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Automotive Components

Market uncertainty drives need for efficient auto imports

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 As the volatile rand rate causes a flux in the logistics and import market, there has been a definite paradigm shift in the market as the industry moves towards a more integrated and, therefore, cost-effective solution for the automotive import process, reports import and working capital... 

Aluminium auto panel production expected to accelerate

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa). Afsa executive director Mark... 

ACCELERATING TREND
The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally
Photo by Bloomberg
ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally

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... 

CAIPHUS MOKOTEDI
Mokotedi is one of the first black economic-empowerment entrepreneurs who joined the incubation programme in 2011
CAIPHUS MOKOTEDI Mokotedi is one of the first black economic-empowerment entrepreneurs who joined the incubation programme in 2011

Brake reduces vehicle stopping distance by up to 40%

2nd October 2015 Sweden-based automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv is showcasing a new vacuum braking system – the Torricelli brake – developed to significantly reduce the stopping distance for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles. The Torricelli brake is a vacuum-induced plate below a... 

FUTURE INNOVATION 
The brake’s patented solution uses a 0.3 m2 vacuum plate below the vehicle, which activates in 0.1 seconds and produces a downforce of 15 000 N
FUTURE INNOVATION The brake’s patented solution uses a 0.3 m2 vacuum plate below the vehicle, which activates in 0.1 seconds and produces a downforce of 15 000 N

Tandem axle lift enables enhanced road traction, fuel savings

2nd October 2015 The new tandem axle lift function of Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks’ vehicles makes it possible for a truck to disengage and raise the second driven axle during operation, thereby providing a better road grip and lowering fuel consumption when a truck is driven without a load. “Volvo... 

NEW FUNCTION
Volvo Trucks’ tyres can now be lifted 140 mm off the road surface when the second driven axle is disengaged
NEW FUNCTION Volvo Trucks’ tyres can now be lifted 140 mm off the road surface when the second driven axle is disengaged

Possible labour issues a challenge for automotive industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 In addition to mitigating rising manufacturing input costs, a potential prolonged strike in 2016 is the most significant challenge the automotive components sector could face, avers professional services firm KPMG. “The previous strike created considerable negative sentiment towards South Africa.... 

RISK FACTOR
South Africa’s automotive industry, government and labour are continuously engaging to avoid another strike to protect the industry and retain employment
Photo by Duane Daws
RISK FACTOR South Africa’s automotive industry, government and labour are continuously engaging to avoid another strike to protect the industry and retain employment

Auto production needs to be streamlined, says control specialist

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 As the timeframe needed to produce automotive vehicles is becoming increasingly shorter and the process significantly more efficient, the design and implementation of automotive components and assembly production equipment must also be completed in shorter timeframes, says motion-control... 

Auto production needs  to be streamlined, says  control specialist

Industry committed to green development

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2014 Owing to significant increases in the cost of energy over the past four years, some sectors, such as the automotive component manufacturers and high-intensity energy users, have made a commitment to improving energy efficiency at plants, according to government programme the National Cleaner... 

SAVINGS INCURRED
Feltex is reaping the rewards of an NCPC resource efficiency and cleaner production assessment done in 2011
SAVINGS INCURRED Feltex is reaping the rewards of an NCPC resource efficiency and cleaner production assessment done in 2011

Exports drive local manufacturing capabilities

By: Donna 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. 

KEN MANNERS
The local development and manufacturing of automotive components is the primary driving force behind the success of SP Metal Forgings
KEN MANNERS The local development and manufacturing of automotive components is the primary driving force behind the success of SP Metal Forgings

Counterfeit parts threaten motorists’ safety

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2014 The greatest risk for the automotive components industry is counterfeit critical parts, such as brake pads and shoes, fuel pumps and suspension components, which put the lives of drivers and passengers at risk, says legal firm Spoor & Fisher. 

PAUL RAMARA
Counterfeiters are constantly becoming more skilled in copying genuine parts
PAUL RAMARA Counterfeiters are constantly becoming more skilled in copying genuine parts

Advanced gearbox for compact segment

20th June 2014 An advanced gearbox, featuring manual and automatic options for gear shifting will soon be introduced to Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki’s compact range of cars. 

AUTO SHIFTING
The gearbox offers both fully automatic and manual shift modes
AUTO SHIFTING The gearbox offers both fully automatic and manual shift modes

Touch screen to replace dashboard buttons

20th June 2014 A large tablet-like touch screen is set to replace buttons in Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo’s newly updated sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC90. 

CONNECTED DRIVING
The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible
CONNECTED DRIVING The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible

Consumers affected by escalated component prices

20th June 2014 Vehicle owners and operators are increasingly feeling the pinch as a direct result of inflated prices of vehicle components, reports trade body, the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA). 

LES MCMASTER
Vehicle workshop owners are finding it increasingly difficult to source good quality parts at an affordable price
LES MCMASTER Vehicle workshop owners are finding it increasingly difficult to source good quality parts at an affordable price

Wiper clip system enhances compatibility

20th June 2014 A ‘retro clip’ system incorporated into two flat-blade models of windscreen wipers ensures both models are compatible on 95% of South African light and commerical vehicles, reports powertrain and vehicle safety technology company Federal-Mogul. 

BETTER VISION
Flat blades provide a more uniform contact with windscreens, with evenly distributed pressure along the length of the wiper
BETTER VISION Flat blades provide a more uniform contact with windscreens, with evenly distributed pressure along the length of the wiper

Components on display at expo

20th June 2014 Automotive components will be on display during the 2014 Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, running from June 24 to 26, in Messe Stuttgart, Germany. 

Imports made easy with one point of contact

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2014 Import and working capital company Blue Strata reports that importing automotive components can be easier if one point of contact is used, as it eliminates the need to deal with five or more services providers, including banks, overseas suppliers, freight forwarders, clearing agents and local... 

GREG CLINE
Dealing with one point of contact means reduced administrative overheads and better transparency in monitoring inbound supply chain logistics
GREG CLINE Dealing with one point of contact means reduced administrative overheads and better transparency in monitoring inbound supply chain logistics

Close eye on automotive component demands

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 New steel grades are continuously being developed and manufactured, especially higher strength steels that are thinner and lighter, to keep up with the constantly evolving nature of the automotive industry, says local steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor. However, South Africa’s steel mills do... 

South African-made automotive products take top awards at Automechanika Johannesburg

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 Five South African-manufactured products reached the final round of this year's Automechanika Johannesburg's 2013 Innovation Awards, highlighting the ingenuity of South African automotive manufacturers. These products reached the top ten out of 25 products and included Durban-based designer and... 

New shock absorber tester does away with questionable results

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 South African shock absorber manufacturer Control Instruments Automotive's (CI-A's) flagship brand, Gabriel, launched a new, internationally recognised shock tester tailored to the South African automotive market in late 2012. "Gabriel spent 2011/12 developing and adopting an internationally... 

Improving Chinese quality weakens demand for local automotive components

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 South Africa's declining manufacturing sector, coupled with the improving quality of automotive components being manufactured in China, has resulted in a greater demand for the cheaper Chinese automotive components, import and working capital specialist Blue Strata Trading sales head Greg Cline... 

Improving Chinese quality weakens demand for local automotive components

New gear train and series wound motors designs add power to winch

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 Off-road equipment and accessories manufacturer Warn Industries’ new range of re-engineered Zeon winches, which are powered by a redesigned planetary gear train and series wound motor, was launched in April. The new automotive transmission system enables the winch to have faster, quieter and... 

The Challenges of Today’s Fleet Management 

21st June 2013 In the not too distant past, fleet management concerns were about the nuts and bolts around maintenance. While those issues are still relevant today, there are now more ‘advanced technological’ issues to address. Against this backdrop Creamer Media and Standard Bank recently co-hosted a Fleet... 

The Challenges of Today’s Fleet Management
Discussion at the Standard Bank Fleet Management Forum, held at the Melrose Arch Hotel

Automotive friction products include security seals

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 A new range of Textar automotive friction products that prevent the use of fraudulent parts - mainly brake pads and break shoes on light and medium commercial vehicles - was launched last month in South Africa. "The Textar range, which is manufactured by brake friction material original-equipment... 

EC continues to experience growth in automotive sector

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 State-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) intends to attract two additional automotive original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and to continue attracting tier-one, -two and -three automotive component suppliers to the Nelson Mandela Bay... 

Centre makes headway in greening local automotive component industry

By: Ilan Solomons     21st June 2013 A combined saving of R13-million, between July 2011 and June 2012, by all participating suppliers has been achieved as a result of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) and Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) partnership, says NCPC-SA automotive sector... 

Second automotive component manufacturing incubation centre to be established 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Construction will start in 2013 on a Nissan automotive components manufacturer incubation centre based at the company’s facility in Rosslyn, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) supply chain development department manager Neeraj Kessery. 

Waterborne basecoat technology introduced

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 After a successful implementation period of two months in pilot auto body shops across the country, automotive coatings systems marketer and manufacturer Freeworld Automotive Coatings has, this month, introduced two new product ranges to the South African market. 

Manufacturer expects to increase parts division’s market share

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai expects its parts division’s market share to grow by at least 75% during the next three years, parts director Gary Braude tells Engineering News.  

New automotive component packaging bin launched

22nd June 2012 Packaging custom designer and manufacturer Conceptainer has launched a new recyclable, collapsible bin that is proving particularly successful in the automotive sector. 

Safer way to move tyres

22nd June 2012 A smarter, safer way to move green tyres from one machine to another is making a positive difference to tyre builders in tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s Uitenhage manufacturing plant.  

All vehicles and components to conform to same standards 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) automotive department, which regulates complete new vehicles, motor cycles and automotive components such as child restraints, break friction material, break rubbers and seals, break fluid, automotive glass, motorcycle helmets,... 

Component manufacturer diversifies to include assemblies

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Component manufacturer Dycer Engineering is diversifying its capabilities by including the assembly of automotive components in its service offering, says MD John Gawler. 

Developments in Coega IDZ create opportunities for SA company

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Current developments in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) in the Eastern Cape will create opportunities for coil and leafspring manufacturers Springwell to supply its products to large multinational clients, technical director Andrew Ogden tells Engineering News. 

Distributor launches durable tilt switch

17th June 2011 Automotive components distributor and manufacturer Control Instruments Automotive has introduced an Autosave tilt switch, which is designed to detect vehicle rollover. 

Supplier to introduce solvent-free tyre repair patch 

By: Sinette Goosen     17th June 2011 Global producer and supplier of automotive and industrial products Rema Tip Top will introduce an innovative solvent-free, tyre-repair patch to the South African market in the next six to 12 months.  

New shock absorbers suited to 4 × 4 vehicles

17th June 2011 Automotive components manufacturer and distributor Control Instruments Automotive launched the new Gabriel Safari heavy-duty performance (HDP) shock absorber for sport utility vehicles and 4x4’s, in May. 

Control systems provider signs supply agreement with vehicle manufacturer

17th June 2011 Supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles Wabco has entered into a long-term agreement to supply South Korea’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company with its OnGuardPlus braking system. 

Supplier introduces new wiper blade range 

17th June 2011 Powertrain and safety technology supplier to the vehicle original-equipment manufacturer market, Federal Mogul, says its new Easyvision wiper blade range enables it to serve both directfit and retrofit applications in the mid-level price point market segment. 

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