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Automotive Industry

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

By: Terence Creamer     4th 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. At present, the division, headed by project-management... 

Firm extends its starter, alternator range

By: Jade Davenport     30th June 2006 Established in 1991, the Trysome Group has expanded into the largest single source supplier of heavy duty auto electrical components for the mining industry in Southern Africa. 

The unseen challenges of selling a million cars a year in SA

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2006 There are several unseen challenges to selling a million vehicles a year in South Africa, as is widely anticipated will be the case in 2010. 


By: Irma Venter     30th June 2006 The Department of the Trade and Industry (DTI) has received the draft report of the review of the motor industry development programme (MIDP).?Independent consultants Blueprint International compiled the report. 

US government supports American firm and BEE partner in their bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). 

Mahindra convoy travels 35 000 km from India to Cape Town

26th June 2006 A convoy of three Mahindra Scorpio sports utility vehicle (SUV) with scientists from India arrived in Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, after an epic journey from the Himalayas in India through West-Asia across Africa. 

Influence of interest- and exchange-rates being monitored closely by truck manufacturers

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2006 It seems as if the heavyweights are finally securing a bigger share of the buoyant growth in the truck market. 

R11bn SA ports spend emphasises container capacity

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2006 State-owned harbour operator South African Port Operations (Sapo) is prioritising infrastructure and superstructure investment at its six commercial ports and has confirmed a five-year capital budget of R11-billion starting this financial year. It has also confirmed a material skills-development... 

UN food agency sees gathering biofeul momentum

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2006 Under the pressure of soaring oil prices and growing environmental constraints, momentum is gathering for a major international switch from fossil fuels to renewable bioenergy, reports the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. 

Capacity constraints hampering LCV sales

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2006 If capacity constraints could be alleviated, the already buoyant South African automotive industry could see light-commercial vehicle (LCV) sales increase by as much as 1 500 units a month, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) national sales manager Jacques Brent. 

Rules governing litigation against Sars amended

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2006 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has informed of an amendment to the rules in terms of the section 96 of the Customs and Excise Act, that is, notice of action and period for bringing legal action. 

US government backs AES bid for SA peaking-power project

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2006 A US government agency has approved a $550 900 technical-assistance grant for a black economic-empowered (BEE) company partnering the giant US energy group, AES, in its bid to build one of the private peaking-power plants currently out to tender from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).... 

Auto firm secures two new autocat contracts, one for diesel market

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2006 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has secured two new catalytic converter export contracts since last year, valued at an estimated $100-million dollars a year, while it is also negotiating another contract with a potential value of $240-million a year. 

Disposal of top tourist destination just the beginning for Transnet

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2006 State transport company Transnet last week set in motion its much-contested and long-awaited noncore asset-disposal programme, placing the high-profile Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront property development on to the auction block. 

Gautrain not a 'white elephant' - transport MEC

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2006 The Gauteng transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs reiterated in his 2006/7 budget speech that the Gautrain would not become a “white elephant” and that the department had allocated the bulk of its record R6,2-billion budget for the year to the implementation of this project. 

Automotive goes natural

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2006 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it has developed a high-strength heat-resistant bioplastic for use in vehicle interior parts, as part of an industry-government-academia joint research project in Hiroshima. 

Planned model will not be a successor to any current model

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2006 Vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) will introduce a new model – a light-commercial vehicle (LCV) – for the export and local markets in 2008/9, says MD Andreas Tostmann. 

Black-owned company launches new-generation armoured vehicle

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2006 SOUTH African black-owned defence company Ivema has launched a new armoured personnel carrier (APC), which it has named the Gila. 

Investment in technology key to competitiveness

2nd June 2006 South African companies involved in today’s many and varied design and manufacturing industries face the challenge of having continually to respond to the ever-increasing pressures of global competition. 

Luxury-car group confident that SA can remain competitive

By: Zonika Botha     26th May 2006 While recognising that countries like China will challenge South Africa’s automotive strength in the future, automaker BMW South Africa is confident that investments already made here give the company some form of security. 

North West province's auto-cluster plan revvs up

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2006 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is to assist the North West in growing its R4-billion automotive sector, in a process which will include the establishment of an automotive cluster. 

First quarter car exports surge over 2005 figures

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2006 Vehicle export sales for the first three months of 2006 at 38 541 units registered an improvement of 14 099 units, or 57,6%, compared to the 24 442 units exported during the first quarter of 2005, reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa). 

Record car sales a boost for security solution

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 JSE-listed information and communications technology company in the Altron group, Altech, reports that its Netstar division has recorded solid growth on the back of recent buoyant vehicle sales in South Africa. 

BASF Coatings honored by GM as a 'Supplier of the Year'

8th May 2006 For the third time since 2002, BASF Coatings has been named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for its performance as a global supplier of automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) coatings. 

Austria explains how it plans to take on China

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2006 If Europe loses its position to China, it will be the industrial ruin of the continent – which is why it is necessary for Austria and its Eastern European neighbours to establish itself as an attractive counterbalance to continuous investment into Asia by original equipment manufacturers,... 

Indian company not short on SA ambition

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2006 It may be a good idea to keep an eye on Mahindra & Mahindra, and not necessarily for the lower-cost bakkies and sports-utility vehicles the Indian company has launched onto the South African market, but for what it has planned for the future. 

Chinese vehicles will make cake bigger

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2006 The automotive division of the Bidvest group, McCarthy, has announced that it will introduce a range of fully-imported, low-cost Chinese vehicles into the South African market, before the end of the first quarter of 2007. 

R400m set aside for transport empowerment

By: Keith Campbell     5th May 2006 The recently-announced alliance between the State-owned Industrial Develop-ment Corporation (IDC) and private-sector bank Absa (now part of the UK Barclays group), to provide financing totalling R400-million for black economic-empowerment (BEE) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transport... 

Rosslyn plant vies with others for model rights

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Automaker BMW South Africa is hoping for a positive decision from its German parent company on manufacturing the successor to the current BMW 3-series in South Africa, says BMW SA logistics GM Dr Tim Kaps. 

Spootnet close to finalising auto strategy

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2006 Transnet should have its automotive strategy concluded by June this year, says Spoornet senior manager strategy and marketing Deirdre Strydom. 

No-one knows what car-sales ceiling could be

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2006 Based on the sales figures to date, it is possible that a record 700 000 vehicles could be sold into the South African market this year, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa marketing and sales vice-president Nigel Harris. 

Difficult lessons learned during transition to unleaded fuel

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2006 South Africa’s oil companies learnt a few lessons with the phase-out of leaded petrol at the beginning of this year, says Mike Stead, project manager for Engen’s 2006 clean fuels programme. 

'DTI good at policy, bad at implementation'

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2006 There are “massive capacity problems in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), especially in terms of people”, says Deloitte associate director tax, Newton Cockcroft. 

Tighter law certain, timing not

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2006 There are varying outlooks for when South Africa will introduce new cleaner fuel regulations, as it did at the beginning of this year when leaded petrol was phased out, and the sulphur content in diesel was reduced. 

First military-style SUV to roll off line later 2006

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2006 Port Elizabeth based car manufacturer General Motors South Africa (GMSA) will this year invest just under R600-million in upgrades and equipment for the Hummer project, says president and MD Robert Socia. 

Benoni assembly facility set for scale-up

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2006 Assembly of three of the variants of Renault Trucks’ Kerax range started in Tyco trucks’ Apex facility, in Benoni, towards the end of last year, with another three to be added after the Easter period, says Tyco trucks production and logistics director Alnick van Zyl. 

New product and exports platforms driving investment

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 Capital investment in the vehicle manufacturing industry is expected to increase by a massive 135% this year to a record R8,4-billion, compared to R3,6-billion last year, says Toyota South Africa president and CEO, as well as National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa... 

New extra-heavies for busy market

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa’s (DCSA’s) Mitsubishi Fuso division has added extra-heavy commercial vehicles to its fold. 

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