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Traxtion, Railway Material Resources form JV to distribute rail parts into Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 Private locomotive and rail operator Traxtion Sheltam and Austria-based rail services company Railway Material and Resources (RMR) have signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) called RMR Africa, that will distribute rail parts across the African continent. The JV brings together two... 

Nissan’s Rosslyn investment decision draws nearer; NP200, NP300 life extended 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2018 Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) expects to announce the decision on the production of a new model at its Rosslyn plant in the next three months, says Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield. Speaking at a media function at Gerotek, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he said the announcement was “not a... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area 

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Steel supplier BBD steel, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has become steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s exclusive distributor of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM) for the area. BBD Steel supplies ASSM products to car manufacturers that are located in the Rosslyn area. BBD... 

R3.5bn empowerment venture fund to be launched in auto sector this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s seven light vehicle manufacturers plan to launch a R3.5-billion venture fund this year, aimed at boosting black economic empowerment in the domestic automotive manufacturing industry. The seven manufacturers are BMW, Ford, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Nissan and Volkswagen. They... 

UD Trucks wraps up R30m plant investment, studies Eicher assembly

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2018 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has completed a R30-million phase-one upgrade of its Rosslyn assembly plant, in Tshwane. The aim of the investment was to modernise the plant to mirror the UD Trucks’ Ageo plant, in Japan.  

Nissan South Africa confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pick-up, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan SA confident of delivering on long-awaited investment promise in 2018

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan in 2012 confirmed plans to invest R1-billion in its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, to build a new one-ton pickup, with capacity at the plant to be increased to around 100 000 units a year. Local production of the new model was set to start in 2014. 

Nissan expects to unveil new Rosslyn production plan later this year

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of any new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant. 

Nissan remains committed to South Africa, says Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2017 Nissan South Africa (SA) hopes to make an announcement this year on the production of a new model/models at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, says MD Mike Whitfield. He declines to note the model/s that could be produced at the plant.  

BMW’s Rosslyn plant to start producing X3 early next year

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

From power to skills, BMW outlines the challenges of operating in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2015 BMW South Africa (SA) faced three challenges in producing vehicles in South Africa, said MD Tim Abbott. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of the February function to celebrate the one-millionth 3 Series rolling off the assembly line at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, he said security of energy... 

BMW talks energy, labour challenges as one-millionth 3 Series rolls off line

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2015 BMW South Africa (SA) faced three challenges in producing vehicles in South Africa, said MD Tim Abbott on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of the function to celebrate the one-millionth 3 Series rolling off the assembly line at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, Abbott said security of... 

Investment pays dividends for piping producer

By: Ilan Solomons     16th January 2015 Plastic piping solutions provider Marley Pipe Systems, a member of global plastic fluid handling systems manufacturer and distributor Aliaxis Group, invested in excess of R100-million to upgrade and rehabilitate operations at its Rosslyn manufacturing facility, in Tshwane. In February 2013,... 

BMW signs renewable-energy offtake deal for Rosslyn plant

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2014 BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria. 

Iveco assembly plant to be fully operational by June, to target Tshwane BRT programme

By: Leandi Kolver     19th November 2014 Iveco South Africa (SA) Works’ new truck and bus assembly plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, would be fully operational by June next year, chairperson Dr Anna Mokgokong said on Wednesday, adding that the plant, where some assembly has already started, would be officially inaugurated in March.  Iveco SA... 

Renewable energy project set to power BMW’s Rosslyn plant 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2014 BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria. 

BMW reiterates it is not disinvesting from SA 

By: Leandi Kolver     11th October 2013 BMW South Africa is not considering disinvestment from South Africa, the vehicle manufacturer and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reiterated in a joint statement. This followed a meeting, on Wednesday afternoon, between Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and BMW South Africa MD... 

Truck assemblers operating in absence of official incentive as MIDP ends

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2013 South African truck assemblers are currently operating without an official incentive scheme to reward and stimulate local production, as government’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) officially ended in 2012. One of the challenges for 2013 is for the truck and bus portion of the new... 

Truck assemblers await clarity on incentive programme

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2013 South African truck assemblers were currently operating without an official incentive scheme to reward and stimulate local production, as government’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) officially ended in 2012. One of the challenges for 2013 was for the truck and bus portion of the new... 

BMW’s SA unit adds new jobs as it introduces third shift

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2012 Following BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) February announcement of its intent to introduce a third production shift at the company’s Rosslyn facility this year, the local arm of the German automaker says it now officially operates a 24-hour plant. Since the middle of November, a third production shift... 

BMW SA moves to 3-shift, 24-hour operation

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2012 Following BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) February announcement of its intent to introduce a third production shift at the company’s Rosslyn facility this year, the local arm of the German automaker on Monday said it now officially operated a 24-hour plant. Since the middle of November, a third... 

Thermal concrete is environment friendly

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2012 Custom concrete designer and manufacturer Concreate, together with construction materials group AfriSam, has started marketing its thermal concrete in South Africa. The lightweight thermal concrete is manufactured by using selective grades of expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads and special... 

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