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Electric car racing series announces cyber protection deal

14th September 2020 Airspeeder, which aims to be the world’s first electric flying car racing series, has announced a technical and strategic partnership with cyber protection specialist Acronis. The deal will see the racing series, created by Australian performance electric flying car manufacturer, Alauda, receive... 

Govt wants to accelerate localisation plan for textiles, footwear

11th September 2020 Stakeholders in the clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) industry have committed to working more closely together to identify opportunities to deepen localisation and bolster production in the sector.   This was a key outcome of a meeting of the executive oversight committee (EOC)... 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls, says Outa

11th September 2020 Cabinet’s failure to make a decision on a funding mechanism for Gauteng’s freeways is affecting long-term road planning and allows the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to avoid responsibility for an incoherent e-toll collection strategy, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse... 

Ford improves efficiency at Silverton plant with new wheel and tyre facility

11th September 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has upgraded the wheel and tyre facility at its Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria. The plant produces the Ranger pickup and Everest sports-utility vehicle for the domestic market, as well as more than 100 export markets. 

Used-car market value climbs 3.8% to more than R100bn

11th September 2020 AutoTrader’s new yearly used-car industry report, launched in August, shows that South Africans used the country’s largest digital used-car trading portal to conduct 401-million online searches from July last year to the end of June this year.  This is an all-time record and an almost 40%... 

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

11th September 2020 Bridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process of closing its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth.  The company says this move is in line with the recently announced mid- to long-term business strategy as set out by the Bridgestone Corporation, which plans to strengthen... 

The time for SA to shift to EV production is now – report

11th September 2020 South African policymakers and automotive manufacturing sector stakeholders need to develop a coherent strategy for the shift to the production of electrical vehicles (EVs), or fall behind global developments and lose their edge in the export market. This emerged as a key message from a report on... 

Naacam, Proudly SA launch portal for face shield producers

11th September 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has joined forces with Proudly South African (SA) to launch a Web portal to list the manufacturers of locally produced face shields and visors. A similar portal was launched for face mask producers in May. 

Covid-19 lops R1bn off Imperial’s operating profit

11th September 2020 Imperial lost an estimated R4-billion in revenue and R1-billion in operating profit during the peak lockdown period of March to May, says Imperial CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Despite this, the group still managed to report a 5% increase in continuing revenue for the financial year ended June 30 to... 

Nissan reports breakthrough in carbon-fibre parts production

10th September 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has reported what it terms a breakthrough in carbon-fibre parts production. This development should see carbon-fibre, typically used in airplanes, rockets and sportscars, find its way into more mass-market cars, says Nissan. 

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