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Automotive Industry

Planned R63-billion road investment 'just in time'

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd April 2006 Roads are the largest single sectoral target of the government's ambitious infrastructure rollout plan of R372-billion in the next three years. The R63-billion committed to roads is more than double the allocation of the last three years. A leading economist of the University of Alabama, in the... 

Brazilian automotive comany impressed by SA technology

By: Keith Campbell     31st March 2006 A Brazilian automotive-sector company is hoping to develop partnerships with S A counterparts following the recent visit to this country by one of its top executives. 

Over 30 000 set to be sold this year as demand continues to rise

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2006 The South African truck market is far from saturated. The expectation is that more than 30 000 medium-heavy, heavy and extra-heavy commercial (MCVs, HCVs and XHCVs) will be sold locally in 2006, says Isuzu truck manager Craig Uren. 

Gauteng company signs agreement with Belgians for composite bodies

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2006 Manufacturer and designer of truck trailers Afrit has signed a trade agreement with a Belgium-based company, Composittrailer. 

E Cape auto plant gears up for Hummer

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2006 The Eastern Cape plant operated by General Motors, and which currently assembles Opel products, is undergoing an extensive expansion to gear up for production of the Hummer H3 later this year. 

South Africa expected to produce 634 299 vehicles in 2006

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2006 Auditing, tax and advisory services firm KPMG expects that South Africa will produce 634 299 vehicles locally this year, up from the 525 271 vehicles produced last year. 

Super Group introduces Chinese truck range

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2006 JSE-listed industrial transportation group Super Group has introduced the Firmaco Powerstar range of commercial vehicles into South Africa. 

SA shipping company steams ahead

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2006 South African shipping group Grindrod has successfully plotted a course through the turbulent waters of the international shipping industry, becoming a player in the global market. 

When MIDP ends, will South Africa still have an auto industry?

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2006 It’s old hat: everyone in the industry knows the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) is scheduled to come to an end in 2012. What is also common knowledge is that it is currently in the process of a review (due around May), which has been the source of some nervous anticipation... 

SA keeps on trucking

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2006 Commercial vehicle sales keep on climbing at a rapid rate. 

Infrastructure spin-offs

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2006 Transport group Imperial Holdings CE Bill Lynch says last year’s acquisition of plant-hire specialist MCC is part of the company’s aim to grow its leasing type operations, and to benefit from the current countrywide boom in infrastructure spend. 

Final draft on MIDP review set for delivery in April

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2006 Appointed consultants have until April 30 to deliver their final draft report that is expected to influence Government�s pending review of the South African Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

Global acquisition to benefit SA subsidiary

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2006 During the last few years, the automotive sector has been characterised by mergers and acquisitions, which have not only been confined to vehicle manufacturers but also to component and software suppliers within the industry. 

Auto industry prospects for 2006

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2006 The broader automotive industry is the third-largest and most expanding sector in the South African economy, contributing 7,4% to the country�s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2005. Primarily owing to the booming economy, Government�s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) and the general... 

Improving supply-chain visibility the way to go

10th March 2006 The automotive industry plays a significant role in contributing towards South Africa’s future economic success. 

Component makers don’t have to take a back seat

10th March 2006 South African automotive component manufacturers have no reason to take a back seat. 

Customer focus key to ensure sustainability and growth

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2006 In 1995 Government introduced the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) to provide quality and affordable vehicles and components to the domestic and international markets, to provide stable and sustainable employment through increased production, and to make a greater contribution to the... 

Electronics and plastics match for firm in R100m acquisition

10th March 2006 Shurlok Engineering, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Control Instruments, has acquired the automotive original equipment manufacture (OEM) plastics businesses of the Port Elizabeth division of Sagercy, Specialised Plastics Engineering and Ariston Specialised Plastics, for R100-million. 

Private leasing offers

By: Jade Davenport     10th March 2006 The pending alteration of South Africa�s financial environment in terms of its credit facilities is nearing completion following the promulgation of the National Credit Bill (NCB) at the end of 2005.? 

Local manufacturer in R100m plastics acquisition

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2006 JSE-listed manufacturing group Control Instruments (CI) reported late last month that its subsidiary, Shurlock Engineering, had acquired the automotive-plastics businesses of local group Sagercy, for R100-million. 

New C-Class programme on track

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) reports that work at the East London Mercedes-Benz facility is on schedule to produce the new C-Class as from 2007. 

Sound empowerment

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 First-tier component supplier Acoustex has been acquired by a wholly-owned black empowerment consortium led by Port Elizabeth-based Ilithe Technologies. 

Auto development agency mulling over expansion plans

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) hopes to grow its footprint, says chief operating officer Barlow Manilal. 

Mixing it up

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2006 One segment of the South African truck market that has grown exponentially over the last few years has been cement mixers. 

A crackerjack year expected for car sales

10th March 2006 This year will be a crackerjack one for the motor industry. 

New leadership upbeat about auto components’ future

10th March 2006 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam)?has since last year made numerous new appointments. 

Advanced auto body panel shop to open its doors in July

10th March 2006 The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class facility is on schedule for more world-class production.? 

Keeping track of auto giant’s reusable packaging

10th March 2006 Owning one’s own packaging is one thing, but managing it is another. 

R25m to be invested in engine plant upgrades

10th March 2006 Strengthening and developing partnerships is the route to continuous quality improvement, says Ford RoCam’s new plant manager at the engine facility in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, Brendon Lowe. 

Expanded polystyrene converter clinches R7,5m auto deal

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 Boasting a turnover of R60-million a year, Automa Multi Styrene is firmly entrenched as one of South Africa’s leading expanded . 

Nifty accessories keep drivers connected to the outside world

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 The automotive industry is a booming one and as much as car manufacturers add substance to this growing sector, car-part supplier companies also play a vital role in its growth. 

2005 a memorable year for car manufacturer

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 With over 9,17-million cars and trucks sold last year, it was definitely a memorable year for General Motors South Africa (GMSA). 

Turnkey services offered to auto component manufacturers

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 Offering turnkey services to the automotive component manufacturers, Indevco Business Consultants is a specialist in its field. 

Local auto industry in a healthy state

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 There has been much talk recently about the strong domestic vehicle sales, and, against that backdrop, one could deduce that the automotive industry is in a good state. 

A valuable gas and welding partner

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 As a leading supplier to automotive ?original-equipment manufacturers and tier one and two component suppliers, Germiston-based Afrox Industrial Gases has become a valued gas and welding partner within the automotive sector. 

Business plan to take truck company to new growth levels

By: thamashni naidoo     10th March 2006 The new year has brought good news for the Nissan Diesel Motor Corporation with the announcement that a new medium-term business plan is expected to take the company to new growth levels. 

Stagnant South African bus market geared for renaissance?

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2006 The bus market has not grown in the last five years – remaining stable at around a thousand unit sales a year. 

World auto industry on bankruptcy knife-edge

By: Nicola Mawson     2nd March 2006 At least one major vehicle manufacturer or component manufacturer is expected to file for bankruptcy in the next five years, according to 75% of executives polled in KPMG's fifth annual Global Automotive Executive Survey. 

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