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Southern Africa construction equipment rental market growing at 3% CAGR to reach $3,5m by 2024

2nd July 2018 According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Southern Africa Construction Equipment Rental Market to exceed USD 3.5 billion by 2024. In Southern Africa construction industry, usage of rental services is a prevalent channel. A steady rise in the rental model has been... 

Electric vehicle sales to reach 1.6m this year, battery prices tumbling

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2018 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on pace to reach more than 1.6-million units this year, up from just a few hundred thousand in 2014. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF’s) Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, there are a number of reasons for this increase, including the fact that... 

What’s New at Hillhead 2018?

2nd May 2018 Next month Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire, will once again host the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition, and with no fewer than 525 UK and overseas companies booked into Hillhead 2018, this year’s event will be 10% larger than ever before, easily surpassing the 476... 

Daimler joins China's Responsible Cobalt initiative

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 German carmaker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a programme established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labour... 

CMH achieves 17.2% y/y increase in FY18 headline earnings despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) on Tuesday reported a good set of results for the financial year ended February 28, despite ongoing challenges including a difficult economic, trading and political environment.  

SKF extends commercial vehicle aftermarket offering with new water pump range

11th April 2018 Owners and maintainers of commercial vehicles can now benefit from SKF’s renowned  quality and service for yet another key engine component, with the launch of a new range of premium quality water pumps. Defined by high reliability and long service life, the water pump offering covers all the... 

Ex-Microsoft manager lands Responsible Cobalt Initiative role

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A former manager for Microsoft Corp in China has been named as the first executive secretary of the Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI), which works to address social and environmental risks in the cobalt supply chain. Christina Feng, who managed the US tech giant's programme for the responsible... 

Babcock prepares to roll out new Volvo CE rigid haulers

29th March 2018 Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining and quarrying sector in southern Africa following Volvo Construction Equipment’s announcement that the Swedish equipment manufacturer will be launching its own range of Volvo CE-branded rigid haulers. R100E 

Trams enjoy renewed interest in growing cities

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2018 The exponential growth of cities worldwide raises many challenges for urban authorities, including reducing road traffic congestion, combating pollution, noise in cities and redeveloping urban zones. Addressing delegates during a media tour of Alstom’s La Rochelle manufacturing centre, in... 

Porsche takes Car of the Year – again

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2018 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) on Tuesday evening selected the Porsche Panamera as its 2018 Car of the Year. The Volvo S90 came second, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia in third position. 

Mariam Abdullahi

2nd March 2018 This week we feature Mariam Abdullahi, telecommunications industry lead for Africa at SAP   

City of Cape Town transport head Melissa Whitehead suspended

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 A senior transport head in the City of Cape Town has been suspended as a result of the alleged covering up of irregularities in which embattled Mayor Patricia de Lille is implicated. Council members met for a special sitting on Friday to discuss, among other things, allegations of fraud and... 

Volvo aims for climate-neutral automotive manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Volvo Cars' engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company's first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating on January 1. The car manufacturer noted that this marked a significant step towards its vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing... 

Hillhead looks forward to a record-breaking 2018

8th January 2018 HILLHEAD will welcome more exhibitors than ever before with both outdoor and indoor space set to expand significantly in 2018.   Major industry players including Terex Group, SMT (Volvo), JCB, Komatsu, Finning, Case, Sandvik, Hyundai, Bell, Liebherr, Doosan, Atlas Copco, Bomag, Wirtgen,... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 St Helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. 

Industry trying to reduce reliance on imports

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 High quality, increased productivity and cost reduction are vital for success as the South African automotive industry works to reduce its reliance on automotive component imports while growing its export potential in a slow economy, says industrial equipment supplier Germ Africa director Robert... 

Finalists for 2018 Car of the Year competition unveiled

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the 2018 WesBank Car of the Year competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 30-member jury from the SAGMJ. 

Alrosa starts removing ore from Verkhne-Munskoe deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2017 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has started removing ore from the Verkhne-Munskoe kimberlite field, in Saskha, to confirm the diamond content as it works towards a 2018 production starting date for the project. The Verkhne-Munskoe deposit – Alrosa’s largest investment project –contains for... 

2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the 2018 WesBank Car of the Year competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 30-member jury from the SAGMJ. The finalists are the Alfa Romeo Giulia; Audi Q5; BMW 5 Series; Kia Picanto; Land... 

Hillhead to welcome a special guest in 2018

13th September 2017 Hillhead 2018 is gearing up for a special appearance from the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain. The Man Engine, powered by Volvo, was last week voted the UK’s Best Arts Project and presented with a National Lottery Awards trophy by comedian and broadcaster David Baddiel. The... 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Elegen

25th August 2017 Edenvale-based original-equipment manufacturer Elegen has grown to be one of Africa’s largest generator manufacturer and suppliers, and has complemented its power-generation offering with the launch of its mobile pneumatic light-emitting diode (LED) lighting tower. This lighting tower has been... 

Volvo Car SA ready for hybrid, electric vehicle rollout post-2019, says MD

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

Volvo Trucks testing self-steering solution in sugar cane industry

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 Volvo Trucks is testing a self-steering truck for use in the sugar cane industry. This follows autonomous refuse collection trials in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as self-steering vehicle tests at the Kristineberg mine, in northern Sweden.   Volvo Trucks believes its newest self-steering truck can... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

Volvo to phase out pure internal combustion engine cars from 2019

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 onwards will feature an electric motor of some kind. The Swedish car maker says pure internal combustion engine (ICE) cars will gradually be phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains, or... 

Berkut to explore World War-era base metals project in Sweden

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2017 Australia’s Berkut Minerals has been granted a licence for an advanced, near-mine exploration opportunity in northern Sweden, the company announced on Wednesday. Located on the north-west end of the Skellefteå mineral belt, the Lainejaur project includes a historic nickel, cobalt, copper mine,... 

Edenville’s coal wash plant ready to be transported to Rukwa

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 The coal wash plant for use at Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s Tanzania-based Rukwa coal mine has been cleared through Tanzanian customs and is being readied for transport to site.  The wash plant is expected to arrive on site during the second half of July. 

Tangible growth seen in global lithium market, says project developer

By: Mariaan Webb     11th July 2017 The global lithium market has witnessed “significant and tangible” change in recent weeks, with Europe embracing lithium-ion energy storage on a political and industry level, says project developer Plymouth Minerals. The company, which is developing the San Jose lithium/tin deposit in regional... 

Volvo Cars to go all electric from 2019

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2017 Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 onwards will feature an electric motor of some kind. The Swedish car maker says pure internal combustion engine (ICE) cars will gradually be phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains, or... 

Volvo Trucks expands self-driving vehicle tests to sugar cane farms 

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2017 Volvo Trucks is testing a self-steering truck for use in the sugar cane industry. This follows autonomous refuse collection trials in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as self-steering vehicle tests at the Kristineberg mine, in northern Sweden.   Volvo Trucks believes its newest self-steering truck can... 

Gladys Mawoneke

12th May 2017 This week we feature Gladys Mawoneke, CEO of Breva Beverages, a manufacturer, marketer and wholesaler of alcohol-free beverages for adults   

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Volvo Trucks expands sales into rest of Southern Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2016 Volvo Trucks should this year sell around 250 new trucks in Southern African markets outside South Africa, says Volvo Group Southern Africa president Torbjörn Christensson. Three years from now, in 2019, the company wants sales in these Southern African markets to grow to 1 000 trucks a year. 

Results of passenger car product quality survey unveiled

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2016 Research house Ipsos has announced the winners in its newest Ipsos Passenger Car Product Quality Survey. The survey is voluntary, with 17 vehicle brands participating, representing 77% of the new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold through retail channels in South Africa. 

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