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Automotive Industry

Indian group hopes to align SA imports with exports

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2005 Indian group Tata Motors is determined to widen & deepen its involvement in SA, and use this country as a base for exports & has also opened new training centre in SA. 

Breakthrough in tyre monitoring equipment

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 Locally-developed system has potential to save money and lives 

Sustainability through skills development

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 No finish line on firm's road to service excellence 

Putco celebrates 60th anniversary

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 SA’s oldest bus operator enters a new era 

Trimming tare weights, boosting payloads

By: Matthew Hill     25th November 2005 South African engineering company Duncanmec has been an innovator in the dry-bulk-tanker, waste-collection equipment, and movable silo industries since 1988. 

Coming through with cargo volume, comfort and economy

25th November 2005 New Interstar panel van delivers with distinction 

Full speed ahead for Durban transport firm

25th November 2005 With fuel prices escalating, fuel consumption was a decisive issue for Warden Carthage to select a lighter-weight American truck for its fleet. ? 

Car manufacturer breaks into bus market

25th November 2005 Months after initially announcing its intention to go into the heavy-passenger bus market, Volkswagen South Africa will immediately start marketing and selling its first buses, the ‘Volksbus’. ? 

SA scraps Durban port concessioning plan

By: Liezel Hill     25th November 2005 South Africa has shelved plans to invite the private sector to manage the country's busy Durban container terminal in favour of a strategy to improve efficiency and reduce business costs, a top official said yesterday. 

Grindrod expects 2005 earnings to rise by up to 50%

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2005 In line with JSE rules, shipping group Grindrod has advised that its headline earnings a share for the 12 months ended December 31, 2005, are expected to increase by between 45% and 50% over the 123,7 cents a share reported in 2004. 

Transport union calls for 'urgent review' of Gautrain

23rd November 2005 The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has called on government to “urgently” review its plans for the luxury passenger carrier, Gautrain, whose costs have escalated from an initial R7-billion estimate to R20 -illion over the past few months. 

Pedal to the metal

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2005 According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) export sales of locally-made vehicles for January to September 2005 reached 96 113 units � an improvement of 11 122 vehicles, or 13,1% compared to the 84 991 vehicles exported during the corresponding nine... 

Mombasa waterfront is on the cards

By: John Muchira     18th November 2005 Kenya Ports Authority calls for international bids 

Southern African growth underpins Barloworld's performance

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2005 Strong economic conditions in South Africa and the region once again underpinned the performance of diversified industrial group Barloworld in 2005, with Southern Africa contributing R22,9-billion to the overall top line of R39,4-billion, as well as the lion's share of the R3,48-billion worth of... 

'SA must act to take advantage of autocat technology'

16th November 2005 South Africa is well positioned to take advantage of new exhaust emission technology for diesel vehicles, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and earn billions in foreign exchange, said Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG) , chairperson Joe Armstrong recently. 

Tata centre to increase auto skills

By: Nicola Mawson     12th November 2005 The South African arm of Tata Motors, Tata African Holdings, yesterday opened its new training centre that will see groups of 16 being trained in maintenance, service and product knowledge in a bid to boost skills levels in South Africa. 

Smart-card solution pondered

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2005 Transport department seeks innovative solution to integration challenge 

Spoornet-Sasol sets 1mt/y chemicals export target

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2005 Railways utility Spoornet and petrochemicals group Sasol have signed-off on a collaborative supply-chain deal, which should see a doubling of railed tonnage of specialty chemicals over the next three years. 

Auto component body elects new president

9th November 2005 The National Association of Automotive and Allied Components Manufacturers (Naacam) yesterday announced that Ken Manners, joint MD of SP Metal Forgings, was elected President of the association at the recent AGM, taking over from Bel-Essex Engineering MD Dave Coffey. 

Lawmakers question Gautrain costs, timing

By: Liezel Hill     9th November 2005 The controversial Gautrain rapid-rail link project was drawn further into the national spotlight yesterday, as project leader Jack van der Merwe answered probing questions from the parliamentary portfolio committee for transport. 

SA truck market continues strong in October

7th November 2005 The South African market for commercial vehicles over 3 500 kg gross vehicle mass extended its run of strength during October. 

Tool and die industry under pressure, but help is on the way

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 The outcome of a 12-month study commissioned last year by the Department of Trade and Industry�s Fund for Research into Industrial Development Growth�and�Equity (Fridge) into the South African tool, die and mould (TDM) industry reveals that it is fragmented and vastly underskilled, and has failed... 

The Walvis Bay option

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 Walvis Bay, in Namibia, is a competitive option for automotive component supply, both inbound and outbound, into South Africa, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) supply-chain development head of department Barlow Manilal. 

Imports still have the edge

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2005 The average quality of imported vehicles is slightly better than that of locally manufactured passenger car models. 

Giant's R&D stresses environment-friendly innovation

By: Helene Le Roux     4th November 2005 Judging from a full pipeline of research and development projects undertaken by the world’s largest commercial-vehicle manufacturer, DaimlerChrysler, there is an array of environment-friendly, cost-effective commercial-vehicle technologies to look forward to in the near future. 

SA's third supplier park to open in Durban

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2005 Toyota has entered into a public–private partnership with the Kwazulu-Natal provincial government and the eThekwini Municipality to establish a R450-million auto-motive supplier park in Durban, near the vehicle manufacturer’s Prospecton assembly plant. 

Hybrid eyes more than one niche

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2005 Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has added another “load-up-and-go” to its portfolio in its effort to expand in South Africa. 

NONSTOP INNOVATION

By: Helene Le Roux     28th October 2005 One of the pioneers of commercial vehicle production, automotive manufacturer DaimlerChrysler, is working on a number of new technologies that stand to revolutionise the industry. 

SA group leads Kenya win

By: John Muchira     28th October 2005 A consortium led by South Africa’s Sheltam Close Corporation has won the bid to operate and manage the Kenya’s and Uganda’s railways for the next 25 years. 

Honda takes top honour in vehicle-quality awards

By: Liezel Hill     24th October 2005 The Honda Jazz is currently South Africa's best-quality (or rather, the least-problematic) new car, a product-quality survey released on Friday suggests. 

Taxi, please

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 Newcomer to the local bus and truck market, Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA), has moved its first buses, branded the Volksbus, into dealerships countrywide. 

$92,5m facelift planned for Kenya airport

By: John Muchira     21st October 2005 Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has put out an international tender for the construction of a terminal passenger apron, taxiways, carparks and associated facilities at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), in Nairobi. 

Tanzania in big road-upgrading programme

By: John Muchira     21st October 2005 The Tanzanian government has embarked on a big road-upgrading programme. 

Eastern Cape contracts bus company to improve passenger transport

19th October 2005 The Eastern Cape government has contracted a bus company to be the sole subsidised bus service provider in the former Transkei. 

Radebe issues first taxi operating licences

17th October 2005 Transport Minister Jeff Radebe has issued 20 operating licences to Free State taxi operators who have converted their radius permits. 

Stainless-steel giant eyeing domestic projects

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 As South Africa’s sole stainless-steel producer Columbus Stainless consolidates its successful high production output of the first half of this year, it would seem that the stainless-steel giant is under increasing pressure to maintain this output due to the significant slowdown of global... 

New company to supply automotive components

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2005 Internationally-renowned and German-based manufacturer and supplier of stainless-steel tubing fischer group has secured a three-year contract with a European-based company to supply automotive components to Germany through its subsidiary in South Africa. 

Gauteng to spend billions to improve public transport

13th October 2005 Gauteng is to invest billions of rands in efforts to improve road infrastructure and the public transport sector. 

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