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Automotive Industry

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. 

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... 

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