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Automotive Industry

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

Component manufacturer ‘gears up’ for new automotive business

24th January 2020 Local chassis manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa is the only independent chassis manufacturer in Africa, supplying chassis frames and other high-tech components to motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also one of eight automotive component manufacturers which, according... 

Component manufacturer ‘gears up’ for new automotive business
STEELY PARTNERSHIPS Allied Steelrode's steel processing equipment allows the company to supply a wide range of products and sizes to the automotive component manufacturing sector

Local supplier grows through development programme

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Local automotive tool manufacturer and supplier Naicker Toolmakers has benefited from completing nonprofit organisation Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative’s (ASCCI’s) Black Supplier Development Programme (BSDP). Naicker Toolmakers began its involvement in the programme in May... 

Local supplier grows through development programme
DEVELOPING LOCAL SUPPLIERS The BSDP aims to drive transformation and skills sharing in the automotive sector by facilitating access to markets for component manufacturers like Naicker Toolmakers

AutoX

24th January 2020 AutoX is the leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive range of world-class lead-acid automotive batteries to the OEM and automotive replacement market segments. Manufactured in its state-of-the-art facility in Port Elizabeth, Willard® and SABAT® batteries are developed and... 

AutoX

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

Reef Fuel Injection Services

19th November 2019 Leading diesel service centre Reef Fuel Injection Services (RFI) is one of only a handful of South African companies that is able to repair cutting-edge diesel fuel-injection systems.  The company has an established reputation for its high-quality workmanship and is an authorised service agent... 

Reef Fuel Injection Services

Driving EVs in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Compared with the rest of Africa, South Africa has the most electric vehicles (EVs) on the road and the most extensive charging infrastructure, with new additions being made by a range of stakeholders and interest groups. This is according to the information available on EVs in Africa, says... 

EVs demand remains low in local industry

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in South Africa remains low, mostly owing to the high cost of the limited options available to South African motorists. The Electric Vehicle Industry Association indicaties that of the about 12.5-million registered vehicles on South Africa’s roads, 1 000, or... 

EVs demand remains low in local industry
RESOLUTION NEEDED South Africa can benefit from strengthened efforts to foster the partnerships and political will required to support existing intentions to grow the electric vehicle industry

Local company to build autonomous EV assembly line

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark will build one of the first autonomous electric vehicle (EV) assembly lines for a Silicon Valley startup, in California, in the US. The company is developing a mobile application to rival ride-hailing service Uber, but will offer a... 

Local company to build autonomous  EV assembly line
LEARNING CURVE There is a focus on reintroducing manual processes on assembly lines where automated process are no longer sensible

Modular solutions a growing trend in sector

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 The adoption of decentralised technologies, which increase the modularity of vehicle manufacturing production lines, is a growing trend in the global automotive industry, with more local manufacturers expressing interest in such solutions, says drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. The... 

Modular solutions a  growing trend in sector
KEEPING PACE Technologically, the South African automotive industry is starting to conform to global best practice

Adhesive in demand

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 The demand for adhesives manufacturer Pratley’s new flange sealant and gasket maker has been so positive that the company had to “dramatically revise” its stock levels since its launch in February this year, says national sales manager Mark Bell. Pratley’s Gasket Maker – described by the company... 

Adhesive in demand
SENSOR SAFE Pratley’s Gasket Maker is a room-temperature-vulcanising silicone that does not contain acetic acid, which attacks the brass and copper components in vehicle sensors

New-vehicle sales decline indicative of economic health 

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Buying a new vehicle is the second-most important purchase for many South Africans; but new-vehicle sales have declined over the past five years and remain under pressure, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Michael Mabasa. Continuing its downward... 

New-vehicle sales decline indicative of economic health
Photo by Dylan Slater
LOOKING POSITIVE South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing output is set to rebound in the second quarter this year partly owing to improved post-election stability following the elections

Jaguar Land Rover on a South African charge

26th July 2019 The opening of the all new Jaguar Land Rover EXPERIENCE Johannesburg facility is the culmination of a R1.3-billion investment in South Africa from the British motoring giant, demonstrating a commitment not only to business but also customers, employees, the environment and the future of motoring... 

Jaguar Land Rover on a South African charge

New tech balances ever-increasing demands

8th February 2019 As Industry 4.0 continues to cut a swathe through the automotive industry globally, Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation is providing new technologies that allow local and international manufacturers to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands. Jendamark... 

New tech balances  ever-increasing demands
NEW TECH Odin software improve efficiency when operated

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation
TYRE ECONOMY The ongoing importation of used casings does nothing more than unnecessarily introduce more waste tyres into the economy

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) projects a marginal increase in new-vehicle sales of 1.0% for 2019, premised on the assumption that South Africa will not be downgraded and a modest increase in gross domestic product (GDP) to about 1.5%, says Naamsa... 

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales
Photo by Creamer Media
READY FOR A PRICE TAG The new passenger car market and light commercial vehicle market reflected year-on-year volume declines of 0.2% and 7.0%

Fuel price increases led to decline in new-car sales, says Strobel

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) customer offer marketing manager Victor Strobel says fuel price increases have affected new-car sales, which slid from 47 478 units sold in November 2018 to 39 984 units in December 2018. Subsequently, many people... 

Fuel price increases led  to decline in new-car  sales, says Strobel
SALES DOWN New-vehicle sales have dropped owing to increased fuel prices

New paint process leads to greater flux stability

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Converting to potted Koch KPAK ultrafiltration (UF) membrane in the automotive electrodeposition paint process from the drop-in style process can lead to greater flux stability over time and lower system downtime, says filtration and water purification solutions company Sagisa sales engineer... 

New paint process leads  to greater flux stability
LITTLE BIT OF COLOUR The UF membrane has been supplied to automotive manufacturers for vehicle paint jobs

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Software adds value to  automotive manufacturer supply chain
Photo by Bloomberg
ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system

Growth potential positive – Naamsa

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to the right policies, interventions and goodwill by all automotive industry stakeholders, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen says the industry’s growth potential remains positive. “Currently, the automotive industry is the... 

Better integration between systems and machines on offer

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 With the automotive industry having shown a need for better integration between machines and systems, software company Syspro simplifies operational effectiveness. “Syspro Software, an enterprise resource planning system, is designed with the automotive industry in mind. It aims to help... 

Better integration  between systems and  machines on offer
DEIDRE FRYER Enterprise resource planning designed with the automotive industry in mind

Competitive prices key in eliminating counterfeit parts

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Although Africa is a brand-conscious continent the majority of consumers seek cheaper prices, and the automotive industry needs competitive aftermarket prices to deal with the challenges posed by counterfeit goods, says intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher anti-counterfeiting department... 

Competitive prices  key in eliminating counterfeit parts
SPARKS FLY Confiscated bearings are taken to a smelter to be destroyed

New design introduced for global dealerships

27th July 2018 Last month, automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it will introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of about 5 000 dealer stores globally. The move is based on the new brand message ‘Drive your Ambition’, initiated in October last year, and is intended to... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Owing to global demand for smarter painting systems that are cost effective and reduce process time, coatings company Kansai Plascon has introduced its Acryline Direct-2-Metal (D2M) system of automotive paints, which is considered as one of South Africa’s leading commercial-vehicle (CV) coating... 

D2M system grows its Plascon Acryline range
A RAINBOW OF COLOURS Kansai Plascon’s D2M range is available in thousands of different hues

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

Ford hits carbon  emissions reduction  target eight years early
EMISSION OMISSION Ford’s plug-in Hybrids score a 10 for lowered greenhouse gas emissions

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model
HOLDING IT TOGETHER Collapsible bins were produced to hold automotive parts

Reusable Packaging is the Game Changer in the Automotive Industry

27th July 2018 Never before has it been more crucial for automotive enterprises to review their packaging needs. Packaging is the one key element that is often overlooked when designing and investing in a new line of vehicle manufacture or moving parts in a closed loop system for processing. When packaging is... 

Reusable Packaging is the Game Changer in the Automotive Industry

Arc 1

24th July 2018 High-quality welding and cutting products and services supplier Arc 1 is focused on supporting the fabrication industry in Southern Africa. Based in Elandsfontein, Germiston, the company intends to be the supplier of choice for those fabrication customers wanting to procure high-quality welding... 

Arc 1

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry

9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems have revealed a new technology roadmap that will enable next-generation in-vehicle networking with security. Additionally, the companies have shared their timelines for commercial deployment of... 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry
INNOVATION COLLABORATION Hyundai and Cisco have been collaborating since 2016

Multistage line a first for South Africa, to reduce scrap rate in automotive industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th February 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode will later this year test the prototype model of a custom-built, multistage slitting and blanking line. Once the full-scale line has been built and commissioned it will achieve average scrap rate reductions of between 5% and 25% and improve... 

Multistage line a first for  South Africa, to reduce scrap  rate in automotive industry
WARNE RIPPON The new multi-stage slitting and blanking line will be a first for South Africa

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced

9th February 2018 Research and development enterprise Toyota Research Institute (TRI) presented Platform 3.0, its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The new platform is based on a Lexus LS 600h L and combines greater technological... 

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced
NEXT GENERATION Platform 3.0 is one of the most perceptive automated driving test cars on the road

VWSA passenger car market leader for seventh consecutive year

9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturing company Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) ended 2017 with 80 308 sales, giving it a total market share of 21.8%, with the Volkswagen brand achieving 18.9% share in a year in which it ran out of supply of its most successful models. Since the introduction of the Polo... 

VWSA passenger  car market leader for seventh consecutive year
MARKET LEADER The Volkswagen Polo sold 22 916 units last year

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Fuel cell technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) says hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) will be able to consistently and reliably provide driving ranges comparable to today’s internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. 

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW ADDITION The plant will develop membrane electrode assemblies for hydrogen powered cars

Vehicle industry benefits from process range 

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Since it obtained its licence from heat treating and manufacturing services company Nitrex in Canada, heat treatment specialist P.H. Heat Treatment provides the automotive industry with controlled nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburising processes for automotive components, which form part of the... 

Vehicle industry benefits from process range
P.H. Heat Treatment managing member Cecil B. Zlotnick explains how heat treatment is done to automotive components. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Freight of components can be tracked  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 To help control import costs and combat the volatile rand, import and working capital specialists Investec Import Solutions’ online client portal BlueLink, offers a complete end-to-end view of your entire import transaction on one platform from order placement through to delivery. 

Freight of components can be tracked
Investec Import Solutions head of corporate accounts Dr Greg Cline explains how the import industry is changing. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Automotive future positive through telematics 

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 The future for automotive fleet management through telematics is positive, says JSE-listed fleet management, insurance telematics and stolen vehicle recovery service provider Cartrack. 

Automotive future positive through telematics
Cartack South Africa CEO Andre Ittmann explains how the systems work and what the benefits are. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Local company to supply wheel assemblies for new BMW X3  

By: Victor Moolman     28th July 2017 Wheel assembly solution provider Wheel Assemblers will supply tyre and rim assemblies for the new X3 (G01) model from German vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa (SA) to be built in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Local company to supply wheel assemblies for new BMW X3
Wheel Assemblers marketing and finance director Dr Johan-Paul Olivier explains how the company will be supplying wheel assemblies for the BMW X3 vehicle. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.
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