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New incentive threshold opens way for lower-volume auto assemblers

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2015 A shift in government policy has opened the door to vehicle manufacturers selling smaller volumes in the local market to set up assembly plants in South Africa. The current incentive scheme favours volume manufacturers, such as Ford, BMW, Toyota and Volkswagen, producing more than 50 000 units a... 

Policy changes open door for smaller volume car plants in SA

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2015 A shift in government policy has opened the door to vehicle manufacturers selling smaller volumes in the local market to set up assembly plants in South Africa. The current incentive scheme favours volume manufacturers, such as Ford, BMW, Toyota and Volkswagen, producing more than 50 000 units a... 

Competition continues to heat in South Africa's bakkie market

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2015 In 2011, when Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) introduced its new Ranger bakkie, president and CEO Jeff Nemeth told Engineering News that he wanted to secure the number two spot in the South African pickup market, up from the US manufacturer’s “number three or four position” behind... 

Can Ford's new-look Ranger clinch top spot in SA 1-ton bakkie market?

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2015 In 2011, when Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) introduced its new Ranger bakkie, president and CEO Jeff Nemeth told Engineering News Online that he wanted to secure the number two spot in the South African pickup market, up from the US manufacturer’s “number three or four position”... 

GMSA to outline future production, investment programmes in 2016

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2015 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) will make an announcement on its future production and investment programmes in the first half of next year, says GMSA and GM sub-Sahara Africa president and MD Ian Nicholls. The agreement will see GMSA increase production volumes at its Port Elizabeth plant... 

GMSA to announce new production, investment programme in H1 2016

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2015 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) will make an announcement on its future production and investment programmes in the first half of next year, says GMSA and GM sub-Sahara Africa president and MD Ian Nicholls. The agreement will see GMSA increase production volumes at its Port Elizabeth plant... 

Domestic new-vehicle sales, exports record m/m increase in May

By: Natalie Greve     1st June 2015 Domestic new-vehicle sales increased by 7.6% month-on-month to 47 868 units in May, compared with the 44 503 units sold in April, statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday have revealed. Vehicle sales were, however, 3.2% lower than the 49 449 units sold in May 2014. 

CDC considers establishment of aeronautical cluster at IDZ 

     6th March 2015 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) will soon issue a notice for an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) to assess the feasibility of establishing a cargo airport and an aeronautical or aerospace industrial cluster in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The CDC noted in a statement... 

GMSA aiming to double Opel sales

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2015 Domestic Opel sales grew by 36%, to 3 700 units, last year compared with 2013, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. “I would expect to at least double our Opel sales in 2015. That’s the step up you would expect. It’s going to be a big volume player for us.” 

GMSA sets 7 000-plus unit sales target for Opel in 2015

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2015 Domestic Opel sales grew by 36%, to 3 700 units, last year compared with 2013, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. “I would expect to at least double our Opel sales in 2015. That’s the step up you would expect. It’s going to be a big volume player for us.” 

GMSA engineers build miniature solar-powered vehicles 

By: Natalie Greve     10th December 2014 Fourteen teams of engineers from General Motors South Africa's (GMSA’s) product engineering and product quality departments recently battled it out to see who could create the best miniature solar-powered vehicle motorised by a 1.5 V electric motor and 0.75 W solar panel. While the engineers had... 

SA urged to improve competitiveness as African countries become more investor friendly

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2014 Many African countries are opening their doors to business, increasingly welcoming investors, says General Motors (GM) Africa president Mario Spangenberg. These countries are working hard to become more investor friendly, and South Africa has to take notice and improve the competitive edge that... 

Rest of Africa increasing its competitiveness, warns GM Africa boss

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2014 Many African countries were opening their doors to business, increasingly welcoming investors, said General Motors (GM) Africa president Mario Spangenberg on Wednesday. These countries were working hard to become more investor friendly, and South Africa had to take notice and improve the... 

Numsa strike talks to go back to bargaining council; building, auto sectors affected

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2014 Talks to end the three-week strike in the metals and engineering sector will resume this week through formal bargaining council structures after the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) was unable to secure a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers... 

Auto manufacturers start to feel Numsa strike impact

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2014 As the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa-led metal and engineering sector strike continues, vehicle manufacturers have started halting production at some plants as car component supply is interrupted. Toyota, which maintained full production for the first 14 days of the strike, owing... 

GM shuts assembly plant as strike hampers component supply

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th July 2014 The impact of the strike in the metals and engineering sector, which entered its fourth day on Friday, had started to filter down to vehicle manufacturers, with General Motors South Africa (GMSA) this week suspending production at its main South African assembly plant in Port Elizabeth. GMSA... 

SA auto engineers have years of rapid-prototyping experience

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2014 Rapid prototyping, popularly known as three-dimensional, or 3D, printing, is not as new as some would think. 3D printing was, for example, key in the parts localisation and validation process during the development of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB bakkie, launched in South Africa last year, says... 

GMSA uses 3D printing to develop prototype parts for Isuzu

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2014 Rapid prototyping, popularly known as three-dimensional, or 3D, printing, is not as new as some would think. 3D printing was, for example, key in the parts localisation and validation process during the development of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB bakkie, launched in South Africa last year, says... 

African free-trade progress vital to sustaining SA auto sector, Toyota chief asserts

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2014 An African free trade agreement (FTA) is one of the most important FTAs the local automotive industry required the South African government to negotiate and sign, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. He says that any such FTA has to include the North African... 

Remedies mulled as SA autocat sector’s survival becomes uncertain

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2014 Magneti Marelli South Africa is closing its doors. The Gauteng-based catalytic converter manufacturer, family of the Italian Magneti Marelli conglomerate, will halt production at the end of February, and shut down finally at the end of April. 

Catalytic converter industry ‘dying’, platinum tax possible saviour - Naacam 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2014 Magneti Marelli South Africa is closing its doors. The Gauteng-based catalytic converter manufacturer, family of the Italian Magneti Marelli conglomerate, will halt production at the end of February, and shut down finally at the end of April. 

African free trade area pivotal to SA auto sector, says Van Zyl 

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2014 An African free trade agreement (FTA) was one of the most important FTAs the local automotive industry required the South African government to negotiate and sign, said Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl on Thursday night. Speaking on the sidelines of the launch... 

GMSA bullish on growth prospects for Opel range

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2014 There is a “realistic opportunity” to double Opel sales in South Africa in the short term, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. GMSA will sell around 2 915 Opels in South Africa in 2013. 

Improving trends affirmed in latest vehicle-quality survey

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2014 The Lexus IS has been crowned South Africa’s best-quality vehicle for 2013, with the locally made Mercedes-Benz petrol C-Class, the Audi A3 and Mazda 2 hatchback following close on its heels. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic interviews conducted with car... 

ITSA extols ‘record’ sales in 2013, looks for further growth in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     16th January 2014 In a buoyant market driven by supply, Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) saw its strongest year to date in 2013, posting sales of over 4 000 trucks for the 12 months, as consumers looked for cost savings through the replacement of older heavy-haul vehicles with newer, more reliable models, CEO... 

Opel sales can double in short term, says GMSA

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2013 There is a “realistic opportunity” to double Opel sales in South Africa in the short term, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) operations VP Ian Nicholls. GMSA will sell around 2 915 Opels in South Africa in 2013. 

Isuzu consolidates truck assembly at PE plant

By: Irma Venter     29th November 2013 Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) spent the last six to eight months overhaulings its production line at General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Kempston Road plant, in Port Elizabeth. Chief operating officer Craig Uren says this move consolidated the truck assembler’s previous scattered operations... 

Lexus IS crowned SA’s best-quality car, Isuzu single-cabs best bakkies

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2013 The Lexus IS has been crowned South Africa’s best-quality vehicle for 2013, with the locally made Mercedes-Benz petrol C-Class, the Audi A3 and Mazda 2 hatchback following close on its heels. This title has been awarded by research house Ipsos, based on telephonic interviews conducted with car... 

Isuzu Trucks sees major production, sales jump in 2013

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2013 Isuzu Trucks South Africa (ITSA) spent the last six to eight months overhaulings its production line at General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) Kempston Road plant, in Port Elizabeth. COO Craig Uren says this move consolidated the truck assembler’s previous scattered operations under one roof,... 

GMSA says strikes tarnished SA’s image

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2013 The recent seven-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry was “very unfortunate”, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) MD Mario Spangenberg. He says labour instability is one of the red flags for the South African automotive industry moving forward. 

Isuzu Motors increases stake in Isuzu Truck South Africa  

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th October 2013 Tokyo-headquartered Isuzu Motors has increased its stake in joint venture (JV) partnership Isuzu Truck South Africa (ITSA) to 70% by buying an additional 20% interest from General Motors South Africa (GMSA) for an undisclosed amount. Isuzu Motors, which formed the 50:50 JV with General Motors... 

GMSA MD hopes for stability after strike action

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2013 The recent six-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry had been “very unfortunate”, said General Motors South Africa (GMSA) MD Mario Spangenberg on Tuesday night. Speaking at a GMSA dinner in Johannesburg, he said labour instability was one of the red flags for the... 

Auto industry concludes three-year wage agreement 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2013 A new three-year wage agreement between the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and South African vehicle assemblers secured workers a 10% across-the-board increase in the first year, as well as an extra sum of money, which will vary according to pay scale. The second and third year will see... 

Auto assemblers back to work, strike starts at component makers

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2013 The three-week strike at South Africa’s truck, bus, bakkie and car assembly plants was over, confirmed the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) chief negotiator Alex Mashilo on Monday. A new three-year wage agreement secured workers a 10% across-the-board increase in the first year, as well as... 

GMSA starts production of Isuzu pick-ups for left-hand-drive African markets

By: Irma Venter     6th September 2013 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has started production of left-hand-drive Isuzu pickups at its Port Elizabeth plant. GMSA operations VP Ian Nicholls says the bakkie is set for introduction to left-hand-drive sub-Saharan African markets in the fourth quarter this year. East African... 

GMSA ready for left-hand-drive Isuzu roll-out

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2013 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has started production of left-hand-drive Isuzu pickups at its Port Elizabeth plant. GMSA operations VP Ian Nicholls says the bakkie is set for introduction to left-hand-drive sub-Saharan African markets in the fourth quarter this year. East African... 

R6bn catalytic converter export order for PE manufacturer

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2013 General Motors South Africa (GMSA), in partnership with component manufacturer Tenneco South Africa (SA), has clinched a R6-billion contract to export catalytic converters to North America. The catalytic converters, which will be manufactured at Tenneco SA’s clean air plant, in Port Elizabeth, in... 

GMSA, Tenneco SA clinch R6bn catalytic converter contract

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2013 General Motors South Africa (GMSA), in partnership with component manufacturer Tenneco South Africa (SA), on Thursday announced that it had been awarded a R6-billion contract to export catalytic converters to North America. The catalytic converters, which would be manufactured at Tenneco SA’s... 

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