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Automotive Industry

New-generation Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck into SA

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has introduced the new-generation Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck into South Africa. 

Government wants State-owned enterprises to go extra mile in developing 'competitive' local suppliers

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2006 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) are finalising various supplier-development programmes in a bid to raise the level of local content in the multibillion-rand public infrastructure drive, involving large-scale power, transport and... 

State partners local firm against substandard components

By: cheryl reddy     28th July 2006 The battle to keep inferior-quality products off the market remains one of the biggest challenges facing the local automotive industry. 

Association predicts record export figures for 2006

By: cheryl reddy     28th July 2006 In March, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) predicted that 2006 would be another good year for the South African automotive industry. 

Web-based empowerment resource launched

By: cheryl reddy     28th July 2006 Broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) continues to create uncertainty within the automotive industry. 

Cost-cutting benefits of new transmission punted

By: cheryl reddy     28th July 2006 The price of fuel has, in recent years, increased substantially and consumers are faced with no option but to pay up, albeit while muttering disgruntedly under one’s breath. 

Industry body plans far-reaching roadshow

By: cheryl reddy     28th July 2006 In an effort to promote the South African automotive industry, learn about overseas systems and build stronger relationships with market stakeholders, the National Association of Auto-motive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has devised an expansive new strategic approach. 

Offering expands with new cylinders and nozzles

28th July 2006 Synventive Molding Solutions, known for large to medium-sized hot runner systems primarily for the automotive industry, has expanded its product range to include shot weights as small as 0.1 grams. 

New stainless steel capability commissioned

28th July 2006 Cape-Town-based GKN Sinter Metals is part of the global GKN Sinter Metals, a subsidiary of GKN plc. 

Hi-tech paint investment bears fruit

28th July 2006 After signing an agreement with Herberts-Plascon (now DuPont Barloworld) in 1998, Rosslyn-based BMW was the first local manufacturer to introduce waterborne basecoat technology into its new original-equipment paint shop facility. 

Exhaust exports could create jobs

28th July 2006 Adding value to exports of catalytic converters by providing the full exhaust system could create thousands of jobs and earn millions in foreign exchange, according to head of Catalytic Converter Interest Group (Ccig), Joe Armstrong. 

Optical-distance sensor launched

28th July 2006 A new optical distance sensor has been introduced by IFM Electronic, for use, in particular, in the automotive industry. 

Sensors for conveying applications

28th July 2006 IFM Electronic’s new IM5120 electromagnetic field immune sensors are designed for conveying applications particularly in the automotive industry, as well as being ideal for use in machine tools and factory automation. 

Taxi recap progresses with appointment of scrapping agency

By: cheryl reddy     28th July 2006 The Department of Transport has (finally) announced its preferred bidder for the taxi recapitalisation project (TRP) and the project will soon get under way. 

Personal travel device gets Bluetooth capabilities

28th July 2006 US-based Garmin International has announced the addition of a new feature to its n 

Supplier moves ahead with hybrid vehicle

28th July 2006 Automotive electronics and mechatronics supplier Siemens VDO is forging ahead with the development of hybrid technology. 

University, auto makers partner in cost-cutting drive

28th July 2006 The South African motoring scene is changing rapidly, says manufacturer Fiat. 

Globalisation brings new challenges for local suppliers

28th July 2006 Automotive and automotive components manufacturers’ globalised procurement strategies are creating an ever-more demanding climate for local suppliers to these customers. 

SUV convoy conquers ‘Himalayas to Cape’ route

28th July 2006 A convoy of three Mahindra Scorpio SUVs with scientists from India arrived in Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa, after an epic journey from the Himalayas in India through West-Asia across Africa. 

Soweto programme assists small-scale panel beaters

28th July 2006 In a move aimed at giving effect to enterprise development as espoused in the Financial Sector Charter (FSC), Alexander Forbes Risk and Insurance Services (Afris) today launched the Zombodze Panel Beater at the Orlando Industrial Park, Soweto. 

South African auto sector draws increasing global attention

By: thamashni naidoo     28th July 2006 Political and economic stability since democratic reforms in 1994, combined with government incentives for automotive exports, has resulted in South Africa developing a global reputation for vehicle assembly and component manufacturing. South Africa represents the biggest domestic market for... 

New engines promise better safety

28th July 2006 The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class will kick off model year 2007 with two newly developed engines, even better safety and a more extensive range of standard equipment. 

Japan plant reaches 7-million milestone

28th July 2006 Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that, on July 5, 2006, its Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture has reached a cumulative vehicle production volume of seven million units. 

State-of-the-art plant producing 250 units a day

By: thamashni naidoo     28th July 2006 In a ramp-up to full production, BMW’s Rosslyn plant now produces more than 250 E90 3 series sedans a day after a R3,5-billion investment, making it the most advanced automobile plant in the Southern hemisphere. 

Auto firms shine in logistics study

28th July 2006 The recent publication of the research study of South Africa’s supply chains, supplychainforesight, demonstrates that the South African automotive industry is relatively well advanced in its supply chain thinking, in terms of its ability to partner with supply chain specialists and to... 

Autogas sales on the increase

By: thamashni naidoo     28th July 2006 Autogas is by far the most widely-used and accepted alternative automotive fuel in the world today. 

Local unit plans R2-billion bond sale

By: Bloomberg     28th July 2006 DaimlerChrysler South Africa, the South African unit of the world’s fifth-largest carmaker, plans to sell R2-billion of five-year bonds, the company said. 

SA will have auto-industry support beyond 2012 - DTI

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2006 An automotive-industry support programme will be sustained beyond 2012, which is when the existing motor industry development programme (MIDP) is due to expire, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) DG Tshediso Matona has confirmed. 

END OF AN ERA

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2006 Producton of the Tazz, Toyota South Africa’s (TSA’s) most affordable vehicle on offer, is due to come to an end later this year. 

Indian scientists test out SUV on African terrain

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2006 Been there. Done that.The men with the T-shirts are a team of Indian scientists that have just completed a 35 000 km, 17-country trek from India, through Africa, to finally arrive at Cape Aghulhas. 

Dedicated freighter fleet emerging at national carrier

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has started to establish a dedicated freighter fleet in a bid to expand SAA Cargo’s capacity as well as to deal with rising competitive pressures. 

Cleaner diesel opens way for new entrant

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2006 Toyota South Africa (TSA) has introduced its first-ever diesel passenger vehicle into South Africa – the RAV4. 

No sign of truck market cooling

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2006 While the growth rate of passenger-vehicle sales is cooling down somewhat, the truck market is continuing to make rapid gains over last year’s sales figures. 

Transnet sets up structures to manage R64,5bn capex roll out

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2006 State-owned freight-logistics group Transnet has set up a specialist division to manage its big-ticket capital projects, which form part of a R64,5-billion, five-year capital-expenditure plan for its railways, harbour and pipeline businesses. 

Production constraints bite at Toyota as demand for SA-made vehicles surges

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 Toyota South Africa’s (TSA’s) Prospecton plant, in Durban, is suffering from production constraints, with demand for the locally-made Hilux and Fortuner outstripping supply. 

World Cup work spurs multimillion rand truck deal

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2006 Durban plant-hire and civil-engineering specialist Aqua Transport has bought 23 new trucks in a multimillion rand deal, citing a surge in business as South Africa starts preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Sapo introduces a manufacturing element to its procurement strategy

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) claims to be taking a manufacturing view of its procurement processes and is encouraging foreign equipment suppliers, with which it places contracts, to integrate South African manufacturers into their global supply chains. 

SAA pins growth ambition on low-cost carrier, freight business

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2006 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) is pinning its expansionary ambitions on the introduction of a low-cost operator as well as a substantially-expanded cargo offering. The group, which emerged gingerly from a strike-affected operational and financial period, reported only modest... 

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