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Automotive Industry

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. 

Gauteng begins appointing experts for new transport integration body

By: Matthew Hill     24th January 2007 The Gauteng Department of Transport, Roads and Works (GDTRW) is in the process of appointing transport experts to the board of its new brainchild, the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), a department spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. In answer to emailed questions, Tebogo... 

Nissan Diesel SA to invest R95m in infrastructure, skills

22nd January 2007 Truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel has announced that it would spend R89-million on new infrastructure developments across South Africa. 

Mpumalanga bus service expects demand to continue to surge

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 We already carry 120 000 passengers a day, and this figure is growing at an alarming rate. 

Gauteng hopes to introduce dedicated buses to high-occupancy lanes

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2007 The Gauteng government will go out on tender for the operation of dedicated buses in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on selected highways and metropolitan area roads early this year. 

Truck drivers threaten February strike as wage talks fail

By: Matthew Hill     18th January 2007 South African truck drivers will begin a nationwide strike in mid-February, after talks between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the road freight sector collapsed, the union cautioned on Thursday. 

Self-service check in to improve flying convenience

By: Nelendhre Moodley     17th January 2007 South Africa�s national carrier South African Airways (SAA), which launched the first of its new self check-in facility, known as Flightcheck, at Johannesburg�s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) on Wednesday, intends to roll out a further 70 such kiosks in the near future. 

Low-cost newcomer launches second Kenyan flight route

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th January 2007 Africa-focused logistics group Lonrho Africa, on Monday announced that Fly540, a recently established low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya, launched its second route, from Nairobi�s main international airport to Kisumu in Western Kenya, last Friday. Fly540, in which Lonrho has a 49% stake,... 

'Buyers' market to prevail' - McCarthy chief

By: Mariaan Webb     10th January 2007 South African vehicle owners are set for more affordable options in the year to come, with the introduction of more Chinese vehicles into the value segments of the market, specifically sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and light commercial vehicles, McCarthy Motor Holdings chairperson Brand Pretorius... 

SA new vehicle sales rose 15,7% in 2006

9th January 2007 South African domestic new vehicle sales notched up another record year in 2006, up 15,7% from 2005 figures, to 714 340 vehicles, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Tyre group concludes empowerment deal

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Tyre specialist Bridgestone Maxiprest has concluded a black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction with Abahle Investments, led by Dr Zolile Maqetuka, in which the company acquired a 25% stake in Bridgestone Maxiprest. 

Commercial vehicles now driving the market

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Sales of light-commercial vehicles and heavy trucks continue to surge ahead – this while passenger car and medium-commercial vehicle sales have slowed significantly in November. 

Stronger rand blamed for falling local-content levels

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 The local content (by value) of vehicles produced in South Africa has dropped from 38% to 28%. 

Mbeki promises that SA's auto support programme will remain, but hints at refinements

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 The South African government will not forsake its support programme for the local automotive industry, the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

First SA-EU automotive tariff cut takes effect

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 The first tariff cut in the agreement between the European Union (EU) and South Africa to reduce tariffs on car and component exports between the two markets will become effective on Friday. The second cut will be implemented next month. It is expected that the trade deal will save local vehicle... 

New JSE-listed companies reveal growing appetite for local mining investment

By: Jade Davenport     15th December 2006 The listing of nine mining-focused companies on the JSE this year is evidencethat the local bourse�s businessdevelopment initiative to attract companies to list in South Africa is yielding significant results. Traditionally, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), Australian Stock Exchange and London�s... 

Safmarine to upgrade its SA services as trade-volumes continue to rise

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2006 Shipping company Safmarine is in the process of upgrading its shipping services to and from South Africa, due to increasing trade volumes, says Safmarine South Africa trades executive Alex de Bruyn. 

No exports affected by Toyota SA recall

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2006 The recall of Corollas and RunXs launched by vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) does not involve any exported vehicles. 

A380 gets safety thumbs up

13th December 2006 The world�s largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, received joint European Aviation Safety Agency and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification this week. 

Tiger Automotive makes strong JSE debut

11th December 2006 JSE-listed auto parts manufacturer Tiger Wheel's (TiWheel's) retail and wholesale trading operations, Tiger Automotive, made its debut on the JSE under the specialty retailers sector on Monday, following the unbundling of TiWheel's South African tyre wholesale/retail and international alloy... 

Group sees yet more bus-sales growth in 2007

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 The Mercedes Benz commercial vehicle-division hopes to sell more than 350 buses next year, says divisional manager Kobus van Zyl. 

Vehicle group introduces online career development initiative

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Automotive group McCarthy has introduced a new online initiative – a dedicated website called Careers at McCarthy – to recruit employees for its various business operations. 

Supply constraints easing

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (TSA) reports that the commissioning of its new paint plant earlier this year, as part of a multibillion-rand expansion and upgrade at its Prospection plant, in Durban, has alleviated the tight supply situation of the company’s Fortuner... 

Motor industry to spend R1bn to enlarge technical-skills pool

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 South Africa’s motor industry will spend R1-billion over the next six years in a joint project to improve and develop technical skills, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Toyota South Africa (TSA) CEO Johan van Zyl. 

Gautrain tunnelling work to begin in February

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2006 Tunelling work on the Gautrain project will start in February next year. 

Gautrain costs mount as work begins in earnest

By: Nelendhre Moodley     8th December 2006 The R20-billion-plus Gautrain rapid-rail link, a state-of-the-art public-transport system, which government hopes will ease mounting traffic congestion in the Gauteng province, is costing more than R20-million a day, says project manager Jack van der Merwe. 

'No conflict of interest in Gautrain decision' - Cabinet

7th December 2006 Cabinet had no influence in the tender decision for the R23-billion Gautrain project, Government Communication Information System head Themba Maseko told journalists on Thursday. 

Comair expects interim earnings to rise 40%-60% y-on-y

6th December 2006 Airliner group Comair announced on Wednesday that it expected its headline earnings a share and earnings a share to be between 40% to 60% higher for the six months ended December 31, than those of the prior corresponding period. 

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