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Automotive Industry

Enterprise development raises OEM standards

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 Automotive component suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) require strong leadership, skilled workforces and compliance with internationally acknowledged standards of excellence to cement their international competitiveness and realise national priorities in the automotive sector... 

. . . But has a way to go to match global standards

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 South Africa's export-oriented automotive industry needs both an improved supply chain infrastructure and reductions in the cost of doing business if it is to compete on an international footing, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) COO Barlow Manilal. 

Promising outlook for components industry

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 Despite current problems, the outlook for the automotive components industry is positive, says National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Roger Pitot. 

Review hold-up impedes investment opportunities

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 The non-release of the Motor Industry Development Programme's (MIDP) midyear review report, conducted over a year ago, could have severe ramifications for the South African automotive industry in the future, as the country will lose out on investment opportunities to other parts of the world... 

Retail motor industry experiences slowdown in sales

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 The total percentage of new car sales for the period January to June 2007 of 6,8 %, is below the level achieved during the January to June period in 2006, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) CEO Jeff Osborne. Further, he says, sales of new passenger cars slowed more sharply than... 

Donation puts mechanical and mechatronic engineering students in

27th July 2007 Global drive solutions group SEW Eurodrive has donated five complete geared motors with a variety of gearbox layouts to the department of mechanical and mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. 

Consolidation phase for SA auto industry after three record years

By: Guy Copans     27th July 2007 After three successive years of record sales and production, the South African automotive industry is currently in a moderate phase of consolidation, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen. 

Lead employer vehicle drives young skills

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) Employment and Skills Development Lead Employer (ESDLE) was one of a handful of success stories in government's Esdle initiative. Launched as a Gauteng pilot project, and funded by the manufacturing, engineering and related services sector... 

Customised elastomer meets automotive specifications

27th July 2007 Manufacturer and distributor of chemical, plastic, mining and construction products Elastogran manufactures a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomer called Elastollan, which is a customised formulation to meet complex and demanding automotive specifications. 

Record sales augur well for automotive division

27th July 2007 Vehicle sales in South Africa have reached record levels over the last 18 months, which augurs well for Bearing Man's automotive division, says operations manager for Bearing Man's automotive division Ashwin Ramrathy. 

New Southern African agency for global coatings division

By: Neal Goldwyer     27th July 2007 The coatings and surface technology arm of Sulzer Corporation, Sulzer Metco (SM), has appointed Fe Powder Supplies, of Kya Sands, as its sole agent for the Southern African market. 

Automotive industry operates SA's most advanced supply chain...

27th July 2007 The recent, and third successive, supplychainforesight study of the South African automotive industry's supply chain found that the sector remains in possession of South Africa's most advanced industry supply chain. 

Adhesive tape manufacturer launches automotive choice tapes

27th July 2007 European adhesive tape manufacturer, tesa, recently launched its automotive tapes to South Africa's leading original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) and first-tier suppliers. The high quality tapes and labels, based on the latest technology, offers off-the-shelf, as well as customised,... 

Auto giant eagerly awaits final BEE codes for multinationals

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) chairperson Hansgeorg Niefer expects to have more clarity from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on what is expected from multinational companies under government�s new black economic empowerment (BEE) code �within the next few... 

City aims to have 94 km bus network in place in time for World Cup

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2007 The City of Johannesburg aims to have its R2-billion Rea Vaya rapid bus transport system operational in 2009 � in time for the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

McCarthy buys Shell Autoserv

5th February 2007 Vehicle retailer McCarthy has acquired Shell Autoserv, a national chain of stand-alone service centres, the company announced on Monday. 

Car giant unveils luxury sedan to be made in East London

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 German motor manufacturer DaimlerChrysler has unveiled the long-awaited new Mercedes Benz C-Class. 

Japanese auto gaint overtakes German competitors as SA's biggest car exporter

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2007 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) has taken over the number one position among the country�s built-up vehicle exporters, after more than a decade of trailing German subsidiaries Volkswagen, BMW and DaimlerChrysler. 

Jan vehicle sales rose 6,9% y-on-y

2nd February 2007 New vehicle sales had started 2007 on a positive note, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said on Friday, when it reported that almost 7% more units were sold in January, than in the same month last year. The 6,9% improvement in sales translated into 3... 

High-tech weighbridge at Durban port improves efficiency, turnaround times

By: Nelendhre Moodley     31st January 2007 The South African Port Operations(Sapo) has installed a high-tech weighbridge facility that repositions the terminal as a �one-stop shop� at the Maydon Wharf terminal in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the port operator said in a statement this week. 

Road freight employers optimistic on wage settlement

By: Matthew Hill     30th January 2007 Road freight employers and truck drivers are likely to reach an agreement by February 12 after wage disputes, thereby avoiding a national strike in mid-February, the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) said on Tuesday. RFEA executive officer Magretia Brown told Engineering News Online that... 

Gautrain consortium secures R3bn loan

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2007 The Bombela Concession company, government's private partner in building the 80-km Gautrain rapid-rail link, and its joint lenders, Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), have finalised negotiations to fund its R3-billion commitment to the project. Standard Bank and RMB are the lead... 

Taxi alliance to finalise recap legal challenge this week

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Taxi industry association the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) hoped to have finalised the legal action that it will be taking against the Department of Transport, regarding government's taxi recapitalisation programme, by the end of this week. Speaking in a telephonic interview with Engineering... 

Jo'burg bus strike had 'very little impact' - Metrobus

By: Matthew Hill     29th January 2007 Johannesburg commuter bus service provider Metrobus said that Monday's strike by South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members had had “very little impact” and 80% of its buses were running according to schedule. 

Transport Month spurs activity

By: cheryl reddy     26th January 2007 With October designated the month of Transport, Metrobus launched its range of city buses, Auto Africa proved a huge success and VWSA are on a huge skills drive with aid from the government.?The Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus Services (Metrobus) announced the launch of 38 new Mercedes-Benz buses... 

Ecommerce portal for car dealerships to launch this year

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Integrated information technology (IT) solutions provider Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is set to release a new dealer services software product, offering layered applications, for the automotive industry. 

What the automotive industry needs to make a million vehicles by 2020

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Speaking at the CAR conference, in November last year, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Toyota CEO Johan van Zyl announced that the local motor industry should aim to produce one-million vehicles by 2020. Van Zyl noted that the intended... 

Chemicals company launches noise-reducing foam for automotive industry

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 International chemical company BASF launched two newly-developed materials - Basotect and Neopolen at last year’s Auto Africa exhibition.?Basotect is a flexible, open-cell foam material made from melamine resin that functions as a sound-absorber and is also heat-resistant and fireproof. 

Wireless technology enables road-hazard early-warning system

26th January 2007 In the near future, motorists will be able to detect danger even if it lies around the next bend or over the horizon. 

Logistics company to launch new vehicle models

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Local logistics company Super Group Commercial Vehicles plans to launch 22 new models in the next 18 months to become one of the country’s key vehicle suppliers within a 60-month period. 

New-generation automotives go green

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 Concept cars at a number of international auto shows in the last quarter of 2006, were dominated by a move towards eco-friendly, hybrid or fuel-cell vehicles. 

New security feature gives cars their own ‘DNA’

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th January 2007 In a drive to add value for its customers, Nissan South Africa has introduced a new security feature for all its vehicles sold in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho (member countries of the Southern African Customs Union). 

Fixed investment to drive sales in 2007

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 It has been a good year for the heavies, and indications are that 2007 may be an even better one. 

Car output and exports on the rise

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 South Africa produced 615 000 vehicles for the domestic and export markets in 2006. 

McCarthy set to launch new range of vehicles and construction equipment from Asian dragon

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2007 A significant development in the local car market for 2007 will be the introduction of more Chinese vehicles into the “value segments of the market”, specifically sport-utility vehicles and light-commercial vehicles, says McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius. 

Local initiative to combat automotive industry skills shortage

By: cheryl reddy     26th January 2007 A future skills project, which aims to combat the national industry skills shortages by developing strategic partnerships with the Department of Labour, Merseta, the Volkswagen dealer network and colleges, is in an advanced planning stage. 

VWSA cuts back on production after UK shipwreck loss

25th January 2007 Motor manufacturer Volkswagen SA on Thursday announced that it had lost a consignment of parts destined for South Africa when the MSC Napoli ran aground off the southern coast of England. 

DaimlerChrysler SA sells dealership stake to BEE group

25th January 2007 Motor manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa and entrepreneur Roy McAllister, announced on Thursday that 40% of their shares in dealership company Sandown Motor Holdings, had been sold to black economic-empowerment group True Class Consortium for R500-million. 

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