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Motor industry driving Tshwane economy – Mayor

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Tuesday paid tribute to the automotive sector for driving the capital city’s economy during the current challenging global economic conditions. “I assume all of us have seen in the recent months investments made in the automotive sector of the our economy... 

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... 

Auto industry works to keep labour peace as wage talks near

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The South African automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “premeetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement, says Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff... 

Ford to invest R2.5bn as it gears up for new Everest SUV production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2016 US car maker Ford will invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produces the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It is the best-selling... 

‘Really important’ to avoid strikes this year, says Ford SA boss

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2016 The South African automotive industry has “worked hard this labour season”, holding a number of “premeetings and indabas”, in an effort to be ready for the triennial negotiations to thrash out a new multiyear wage agreement, says Ford Motor Company sub-Saharan Africa president and CEO Jeff... 

Ford invests R2.5bn to build new Everest at Silverton, exports to start in 2017

By: Irma Venter     5th April 2016 US car maker Ford announced on Tuesday that it would invest R2.5-billion to build the new Everest sports-utility vehicle (SUV) at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant already produced the Ranger pickup for the local market, as well as 148 markets in Africa, the Middle East and... 

Ford achieves highest sales increase, focuses on quality testing

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2016 Automotive producer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) says it has “wrapped up an exceptional 2015”, with December sales of 6 345 vehicles bringing the total units sold to 78 471 for the year – the highest to date for the brand in South Africa. Despite the overall vehicle market sales... 

Struandale plant scales up as it begins producing new-gen engines

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, in August launched Job 1 of its latest generation Duratorq TDCi engines. Production of the new units sees installed capacity at the plant increase from 75 000 to 110 000 units on engine assembly, while... 

Ford ups capacity at its PE engine plant, doubles customer base

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, last week launched Job 1 of its latest generation Duratorq TDCi engines. Production of the new units sees installed capacity at the plant increase from 75 000 to 110 000 units on engine assembly, while... 

Strong domestic, export demand for Ford bakkie

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is working “flat out, plus a few Saturdays” at its South African plants in order to cope with demand for the Ranger bakkie as forecast for the rest of the year, both in South Africa and in the company’s 148 export countries, says FMCSA president and... 

Ranger plant working ‘flat out’ as demand rises, says Nemeth

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2015 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is working “flat out, plus a few Saturdays” at its South African plants in order to cope with demand for the Ranger bakkie as forecast for the rest of the year, both in South Africa and in the company’s 148 export countries, says FMCSA president and... 

Mazda investing R150m in SA as the brand separates from Ford

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2014 Japanese car maker Mazda is investing R150-million in the domestic market as the brand separates from Ford in South Africa. As from October 1, Mazda will no longer be distributed through Ford, but through Mazda Southern Africa (MSA). 

Mazda invests R150m as it splits from Ford in SA

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2014 Japanese car maker Mazda is investing R150-million in the domestic market as the brand separates from Ford in South Africa. As from October 1, Mazda will no longer be distributed through Ford, but through Mazda Southern Africa (MSA). 

Strike-weary Ford hopes for quick resolution to labour situation 

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2014 Ford was “really hopeful” employers and workers would “come together as quickly as possible” to resolve the current strike in South Africa’s metals and engineering industry, said Ford Middle East and Africa president Jim Benintende on Wednesday. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) on... 

Ford considering Nigerian assembly options

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2014 Ford Motor Company is mulling vehicle assembly in Nigeria, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. He says Nigeria is one of the first African countries outside South Africa to produce a local vehicle manufacturing plan. 

Ford mulls assembly in Nigeria, but using Silverton capacity a priority

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2014 Ford Motor Company was mulling vehicle assembly in Nigeria, said Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth on Monday. Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, he said Nigeria was one of the first African countries outside South Africa to produce a local vehicle... 

Mazda SA chief on prospects in light of separation from Ford

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2013 The decision for Ford and Mazda to part ways in South Africa “gives Ford the opportunity to concentrate on their business, and we on ours”, says Mazda Southern Africa MD David Hughes. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) and Japan’s Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) announced earlier this... 

Global Ford chief underlines the importance of reliability during SA visit

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2013 The recent seven-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive industry has managed to “dramatically increase” awareness of this business in the country, says Ford Motor Company (FMC) CEO Alan Mulally. He notes that Ford is talking to everyone involved in the local automotive industry, from... 

Mazda has 'huge potential' in SA as it splits from Ford, says Nakamine

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2013 The decision for Ford and Mazda to part ways in South Africa “gives Ford the opportunity to concentrate on their business, and we on ours”, says Mazda Southern Africa MD David Hughes. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) and Japan’s Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) announced earlier this... 

Ford’s Mulally emphasises need for continuous growth in productivity, reliability

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2013 The recent seven-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive industry had managed to “dramatically increase” awareness of this business in the country, said Ford Motor Company (FMC) CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday. Speaking at a media roundtable held at the Johannesburg International Motor Show,... 

Auto assemblers back to work, strike starts at component makers

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2013 The three-week strike at South Africa’s truck, bus, bakkie and car assembly plants was over, confirmed the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) chief negotiator Alex Mashilo on Monday. A new three-year wage agreement secured workers a 10% across-the-board increase in the first year, as well as... 

Ford to rethink Africa strategy, optimistic about avoiding SA strike

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2013 Ford would draft a more holistic strategy for the brand’s growth in Africa in “the next year or two”, said Ford Motor Company group VP and Asia Pacific president David Schoch during a media round table in Pretoria on Monday. This would include an evaluation of the products it could develop to... 

Component incubation centre a formal part of automaker’s supply chain

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2013 The incubation centre at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant – aimed at nurturing emerging component suppliers into fully fledged businesses – “is a success story for us,” says FMCSA operations VP Peter Lawson. 

Ford mulls expansion of Silverton incubator

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2013 The incubation centre at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant – aimed at nurturing emerging component suppliers into fully fledged businesses – “is a success story for us,” says FMCSA operations VP Peter Lawson. In fact, FMCSA is carefully weighing its options in... 

Initial bakkie supply-chain problems now in hand, Ford assures

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2013 Tight supply of the new Ford Ranger bakkie is almost a thing of the past, promises Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. He says FMCSA’s Silverton plant has been experiencing challenges supplying the pick-up to its almost 150 global customer markets. 

Ford tackles supply problems at Silverton plant, aims for record Ranger year

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2013 Tight supply of the new Ford Ranger bakkie was almost a thing of the past, promised Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth on Monday. Speaking at a breakfast hosted by Ford in Johannesburg, he said FMCSA’s Silverton plant had been experiencing challenges... 

Top Ford exec wary about SA’s prevailing labour-market tensions

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2012 The last number of years has seen more labour disruptions to Ford’s business in South Africa than to any of the US manufacturer’s other global plants, says Ford Asia Pacific and Africa president Joe Hinrichs. Speaking to Engineering News during his visit to Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s... 

SA labour disruptions cause for concern, says Ford Asia, Africa boss 

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2012 The last number of years had seen more labour disruptions to Ford’s business in South Africa than to any of the US manufacturer’s other global plants, said Ford Asia Pacific and Africa president Joe Hinrichs on Tuesday. Speaking to Engineering News Online during his visit to Ford Motor Company... 

Strong growth in sale of imported cars ‘a concern’, says Ford

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2012 The growth in local sales of imported vehicles compared with those sold by local manufacturers “is a concern”, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. The South African automotive industry set a new record last year, with 69%, or 272 000 units, of all... 

Imported vehicles, labour disputes cause for concern, says Ford CEO 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2012 The growth in local sales of imported vehicles compared with those sold by local manufacturers “is a concern”, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Jeff Nemeth. The South African automotive industry set a new record last year, with 69%, or 272 000 units, of all... 

Mazda unveils much-anticipated bakkie offering

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2012 Mazda has unveiled its new, long-awaited BT-50 bakkie to the local market, after first showing the one-tonner at the Australian International Motor Show in October 2010. The bakkie is assembled at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, alongside the Ford... 

Ford to create 800 new jobs at PE, Pretoria plants

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2012 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) said on Friday that it would add 800 new jobs to its payroll to increase production at both its plants, starting on September 3. FMCSA would add a second shift to its Silverton plant, in Pretoria, where the Ranger pick-up is assembled, and a third... 

Ford poised for minibus, large panel-van market entry

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2012 Ford is set to enter the minibus and large panel-van markets in South Africa, with the new Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom, due for introduction in the first quarter of next year. The local arm of the US manufacturer is, however, not considering entering the local minibus taxi market, or... 

New SA-made BT-50 bakkie breaks cover

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2012 Mazda on Monday unveiled its new, long-awaited BT-50 bakkie to the local market, after having first shown the one-tonner at the Australian International Motor Show in October 2010. The bakkie is assembled at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, alongside... 

Ford SA to launch panel-van, people mover in 2013 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2012 Ford is set to enter the minibus and large panel-van markets in South Africa, with the new Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom due for introduction in the first quarter of next year. The local arm of the US manufacturer is, however, not considering entering the local minibus taxi market, or... 

Year-to-date car sales up on 2011 levels, but evidence of cooling

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2012 New vehicle sales in March improved by 10.5% to reach 42 617 vehicles compared with the 38 583 units sold in April last year, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

New vehicle sales up 10.5%, exports down 11%

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2012 New vehicle sales in March improved by 10.5% to reach 42 617 vehicles compared with the 38 583 units sold in April last year, reported the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Thursday. Healthy gains were made in new passenger car sales, which jumped by... 

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