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Automotive Industry

Positive prospects for automotive franchises in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 While food franchises comprise about 30% of the total franchise landscape, many other franchise categories are well represented, including retail, business-to-business services and automotive franchises, says South African banking firm First National Bank (FNB) Business Banking franchising head... 

SA should focus on niche vehicle markets – CEO

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 There are great opportunities for South Africa to expand the capacity of its automotive components sector; however, genuine discussion is required on whether it is viable for South Africa to continue manufacturing vehicles locally, says targeted consulting and implementation skills provider... 

SA should focus on niche vehicle markets – CEO
IAN HUNTLYSouth Africa should possibly consider developing a niche automotive manufacturing sector instead of competing in the general automotive market

Company not impressed with purity of SA fuels, further filtering required

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Wear control specialist Filter Focus South Africa says consumers should be aware that the fuels they are putting into their vehicles’ tanks contain high-levels of contamination and require more effective methods of filtration. Filter Focus South Africa COO Craig FitzGerald tells Engineering News... 

Company not impressed with purity of SA fuels,  further filtering required
MEDIUM CAPACITY FILTEREssentially, when refineries remove sulphur from fuel, they have to be careful not to affect the lubricity of the diesel

New fuel-efficient vehicle launched in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Automotive distributor Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) says that, it has continued to introduce new reliable, cost-competitive and fuel-efficient vehicles onto the South African market, despite being negatively impacted on by the depreciating rand, owing to the company’s aim to continue... 

New fuel-efficient  vehicle launched in South Africa
STYLE AND FUEL EFFICIENCYThe new 2.4 l gasoline direct injection engine of the Hyundai Sonata Elite automatic not only raises the maximum power output significantly from 131 kW to 148 kW but also creates a smooth and fuel-efficient drivetrain match

Tyre of choice for Ford Focus ST

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 235/40 R18 956 XL is the only tyre approved for use on automobile manufacturer Ford’s Focus ST automobile, owing to its ultra-high performance (UHP) qualities. “The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyre has earned a string of awards, positive reviews and... 

Tyre of choice for Ford Focus ST
ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE TYREThe Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyre has earned a string of awards, positive reviews and top competitor test results globally

Telecoms systems assist the automotive industry

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Many of the automotive original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide are including GSM telematics devices in the designs of their vehicles using a chip subscriber identification module (Sim) device, says telecommunications provider Vodacom’s enterprise unit, Vodacom Business. 

Telecoms systems assist the automotive industry
SIMON CHURCHESVodacom is assisting most of the major tracking companies in the country by providing them with subscriber identity module cards and connectivity to enable their devices to function accordingly

German company enters SA market with new free-form bending concept

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 German tube-bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec recently delivered several cold-bending machines to South Africa, Schwarze-Robitec plant manager Jürgen Korte informs Engineering News. He says that in terms of freeform bending, the company has further developed its freeform bending... 

German company  enters SA market  with new free-form bending concept
JÜRGEN KORTEThe global requirements for freeform bent tubes and profiles are becoming increasingly complex

Steady growth recorded in SA automotive sector

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 A 7% growth in new-vehicle sales has been recorded in South Africa to date this year and the positive trend is expected to continue for the rest of 2013, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG automotive leader Gavin Maile tells Engineering News. “This is a positive trend; however, it must be... 

Steady growth recorded in SA automotive sector
GAVIN MAILEOverall, vehicle production in South Africa is expected to reach 654 300 units in 2013, up from 539 424 units in 2012

Right data at right time crucial for automotive industry

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 With increasing competitiveness, pricing pressure, tight operating margins and rising consumer debt levels, the local automotive industry is a challenging environment in which to operate, says analytical solutions provider Lightstone commercial director Royden Volans. “It is for these reasons... 

Right data at right time crucial for automotive industry
ROYDEN VOLANSA significant number of automotive manufacturers use Lightstone’s dealer and performance studies

Imported automotive components pose threat to SA consumers, local manufacturer warns

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Despite the flood of cheap low-quality automotive accessories imports into South Africa, automotive components manufacturer Stirling Accessories continues to commit to meeting local and international quality and safety standards, says CEO Keith Russon. “One of the toughest challenges facing the... 

Imported automotive  components pose threat to SA consumers, local manufacturer warns
KEITH RUSSON Consumers need to be educated about which automotive components are safe and reliable

Push for SA automotive companies to attain ISO 50001:2011 certification

By: Ilan Solomons     26th July 2013 Not one South African company has achieved certification for ISO 50001:2011, the international standard for energy management, to date, despite the country being one of the first in 2011 to publish the standard, along with Australia and Sweden. 

Push for SA automotive companies to attain ISO 50001:2011 certification
DEVELOPING SKILLSNCPC-SA has trained 30 auditors through its ISO 50001:2011 Lead Auditor Certification Programme to carry our energy efficiency certification audits

Elidz home to a R50m metal-surface treatment plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) is building a R50-million metal-surface treatment plant at its automotive supplier park as part of its plan to increase the Eastern Cape's global competitiveness and attract new automotive players to the region, says Elidz automotive sector... 

SA university qualifies for German competition

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The racing team of Port Elizabeth tertiary education institution Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), NMMU Racing, in January qualified for international design competition Formula Student Germany (FSG) for the second time. 

APDP local component quota should be higher

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The incentive structure of the new Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), which was implemented last month to replace South Africa’s Motor Industry Development Plan, does not do enough to encourage vehicle manufacturers to increase their percentage of locally produced components... 

Car manufacturer recycles 92% of its waste

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The local subsidiary of US-based car manufacturer General Motors South Africa (GMSA), through its full-time environmental team, reduced the amount of waste it sent to landfill sites by 26% last year compared with 2011. 

2013 a possible record breaking year for vehicle manufacturer

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) achieved a record number of sales in 2012 and hopes to break this record in 2013. The company believes that, with a sufficient supply of vehicles, it can grow ahead of the market in terms of sales and, in turn, gain market share. 

Institute launches new skills-development projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 Specialised technical skills, development and training in the automotive sector are constantly highlighted by industry as a challenge impeding its ability to become globally competitive, says the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). The outcome of the National Planning Commission’s... 

APDP to increase local vehicle content, component supply

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd February 2013 The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) that was implemented in January will be more effective in increasing local-vehicle-component content than the previous Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), as it is drafted in such a way as to diversify, deepen and increase the... 

Global automotive players uncertain of future, optimistic about electromobility

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 The increasing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles has led to electromobility being the most pressing trend in the automotive industry, but how and when fully electric cars will be a reality depends on a variety of complex and interrelated factors, states global professional services firm KPMG... 

Uncertainties about local vehicle exports remain

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 Despite uncertainties owing to the global financial markets, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) expects vehicle export sales momentum to improve during the rest of the year. 

Manufacturer adopts greener processes

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 Durban-based automotive component specialist Stirling Accessories has invested more than R500 000 in eco-friendly manufacturing processes that meet stringent quality, safety and South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) specifications, CEO Keith Russon tells Engineering News. 

Vehicle parts cataloguing software improves manufacturer efficiency 

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 Centurion-based electronic parts catalogue (EPC) software developer Multicat, in April, completed vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) migration from a desktop-based EPC to an online catalogue. 

Service centre stays abreast of technology

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 The rapid technological development of diesel fuel-injection systems has prompted diesel service centre Reef Fuel Injection Services (RFI) to upgrade its service offering significantly over the last two years. 

Material aimed at semiliterate audiences

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 Communication specialist for semiliterate audiences Jincom regularly publishes safety material on driving and vehicle operations for several large global mining, construction, petrochemicals, healthcare and energy companies, MD Tom Peacock tells Engineering News. 

Automotive components manufacturer diversifies business focus 

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th July 2012 KwaZulu-Natal-based automotive electronic components manufacturer Pi Shurlok, which is owned by JSE-listed Control Instruments Group, plans to diversify into the nonautomotive components manufacturing sector. 

Towbar manufacturer invests R2.5m in equipment to increase capacity

27th July 2012 Towing systems manufacturer and distributor Thule Towing Systems South Africa (SA) has invested R2.5-million in two additional welding robots to ramp up the production capacity of its Pietermaritzburg plant to in excess of 100 000 units a year. 

Gauteng government partners with taxi industry

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has successfully completed the pilot phase of a project to reduce emissions in the passenger vehicle segment, Industry Development executive Dineshan Moodley tells Engineering News. 

Positives and negatives for automotive industry in 2012

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 The automotive industry is likely to see a mixed performance this year, with both positive and negative trends evident, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen tells Engineering News, adding that 2012 is likely to be a year of consolidation. 

Cutting systems supplied to automotive companies

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 Plasma, laser and oxyfuel metal cutting system supplier Lind Plasma and Oxyfuel Cutting Systems South Africa (Lind SA) has recently completed two projects for the automotive industry, owner Ampie Ackerman tells Engineering News. 

Diesel engine components remanufacturer tackles skills shortage

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 A shortage of skilled labourers remains one of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry, Germiston-based Metric Automotive Engineering operations manager Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News. 

Training authority, automaker team up to tackle youth unemployment

24th February 2012 Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta), vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and training provider St Anthony’s Education Training Centre, in Boksburg, have launched a training programme for the auto industry. 

Group supplies components for Paris electric car project

24th February 2012 Bearings, seals and lubrication systems supplier SKF has supplied technological products and solutions to the French industrial Bolloré Group for use in its electric cars. 

Racing-car maker finds first home in South Africa

24th February 2012 The Abarth brand, launched in South Africa last month, will now be available through an exclusive dealer network. Arnold Chatz Cars will open the first dealership, following which Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa will open Abarth Performance Centres in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape region. 

Vehicle monitoring company unveils efficiency solution for vehicles

24th February 2012 Vehicle monitoring and fleet management company Ctrack has launched its cDrive inititative, a driver behaviour solution that uses information sent from a vehicle to improve its energy efficiency. 

Survey reveals SA’s most popular car colours

24th February 2012 White/White Pearl was South Africa’s most popular car colour in 2011, with a market share of 40%, science-based products and services company DuPont’s ‘Automotive Colour Popularity Report’ has revealed 

Flooring specialist completes refurbishment project for automaker

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 Flooring specialist Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) has completed the refurbishment of a 9 000 m2 post-tension concrete floor at vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa’s new warehouse in Rosslyn, Gauteng. 

EC auto cluster set for March launch

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 The Eastern Cape automotive cluster will be launched in early March, despite governance arrangements for the cluster still needing to be established prior to that, Eastern Cape automotive cluster support initiative provincial coordinator Martin Sycholt tells Engineering News. 

French motor manufacturer introduces new model to SA

24th February 2012 French carmaker Citroën has launched its DS4 model, which already has awards to its credit, on to the South African market.  

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