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Automotive Industry

Product portfolio mitigates vehicle market decline

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 Vehicle manufacturer General Motors South Africa's (GMSAs) product portfolio, which spans most segments of the local vehicle, has cushioned the impact of the severe drop in sales volumes experienced in the local automotive sector, reports GMSA product communications manager Tim Hendon. 

High-purchase consumers feel the pinch

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 The decline in the average consumers' disposable income is largely responsible for the turbulent conditions experienced in the local automotive industry at present, with repossession figures believed to be in vicinity of 5000 a month, reports accounting and consulting firm KPMG automotive market... 

Japanese manufacture invests in local automotive sector

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 International automotive manufacturer Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has established a local operation in Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) in a R106-million local automotive market capitalisation plan. 

Interest rates snap at heels of local automotive sector

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 The South African automotive industry is currently reeling under the effects of high interest rates and inflation, reports Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa (MIOSA) Johan van Vreden. 

Contract termination not detrimental to local manufacturer

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 International vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group's decision, in consultation with the South African subsidiary, not to extend Volkswagen South Africa's (VWSA's) contract to manufacture and export the new sixth generation Golf and Jetta ranges will not have a detrimental effect on the local... 

Manufacturer plants trees to offset vehicle carbon emissions

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 German automobile manufacturer Audi South Africa is embarking on an environmental project aimed at combating the rise in CO2 emissions, while at the same time empowering local communities to sustain their own environments.  

Taxi offering builds manufacturers commercial vehicle market

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 Italian vehicle manufacturer Fiat Group has launched its Fiat Professional business division with the aim of solidifying the Fiat brand through a diverse offering of light commercial vehicles for the South African market. 

Putting a spring into the trucking industry

25th July 2008 New technologies that enable the production of polyurethanes that are 10 times as hardwearing as rubber compounds are replacing rubber in many applications says polyurethane product manufacturers Polyurethane Precision Mouldings (PPM) managing director Fred Evans. 

Manufacturer expands network

By: Fatima Gabru     25th July 2008 Automotive manufacturer Mahindra South Africa is continuing to increase its representation across South Africa with the opening of a new dealership in Lenasia, Gauteng. 

New vehicle sales plummet in 2008

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports that new vehicle sales for the first half of 2008 reflect a sharp decline of 53 347 for the first half of 2008 when compared to the same period last year. 

Sponsorship serves as blueprint for empowering panelbeaters

25th July 2008 The Adopt-a-Panel-Shop initiative, aimed at raising the service levels of Black-owned panelbeaters, is set to become a national initiative with the potential to redress racial imbalances in the vehicle repair sector. 

New product grows vehicle sales

25th July 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Iveco sold more than 13 000 of its New Stralis truck since its launch in early 2007. 

Electronics company receives supplier award

25th July 2008 Electronics engineering company PFK Electronics of Durban received the General Motors (GMSA) Supplier of the Year Award, in the Electrical category, at a gala evening function in Port Elizabeth this June. 

Public sector investments support local automotive industry

25th July 2008 The South African automotive industry has benefited from big investments since the introduction of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995, reports financial services firm Deloitte and Touche. 

Vehicle manufacturer expects record export volumes

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 New export contracts will give vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) record vehicle export volumes in 2008, reports VWSA MD David Powels. 

New era beckons for local vehicle manufacturer

By: Sylvester Haskins     25th July 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa has announced that it has become firmly established as a true volume exporter of vehicles in Toyota Motor Corporation's (TMC's) global production network.  

Ford SA to increase its local content from 35% to 70%

By: Dennis Ndaba     20th June 2008 South Africa has a long way to go before it can become an automotive hub like India and China, says Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) CEO Hal feder. 

Former geologist puts nature to work in battery-charger innovation

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd May 2008 Retired mining geologist Ron Johnson has designed a new buoyancy-gravity (B-G) battery charger for long-lasting rechargeable 12-V and 24-V batteries. 

Manufacturer retains position despite market adversity

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd February 2008 German auto manufacturer Volkswagen has retained a strong market position in South Africa for a third successive year, reports Volkswagen South Africa. 

Manufacturers hopes for stability in 2008

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd February 2008 After a difficult 2007, automotive manufacturer Nissan South Africa is hoping that 2008 will be seen as the year of stability. 

Rough road for SA's automotive industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd February 2008 South Africa’s automotive industry experienced a hard year during 2007, following good results in 2006 and 2005, reports Econometrix automotive industry analyst Tony Twine.  

Market share ambitions prompt new product offerings

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd February 2008 The world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles, General Motors (GM), is aiming to increase its market share during 2008, reports GM South Africa sales and marketing vice president Malcolm Gauld.  

Improved payment process supports taxi recapitalisation programme 

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd February 2008 Improving the mechanisms of payment of the scrapping allowance could go a long way to ensure the successful implementation of the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (TRP), reports the Department of Transport. 

Update for electronic parts catalogue

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 Software developer for the automotive industry Multicat has updated the latest version of its Multicat electronic parts catalogue (EPC) 

Better brazing techniques improve vehicle body repair quality

22nd February 2008 Advanced high-strength steels used in the manufacture of motor vehicles are changing brazing techniques used in the automotive industry, brazing consumables, equipment and gas supplier Afrox says 

Vehicle sales under pressure from high interest rates, credit rules

22nd February 2008 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reports that total new vehicle sales ended 2007 by recording its sharpest decline in about six years 

Hybrids pave the way to green future

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 Local markets will follow global markets towards a more environment friendly automobile market in future, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

Growth despite lower vehicle sales for auto manufacturer

22nd February 2008 Japanese car manufacturer Honda has reported a 75% growth in vehicle sales in South Africa in 2007. 

Coega a possible components import site

22nd February 2008 The new port of Nqgura at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is being explored as a possible import site for containerized components and completely knocked-down parts, Coega IDZ manager of business development in automotive and logistics Gustav Meyer says. 

Steering-angle sensor incorporates new plastics technology

22nd February 2008 The steering-angle sensor that component manufacturer Bosch produces for various international car manufacturers is now being made of Ultradur High Speed, BASF’s easy flowing polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). 

Local company protects vehicles for export

22nd February 2008 After a disappointing 2007 and the weakness of the rand against foreign companies, there is a possibility that vehicle exports are to increase by almost 50% this year and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in South Africa are turning to industrial manufacturing company Tesa to ensure exports... 

Components industry positive despite energy crisis 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 This year should not see a marked difference in the automotive components industry despite the current energy crisis, says the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) 

Local manufacturer ranks in world’s top ten

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     22nd February 2008 Year-end global sales results for the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) rank Toyota South Africa in the top ten in Toyota’s key world markets, including Japan. 

Automotive manufacturers maintain export volumes despite disruptions

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th January 2008 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) says it is commendable that the automotive industry maintained export volumes for 2007, despite some disruptions occurring during the year. 

Technical skills need inspires training academy

27th July 2007 The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has launched South Africa�s first nationally recognised training academy aimed at providing a professional training solution to the South African motor industry. 

Renewed sponsorship demonstrates faith in component quality

27th July 2007 Bearing technology manufacturer SKF South Africa has announced the renewal of its Nissan Motorsport sponsorship for the 2007 racing season, thereby cementing a successful nine-year partnership. 

New engine valve technology to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions

27th July 2007 Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced that it has developed a �next-generation' variable-lift engine valve mechanism and that the technology will soon be introduced to a new production model featuring a 2,0-l engine. 

Technology centre a 'shot in the arm' for local automotive industry

27th July 2007 The automotive industry has received a major boost with the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) automotive technology centre (Satec). 

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