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Automotive Industry

TecAlliance strengthens its footprint in S Africa

23rd July 2021 Independent automotive parts market data management specialist TecAlliance is planning the next steps to drive digitisation in South Africa 

Vehicle markets gaining momentum

23rd July 2021 Reflecting on the new-vehicle-sales statistics for last month, naamsa | The Automotive Business Council said that the recovery in the new-vehicle market is gaining momentum in line with industry expectations, notwithstanding the country moving from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 in mid-June and... 

FAW trucks keeping up with market trends

23rd July 2021 FAW Trucks places a high premium on R&D in order to not only maintain its leadership in the Chinese market, but also to ensure that it keeps up with the rapid advances being made in technology. Its R&D facility is based at the FAW Trucks manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China. 

CAS battery enters local market

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 German riveting and processing technology company Gesipa recently introduced the Cordless Alliance System (CAS) battery to the South African market. CAS is used in tools such as Gesipa’s Accubird Pro, Powerbird Pro and Firebird Pro rivnut tools. 

Cordless Rivnut tool with CAS battery used for accessory fitments
FIREBIRD PRO S GE CAS Cordless Rivnut tool with CAS battery used for accessory fitments

Video showcases vehicle specs

23rd July 2021 Coinciding with the arrival of the first models of the new all-electric Taycan Cross Turismo, automobile manufacturer Porsche Middle East and Africa free zone establishment (FZE) is celebrating with a video that showcases the versatile model being pushed to its limits in two remote locations with... 

Porsche's newest electric car in desert terrain
FROM ONE EXTREME Taycan Cross Turismo racing in the scorching, sandy desert in Liwa

New premises in Côte d’Ivoire for car manufacturer

23rd July 2021 Automotive manufacturer Tata Côte d'Ivoire announced the opening of its new premises, strategically located in Zone 4, in Marcory, Côte d'Ivoire. 

Launch event for Tata Côte d'Ivoire’s new premises
SHOWING OFF THE SHOWROOM From left to right: Sailas Thangal, Meite Bouake, Vivek Saraswat at the launch event for Tata Côte d'Ivoire’s new premises

Navara built in Africa for Africa

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 The first Nissan Navara vehicles produced in Africa have rolled off the production line at the new Nissan plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria this month. 

First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa
HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year 

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The detrimental effects of the Covid-19 pandemic compelled many local companies in the automotive component manufacturing industry to re-evaluate the manner in which they operated this year. Local automotive component manufacturer association, the National Association of Automotive Components and... 

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year
NAACAM 41st AGM 1 December 2020

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS
JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

Lockdown has heightened risk of counterfeit components

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The national lockdown last year has significantly impacted on the circulation of original, as well as counterfeit, automotive components, says law firm Spoor & Fisher partner Paul Ramara. This can largely be attributed to the restrictions in place during the various levels of lockdown,... 

SELLING LIKE HOT BRAKES
Counterfeit automotive parts poses a number of risks, including safety risks as well as having a negative impact on the economy
SELLING LIKE HOT BRAKES Counterfeit automotive parts poses a number of risks, including safety risks as well as having a negative impact on the economy

New batteries launch for sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Following local automotive battery manufacturer AutoX’s 18-month research and development process at its manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth, the company launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year. Vehicles, from passenger cars to commercial... 

POSITIVE FEEDBACK
AutoX launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year, after the company received feedback from field trials
POSITIVE FEEDBACK AutoX launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year, after the company received feedback from field trials

Auto repairs without a workshop

24th July 2020 Local manufacturer and supplier Pratley offers a wide range of flexible and cost-effective do-it-yourself adhesive products that are ideal for “quick, on-the-spot automotive repairs” where engineering workshops are often unavailable, such as in rural and informal settlements. To repair engine... 

ON-THE-SPOT REPAIRS
Pratley offers a range of products, such as Pratley 1-2-3, that can be used where engineering workshops are often unavailable
ON-THE-SPOT REPAIRS Pratley offers a range of products, such as Pratley 1-2-3, that can be used where engineering workshops are often unavailable

High-mileage drive belt introduced locally

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Automotive parts supplier Autobax extended its range of Gates automotive components in March this year by introducing drive belts specifically designed for high-mileage cars. This involved a soft launch of the RoadMAX belt to existing customers across South Africa, following which South Africa... 

TO THE MAX
The RoadMAX belts for high-mileage vehicles feature improved dimensions, good belt flexibility and stability, as well as smooth-running operation
TO THE MAX The RoadMAX belts for high-mileage vehicles feature improved dimensions, good belt flexibility and stability, as well as smooth-running operation

Variable demand requires new strategy

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Uncertain demand in the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket environments, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, is impacting on short- to medium-term capacity management decisions to meet variable demand, says automotive parts manufacturer GUD Holdings CEO Chris Haworth. “However,... 

CAPACITY CUT
GUD’s plants have reopened under conservative conditions to about 60% of normal capacity
CAPACITY CUT GUD’s plants have reopened under conservative conditions to about 60% of normal capacity

Lower human activity limiting tyre sales

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Every business is going to face the consequences of lower human activity and, thereby, commercial activity, as South Africans consume less or differently, owing to Covid-19, says automotive tyre manufacturer and supplier Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO Riaz Haffejee. Tyre sales... 

REBOUNDING DEMAND
Demand for Sumitomo Dunlop’s tyres is increasing since the restrictions of lockdown have eased
REBOUNDING DEMAND Demand for Sumitomo Dunlop’s tyres is increasing since the restrictions of lockdown have eased

Universal Clips

21st July 2020 Founded in 1972, Universal Clips is a proudly South African manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of hose clamps.  Based in Gauteng, Universal Clips’ products are distributed country-wide and internationally through specialist distributors. Universal Clips are valued suppliers to a variety... 

Universal Clips

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... 

CREATING LOCAL VALUE 

The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

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... 

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
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... 

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
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

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. 

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
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

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

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... 

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
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... 

LEARNING CURVE There is a focus on reintroducing manual processes on assembly lines where automated process are no longer sensible
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... 

KEEPING PACE Technologically, the South African automotive industry is starting to conform to global best practice
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... 

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
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... 

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
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 Odin software improve efficiency when operated
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... 

TYRE ECONOMY The ongoing importation of used casings does nothing more than unnecessarily introduce more waste tyres into the economy
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... 

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%
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... 

SALES DOWN New-vehicle sales have dropped owing to increased fuel prices
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... 

LITTLE BIT OF COLOUR The UF membrane has been supplied to automotive manufacturers for vehicle paint jobs
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... 

ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system
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... 

DEIDRE FRYER
Enterprise resource planning designed with the automotive industry in mind
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... 

SPARKS FLY
Confiscated bearings are taken to a smelter to be destroyed
SPARKS FLY Confiscated bearings are taken to a smelter to be destroyed
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