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Automotive Industry

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.  

Towing, emergency medical services companies team up

By: Gia Costella     24th February 2012 Towing and recovery company First Road Emergency has teamed up with medical assistance provider Emer-G-Med to provide an accident response service to motorists in Gauteng, First Road Emergency head of strategic operations Craig Grindell tells Engineering News. 

Consumer trends creating opportunities, challenges for vehicle manufacturers

By: Sinette Goosen     22nd July 2011 Advisory firm KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey for 2011 indicates that consumer trends, such as the need for mobility solutions, urban planning, where vehicles are now adapting to the environmen and not vice versa, and the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, are likely to create both... 

Automotive industry still healthy, despite slower vehicle sales

By: Sinette Goosen     22nd July 2011 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says that the automotive industry showed strong growth during 2010 and recovered well from the economic crisis of 2009. 

Centre to assist govt in reaching New Growth Path goals

By: Sinette Goosen     22nd July 2011 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) says it can contribute to the success of government’s New Growth Path, by supporting the automotive industry to increase production to 1.2-million vehicles by 2020. 

R1.6m agreement to boost tooling companies’ competitiveness

22nd July 2011 The Gauteng Tooling Initiative (GTI) and the provincial Gauteng Enterprise Propeller government agency have signed a funding agreement of R1.6 million that will enable a number of Gauteng tooling companies to participate in a benchmarking and re-engineering programme, aimed at enhancing their... 

TPT completes R4m PE parking expansion

22nd July 2011 Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Port Elizabeth car terminal has completed a R4-million parking facility expansion.  

Component remanufacturer extends premises

22nd July 2011 Diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering is refurbishing and extending its Germiston premises to increase its workshop floorspace, equip the workshop with new equipment and extend its administration offices to cope with increased work volumes. 

Vehicle verification system improved

22nd July 2011 Global credit and information management organisation TransUnion Auto Information Solutions has introduced a significant enhancement to its Vehicle Verification Reports system, which will make it more difficult for crime syndicates to bring more stolen, hijacked and illegally obtained vehicles... 

Sales of Chevrolet Corsa Utility exceed 170 000 units

22nd July 2011 Vehicle manufacturer General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has now sold more than 170 000 units of its Chevrolet Corsa Utility vehicle. 

Luxury vehicle makes 1 300 km journey on single tank of diesel

22nd July 2011 The new Jaguar XF 2.2 completed a journey of 1 313 km on a single tank of diesel. The Jaguar XF’s journey started at the factory where it was created in Castle Bromwich, in Birmingham, England and ended in Munich, Germany. 

SA workers receive lean manufacturing training in India

22nd July 2011 The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA), in April, completed the last part of a year-long training programme aimed at teaching its factory workers lean manufacturing processes, or Kaizen. 

New technology to reduce collisions with wild animals

22nd July 2011 Volvo Car Corporation is developing a vehicle safety system that alerts drivers to, and automatically brakes for, animals on the road to reduce the risk of collisions. 

Manufacturer brings in vehicles that run on CNG to local market 

By: Sinette Goosen     22nd July 2011 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has introduced an environment-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) version of its H1 panel van, and plans to expand its CNG conversion technology to public transport buses to reduce emissions in the metropolitan area. 

Local auto sector encouraged to upgrade ERP systems

By: Sinette Goosen     22nd July 2011 Local automotive businesses need to adopt new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, and upgrade and modernise their existing applications, to become more competitive, says global ERP solutions provider QAD. 

Automotive market expected to steadily improve

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th February 2011 South Africa’s vehicle sales and its aggregate vehicle production volumes are expected to see a further improvement this year as a result of higher vehicle exports, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. 

Growing competition in automotive manufacturing industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th February 2011 Globalisation has resulted in a challenging automotive manufacturing environment that is changing at a rapid pace, resulting in growing competition between international and domestic car manufacturers, research and consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Laura Peinke tells Engineering... 

Automotive importer expects prosperity to continue

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th February 2011 Automotive importer Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) recorded a 65% increase in sales last year, boosting the Hyundai Motor Company’s position as the fastest-growing automotive brand, not only in South Africa, but also globally, HASA marketing director Stanley Anderson tells Engineering News. 

US company hopes to grow its sales in Africa

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th February 2011 Vehicle infotainment systems provider RaySat, which is based in the US, expects to grow sales of its SpeedRay 1 000 mobile satellite-tracking antenna in Africa, and plans to manufacture about a thousand units in 2012, RaySat executive vice-president Michael Barak tells Engineering News. 

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