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Automotive News

BMW SA expands Midrand campus in R260m project as IT prowess grows

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2019 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has cut the ribbon on its expanded and revamped campus in Midrand, Gauteng. The project carried a price tag of R260-million. 

Tribunal grants commission a postponement in panel beating case

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal has granted the Competition Commission a postponement in a case of alleged cartel behaviour in the panel beating sector, to allow the commission to secure the testimony of an asylum seeker. The commission applied for a postponement in the long-running case in February... 

Former VW CEO Winterkorn charged in Germany over diesel rigging

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged alongside four other managers in Germany for their role in the diesel-rigging scandal. Winterkorn and other suspects are accused of serious fraud by Braunschweig prosecutors, who allege he knew since 2014 about the illegal use of software to... 

Auto giants battle used car dealers for Africa's huge market

By: Reuters     12th April 2019 At the edge of Nairobi's Ngong Forest, thousands of used cars glitter in the hot sun on a dusty field, waiting for buyers. Imported from Japan or the Middle East, they offer an affordable route to vehicle ownership in Kenya and have dominated the market for decades. 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient  automotive production
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 Owing to lower costs, access to European markets, attractive incentives offered to industry and high investment into infrastructure, Morocco has become South Africa’s biggest challenger in the automotive manufacturing industry, says multinational professional services firm Deloitte Africa... 

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
MARTYN DAVIES MARTYN DAVIES South Africa’s passenger vehicles sales declined roughly by 25% in the past decade

Africa cooperation pacts key to new-vehicle manufacturing

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 The key to manufacturing more new vehicles in South Africa and on the continent lies in restructuring the African market around a cooperation agreement in key assembly economies such as Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, says advisory and investment holding company UBU Investment Holdings... 

Africa cooperation pacts key to new-vehicle manufacturing
NEW-VEHICLE AMBITIONS Despite the presence of small assembly operations, the sub-Saharan African market is dominated by second-hand vehicle imports, with few new vehicles being sold

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2019 Policy certainty and flexible thinking will play an important role as Africa increasingly look to the automotive industry to grow its industrialisation footprint, says Thomas Schaefer, chairperson and MD at Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), as well as chairperson of the African Association of... 

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2019 Vehicle telematics and tracking services provider, Ctrack, has launched a customisable video monitoring solution for rental vehicles, light delivery vehicles, fleet vehicles, trucks, general machinery and buses. With Ctrack Iris, the number of side or back cameras used within the solution can be... 

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

Honda Motor Southern Africa appoints Hiroyuki Tazawa president

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 Honda Motor Southern Africa has appointed Hiroyuki Tazawa president, effective immediately. He succeeds Toshiaki Konaka, who has, in turn, been appointed regional head of the company’s Africa Middle East operations.  

Nissan invests R3bn in Rosslyn plant to build Navara pickup 

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2019 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan will invest R3-billion to prepare its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, for production of the Navara pickup.  Assembly will start in November 2020, and will add to current production of the NP300 one-ton bakkie and NP200 half-ton bakkie, which is set to continue. 

Nissan invests R3bn in Rosslyn plant to build Navara pickup
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield

Platinum demand investment reaps reward – Amplats  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2019 The best lever to stimulate platinum demand is platinum jewellery promotion, which provides the best return “by a country mile", Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) industry day, Griffith said that the work done by the platinum... 

Platinum demand investment reaps reward – Amplats
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith discusses the platinum demand market over the short to medium term. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

VWSA invests more than R70m in black supplier development

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2019 To date, R70.9-million of the R86-million invested by Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) in the Volkswagen Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust has been committed to the development of black-owned component suppliers. The aim of the trust is to increase the number... 

VWSA invests more than R70m in black supplier development

Wrench trial run with tyre and wheel supplier

5th April 2019 Heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee has paired with tyre and wheel supplier Tyremart to put the Milwaukee M18 half-inch wrench on a trail at some of the Tyremart flagship outlets, including Sandton and Fourways. Tyremart Fourways branch manager Martin... 

Wrench trial run with  tyre and wheel supplier
TURNAROUND TIME The use of the Milwaukee impact wrenches resulted in a dramatic increase in turnaround time

Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO 

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2019 Global telematics group Cartrack has appointed Harry Louw as the new CEO for its South African business. Louw is the former CEO of rival Netstar. 

 Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO
Harry Louw

Ghosn rearrested on new charges, vows 'I will not be broken'

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 The drama surrounding fallen auto executive Carlos Ghosn erupted again, with Japanese prosecutors rearresting him on fresh allegations that he used millions of dollars from Nissan Motor for his own purposes. Authorities showed up at Ghosn’s Tokyo apartment shortly before 06:00 on Thursday to... 

Vehicle sales decline for third month in a row in 2019

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2019 New-vehicle sales continued their downward slide in March, declining for a third month in a row in 2019. March new-vehicle sales were down 3.1%, to 47 718 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Vehicle sales decline for third month in a row in 2019
Ghana Msibi

Ford adopts dual-port strategy, moves exports through Durban, PE 

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2019 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has expanded its vehicle export operations by adding Port Elizabeth to Durban as a vehicle departure point. This multiport strategy has already seen the first shipment of 1 000 locally assembled Ford Rangers departing from Port Elizabeth to markets in Europe. 

Ford adopts dual-port strategy, moves exports through Durban, PE
Ford has started vehicle exports through Port Elizabeth

New car sales slow down 3.1% in March

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The decline in the new vehicle market since the beginning of the year continued last month, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Monday.  The latest statistics show that 47 718 units were sold in March this year compared to 49 230 vehicles sold in... 

The new Sprinter, now also in a 3.49 t version, promises to use 8.5% less fuel

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2019 The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has finally landed in South Africa, following its launch in Germany last year. The Sprinter is well known in South African taxi circles – especially in the long-distance segment – with this industry absorbing around 80% of all Sprinters sold in the local market,... 

 The new Sprinter, now also in a 3.49 t version, promises to use 8.5% less fuel
The new Sprinter

Transport dept failed to protect commuters using illegally converted panel vans – Public Protector

By: News24Wire      29th March 2019 The Public Protector has found that the Department of Transport (DoT) failed to take effective and efficient measures to ensure commuters were safe while travelling in panel vans that were illegally converted into minibus taxis. Releasing the report at her offices in Pretoria on Monday, Public... 

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study 

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2019 While South African component suppliers are, on average, holding their own in the international automotive industry, there are one or two warning lights flashing that all is not 100% within the industry. This is, in short, the finding of the newest South Africa Automotive Supplier Performance... 

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study

Steinhoff sells South African auto showrooms unit to France's CFAO

By: Reuters     28th March 2019 Steinhoff has sold a majority stake in its South African auto dealerships unit, it said on Thursday, days after selling its stake in a local industrial group to shore up its finances following a devastating accounting fraud. Steinhoff revealed details earlier this month of the €6.5-billion fraud... 

Vitol analyst explains slide in global oil demand

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2019 Global oil demand has weakened significantly over the past few months, largely due to slowing economic momentum across most markets, says energy and commodities company Vitol analyst Simon Warren. He told delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners and Distributors Association... 

Bakers SA goes green as it buys 77 Euro V trucks from Daimler  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2019 In one of its largest fleet deals concluded to date, Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has handed over 77 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks to Bakers South Africa (SA), an independently owned transport and logistics services company, based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. “This is one... 

Bakers SA goes green as it buys 77 Euro V trucks from Daimler
A sample of the Bakers SA Euro V fleet

UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT 

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has re-entered the light-duty truck sector with the launch of the new Kuzer. Once a stellar performer in this segment of the truck market, the Japanese truck maker has been without a light-duty vehicle in the South African truck market since 2015. 

 UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT
Rory Schulz introduces the new Kuzer at Sun City

Revitalised Bloodhound project gets new livery and headquarters

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2019 The Bloodhound is back and on the hunt to set a new world land speed record (LSR). Under the new ownership of Ian Warhurst, CEO of Grafton LSR, the freshly assembled Bloodhound LSR team will focus on completing development of the jet- and rocket-powered car and moving to the next phase of the... 

Revitalised Bloodhound project gets new livery and headquarters
The Bloodhound has shed its blue and orange colours for white and red

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation
GOING GLOCAL Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being a slowdown in projects for the past few years in the construction industry, power generation equipment developer Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell says the company expects positive growth over the next 12 to 36 months. 

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years
BESPOKE DESIGNS Himoinsa is investing significantly in its generator and lighting tower designs for specific local requirements

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The 500 000th W205 C-Class – the current model – rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) assembly plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape, on March 16. MBSA also this year celebrates 25 years of manufacturing the C-Class sedan and 25 years of women on the production line. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

Egypt, Nissan agree to produce 100 000 cars a year – Minister

By: Reuters     20th March 2019 Egyptian state-owned carmaker El Nasr Automotive Manufacturing and Japan's Nissan have reached an initial agreement to produce 100 000 cars a year in Egypt, the minister for public enterprises said on Tuesday. The agreement is part of efforts to boost the proportion of locally made auto... 

No escaping the move to electric, says Jaguar as it launches new I-Pace 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2019 A third fully electric vehicle has made its debut in South Africa. The new Jaguar I-Pace adds to the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 already available in the local market. 

No escaping the move to electric, says Jaguar as it launches new I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2019 Port Elizabeth-based e-coating specialist, Electrocoat, wishes to sell at least 51% of the business to a black investor. Businesses that are successful in implementing major transformational changes will secure a sustained competitive advantage under the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035,... 

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

Lesedi exploring opportunities in  Africa at PEWA
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 26 and 27, 2019. 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa
SITES ON AFRICA Vermeer aims to penetrate the renewable-energy market in Africa

Adapt to digital or be left behind — warning to South African auto industry

By: African News Agency      14th March 2019 South Africa's automotive component supply sector needs to urgently focus on vehicle electronics if it is to meet ambitious new localisation targets. This emerged at the the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa conference which continued in Durban... 

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