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Majozi Bros, Hire-It join forces to create one-of-a-kind black-owned JV

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2017 Durban-based Majozi Brothers Construction has joined forces with tool hire and sales company Hire-It to establish a new Level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) joint venture (JV) company – Majozi Bros Tool Hire & Sales. The new JV, which is 51% owned by Majozi Brothers and 49%... 

Exciting new Black owned tool hire JV for KZN

     10th August 2017 An exciting new joint venture between Durban based Majozi Brothers Construction and well established tool hire and sales operation, Hire-It (Natal) PTY Ltd will introduce an exciting combination of new generation entrepreneurship and experience into this often overlooked segment of the... 

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Fuel cell technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) says hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will be able to consistently and reliably provide driving ranges comparable to today’s internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. 

Fuel cell vehicle sales boosting platinum demand outlook   

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2017 Growth potential for platinum is emerging in the rapid build-up off a low base of fuel cell electric vehicle sales. Fuel cell vehicle sales are expected to grow by more than 200% this year, with Japan targeting 200 000 fuel cell electric vehicles on its roads in 2025 and 800 000 in 2030. 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Competition Commission adds ten charges against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2017 Less than a week after referring Japanese company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for collusive tendering, price fixing and market division, the Competition Commission has added ten more charges. The commission is also seeking administrative penalties of... 

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

Amplats takes another step towards fuel cell realisation

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2016 In the latest step towards the potential adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology on a large scale, platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday announced an investment in a company engaged in small-scale gas-to-liquids technology that converts flare gas, natural... 

Fuel cell thrust continuing – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2016 The momentum around fuel cell vehicles as one of the zero-emission technologies of the future is continuing to build as shown by launches and proposed launches of commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles by major car manufacturers. Pictures of fuel cell electric vehicles bearing... 

Audi features strongly in latest customer satisfaction survey

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

Audi, VW owners happiest new-car buyers, shows survey

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2016 Audi and Volkswagen new-car buyers are happiest with their purchasing experience, while much the same is true for new Isuzu, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen light commercial vehicle (LCV) owners in South Africa. The newest annual Ipsos customer satisfaction survey also awarded Audi the top customer... 

Prototyping firm helps Honda with its push towards driverless technology

     26th April 2016 A prototyping company from Letchworth has been helping car manufacturing giant Honda with its push towards driverless technology. Hertfordshire firm Ogle’s cutting-edge technology was used to create concept models for Honda as part of the Japanese multinational’s bid to develop autonomous driving... 

Volvo SUV crowned South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

More car price increases on cards as rand weakness bites

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

Ipsos names Lexus ES SA’s best quality vehicle for 2014

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2015 Research house Ipsos on Wednesday revealed the winners in its yearly survey to find the best quality vehicles sold in South Africa, as well as the local plants producing the best quality vehicles. The awards are based on telephonic interviews conducted with new vehicle buyers after three months... 

More car-price pain on its way, warns AMH boss

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

VW debacle unlikely to hit platinum hard – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2015 Precious metals mining company Sibanye, which is bulking up on platinum, does not expect a consumer backlash against diesel vehicles, which are major platinum users. JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye, which is taking steps to acquire Rustenburg Platinum from Anglo American Platinum as well as the... 

VW debacle puts favourable spotlight on zero-emission platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2015 The attack on diesel vehicles and the Volkswagen emissions debacle are putting a favourable new spotlight on the zero-emission value of fuel cell electric vehicles that use considerable volumes of platinum. This year has seen several global car manufacturers steadfastly advancing the... 

Waterfall Estate secures slice of key HQ market 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2015 Providing capital growth fund Attacq with a 15-year project pipeline, the Waterfall City mixed-use development, in Midrand, has attracted a suite of corporates looking to consolidate their satellite centres into a single Gauteng foothold.  

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel, connectivity roadblocks 

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2015 Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.” It is unsettling to see the steering wheel move unaided as the truck gently turns the corner next to an... 

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel, connectivity roadblocks  

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2015 Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.” 

Waterfall Estate secures slice of key HQ market 

By: Natalie Greve     29th July 2015 Providing capital growth fund Attacq with a 15-year project pipeline, the Waterfall City mixed-use development, in Midrand, has attracted a suite of corporates looking to consolidate their satellite centres into a single Gauteng foothold. Companies such as Massmart, PwC, Novartis, Cummins,... 

Platinum bridal jewellery demand up in China, fuel cells powering blocks of flats

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2015 Platinum marketing money previously devoted largely to discounts and commissions is now being used to boost platinum jewellery, investment and fuel cell promotion, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith. Bridal platinum jewellery demand is growing in China, platinum demand... 

Bt Technology Delivering Improved Performance For Williams Martini Racing

     3rd July 2015 The first results of BT’s partnership with WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING are showing how BT technology is helping improve car performance with the team through real time pitstop practice data analysis, accelerated race video analysis, improved applications performance and real time telemetry. A new... 

Japanese shipping liner fined R104m for collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th June 2015 The Competition Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Japanese shipping liner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for contravening the Competition Act in the transportation of motor vehicles to and from South Africa by sea. This settlement followed the commission’s investigation of... 

Niall Lynch to lead Hyundai Automotive South Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2015 Niall Lynch will take over as CEO of Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) in July next year, replacing Alan Ross, who has served as executive team leader of this company in the Imperial Group for the past 15 years. Lynch, who has been Renault South Africa (SA) MD since December 2013, will serve... 

1 000 platinum-powered Hyundais in UK this year – Amplats 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2015 Fuel cell electric vehicles will allow platinum mining to build its future in a truly sustainable way on the back of zero exhaust emissions and the use of the world’s endless supply of hydrogen as a fuel source, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffith has told Platinum Week 2015 in... 

New CEOs announced for Renault, Hyundai SA

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2015 Niall Lynch will take over as CEO of Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) in July next year, replacing Alan Ross, who has served as executive team leader of this company in the Imperial Group for the past 15 years. Lynch, who has been Renault South Africa (SA) MD since December 2013, will serve... 

First Car Rental Adds 165 New Cars To Car Hire Fleet

     20th April 2015 First Car Rental is excited to announce that this month it is adding an additional 165 new cars to its car hire fleet. There will be 100 new Toyota Etios 1.5 XS sedans added to Group C; 50 new Honda Brio 1.2 auto sedans in Group D; and 15 new Honda Mobilio 1.5 Comfort 7-seaters in Group I. Says... 

Ford adds to commercial-market offering

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the commercial market, while the Tourneo... 

Porsche Macan takes podium in Car of the Year contest

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2015 The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle has secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. The victory is the third time in a row for the German sportscar brand, having scooped the 2013 and 2014 titles with the... 

Chicago Pneumatic launches new tampers range to meet compaction challenges

     27th March 2015 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic has launched the new MS 595 and MS 695 tampers range to address productivity and manoeuvrability challenges in compaction tasks. The new range, its most compact and lightweight range of tampers in its 100 year history, provides... 

Porsche takes Car of the Year – again

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2015 The Porsche Macan sports-utility vehicle on Wednesday night secured top honours in the 2015 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. Last night’s victory was the third time in a row for the German sportscar brand, having scooped the 2013 and... 

Ford expands LCV family, launches Avanza, Caddy competitor

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues its product offensive for 2015 – a year in which it plans to launch ten new models – with the introduction of the new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect. The new Transit Connect panel van focuses on the commercial market, while the Tourneo... 

New floor saws from Wacker Neuson: Longer operating times and more comfort

     12th March 2015 The gasoline-driven floor saws from Wacker Neuson were revised and now offer additional benefits for end users and contractors. It was possible to reduce the hand-arm vibrations even further, which makes longer operating times and fatigue-free working possible. In addition, the high quality... 

Platinum fuel cells to power five-million Japanese homes – Ivanhoe 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2015 Japan was building platinum-using fuel cells to provide clean electricity and heat to 5.3-million homes, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland told the Mining Indaba on Wednesday. Japan was also planning to run the Tokyo Olympics on fuel cells to showcase the arrival of the... 

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