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Transaction Capital posts 38% increase in interim headline earnings

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2022 JSE-listed diversified services investment company Transaction Capital has posted a 38% year-on-year increase in core headline earnings to R603-million for the six months ended March 31. Core headline earnings a share increased by 28% year-on-year to 83.7c for the interim period. 

RMI puts its full support behind upcoming Automechanika trade fair

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2022 Industry body the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has pledged its support to the international automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Johannesburg, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from June 7 to 10. The event is sponsored by financial institution... 

DHL, Volvo Trucks sign new zero-emission cooperation agreement

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2022 Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the shift to zero-emission vehicles, and DHL intends to intensify its transition to heavy electric trucks by deploying 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe. The intended order includes 40... 

A Volvo all-electric truck

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Nissan pulls plug on Datsun brand

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has ceased all production under the Datsun brand. While the Russian and Indonesian plants closed in 2020 already, production has now also stopped at the plant in India. 

Two beneficiaries of Project Ntinga now supplying parts to VWSA

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 Two new black-owned suppliers have joined the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) supplier base after completing a mentoring programme offered by the company. KPL Die Casting and Thekwini Wire, both beneficiaries of VWSA’s Project Ntinga, have begun supplying parts for the Polo and Polo Vivo... 

UK sustainable logistics company secures Fortune 500 customer as it transitions from startup phase

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

Full start-up date remains unsure at Toyota SA plant; production loss at 45 000 units 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has resumed operation of its catalytic convertor export line and will, in the next few days, also open the Hino truck assembly line. This follows extensive flooding at the Prospecton plant, in Durban, a month ago. TSAM notes, however, that it will take some time... 

Image of TSAM CEO Andrew Kirby
Andrew Kirby

African researchers invited to apply for JWO Research Grant

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th May 2022 African researchers are invited to apply for this year’s Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant, for projects with a focus on the preservation of Africa’s natural environment. The winning project will receive $150 000 in funding support. The deadline for submissions is May 27. 

Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant switches on 13 MW of solar

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2022 Automaker Ford South Africa’s (Ford SA's) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, which produces the Ranger pickup for the domestic and export markets, has officially started sourcing 35% of its electricity needs from solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation. Ford SA has a long-term power... 

Ford SA's solar energy project
Ford SA's solar energy project

Bridgestone enters South African agricultural tyre market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th May 2022 Auto and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone has launched its range of ultra-high-performance tyres designed for South Africa’s agricultural sector. Bridgestone Southern Africa agriculture manager Willie Stander says the new agriculture range is in line with Bridgestone’s emphasis on providing... 

IMSAf appoints revenue generation senior VP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th May 2022 Automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has appointed Penelope Jabulile Mkhwanazi as the senior VP for revenue generation for the rest of Africa and international markets. In her new role, Mkhwanazi is responsible for all revenue generation in the rest of Africa markets, including... 

2021 saw several new export records, soaring imports from India – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 The value of new-vehicle and automotive component exports from South Africa increased by R31.8-billion, or 18.1%, to a record R207.5-billion in 2021, up from R175.7-billion in 2020. Last year’s vehicle and automotive component exports comprised 12.5% of total South African exports, down from the... 

Image of Dr Norman Lamprecht, the trade, exports and research executive at Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council
Dr Norman Lamprecht

Market expected to be worth $22.2M by 2030

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The South African hydraulic gear pumps market is expected to be worth $22.2-million by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% over the next eight years, says market research and consulting company Future Market Insights (FMI), which recently published a report on the global... 

Daimler, Volvo, Traton sign deal to build European charging network for trucks and buses

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 Daimler Truck, the Traton Group and Volvo Group have signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe.  The parties say they are committed to initiating... 

Volvo Car SA local range now almost entirely electrified

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022  

Porsche aims for more than 80% of new-vehicle sales to be all-electric by 2030

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 Last year, almost 40% of all new Porsche vehicles delivered in Europe were either plug-in hybrids or fully electric models.  “In 2025, half of all new Porsche sales are expected to come from the sale of electric vehicles – in other words, all-electric or plug-in hybrid,” says Porsche chairperson... 

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR 
The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year
WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year

Metair’s automotive components vertical to be affected by flood damage to OEM customer’s operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2022 The impacts of severe flooding on April 11 and 12 across most of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa have impacted a major original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer of JSE-listed Metair. The OEM has advised Metair that it suffered significant damage to its plant, with production... 

eCanter being homologated, two units set for local testing – DTBSA 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2022 The fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber. As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet... 

Image of the new-generation eCanter
The new-generation eCanter

Competition practice note published to improve conduct, entry barriers, inclusivity

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2022 The Competition Commission published a practice note on the Promotion of Competition and Inclusion in Supplier Panels of Banks and Insurers on February 28, building on the enforcement and advocacy work the commission has undertaken with insurers and banks over time. The commission reports in a... 

April bakkie, truck sales in the red, car sales saved by the rental industry 

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2022 New-vehicle sales, although dented by the impact of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, managed to remain in positive territory in April, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Domestic new-vehicle sales in April increased by 4.3%, to 37 107 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Image of a Toyota badge

VWSA produces its one-millionth Polo for export

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has produced its one-millionth Polo for export at its plant in Kariega in the Eastern Cape, the company announced on May 3. “Given the current climate, with the pandemic and the semi-conductor crisis, this milestone is an especially strong moment for VWSA,” said... 

Intercape urges govt intervention as attacks from taxi industry grow

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2022 Days after long-distance coach company Intercape went public about a violent campaign waged against the industry by rogue taxi associations, three more of its buses have come under attack in Gauteng. These attacks, which all happened in the last week of April, came after Intercape appealed to... 

Image of an Intercape bus

Botswana seeks companies to locally manufacture EVs, related components

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 The government of Botswana is, through its Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry, calling for expressions of interest from local and international companies with relevant experience in the manufacture of electric vehicles (EVs) and related components in Botswana. The government intends to... 

Auria, Feltex in local JV to produce automotive flooring, acoustics and fibre-based products 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Global tier-one supplier of vehicle flooring, acoustic and fibre-based products, Auria Solutions, and Feltex Automotive, a regional manufacturer of automotive textiles and acoustic components, have announced a joint venture (JV) that will serve selected automotive original equipment manufacturers... 

Date of production restart still unsure – Toyota SA boss 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it is following a “systematic and meticulously phased plan” to restart production at its Prospecton assembly plant, south of Durban, after the facility suffered extensive flood damage two weeks ago. TSAM says the approach is designed to ensure a safe... 

Image of TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby
Andrew Kirby

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Cost of motoring to surge in 2022 – WesBank

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 The average projected total cost of vehicle ownership in South Africa in 2022 is set to surge to R9 356.80 a month, which amounts to a 21.27% increase on last year, and a staggering 39.41% jump on 2017 numbers, says WesBank. The monthly fuel cost for this year is projected to be R3 780 a month,... 

Durban car terminal volumes jump on used and budget-car imports

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has set a new yearly record of handling 531 755 fully built-up units over the 12-month period ended March 31.  The recovery from Covid-19 is happening sooner than expected in the automotive industry, with car hire companies refleeting as the domestic hospitality... 

‘Extensive damage’ to TSAM’s Prospecton plant, but no injuries

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has suffered “extensive damage” at its Prospecton assembly plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, owing to widespread flooding in the coastal province in April. The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer adds, however, that the extent of the impact cannot yet be... 

Mammoet completes pioneering electric-powered heavy transport and lift

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2022 Heavy lifting and transport company Mammoet says it has achieved a major milestone in the development of sustainable heavy lifting and transport – undertaking the replacement of a production vessel at a chemical plant in the Netherlands using purely electric power.  The Shell facility produces... 

Motus, Hyundai to donate R3m for KZN flood relief

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 Automotive companies Motus, Hyundai Automotive South Africa and Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea have donated a combined R3-million to assist relief efforts for residents affected by the devastating flooding that claimed more than 400 lives in KwaZulu-Natal this month. Hyundai’s donation of... 

Richard Fourie appointed Goodyear South Africa MD

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 Multinational tire manufacturer subsidiary Goodyear South Africa has appointed Richard Fourie to MD, effective from this month. He succeeds Piotr Czyzyk, who led the company for two years. 

Two beneficiaries of Project Ntinga begin supplying parts to VWSA 

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2022 Two new black-owned suppliers have joined the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) supplier base after completing a mentoring programme offered by the company. KPL Die Casting and Thekwini Wire, both beneficiaries of VWSA’s Project Ntinga, have begun supplying parts for the Polo and Polo Vivo... 

Image of Thekwini Wire’s Brandon Naidoo (quality assurance), Patrick Image of Moodley (director), Bala Moodley (director), Merrilyn Nxasana (supervisor) and Yogesh Govender (machine setter)
From left to right is Thekwini Wire’s Brandon Naidoo (quality assurance), Patrick Moodley (director), Bala Moodley (director), Merrilyn Nxasana (supervisor) and Yogesh Govender (machine setter)

High Gear identifies barriers, opportunities for women to enter automotive component manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2022 Early exposure to engineering careers, information about the workplace and career paths, as well as female role models and supportive family and community environments can go a long way to opening engineering career pathways for women, says automotive industry education initiative High Gear’s... 

A photo of automotive components

Nissan pulls the plug on the Datsun brand

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2022 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has ceased all production under the Datsun brand. While the Russian and Indonesian plants closed in 2020 already, production has now also stopped at the plant in India. 

Image of a Datsun Go
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