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Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

SA-designed bakkie tailgate damper gaining traction in Australia

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 The South African-designed and -manufactured bakkie tailgate damper EZDown is becoming increasingly popular and sought-after in the Australian utility-vehicle market.  

Parker Racor offers OEM fit, performance and quality filtration for the aftermarket at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2017

     13th February 2017 The Racor Filter Division Europe of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, will be exhibiting and demonstrating its leading range of fuel, air and oil filtration products for diesel engine and fuel delivery applications at this year’s Commercial Vehicle... 

Africa-bound vehicle exports down 54% in first eight months of 2016

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa fell dramatically in the first eight months of the year.   Exports reached 32 080 trucks, bakkies and cars from January to August 2015, dropping a whopping 54% in 2016, to 14 723 units.   The decline follows a drop in exports from 78... 

South African vehicle exports to the rest of Africa plummet 54%

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2016 New-vehicle exports from South Africa into the rest of Africa fell dramatically in the first eight months of the year.   Exports reached 32 080 trucks, bakkies and cars from January to August 2015, dropping a whopping 54% in 2016, to 14 723 units.   The decline follows a drop in exports from 78... 

Manufacturers to profit from ‘connected life’ concept

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Technological developments relating to high-speed connectivity, smart sensors and cloud-based computing, present vehicle manufacturers with an opportunity to develop services based around connected cars and devices. This has provided new impetus to the “Connected Life” concept, says computer... 

First auto incubation centre programme participant graduates

     2nd October 2015 Broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) automotive supplier Zig Enterprise owner Caiphus Mokotedi met the minimum criteria required to graduate from the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) automotive incubation centre, making him the first graduate of the programme. The... 

AIDC in partnership with Ford announce the first Automotive Incubation Centre Graduate

     7th September 2015 Caiphus Mokotedi is the first incubatee to graduate from the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s Automotive Incubation Centre at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria. Mokotedi, who owns and manages Zig Enterprise, met the minimum criteria required to... 

BMW, Nissan team up on plan to develop SA grid for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2015 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa (NSA) has signed a memorandum of agreement that will see the two vehicle manufacturers jointly plan and build a national grid of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) vehicle charging stations for use by both Nissan and BMW... 

BMW, Nissan SA join forces to roll out electric vehicle infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2015 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa (NSA) on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement that would see the two vehicle manufacturers jointly plan and build a national grid of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) vehicle charging stations for use by both Nissan... 

Auto components crucial for aluminium industry

By: Dylan Slater     10th April 2015 South Africa’s automotive sector is currently one of the key drivers of aluminium demand in the country, which stakeholders attribute to the global trend of manufacturers using an increasing amount of aluminium for vehicle components, particularly for passenger vehicles. 

Metair sets ambitious battery production target following global acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2015 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair has a target to build its vehicle battery production capacity to 50-million batteries a year within the next five years, says MD Theo Loock. Current capacity is 11-million batteries a year. 

Metair ups profit 86%; targets 50m batteries within 5 years

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2015 Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair had a target to build its vehicle battery production capacity to 50-million batteries a year within the next five years, said MD Theo Loock on Thursday. Current capacity was 11-million batteries a year. 

Steel provider strengthens relationship with automotive industry

     21st November 2014 Multinational steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa supplies around 170 to 180 kiloton of flat steel products to the country’s vehicle manufacturers. “This is as part of our strategy to continue our good relationship with the automotive industry,” says marketing manager for product and... 

Aluminium use to grow in US

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 By 2025, more than 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to a survey of vehicle manufacturers conducted by US-based consulting and research firm Ducker Worldwide. The study, which confirms a significant breakthrough for automotive aluminium into... 

Exports drive local manufacturing capabilities

By: Dylan Slater     20th June 2014 Hot-forge-based components manufacturer SP Metal Forgings currently has a large contract to supply South African commercial vehicle manufacturers with more than 500 000 vehicle components a year, including drive-train parts, the company reports. 

Zuma launches Transnet’s new automotive rail wagons 

By: Natalie Greve     5th November 2013 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday led Transnet workers in the launch of the company’s newly designed rail wagons for vehicle manufacturers, as the State-owned company accelerates its efforts to boost South African manufacturing and advance its multimodal road-to-rail freight strategy. The wagons,... 

SA component group aims to expand African battery distribution footprint

By: Irma Venter     5th April 2013 Vehicle component manufacturer Metair has the ambition to expand its battery distribution footprint in Africa significantly and will try to advance this dream in 2013 already, says MD Theo Loock. He says Metair is currently servicing the African countries of Angola, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland... 

Metair targets Africa, seeks stable labour environment in 2013 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2013 Vehicle component manufacturer Metair had the ambition to expand its battery distribution footprint in Africa significantly and would try to advance this dream in 2013 already, said MD Theo Loock on Monday. Speaking at the company’s annual results presentation in Johannesburg, he said Metair was... 

APDP local component quota should be higher

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The incentive structure of the new Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), which was implemented last month to replace South Africa’s Motor Industry Development Plan, does not do enough to encourage vehicle manufacturers to increase their percentage of locally produced components... 

Vehicle sales bounce back after weak September

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2012 New vehicle sales in October served as proof that it is difficult to make any accurate predictions on the South African new vehicle market. 

New vehicle sales pick up sharply in October

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2012 New vehicle sales in October served as proof that it was difficult to make any accurate predictions on the South African new vehicle market. Following a buoyant first eight months, growth in new vehicle sales slowed to a marginal rate of 1.4% in September. However, according to statistics... 

Spring manufacturer maintains competitiveness

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Spring manufacturer, Springwell reports that several large export contracts by vehicle manufacturers are under way, which is positive for the South African economy and automotive component suppliers. However, as the scale of these projects increases, so does the competition between component... 

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