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Automotive Industry

Child-seat concept redefines travelling comfort and safety

24th July 2015 With the launch of a new child seat concept, Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars’ design team has completely reimagined how children can travel safely in the future. 

Company introduces new fuel management system

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th July 2015 Asset management solutions provider QCIC delivered and released its QIC-Fuel solution in February and is optimistic that it will have at least ten companies on its system before December. The fuel management solution works in conjunction with the company’s flagship QIC-Fleet global system for... 

Company introduces new fuel management system
BRIAN MCKENZIE The QIC-Fuel solution enables the user to monitor the fuel by taking a sample of each sensor as the vehicle moves

Local focus on attracting auto OEMs good for South Africa

By: Donna Slater     24th July 2015 South Africa’s ongoing focus on attracting and maintaining investment from foreign automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) into South Africa is paying off, says logistic company DHL. 

Local focus on  attracting auto OEMs good for South Africa
ROB WILLIAMS Africa has the capability and the workforce to meet the demands of the global automotive industry

Private leasing of cars shows promise in South Africa

24th July 2015 Slow economic growth, more cautious lending by the banks, continued strains on consumer affordability and high inflation rates are some of the reasons why consumers are not buying cars, which is why specialist private leasing company Ariva MD Keith Watson sees a future in the leasing of cars in... 

Auto product range expands to meet local market demands

By: Kimberley Smuts     24th July 2015 Champion’s new wiper blades were launched globally this year and are specific to vehicle applications. Champion has been persistent in developing this product and hopes to be the first company to market wiper blades with this new technology. Meanwhile, global powertrain components and vehicle... 

Auto product range expands to meet local market demands
AEROVANTAGE HYBRID BLADE Champion’s new wiper blades were launched globally this year and are specific to vehicle applications

Steel mezzanine floors boost auto dealers’ parking capacity

By: Donna Slater     24th July 2015 Steel mezzanine structures, manufactured by Linbro Park-based storage solutions company Pandae, are assisting automotive dealerships with easy-to-install additional parking space that will not result in downtime during construction. 

Steel mezzanine floors boost  auto dealers’ parking capacity
MEZZANINE FLOOR Super Mezzanine floors comprise iron beams for vertical and horizontal support, as well as galvanised steel grating

Growth unlikely for South Africa’s auto industry in 2015

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 Overall new vehicle sales in South Africa dropped 3% year-on-year in 2014, with 630 000 vehicles sold, compared with the 650 000 sold in 2013, says fleet administrator Imperial Fleet Management CEO Nicholas de Canha. “Despite the overall market being slightly down, the sales for bus, truck and... 

Growth unlikely for South Africa’s auto industry in 2015
Photo by Bloomberg
STABLE INDUSTRY South Africa’s automotive industry is still profitable and will remain so even if sales drop by 2% to 3% this year

Record-breaking vehicle sales in December 2014

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 South African vehicle sales broke all records for the month of December in 2014, with 51 462 vehicles sold. Previously, the highest sales record for the month of December was in 2006, when 49 283 vehicles were sold, says advisory firm KPMG industrial, automotive and construction market partner... 

Record-breaking vehicle sales in December 2014
Photo by Duane Daws
BREAKING RECORDS South African vehicle sales broke all records for the month of December in 2014, with 51 462 vehicles sold

Counterfeiting threatens auto manufacturing

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 Every year about R362-billion in counterfeit products are sold in South Africa – of which a substantial number are counterfeit automotive parts, says specialist intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher.  “This is a serious problem – the local economy loses a significant amount of money... 

Labour Relations Act amendments could cripple auto industry 

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 The changes to the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which came into force in January 2015, could impact negatively on the profitability of manufacturing companies in the automotive industry, says business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau labour, employment and human rights partner Ludwig... 

ICT solutions could mitigate auto industry challenges

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 Providing a platform for the development of future technologies, information and communication technology (ICT) could enable automotive companies to meet current industry challenges, which include the rise of new growth markets, changing consumer behaviour and the need for improved fuel... 

ICT solutions  could mitigate auto  industry challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
THE AGE OF THE CUSTOMER Customers like to have some control over the final product, particularly in terms of customisation

First H100 rolls off local assembly plant

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 Hyundai Automotive South Africa assembled the first H100 light commercial vehicle (LCV) at its Apex plant in Benoni, Gauteng, earlier this month. Hyundai marketing director Stanley Anderson tells Engineering News that the company hopes to assemble about 3 000 units this year and will supplement... 

First H100 rolls off local  assembly plant
Photo by Duane Daws
SA FIRST Hyundai Automotive South Africa assembled the first H100 light commercial vehicle at its Apex plant in Benoni, earlier this month

Vehicle leasing company aims to extend brand offering

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 JSE-listed Imperial group affiliate and specialist vehicle leasing company Ariva is aiming to expand its vehicle brand offering for its leasing service provision, says Ariva MD Keith Watson. Currently, the company offers leasing agreements of up to 60 months on vehicle brands such as Kia,... 

Vehicle leasing company aims to extend brand offering
Photo by Bloomberg
VEHICLE LEASING Ariva offers individuals the opportunity to lease a new vehicle after three years without having to pay an expensive settlement price

Toyota named January’s top seller

20th February 2015 South Africa’s automotive domestic market sales reached 52 306 units in the first month of 2015, with automotive manufacturer Toyota achieving 21% of overall sales, ending the month with 11 191 units sold. Toyota topped the log of overall sales for January 2015, and ranked the top seller for... 

Most technologically advanced Ford hits local market

By: David Oliveira     20th February 2015 The new Ford Fusion, which was launched in Cape Town last month, is the most technologically advanced Ford vehicle ever introduced in South Africa, claims Ford Motor Company Southern Africa marketing, sales and service VP Mark Kaufman. New technologies featured in Ford’s latest vehicle offering... 

Local supply chain service on a par with global leaders

20th February 2015 The management and reporting structure standards of South Africa’s supply chain services in the automotive sector are equal, if not better, than those globally, says logistics and express services provider DHL automotive and technology director Rob Williams. He stresses that, to improve the... 

Market placement crucial to success

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 Categorising different vehicle models in specific segments could be a crucial factor when taking into account how car buyers envisage the new-car market, says Hyundai South Africa. 

Market placement crucial to success
POWERING THE A-SEGMENT Instead of marketing the Grand i10 as a B-segment vehicle, Hyundai has retained the vehicle’s A-segment classification

Engines donated to empower skills development

25th July 2014 Vehicle manufacturer Ford donated four diesel engines to State-owned entity, the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre, to enhance skills development in the automotive industry. 

Engines donated to empower skills development
TURBOCHARGING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The Ford Struandale Engine Plant donated four turbo-diesel engines to propel skills development and training at the Coega Skills and Training Development Centre

Paint-booth dust eliminated with air knife

25th July 2014 Using ionised compressed air to remove dust from vehicle bodies before painting can assist vehicle manufacturers with quality control in the local and export markets. 

Paint-booth dust  eliminated with air knife
DUST-FREE ZONE A high velocity sheet of ionised air neutralises the static charge to release the dust

Online guide assists buyers, sellers

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 A comprehensive new automotive buying guide provides buyers of new and used cars with greater options, compared with other buying guides, reports online classifieds website Gumtree, a division of the eBay Classifieds Group. 

Online guide assists  buyers, sellers
JEFF OSBORNE The new Car Check Price website is a pricing guide that enables vehicle buyers to make informed decisions

Connected vehicles set new benchmark

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 As vehicles become increasingly technologically advanced, the future of the automotive industry is shifting towards the ‘connected car’ that can communicate with external sources, such as the vehicle manufacturer, says mobile network service provider Vodacom Business’s machine to machine (M2M)... 

Connected vehicles set new benchmark
TONY SMALLWOOD New technology is ultimately heading towards creating communication between the connected car and the “smart city”

Trolley and jig fishtailing prevented with new castors

25th July 2014 The uncontrollable ‘fishtailing’ of towed trolleys and jigs – used in the manufacture of vehicles, for transportation of various vehicle components within a factory – can be prevented with spring-loaded automatic directional castors from wheel and castor company Tente. 

Trolley and jig fishtailing prevented with new castors
CONTROLLABLE CASTOR Precision bearing spring-loaded directional cams automatically stabilise the castor in the direction of travel

Turbochargers propel future of A-segment

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 The continual development and enhancement of turbochargers installed on small-capacity engines is set to become the future staple for A-segment cars, or entry-level vehicles, reports German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) South Africa (SA). 

Turbochargers propel future  of A-segment
MORE POWER WITH LESS CAPACITY The new Polo hatchback’s fuel economy has been improved by as much as 20% with the reduction in engine capacity and the addition of a turbocharger

Slow start for vehicle leasing

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 Vehicle leasing in South Africa, compared with Europe and the US, has had a sluggish start, with the majority uptake coming from mature consumers, according to Edenvale-based vehicle-leasing company Ariva. 

Slow start  for vehicle leasing
DAVID SMITH A poor market acceptance of vehicle leasing stems from vehicle dealership showrooms, where instalment sales through banks are punted

Testing facilities upgraded to support export potential

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set aside R6.1-million to enhance the vehicle-testing facility at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in East London and Gauteng 

Testing facilities upgraded to support export potential
RIGOROUS TESTING The nature of the automotive industry is highly technical and is subject to a vast number of standards

Dual engine for new SUV

25th July 2014 Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Car Group’s new XC90 sports utility vehicle (SUV) will offer an unrivalled combination of power and efficiency with a dual engine, when the CX90 is revealed later this year. 

Dual engine for  new SUV
TWIN ENGINE The new Volvo XC90 T8 version offers the features of a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car

Energy efficiency important for industry growth

By: Donna Slater     25th July 2014 The growth of the automotive industry, in South Africa and worldwide, is being influenced by the ways in which vehicle manufactures are creating ways of using energy efficiently, according to government initiative the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). 

Energy efficiency important for  industry growth
TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA Toyota South Africa was recognised as Energy Company of the Year in November 2013

Wide range of in-depth testing offered

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st February 2014 To ensure that of cars in South Africa are safe, several tests are offered by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in support of regulatory requirements, thereby addressing a variety of customer needs, says SABS automotive GM Gerrie Kriek. 

South African market needs to keep up with demand

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st February 2014 Industrial design company BP Nel reports that it has delivered 3D models for 4 radiator n-caps to automotive industry supplier Behr International for the new BMW 3 series in December last year. 

Wireless tool benefits the automotive industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st February 2014 Screwdriver technology, automation, air motors and air tools supplier Deprag launched a new range of wireless screwdrivers used in the component sector of the automotive industry for screwing and bolting, in November says Deprag Assembly technology manager Herman Parsons. 

Volkswagen Group delivers over 9.7m vehicles in 2013

21st February 2014 Automotive company Volkswagen Group announced, on January 14, that it delivered 9.7-million vehicles worldwide for the full year of 2013, exceeding the record of 9.2-millon, set in 2012. 

Vehicle production more important than sales

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st February 2014 The automotive industry accounts for about 6% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and the local production of vehicles is of paramount importance, as it facilitates job creation, says professional services company KPMG automotive sector leader Gavin Maile. 

Tente Castors South Africa

21st February 2014 Castor manufacturer, Tente Castors South Africa, has been in operation in the country since 1971. Tente has manufacturing facilities in Jet Park and Rosslyn and sales outlets in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. Tente also has representation in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Tente Castors was... 

Tente Castors South Africa

Training academy to improve automotive industry 

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st February 2014 Car manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) launched The Hyundai Training Academy, in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, in November, with the aim of addressing the serious shortage of available skills in South Africa’s within the automotive industry. 

Ecofriendly brake pad sets benchmark

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st February 2014 Automotive supplier Federal-Mogul, the holding company for Ferodo brake products, launched the first copper-free Eco-Friction brake pads in October last year. The friction formulation is designed specifically for the Toyota Quantum taxis. 

Relative prospects for used vehicle market improve

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 While the used-vehicle market has faced significant challenges in the last 24 months, particularly from the new low-cost entry level vehicles, as there is a significant choice of vehicles in this category entering the market, things have begun to change in the past three months or so, vehicle... 

Relative prospects for used vehicle market improve
TECHNOLOGICAL CAR EVALUATIONSThe TransUnion Dealers Guide mobile application streamlines the car evaluation process through a single converged solution

SA automotive component industry holding steady

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 It is quite difficult to define the state of the South African automotive component industry, as there are many factors to consider, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Roger Pitot. “Some of the major automotive component... 

SA automotive component industry holding steady
WORRYING STATSEmployment in the automotive components sector in the first quarter of 2013 was down by about 5%, compared with the same period last year

EC automotive component manufacturer aims for ISO 50001:2011

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Shock absorber manufacturer Tenneco Ride Performance aims to be the first automotive component supplier in South Africa to be awarded ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System certification, when it is audited for compliance with the standard in November, says Automotive Industry Development Centre... 

EC automotive component manufacturer aims for  ISO 50001:2011
ENERGY-EFFICIENT OPERATIONSAutomotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape is assisting Tenneco Ride Performance to ensure that it maintains its level of global competitiveness through the development of world-class energy management systems
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