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BMW to expand Rosslyn high-tech centres amid strong digitalisation push

By: Irma Venter     Updated 3 hours ago BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

Insight into SA’s new auto master plan expected in early 2017

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

BMW SA’s global IT hub to add 220 more hi-tech jobs as auto industry evolves

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) aims to expand its IT Operations Centre, at the company’s Rosslyn plant, as well as its SAP Shared Services Centre (SSC), in Pretoria East, to employ a combined total of more than 600 people by 2017. The SAP SSC currently employs 200 specialists, with a target of 320... 

First glimpse of new auto master plan set for early 2017

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 The South African automotive industry should have its first glimpse of the strategic direction of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) new automotive master plan in the first quarter of 2017, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Mike... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Zuma endorses SA efforts to attract investment

By: News24Wire      14th July 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry will in the next few months launch a national one-stop-shop that will be responsible for issuing permits, licences and registering new businesses, President Jacob Zuma said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. Cope MP Deirdre Carter asked Zuma... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 BMW SA, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and Volkswagen South Africa Group are undertaking multibillion-rand investment programmes to increase capacity at their respective assembly plants. 

Automotive sector part of South Africa’s manufacturing success story – Davies

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2016 South Africa’s automotive sector is a success story in an embattled manufacturing industry. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Tuesday credited the success of the sector, in part, to the country’s long-term policy certainty and incentives developed under the Industrial Policy Action... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

Trends Driving the African Automotive Industry in 2016 and 2017

     14th June 2016 The global automotive business is in its most disruptive era since the advent of the industry over a century ago, creating an abundance of opportunities for new and established companies in the global automotive market. Frost & Sullivan anticipates the market to grow by 2%, reaching 91 million... 

BMW turns sod on new Rosslyn bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) in May marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 BMW SA has started the construction of new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Gauteng. 

BMW SA starts construction of new bodyshop

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) on Thursday marked the start of construction of a new bodyshop at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The group acquired a roughly 33 000 m2 site adjacent to the plant for the new building, said BMW Group SA plant director Stefan Huelsenberg at a sod-turning ceremony at the... 

Work to start this year on post-2020 auto incentive model

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

Tshwane to spend R188m on land for Automotive City

By: News24Wire      22nd April 2016 The City of Tshwane will spend R188-million on land on which to build an Automotive City in Rosslyn, Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa announced on Thursday. "The City is currently engaged in the process of establishing the Tshwane Automotive City in Rosslyn, which includes the purchasing of land... 

Work on APDP replacement programme to start this year - Davies

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 Some of the investment announcements made in the South African automotive industry in recent months reach beyond 2020, which is why work on a successor programme to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will start this year, confirms Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies.... 

South Africa can only benefit from rand, political stability, says BMW

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 South Africa can only benefit from greater political and currency stability, says BMW purchasing and supplier network board member Dr Klaus Draeger. He says the German vehicle manufacturer has noted, with some concern, the strong depreciation of the rand, as well as the “not so strong” political... 

BMW SA to assume responsibility for SADC, nine other African countries

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 BMW South Africa (SA) will “any time now” expand its responsibility to sub-Saharan Africa, says BMW sales and marketing board member Dr Ian Robertson. This move will see the company steer all the markets in the Southern African Development Community, as well as nine other African countries.... 

SA can only benefit from rand, political stability, says BMW

By: Irma Venter     7th March 2016 South Africa can only benefit from greater political and currency stability, says BMW purchasing and supplier network board member Dr Klaus Draeger. He says the German vehicle manufacturer has noted, with some concern, the strong depreciation of the rand, as well as the “not so strong” political... 

BMW SA to assume responsibility for SADC, nine other African countries

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 BMW South Africa (SA) would “any time now” expand its responsibility to sub-Saharan Africa, said BMW sales and marketing board member Dr Ian Robertson. This move would see the company steer all the markets in the Southern African Development Community, as well as nine other African countries.... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Auto execs provide insight into 2016’s biggest risks and opportunities

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 This year offers few silver linings for the local automotive industry. Faced with a faltering rand, a jittery global and domestic economy, as well as the trepidation local elections and triennial wage negotiations bring, it seems local vehicle importers and manufacturers will have to hunt for a... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pick-ups may be added to the list, with the European... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pickups may be added to the list, with the European... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme

By: Sheila Barradas     11th December 2015 BMW plans to invest R6-billion at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, Gauteng, to enable the plant to produce the next-generation BMW X3. 

First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2015 South Africa’s first commercially viable biogas-to-electricity plant has successfully started providing renewable energy to automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn plant. 

African market lure helps consolidate Rosslyn in BMW production network

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2015 The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle, with the first production... 

Renault gearing up for 2017 bakkie debut in ‘competitive’ SA market

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2015 Renault South Africa (SA) will introduce the Alaskan one-ton bakkie to the local market in 2017, says new CEO Nicolas de Canha. “We hope to build it here, as it shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara.” 

BMW to invest R6bn to build next-generation X3 in SA 

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2015 The BMW Group on Monday announced that it would invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn would continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,... 

Renault hopes new one-ton bakkie will be assembled in SA

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2015 Renault South Africa (SA) will introduce the Alaskan one-ton bakkie to the local market in 2017, says new CEO Nicolas de Canha. “We hope to build it here, as it shares a platform with the new Nissan Navara.” 

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... 

First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2015 South Africa’s first commercially viable biogas-to-electricity plant has successfully started providing renewable energy to automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria. A year after cementing an offtake deal with the carmaker, energy company Bio2Watt’s... 

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”... 

South Africa to remain integral to BMW’s global production network

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2015 German premium automaker BMW earlier this month confirmed that it was well advanced in its planning for the production of a new model at its South African plant, set to kick off when the current 3 Series reached the end of its lifecycle. BMW was steadily “progressing to an announcement”, said BMW... 

Tata aiming to take African business to the next level

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2015 Multinational company Tata is looking to take its business on the African continent to the next level. Tata Sons business development and public affairs head Madhu Kannan told journalists that while the group had worked on the continent for almost 40 years, “the game right now is to see if we can... 

BMW in planning phase for new model at Rosslyn plant

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2015 German premium automaker BMW this week confirmed that it was well advanced in its planning for the production of a new model at its South African plant, set to kick off when the current 3 Series reached the end of its life cycle. BMW was steadily “progressing to an announcement”, said BMW sales... 

TMSA mulls exports as it seeks to lift Rosslyn plant capacity utilisation

By: Leandi Kolver     8th September 2015 Automotive assembler Tata Motors South Africa (TMSA) plans to start exporting its vehicles to neighbouring countries in Africa. Addressing an African media delegation, in India, Tata Motors commercial vehicles executive director Ravi Pisharody said TMSA’s Rosslyn truck plant, in Pretoria,... 

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