transit (BRT) projects already in operation, engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) is involved in various capacities and various phases - from planning and design to implementation - of projects in Rustenburg, Polokwane, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Mbombela,... 

Public transport improving  across the country
Photo by Duane Daws
"WE ARE GOING" The Rea Vaya BRT system transports more passengers than the Gautrain at a tenth of the infrastructure cost

Aerodynamic accessories reduce fuel and carbon emissions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 A trailer, fitted with Serco’s aerodynamic accessories, had on average achieved a notable fuel saving of 2.5% during road tests conducted last month, said truck body and trailer manufacturer Serco MD Clinton Holcroft at the Johannesburg International Motor Show last month. He noted that this... 

MBSA hands buses over to the City of Johannesburg

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 The City of Johannesburg received 134 buses for its Rea Vaya Phase 1B in October from the the Daimler group of companies, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Mercedes-Benz bus and coach brand manager Dirk Ansorge announced at the Johannesburg... 

Role and value of synthetic oils set to increase in transport sector 

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Extensive research and development has seen the next generation of motor oils for both lightweight and heavy-duty vehicles move towards synthetics – complementing newer engine technologies, says petroleum industry company Shell South Africa commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. “This move... 

Truck manufacturer sees growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Truck and bus manufacturer MAN registered substantial growth over the last 24 months in sub-Equatorial Africa, more than doubling its sales volumes since 2011, the company announced at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which took place at the Nasrec Show Grounds last month. MAN... 

Truck manufacturer launches heavy-duty vehicle at Jims

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Italian truck manufacturer Iveco launched its heavy-duty Stralis Hi-Way truck at the yearly Johannesburg International Motor Show last month. The Stralis Hi-Way had total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of up to 4%, with enhanced design, telematics, comfort and safety features, Iveco South Africa... 

Truck manufacturer to relocate plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Diesel truck manufacturer Hino South Africa’s truck plant, at the Toyota South Africa Motors manufacturing complex in Prospecton, near Durban, will be relocated to a nearby site during the plant shutdown at the end of the year, Hino South Africa VP Dr Casper Kruger announced last month at the... 

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