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Automotive Industry

Imperial revved by record car-sales environment

By: Nicola Mawson     2nd March 2006 Automotive group Imperial Holdings has reported a record number of vehicles sold in the half-year to end-December on the back of a buoyant market place. 

Leather-seat firm aggrieved by withdrawal of export incentive

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2006 Leather-seat manufacturer Aunde South Africa has been “severely prejudiced by the South African government’s decision to disallow motor industry development programme (MIDP) incentives on leather seat cover exports to Australia,” says MD Siegfried Kuhn. 

Austrian automotive firms seek alliances with SA companies

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2006 An Austrian automotive industry delegation will visit South Africa from March 5 to 11. 

SA commercial-vehicle market undergoing a makeover

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2006 The local truck market took off in 2004, but the traditional badges were unable to fully exploit this growth phase. 

SAAT set to begin first passenger-to-freighter conversion in March

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2006 The technical division of South African Airways, South African Airways Technical (SAAT), concluded a technology agreement with international aerospace company Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in December, which has positioned it as a new global hub for the conversion of passenger aircraft into... 

INVESTMENT DRIVER

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2006 A leading Japanese truck manufacturer believes that the widely anticipated rise in South Africa’s gross fixed capital formation over the next couple of years will continue to drive the already heated truck-sales environment, which last year breached 27 000 units. 

Transnet strike hits Western Cape

By: Liezel Hill     14th February 2006 Thousands of Transnet workers in the Western Cape are expected to down tools on Wednesday, as part of the ongoing dispute between the parastatal's management and key trade unions over the group's restructuring process. 

Transnet likely to seek higher local content in future tenders

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2006 State-owned transport utility, Transnet, has insisted that half of the manufactured content, by value, of a newly-announced R3,5-billion locomotive-acquisition programme for the coal corridor from Mpumalanga to Kwazulu-Natal will be completed domestically. 

ASSEMBLY REKINDLED

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2006 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has restarted completely-knock-down bus-assembly, in a move driven by buoyant market demand, says Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles product manager buses Dr Harry Teifel. 

SA's leather -set exports slump by R1bn on Australian threats

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2006 Automotive leather-seat and leather-product exports dropped from R3,7-billion in 2004, to R2,7-billion in 2005, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Roger Pitot, quoting International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa... 

Component body seeks to put brakes on imports

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2006 The review of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) is due for completion at the end of April, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Roger Pitot. 

Automotive-component exports top R22,1bn

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2006 Component exports last year increased by more than a billion rand, to R22,1-billion, compared to the R21,1-billion recorded in 2004. This is based on the value of export credits issued by International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). 

Volkswagen was top car exporter of 2005

10th February 2006 Of the 112 000 vehicles produced at Volkswagen of South Africa’s (VWSA’s) Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, in 2005, 40 000 were exported to the Asia Pacific region. 

Utility tenders penalised local content

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2006 Inconsistencies in the manner in which rules on local content and black economic-empowerment (BEE) have been applied in a slew of recent tenders released by State-owned Enterprises' Eskom and Transnet has the South African supplier community up in arms. 

The rise of the robots

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2006 Automation seen as key to meeting world standards 

Export contracts intact, says Ford

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2006 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has not lost its export contract to Australia and New Zealand. 

Fixed investment boom to keep truck market boiling

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2006 A leading Japanese truck manufacturer believes that the widely anticipated rise in South Africa's gross fixed capital formation over the next couple of years will continue to drive the already heated truck-sales environment, which last year breached 27 000 units. 

Transnet-unions at odds over success of strike action

By: Liezel Hill     31st January 2006 Conflicting reports emerged yesterday as Transnet employees from four key unions began a strike in Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State, with labour pronouncing the action an overwhelming success, while Transnet claimed that it had minimised disruptions through contingency plans. 

For South African eyes only

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 DaimlerChrysler presented the new Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 500 Black Edition at the Dubai motor show in December. 

Composites manufacturer wins international orders

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Motorcycle wheel-manufacturer blackstone TEK is to produce composite carbon-fibre wheels and other carbon-fibre products, such as fenders, for two international motorcycle manufacturers as from this year. 

Motorbike hot-spot

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Honda reports that it has moved into the number one spot in the country’s flourishing motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) market, placing the world’s number-one motorcycle manufacturer at the top of the domestic motorcycle manufacturers listing as well. 

Giant teams up with BEE partner for heavy-truck and bus production

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2006 Volkswagen of South Africa’s (VWSA’s) heavy-truck and bus production programme progressed another step as the company announced a partnership with new black-owned company Mzantsi Truck & Bus, started by a group of VWSA employees. 

Export contracts intact, says Ford

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2006 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has not lost its export contract to Australia and New Zealand. FMCSA communications and government affairs GM Ben Pillay says the company has, in fact, received an order from Ford Australia to increase exports to 2 000 units a month. At 24 000 units... 

Motor insutry plan review to be completed by April

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2006 The review of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) should be completed at the end of March, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) automotive director Mkhululi Mlota. 

Study pinpoints weak spots in local industry

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2006 South African component manufacturers have some ground to gain before it can claim a podium position in the highly-competitive developing world economies. 

Truck sales a testimony to growing SA economy

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2006 Vehicle sales in South Africa reached a record-breaking 618 028 units in 2005, up from 480 879 units in 2004 and 381 456 units in 2003. 

Sales to cool down as prices rise – Twine

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2005 Following a stellar performance in 2005, car sales will slow down dramatically next year, says director at Econometrix Tony Twine. 

SA's F1 hero honoured

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 On Tuesday night last week, the University of the Witwatersrand conferred an honorary doctorate in engineering on Rory Byrne, the chief design engineer at Formula One (F1) giant Ferrari. 

First-phase pumps R120m into building sector

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) development director Lance Schultz says the first phase of the park, in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, has injected R120-million into the building industry since May 2004. 

R15bn auto capex planned

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 Exports show stong recovery 

New model soon

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be introduced to the South African market in the last quarter of 2006, says Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles marketing communications manager Gert Grobler. 

Shifting roles

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     9th December 2005 South African Port Operations (Sapo) CEO Tau Morwe said at a recent media briefing that Port Elizabeth would probably lose container business to Coega to play an important role, specifically around the automotive sector. 

Cabinet comes out in support of Gautrain

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2005 At its final meeting for 2005, cabinet this week indicated its support for the Gautrain project. This follows as the parliamentary transport portfolio committee last month questioned, among other matters, the cost of the R20-billion-plus project, as well as what it viewed as a lack of planned... 

Learing French

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2005 South Africans seem to adore French va-va-voom. 

Manufacturer's investment bears fruit

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2005 Vehicle manufacturer Off-road Truck & Trailer (OTT) has secured a contract to supply local security group SBV with a number of cash-transit trucks. This is in addition to 16 armoured vehicles, in a variety of configurations, on order by the United Nations for service in strife-torn Sudan. 

Vehicle sales set for record year - Naamsa

2nd December 2005 Combined new passenger and commercial vehicle sales in South Africa topped the 50 000 unit mark for the fifth month in succession, as the motor industry stayed on course for its best year in its history, according to figures released on Friday by the National Association of Automobile... 

SA's F1 hero honoured

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2005 The University of the Witwatersrand last night conferred an honorary doctorate in engineering on Rory Byrne, the chief design engineer at Formula One (F1) giant Ferrari. 

R18m die-chroming technology now in SA

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2005 Supplier to Toyota South Africa (TSA), Brooklyn Manufacturing, has invested R18-million in a new plant that will bring a “one-of-a-kind technology in die-chroming to the South African motor industry”, says Brooklyn director Sean Drummond-Hay. 

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