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Automotive Industry

Armoured exports

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2005 South Africa has added another automotive export to its growing list. 

Seeking niche between bakkies and trucks

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2005 Nissan has entered a new product into the South African commercial vehicle market, notably, it states, for the market which may find a bakkie too small and a truck too big. 

Container yard for auto park

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2005 Global shipping line, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has announced that it will invest R45-million in establishing a container-yard facility at the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP), in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. 

Framework laid for rail competition

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2005 The South African government has finally moved to create certainty around its future strategy for the freight sector as a whole, but more specifically the State-controlled and underperforming rail-freight industry. 

Mega-project guru joins Transnet team

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2005 State transport utility Transnet has appointed one of South Africa's most experience mega-project managers, Bernard Smith, to help it with the rollout of its ambitious R40-billion capital programme over the next five years. 

New car sales accelerate while trucks decelerate

5th October 2005 While the latest figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) show that new car and light commercial vehicles have again set new records, medium and heavy commercial vehicles are showing some consolidation. 

SA lays framework for rail competition

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2005 The South African government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to the introduction of competition into the underperforming rail-freight sector, which currently carries about 185-million tons of South Africa's 1 150-million tons of yearly cargo and has been losing market share to road for over a... 

Healthy trade boosts Euro-African partnership

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 The trade and economic relationship between South Africa and Germany is one of the most well-established Euro-African partnerships, with the total trade between these two countries amounting to E9,3-billion in 2004. 

Biodiesel action plan

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2005 South African diesel may soon contain 1% biodiesel, should a planned 80 000 l/y plant progress from the drawing board to commissioning. 

BMW seeks 60% local content in 3-series

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2005 The South African made BMW 3-series, of which 70% to 80% is destined for the export market, has seen a rapid increase in local content, with the promise of even more to come. 

Geoff du Plessis

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2005 Full name: Geoffrey Cornelis du Plessis Position: CEO, MAN Truck and Bus Main activity of the company: Supplier of trucks and buses to the transport industry Date and place of birth: July 20, 1960, Johannesburg Education: BSc Engineering (Mech), Wits, 1981 First job: Development engineer,... 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

E CAPE AUTO HUB ADVANCES

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 Construction work on the Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) is on schedule, with the first buildings to be completed before year-end, says project manager Lance Schultz. 

BUMPER TO BUMPER

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 VEHICLE SALES??It’s going to be a bumper year. 

DOUBLE-DIGIT TREND CONTINUES

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 TRUCK SALES??There is no reason why a 30 000-unit-a-year South African truck market is not possible, says Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA) senior executive vice president of management control Johan Richards. 

Motor industry confirms support for taxi plan

16th September 2005 The South African motor industry has reiterated that it remains fully committed to the government's Taxi Recapitalisation programme and will do whatever is required to ensure its success. 

Motor industry programme could be extended to 2020

By: Nicola Mawson     14th September 2005 Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa yesterday - in a move that delighted the industry - hinted that government might be looking at a 2020 scheme for the automotive industry, along the lines of the current Motor Industry Development Plan, which expires in 2012. 

SA's growing small-car appetite 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2005 The never-say-die, 27-year-old Citi Golf is on track for local sales of around 25 000 units for 2005 – serving as a prime example of the local’s market’s growing appetite for small cars. 

Vehicle imports set o take half the market

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2005 Imported vehicle sales in South Africa can grow to 50% of total sales in 2012, up from the more than 30% bite of the market it currently takes, says Imperial Holdings CE Bill Lynch. 

Automotive sector incentives still vital

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2005 There is a lack of understanding from government on what it takes for automotive component manufacturers to become globally competitive, especially as the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) is set to come to an end in 2012, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

'Transnet's PFMA breaches not material'

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 State-owned transport utility Transnet has denied reports that the four breaches of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) referred to in its latest annual report were either material to the business or related to the actions of the new executive team, led by Maria Ramos. 

Rail is simply uncompetitive, specialist

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2005 Rail has, over time, become an inappropriate technology for the transport of general cargo, says Arup South Africa transport economics adviser Andrew Marsay. 

SA risks losing autocat share unless it grasps technology nettle

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2005 South Africa could lose up to 50% of its more than R8-billion-a-year catalytic converter industry should it be unable to attract production of a new emerging type of emission-control technology to the country. 

Hot-melt adhesives ideal for automotive fabrics and trims

26th August 2005 Global chemical speciality company Rohm & Haas has launched a range of reactive hot-melt adhesives that offers enhanced flexibility and improved performance to textile laminating for diverse applications, including the interiors of trucks, trailers, buses and bakkies. 

SA risks losing autocat share unless it graps technology nettle

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2005 South Africa could lose up to 50% of its more than R8-billion-a-year catalytic converter industry should it be unable to attract production of a new emerging type of emission-control technology to the country. 

Trailer industry benefits from moving-floor technology

26th August 2005 Moving-floor technology in the trailer industry is becoming increasingly popular since it enables the legal transport of larger loads with no risk of instability during unloading. 

A 'smart' breakthrough for bus operators

26th August 2005 One of South Africa’s largest passenger-transport companies serving Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo commuters, Putco, has awarded Questek a contract to equip 280 of its vehicles with a leading-edge revenue-management system. 

New pocket-sized hoist secures loads during transportation

26th August 2005 Specialists in lifting and pulling equipment, Bellambie Mining & Industrial is the exclusive distributor in Southern Africa of Kito lever hoists, chain blocks and electric chain hoists, ideally suited for lifting loads onto trucks, trailers and bakkies and ensuring they are safely secured during... 

Truck bodies favoured by various industries

26th August 2005 Manufacturer of truck bodies for specialised applications, TFM Industries, has streamlined its business by focusing on its core competences in the design, manufacture and supply of truck bodies for three main industrial groupings while continuing to assist its various customers in developing and... 

Aluminium saves weight and increases payload

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The heavier a vehicle, the more significant the effect on infrastructure and road users. 

Record growth for SA’s truck sector

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The South African heavy commercial-vehicle market has delivered strong performance in the first seven months of the year, when compared to the same period last year. 

Driver ownership the key to logistics company’s business success

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The newly-established Cosira Logistics, part of the Cosira group, has introduced a philosophy of driver ownership, which, together with a solid approach to maintain its logistics asset base, comprising 65 vehicles, has seen the company prosper. 

Car manufacturer puts van safety first

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 The world in which vans perform is changing constantly and, today, vans require the kind of performance that only a few years ago would have been reserved for powerful mid-sized passenger cars. 

Engine refurbisher prides itself on high-quality repair services

By: Mariaan Webb     26th August 2005 Downtime in the transportation industry can result in significant losses, not just in short-term income, but also long-term profitability, Metric Automotive Engineering operations manager Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News. 

Bank, truck-maker in local JV

23rd August 2005 Financial institution WesBank yesterday announced that it will enter the South African trucking market through a joint-finance alliance with the global trucking giant, Iveco. 

R3-billion for transport facelift

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 Treasury has provided R3-billion over the next three years to improve the country’s public transport systems and infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Gautrain's profitability hinges on 104 000-a-day ridership

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2005 The largest study of its kind – examining 183 road and 27 rail projects in 14 countries on five continents – found that rail passenger forecasts have internationally been overestimated by 106% on average, resulting in an actual ridership of less than half of that predicted. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

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