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Automotive Industry

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 

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 

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... 

Corporate social 
investment feels effects 
of recession

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th July 2009 Chrysler South Africa reports that the current economic climate, coupled with budget restraints has significantly affected its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts.  

Three-point seat belt celebrates 
50 years

24th July 2009 Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the three-point front seat belt. 

Growth despite industry difficulties

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 In spite of the current automotive crisis, global vehicle manufacturer General Motors (GM) has recorded a fifth consecutive year of growth in Africa since 2003, reaching a record of 212 362-unit sales. This marks a volume increase of 18% over 2007 and an increase in its market share in the region... 

Manufacturer hopes to lead high-tech, green charge 

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Automobile manufacturer the Ford Motor Company has launched an aggressive plan to bring pure battery-electric vehicles, next-generation hybrids and a plug-in hybrid to the market quickly and more affordably within the next four years. This is part of Ford’s pursuit for greater fuel economy, lower... 

Brand tussels for 
top-three position

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 French vehicle manufacturer subsidiary, Peugeot Motors South Africa (PMSA) has achieved its International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001:2000 certification as part of its ‘Top 3 by 2010’ service quality initiative. 

Repossession rates down, but second round of 
vehicle repossessions looms

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Asset financier WesBank has reported a steady and continuous decline in the number of repossessions since July last year. An interest rate cut in December as well as subsequent decreases in the fuel price has provided brought about much-needed relief for consumers. While repayment arrears have... 

Automaker has green ambition

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Seeking a symbiosis of people, vehicles and nature is auto manufacturer Nissan's philosophy toward the environment as stated in its Green Programme 2010. 

Association develops vehicle technician skills

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Despite the severe downturn in the automotive industry, the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has identified a significant shortfall in the skilled vehicle technicians and is launching an apprentice project aimed at school leavers in order to entice new blood into the local industry.  

Vehicle sales reach all-time low

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Last year’s new vehicle sales reached the lowest annual sales level since 2004 reports National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).  

Local vehicle importer 
overcomes Chinese brand perceptions

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Chinese vehicle importer Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) has overcome perceptions regarding Chinese vehicle brands to exceed the company’s early sales projections by three fold. 

Industry in turmoil

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Following a turbulent 2008 which saw lower revenues, lower profits, and bankruptcies in the automotive industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada (PwC) reported in a press release issued in Janau, that many manufacturers are faced with an equally bleak year ahead. 

Automaker’s time bank 
system protects jobs during economic downturn

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 German luxury car maker BMW South Africa will not lay off any workers in the short-to medium term despite declining auto sales.  

Development centre boasts positive economic impact

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 Established to assist in increasing the global competitiveness of the South African automotive industry, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has demonstrated its positive soci-economic effect on key focus areas. 

Growth predicted for supply chain automated communications

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The future development of supply chains will see a dramatic growth in the area of automated communications for on-demand supply chain management, business software company QAD director of product management for supply chain and manufacturing Tom Buffo tells Engineering News. 

Car, component exports accelerate

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 South African car exports this year are expected to increase by 50% more than during the same period last year, with the component production for locally produced vehicles increasing in tandem, National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturer's (Naacam's) Executive Director,... 

Shipping company launches new automotive operations department

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 International freight management and logistics company ABX Turners Shipping launched a specialised automotive operations department earlier this year. 

Automotive development centre cleans up factory floors

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) finalised an agreement in March with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC) to implement cleaner production programmes in the automotive industry. 

Quality management system builds international accreditation

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The five companies that participated in the first, Quality Management System (QMS) cluster through the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), have completed most of the work required of them. 

Two awards for automotive division

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The automotive division of Bosal Plant 9 received two awards at the Annual National Automotive Conference (ANAC) conference, hosted by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in June, for its participation in the AIDC's Tirisano Cluster programme. 

Audit tool identifies supply chain gaps and improvement strategies

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has created a Supply Chain Audit Tool (SCAT), to logically identify gaps within a manufacturer's supply chain, and opportunities for improvement within a manufacturing supply chain. 

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