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Automotive Industry

Sports car manufacturer in skills development drive

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th February 2011 Classic sports car manufacturer Puma Cars has, to date, trained 12 formerly unskilled persons in turnkey sports car manufacturing, providing them with much-needed income and skills. 

Bar set high for elegant car interiors

18th February 2011 Polyurethane basic products, systems and specialties supplier BASF Polyurethanes reports that it has set new standards for elegant car interior design with the development of two polyurethane (PU) solutions, an in-mould coating (IMC) spray skin product, called Elastoskin, and a hard-phase... 

Lower-quality fuel affects automotive manufacturing  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th February 2011 South Africa’s automotive industry is hostage to the fact that its fuel quality is three generations behind that being used in the European market, Econometrix director and senior economist Tony Twine tells Engineering News. 

Gradual recovery expected in 2010

23rd July 2010 The findings of a local survey undertaken in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban, by accounting firm KPMG, suggests that confidence is returning to the ailing automotive sector, which has forecast an anticipated growth rate of up to 10% for 2010. 

New-vehicle sales exceed industry expectations

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports that new vehicle sales have exceeded initial industry expectations of a 7% growth rate in 2010, by reaching 24%, compared with the low levels of growth experienced in the past three years.  

Focused on skills

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan South Africa (NSA) believes that developing skills is significant to its business growth and is focused on enhancing the skills of its current employees and on developing new skills. 

Green technology on the road soon

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2010 Seventy members of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) operating minibus taxis on a pre-determined route will take part in a project where their vehicles will be converted to run on both petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) says. 

Public–private partnership to develop BBBEE

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development reports that the recent initiative to establish an incubation centre to nurture black-owned component suppliers at vehicle manufacturer’s Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) plant in Silverton, Pretoria, heralds a new way of stimulating the... 

New consumer act compels industry change

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2010 South Africa’s new Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which was promulgated in 2009, is set to significantly impact on the local automotive industry from October, when it becomes enforceable, with certain obligations already being effective, the Motoring Industry Ombudsman (MIO) says. 

Compliance challenges for new consumer act?

23rd July 2010 Some sectors of the automotive industry are facing challenges in complying with the new Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which is to be introduced later this year, reports manufacturer and distributor of automotive components Control Instruments Automotive.  

Lead-acid battery 
manufacturer 
expands facilities

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2010 Valve-regulated lead-acid battery manufacturer NorthStar Battery Company has completed an extensive expansion of its US manufacturing facilities in Springfield, Missouri, and is busy with a second expansion project to increase the factory’s production capacity to 1,8-million battery units a year. 

Industry struggles to 
escape recession, 
despite slow recovery

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2010 Specialist banking group Investec reports that data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) points to new vehicle sales slowing to 12,9% year on year (y/y) in June, compared with the May figure of 28,6% y/y, and by 20,6% y/y if the data from the... 

Accreditation process for metered taxis under way

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 With the 2010 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, public transport governing body the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) and the eThekwini Metro Police are once again embarking on an accreditation process for metered taxis, to ensure a decent and satisfactory level of service from this public... 

Improved but modest domestic sales expected in 2010

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 With the world economy currently recovering from the past year’s economic crunch, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) believes that there are signs of hope for a modestly improved domestic sales environment in the South African automotive sector during... 

Need to increase local automotive component manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 Attention being paid to increasing local content and manufacturing in the automotive component manufacture industry should be sharpened, specialist aluminium die-caster Aluminium Squeeze Casters (ASC) MD Mike Wolhuter tells Engineering News.  

HIV/Aids research study first of its kind in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 Research on the South African automotive component sector’s response to HIV/Aids shows that the supplier industry has neither yet grasped the consequences of, nor considered, HIV/Aids as a significant threat to its businesses, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) HIV/Aids project... 

International awards 
set benchmark 
for local plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 US car manufacturer the Ford Motor Company received the North American Car of the Year award and North American Truck of the Year award for its 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Ford Transit Connect, respectively, at the North American International Auto Show. It is only the third time in 17 years... 

Local company upgrades international web-based catalogue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 South African computer-based electronic catalogue distributor Multicat reports that it has been contracted by the Al-Futtaim group from Dubai, to upgrade the existing customer specific web-based catalogue ‘Toyota1Stop Solution’. 

Automotive manufacturer reports good financial year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 Despite the global recession, car manufacturer Hyundai experienced a good financial year, boasting one of the highest market shares internationally, and gaining an additional 1,5% market share in South Africa, as well as selling the same volume of vehicles in 2009 as in 2008, although the vehicle... 

Acquisitions, mergers to change the face of industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2010 The global economic crises have seriously impacted on most automotive companies, which has resulted in a number of mergers and acquisitions mostly on the international front. In South Africa, there were not many mergers in the automotive manufacturing industries as only a few local companies fit... 

Drive specialist adopts a new, holistic approach

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has adopted a new global strategy from Germany, the Drive 360o, which focuses on selling SEW Eurodrive products holistically and providing solution based products to its industries.  

Exports to play a significant role as a catalyst for growth

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive MD Urs Roos reports that exports will play a significant role in the company’s future and that industry activities in Africa are on the rise. He tells Engineering News that, once political discrepancies are put aside, the potential for growth and opportunity is... 

Price reduction aimed at gaining competitive edge

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 In a bid to achieve competitiveness in the market and to gain revenue and new business during these difficult economic times, drive and gearbox specialists SEW Eurodrive reduced prices by 7,5% in August. 

Twenty-four-hour repair service introduced

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 To assist customers with express assembly, repairs and replacements of units in the event of a breakdown, industrial drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has introduced a 24-hour shift. 

Geared motors supplied to local saw mill

27th November 2009 Heavy lifting company Lowveld Cranes approached gear and drive specialist SEW Eurodrive to assist them with the selection of geared motors for its 10-t crane at a local saw mill, in Graskop, in Mpumalanga province. 

New technology for small 
multipurpose 
vehicles

24th July 2009 Japanese car manufacturer Toyota’s optimal drive technology (ODT) increases the level of quality of the small multipurpose vehicle (MPV) market, said Toyota fleet Great Britain GM Richard Balshaw. 

Greenhouse-gas emissions attributed 
to significant 
fuel use

24th July 2009 US Automotive giant General Motors (GM) faces a key bankruptcy hearing in which it will present a plan to sell off most of its assets to a new company, unburdened by its old debts and supported by billions of dollars in government loans, reports on-line news agency I-Net Bridge. 

New breathalyser immobiliser launched 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th July 2009 South African manufacturer of electronic vehicle-systems PFK Electronics has developed a product that immobilises a vehicle when a driver’s blood-alcohol or breath-alcohol content (BrAC) is above the legal limit. 

Automotive manufacturer receives recognition for quality

24th July 2009 Carmaker Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) received recognition for its exceptional standard of quality manufacturing of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicle, produced at the company’s East London facilities, in the Eastern Cape. 

Transport parastatal needs to increase capacity 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th July 2009 State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Tau Morwe said that Transnet needed to increase its port terminals and rail capacity, without removing freight business from, and thereby harming, the trucking industry 

Chrysler reports positive results for local market

24th July 2009 Car company Chrysler, importer of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge (CJD) vehicles, as well as Mopar parts and accessories, has completed the first six months of 2009 in a more positive position in the South African automotive market. 

Global strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions must be developed

24th July 2009 The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) foundation director-general David Ward has called on the automobile industry and the world governments to develop a more coherent global strategy to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and promote fuel economy. 

Open-source, hydrogen-powered car unveiled in London

24th July 2009 Design and manufacturing company Riversimple recently launched an open-source, hydrogen-powered car, in London. 

Automotive conference to assist industry in difficult times

By: Beth Shirley     24th July 2009 The Automotive Industry Conference (AIC), a component of the coveted South African Automotive Week (Saaw), which will be held in October, aims to provide knowledge and assistance to the automotive industry, which is undergoing significant change owing to the global financial crisis. 

One-million-car-a-year stimulus for job creation

By: Beth Shirley     24th July 2009 The South African automotive industry can only create and sustain employment if it is able to achieve production of 1-million cars a year says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Roger Pitot. 

Local engine plant receives ISO 
certification

24th July 2009 US car manufacturer the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has achieved a significant milestone by becoming one of the first plants in South Africa to achieve the most recent International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) certification 

New rating system for vehicle safety performance

24th July 2009 Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) has introduced a new overall car safety rating. The rating system is a new approach to safety performance and will challenge vehicle manufacturers to make all-round safer cars. 

Ongoing efforts oppose left-hand-drive vehicle legislation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th July 2009 The South African Veteran and Vintage Association (Savva), the Retail Motor Industry Organisation of South Africa (RMI) and Motorsport South Africa (MSA) report that they are continuing in their efforts to deal with the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) drive to discontinue the use of left-hand... 

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