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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,... 

Nissan South Africa hopes to make ‘positive’ new models call by year-end

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2015 Nissan South Africa (SA) will make an announcement on the production of new models at its Rosslyn plant, near Pretoria, by the end of the year, says Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield. He expects the announcement “to be positive”. 

Nissan to announce production plans for Rosslyn plant by end-2015

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2015 Nissan South Africa (SA) would make an announcement on the production of new models at its Rosslyn plant, near Pretoria, by the end of the year, said Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield on Tuesday. Speaking at a media dinner in Johannesburg, he noted that he expected the announcement “to be positive”. 

Quality kudos for BMW’s Rosslyn assembly plant 

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2015 The BMW Group’s Rosslyn plant in June received the Platinum Plant Quality Award in the JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS) for producing vehicles – on a global basis – with the fewest defects or malfunctions of models for the US market. The plant assembles the BMW 3 Series for the local and... 

Business case still being finalised for local production of new Nissan bakkie

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2015 The new Nissan Navara has been launched onto the global market, but Nissan South Africa (NSA) will only know in August whether the local Rosslyn plant will assemble the one-ton pickup. The NSA plant currently produces the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as the NP200 half-ton pickup. 

Nissan SA expects clarity on new Navara production in August

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2015 The new Nissan Navara has been launched onto the global market, but Nissan South Africa (NSA) will only know in August whether the local Rosslyn plant will assemble the one-ton pickup. The NSA plant currently produces the old NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, as well as the NP200 half-ton pickup.... 

Extra-heavy truck range to be assembled at group’s Rosslyn plant

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2015 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Quester extra-heavy truck range in the domestic market, with the vehicles to be assembled at the company’s plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. Vehicles will be assembled from semi-knocked down kits imported from Thailand. The Quester range will also... 

UD launches assembled-in-SA, made-for-Africa Quester range

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2015 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has launched its new Quester extra-heavy truck range in the domestic market, with the vehicles to be assembled at the company’s plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. Vehicles will be assembled from semi-knocked down kits imported from Thailand. The Quester range will also... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

Nissan SA faces two lean years at its Rosslyn plant, says Whitfield

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2014 Nissan South Africa (SA) faces two lean production years, says MD Mike Whitfield, as the local arm of the Japanese car maker comes to the end of the model lifecycle of its one-ton NP300 pickup. Nissan SA’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, also produces the NP200 half-ton bakkie. 

Afrisam Supplies Concrete To Final Phase Of Lynnwood Bridge Complex

     2nd June 2014 AfriSam has supplied 13 000 m3 of 30 MPA enhanced suspended slab mix for Phase 3 of the Lynnwood Bridge complex, in compliance with the developer’s Green Star specifications. The company has supplied the concrete required for all three phases of the Lynnwood Bridge complex, located on the North... 

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