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Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

2018 Metals and Engineering Indaba to contribute in shaping policy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate. The Indaba, now in its fourth year of... 

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... 

Positive Budget will see growth surpass current forecasts – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 It is possible for economic growth in South Africa in 2018 to surpass all current expectations, but “much depends on what is announced in the budget speech”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. The budget is to be announced on... 

Prudent fiscal decisions could boost 2018 economic growth, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2018 It is possible for economic growth in South Africa in 2018 to surpass all current expectations, but “much depends on what is announced in the budget speech”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. The budget is to be announced on... 

Now Audi SA stops reporting detailed new-vehicle sales numbers

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Audi SA third carmaker to halt detailed sales reporting

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 New CEO at Audi South Africa (Audi SA), Trevor Hill, says the German premium brand will, by the end of July, stop providing detailed new-vehicle sales numbers to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This announcement follows in the footsteps of Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA) and BMW... 

Community and EnvirsoServ again at odds over Shongweni landfill site

By: African News Agency      8th June 2017 Environmentalists and community members on Wednesday night again fired questions at EnviroServ about the company’s contentious Shongweni landfill in the first monitoring committee meeting that has run successfully since September last year. Wednesday’s gathering saw the company’s chief executive,... 

Revised framework for SA auto sector expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen.... 

South Africa lagging badly in fuel quality stakes, Naamsa warns

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in 2017,... 

New auto programme to be announced by end-2017, says Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) in 2021 is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico... 

Dirty fuel conundrum may open door to electric vehicles in Africa 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 South Africa is fifteen years behind the rest of the world in terms of legislation regulating the quality of fuel available at the pump, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen. He says new clean fuel legislation should have been in place in... 

SA industry takes wait-and-see approach as Trump piles pressure on carmakers

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Too early to speculate on US trade policy, says South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2017 It is too early to speculate on the effects the incoming Trump administration may have on automotive trade between South Africa and the US, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “It is best to wait for the installation of the new... 

Auto industry, unions conclude wage deal to 2019

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

Refineries face uncertain future as SA fuel standards lag

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 While not able to speak on behalf of the industry, South Africa’s refineries are probably grappling with the question of whether they can afford to upgrade their facilities to produce cleaner diesel and petrol, or whether it is more cost-effective to close down, says Sasol senior technical... 

Auto industry, Numsa conclude new three-year wage deal

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have concluded their negotiations in Port Elizabeth for a new three-year wage agreement. The agreement will be in force until 2019. 

Refineries mulling options in face of Clean Fuels 2 

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2016 While not able to speak on behalf of the industry, South Africa’s refineries are probably grappling with the question of whether they can afford to upgrade their facilities to produce cleaner diesel and petrol, or whether it is more cost-effective to close down, says Sasol senior technical... 

APDP successor to have strong focus on creating black-owned suppliers

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2016 The next phase of automotive policy development would have a strong focus on creating black-owned suppliers in the automotive value chain, said President Jacob Zuma as he opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines in Durban, in May. The Department of Trade... 

Next phase of auto policy to focus on black companies – Zuma

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2016 The next phase of automotive policy development would have a strong focus on creating black-owned suppliers in the automotive value chain, said President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday as he opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines in Durban. The Department of... 

Nissan’s Whitfield elected Naamsa president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2016 Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) for 2016. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s Jeff Nemeth would support Whitfield as VP, as would Kia Motors South Africa’s Ray Levin – who... 

ICCSA announces new board

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2015 The International Chamber of Commerce South Africa (ICCSA) on Monday appointed Werksmans arbitration group head Des Williams as chairperson, succeeding past chairperson Chose Choeu. The organisation reelected Patrick Corbin as director and also appointed South African Chamber of Commerce and... 

Sacci announces new board, plans for 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2015 South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) president Vusi Khumalo remains at the helm of the organisation, following the election of a new board for 2015 to 2017. The chamber on Monday announced its new board, following its annual general meeting last week, with Tinus Havenga... 

SA task team seeks benefits from Africa’s burgeoning auto ambitions

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2015 The low oil price has hit Nigeria where it hurts – in the wallet – highlighting the need for Africa’s biggest economy to diversify its income sources. One of the targets of what is called the National Industrial Revolution Plan is to resurrect vehicle assembly in the West African country through... 

SA task team seeks benefits from Africa’s burgeoning auto ambitions

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2015 The low oil price has hit Nigeria where it hurts, in the wallet, highlighting the need for Africa’s biggest economy to diversify its income sources. One of the targets of what is called the National Industrial Revolution Plan, is to resurrect vehicle assembly in the West African country through... 

Motor vehicle manufacturing to grow by up to 3% in 2015

By: Bruce Montiea     24th July 2015 The outlook for the South African motor vehicle manufacturing industry in 2015 is modestly positive, with an expected marginal volume increase of up to 3% in domestic sales, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen. This is mainly based on... 

CMH chief says prereporting may be distorting new-car sales stats

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2015 Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) CEO Jebb McIntosh expects new-car price increases of around 6% in 2015, compared with an average of 8% in 2014. “In the case of some brands [in 2014] this was as high as 14% for fully imported cars.” 

New-car prices to increase 6%, market one month ‘prereported’, says CMH boss

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2015 Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) CEO Jebb McIntosh expects new-car price increases of around 6% in 2015, compared with an average of 8% in 2014. “In the case of some brands [in 2014] this was as high as 14% for fully imported cars.” 

Naamsa surprised by scope of commission’s auto-parts probe

By: Irma Venter     7th November 2014 The investigation into the automotive component sector, announced by the South African Competition Commission in October, has its origins in the US, Europe and the East, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. “As Naamsa, we are... 

Government signals tightening of truck assembly incentives

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2014 As from April 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to support only completely knockdown (CKD) truck production in South Africa, and no longer semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly, says DTI automotive chief director Mkhululi Mlota. 

Govt moves to scrap support for SKD truck assembly

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2014 As from April 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to only support the completely knockdown production (CKD) of trucks in South Africa, and no longer semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly, says DTI automotive chief director Mkhululi Mlota. “It is not yet legislated, but it should be the... 

Govt’s proposed heavy vehicle incentive scheme to have little impact on Isuzu – COO

By: Natalie Greve     16th September 2014 Government’s proposed Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) is unlikely to have any real impact on Isuzu Trucks South Africa’s automotive assembly business, as the monetary benefits of the incentive would be too insignificant to make a real difference to the... 

APDP alleviates effects of strikes on auto sector in past 12 months

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2014 Government’s Automotive and Production Development Programme (APDP) has succeeded in mitigating some effects of the labour action seen in the local automotive industry over the last 12 months, says Metair MD Theo Loock. The APDP incentivises volume component and vehicle production, as well as... 

New truck, bus incentive framework focuses on localisation and jobs

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2014 It is clear that government’s proposed Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) does not plan to incentivise the status quo, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen. Truck assemblers currently pay no import... 

Truck incentive scheme to push for change, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2014 It is clear that government’s proposed Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) does not plan to incentivise the status quo, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen. Truck assemblers currently pay no import... 

Govt support mitigated strike effect, but can it continue, asks Loock

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2014 Government’s Automotive and Production Development Programme (APDP) had succeeded in mitigating some effects of the labour action seen in the local automotive industry over the last 12 months, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Monday. The APDP incentivised volume component and vehicle production, as... 

Policy certainty seen as key if SA auto sector is to avoid Aussie industry’s fate

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2014 Everybody – everybody – wants to partici- pate in manufacturing,” turnaround king Alan Mulally told journalists at last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show. The company boss who trapezed a now buoyant Ford through the global recession, said the US carmaker has been inundated with... 

Policy certainty seen as key if SA auto sector is to avoid Aussie industry’s fate

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2014 “Everybody – everybody – wants to participate in manufacturing,” turnaround king Alan Mulally told journalists at last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show. The company boss who trapezed a now buoyant Ford through the global recession, said the US car maker has been inundated with... 

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