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Tesla truck supercharges hopes for boom in battery metals demand

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2017 Tesla’s plans to roll out an all-electric big rig have given a fresh jolt to the outlook for battery metals that will go into powering the truck founder Elon Musk is calling “The Beast.” Banks including Goldman Sachs Group, UBS Group and Bank of America are already forecasting a surge in demand... 

New $200 000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig’s trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200 000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever. The showmanship wowed the crowd although some analysts’... 

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors will use equipment – such as motor graders, 30 t excavators, compaction equipment and tipper trucks – to the value of about R10-million for its infrastructure contract at the South Hills integrated residential development in Johannesburg,... 

Investigative unit lauded for role in recovering hijacked trucks

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 During the 2016 financial year, Imperial Logistics investigated 86 cases of truck hijackings with a value of more than R134-million. A dedicated Imperial Logistics investigation team successfully recovered more than 90% worth of trucks, trailers and vehicles, says Imperial Logistics chief... 

South African van market continues to underperform

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2017 The total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

Mercedes-Benz to challenge commuter bus market with entry-level product

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2017 Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has launched an entry-level Mercedes-Benz commuter bus aimed at fleet operators such as Putco and Golden Arrow Bus Services. The OF-1723 (pronounced 17-23) bus chassis is currently imported from the Daimler plant in India, but should be assembled... 

Alphamin eyes AltX listing, proposes final $50m raising for Bisie construction

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th November 2017 TSX-V-listed Alphamin Resources is working to jump the final funding hurdle for its Bisie tin project, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through a secondary inward listing on the AltX of the JSE. The exploration and development company has already raised or secured... 

Solar to power ahead as it emerges as ‘cheapest’ source of generation

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 The World Energy Outlook 2017, released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in London on Tuesday, presents a base case scenario that foresees the world’s growing energy needs being met increasingly by renewables and natural gas over the coming 25 years, as “coal strikes out” and nuclear’s... 

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050 – industry group

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday. To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota... 

Gas company secures onshore petroleum production right

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable-energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years, with multiple rounds... 

Innovative system uses truck engine to refrigerate cold trailers

By: Irma Venter     10th November 2017 Eqstra Flexi Fleet, a division of Eqstra Fleet Management and Logistics, has partnered with New Way, Ice Cold Bodies, and Javgro Transport Refrigeration Solutions to design a cold trailer that will run “80% to 90% of the time” using power from the truck engine, says Javgro MD Kenan Gröss. In... 

Atlas Copco Launches Compact and Lightweight Mobile Compressors for Utility Trucks

     9th November 2017 Atlas Copco has launched a new range of lightweight and versatile air compressors for secure integration into utility trucks and other OEM applications. The space-saving 8 Series Utility range has a footprint that is 10 per cent smaller, on average, than comparable compressors. In addition, all... 

3rd ELB Extreme Road Challenge – What A Race It Was!

     8th November 2017 Runners vs Cyclists over a distance of 353km ELB is yet again proud to announce that the ELB Extreme Road Challenge was a great success with teams completing the epic journey across border in record time.  ELB employees and friends from general industry got together for the third ELB Extreme Road... 

Volvo Financial Services launches in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     8th November 2017 Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa. VFS Southern Africa will provide financial services to customers of Volvo Group Southern Africa, which includes the UD Trucks, Volvo Bus, Volvo Trucks... 

Diplomatic row in Central Asia hurting Russia and Europe

By: Reuters     6th November 2017 An escalating diplomatic and trade dispute between Kazakhstan and its smaller central Asian neighbour Kyrgyzstan is hurting companies as far away as London, and pressure is growing on Russia to step in and reconcile its allies. Shares in UK-listed miner Kaz Minerals, which has Kazakh... 

Vacuum tech manufacturer expands offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum manufacturer Hencon Vacuum Technologies (Hencon VT) has expanded its service offering from only selling and manufacturing vacuum equipment to also providing cleaning services through a subsidiary called Afriveyor.  

Company offers industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) has added industrial equipment manufacturer Haaga’s walk-behind sweepers to its product portfolio range, from entry-level machines for domestic and commercial applications to high-power sweepers for large commercial or industrial... 

Chinese truck brand aims to grow SA sales as it expands offering

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Powerstar sold around 420 trucks in South Africa last year, with the Chinese brand aiming for 500 units this year, says Everstar Industries CEO Bob Wang. The growth will come from the brand expanding its product portfolio from the extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV, HCV) segments to... 

Eicher trucks to be assembled in Rosslyn

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2017 Eicher trucks will be assembled in South Africa in less than 12 months, says VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa (VECV SA) country head Surender Singh. “The project has a one-year lead time. We are currently in discussions to make it happen.” 

Complete heavy-vehicle service station concept created through partnership 

     2nd November 2017 Oil and gas multinational ExxonMobil and tyre multinational Michelin Tyre Company, teamed up with local truck service and wheel alignment enterprise Laser Fast to create a truck stop where the vehicles are checked, serviced and wheels aligned while drivers rest. Schalk Burger has the story. 

October new-vehicle sales up 4.6%, Porsche follows in Merc, BMW footsteps

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2017 New-vehicle sales in October increased for the fifth month in a row, improving by 4.6% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 51 037 units. Passenger car sales carried the market in October, with all other segments in decline. 

Renergen reports modest interim results

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 JSE-listed alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s revenue increased by 179% to R1.4-million in the half-year ended August 31, bolstered by a higher diesel price following a weaker rand and higher oil prices in the period under review. The company’s cost of sales increased by 381% to... 

Ivanhoe agrees to rehabilitate critical rail line in DRC

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines is preparing to rebuild the 34 km of rail track that connects the Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium mine with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) national railway at Munama, south of Lubumbashi. Under terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DRC... 

First synthetic Blue Crude plant to start operation in 2020

     27th October 2017 The mass production of the environment-friendly synthetic crude oil substitute Blue Crude will become a reality from 2020, says research and development company Sunfire.  

New-vehicle sales rose for fourth month in a row in September

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2017 New-vehicle sales in September increased for the fourth month in a row in September, improving by 7% on sales in the same month last year, to reach 50 675 units. New-vehicle exports increased by 11% to 36 359 units. 

Renergen secures onshore petroleum production right in South Africa; will locally produce LNG

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 The Petroleum Agency of South Africa has granted integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s Tetra4 subsidiary environmental authorisation for its Free State natural gas development. The authorisation, the processing of which has taken more than two years and has involved... 

Diesel switch sends rocketing rhodium market to new heights

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Rhodium and ruthenium are having a banner week. Rhodium, mainly used in autocatalysts to curb harmful emissions, is benefiting as more European consumers choose gasoline-powered cars and trucks over diesel, said Jonathan Butler, a precious metals strategist at Mitsubishi Corp. in London. Drivers... 

Local gas company trials diesel dual-fuel kits on long-haul trucks

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 As fleet operators increasingly aim to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce costs, natural gas company Tetra4, a subsidiary of JSE-listed energy company Renergen, has started trialling diesel dual-fuel (DDF) kits on two European brands of trucks to establish the advantages of natural gas as a fuel... 

Tata Motors South Africa targets double-digit market share

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 Tata Motors South Africa (SA) must grow its position in the South African truck market from the current number eight to number three, says Tata International distribution vertical executive director and head Len Brand. “We must be bigger. We need double digit market share and we want this in the... 

Daimler invest in solution to make EV charging as fast as filling a petrol tank

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 The trucks division of German mobility group Daimler has invested in Israeli firm StoreDot, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of FlashBattery technology in the electric vehicle (EV) market. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv-based company founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials firm focused on the... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

     19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

Van market retreats as economy takes toll on small businesses, households

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2017 The total South African new van market currently ranges between 19 000 and 20 000 units a year, estimates Mercedes-Benz Vans Southern Africa VP Nadia Trimmel. “Historically, the market used to be between 22 000 and 23 000 units, but this year we do not expect it to break 20 000. The general... 

Avesoro expands New Liberty mining equipment fleet

By: Anine Kilian     16th October 2017 TSX-and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources’ wholly owned subsidiary Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC) has entered into equipment finance facility agreements with Mapa Insaat ve Ticaret, a related party of the company, to facilitate the purchase of heavy mining equipment for $6.1-million. The... 

Imperial Logistics team investigated 86 truck hijackings in 2016 financial year

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2017 During the 2016 financial year, Imperial Logistics investigated 86 cases of truck hijackings with a value of more than R134-million. A dedicated Imperial Logistics investigation team successfully recovered more than 90% worth of trucks, trailers and vehicles, says Imperial Logistics chief... 

Well-maintained equipment ensures market competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Ensuring that income-generation capacity is not reduced in any way by ill-maintained equipment is an important way of staying competitive in the market, states Cape Town-based specialised equipment hire company Burma Plant Hire Group (BPH) MD Theuns Burger. 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

Partnership creates complete truck stop service concept

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 A partnership between local truck and trailer service Laser Fast, oil and gas multinational ExxonMobil, its local distributor CentLube and tyre multinational Michelin Tyre Company has resulted in the creation of a complete heavy-duty vehicle service and fuel and driver rest stop in Meyerton,... 

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