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Automotive Components

Manufacturer receives GMSA supplier of the year award

17th June 2011 Seat assembly manufacturer Lear Corporation South Africa (LCSA) was, in April this year, awarded General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA’s) overall Supplier of the Year for 2010 award. 

Automotive industry increases use of cenospheres

By: Sinette Goosen     17th June 2011 Sole South African cenospheres producer Microspheres South Africa reports that its cenospheres significantly reduce interior vehicle noise when used in bituminous sound dampening sheets for vehicles. 

Companies collaborate to measure carbon footprint of fleet vehicles

By: Sinette Goosen     17th June 2011 Global mobility knowledge company Mobilitas will, on July 1, launch the first phase of its Green Fleet Management system, which was developed in a joint venture with automotive industry statistical information provider Response Group Trendline (RGT). 

Sports car maker uses carbon-fibre chassis on new model

17th June 2011 Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini’s new Aventador LP700-4 is the company’s first flagship model that features a production carbon-fibre chassis, made using an Araldite resin system for resin transfer molding (RTM). 

Carbon tax set to cripple industry, avers association exec

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 Government’s launch of the new vehicle carbon emissions tax, in September, is premature and holds financial repercussions for the automotive components industry, which has only just started recovering from the global recession, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

Strengthening Eastern Cape’s 
automotive industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is engaging with 20 more companies to locate to its 236-ha dedicated automotive production area, in Zone 2 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP), with the roll-out plan for the project already in... 

Increasing the knowledge and skills base in industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 To strengthen the knowledge and skills base within the automotive components industry in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has been involved in a chair with local vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from... 

Skills still lacking despite drive by government and industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th June 2010 Government departments and agencies continue to support the development of skills in the automotive industry, however South Africa is still behind the required skills level to ensure adequate competitiveness and economic growth, reports the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) maketing... 

Drive specialist adopts a new, holistic approach

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has adopted a new global strategy from Germany, the Drive 360o, which focuses on selling SEW Eurodrive products holistically and providing solution based products to its industries.  

Exports to play a significant role as a catalyst for growth

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive MD Urs Roos reports that exports will play a significant role in the company’s future and that industry activities in Africa are on the rise. He tells Engineering News that, once political discrepancies are put aside, the potential for growth and opportunity is... 

Price reduction aimed at gaining competitive edge

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 In a bid to achieve competitiveness in the market and to gain revenue and new business during these difficult economic times, drive and gearbox specialists SEW Eurodrive reduced prices by 7,5% in August. 

Twenty-four-hour repair service introduced

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 To assist customers with express assembly, repairs and replacements of units in the event of a breakdown, industrial drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has introduced a 24-hour shift. 

Geared motors supplied to local saw mill

27th November 2009 Heavy lifting company Lowveld Cranes approached gear and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive to assist them with the selection of geared motors for its 10-t crane at a local saw mill, in Graskop, in Mpumalanga province. 

Manufacturers should refine processes to 
survive economic crisis

By: Lindsey Berry     19th June 2009 Consulting company Rifle-Shot Performance Group CEO Ian Huntly tells Engineering News that the global automotive industry has adopted an enterprise quality management approach to their processes during the global financial crisis. 

Level and temperature sensor 
aids vehicle diagnostics

19th June 2009 Process electronics and instrumentation supplier ASSTech has released a new level and temperature sensor for commercial vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery. 

Debt restructuring and bridging finance to help automotive sector – IDC

By: Lindsey Berry     19th June 2009 Metal, transport and machinery products strategic business unit of the South African development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) reports that distressed companies make up 9,2% of the 24% of the automotive component manufacturing portion of its portfolio, which is... 

Local company launches rail engine

19th June 2009 Engine, propulsion and power systems supplier to southern Africa, MTU South Africa, presented its 16V 4000 R43 engine at the Railways and Harbours Conference and Exhibition, in Cape Town this year. 

Database tracks retrenched automotive workers

By: Lindsey Berry     19th June 2009 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is in discussions with the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) to develop a database of all automotive component workers that are retrenched as a result of the global financial crisis. 

Training academy to 
upskill automotive workers

By: Lindsey Berry     19th June 2009 To provide training to aspirant motor, diesel and motorcycle mechanics, the Imperial Technical Training Academy, based in Germiston, was established as a joint venture (JV) between Imperial Holdings and subsidiary Associated Motor Holdings. 

South Africa’s railway sector takes the strain

19th June 2009 The current economic downturn has negatively affected the railway sector, particularly freight rail and to a lesser extent of the decreasing passenger numbers, reports railway tyre manufacturer Ringrollers. 

Tyre supplier 
focuses on energy efficiency

19th June 2009 Tyre supplier Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) held an Energy Day for all employees at their head office in Port Elizabeth last month to educate its workforce on energy saving measures. 

New bearing 
solution for energy efficient vehicles

19th June 2009 Automotive component supplier SKF has launched a bearing solution for environmental micro-hybrid cars. This new magnetic sensor bearing solution is part of automotive component manufacturer Valeo’s starter alternator reversible system (Stars) micro-hybrid system. This system provides automotive... 

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