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Continental Tyre to halt underground mining, agricultural tyre production in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) will discontinue the production of underground mining and agricultural tyres. This decision affects about 170 employees within CTSA’s manufacturing and sales organisation. 

Toyota, Subaru to collaborate once again on battery electric vehicles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2019 Toyota Motor Corporation and Subaru Corporation have agreed to jointly develop a platform dedicated to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), as well as to develop a C-segment-class BEV sports utility vehicle (SUV) model for sale under each company’s own brand. The platform will target BEVs for... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale
Dr Mehran Zarrebini

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield to head up Egyptian operation

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2019 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan announced on Monday that Nissan South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa MD Mike Whitfield has been appointed MD of Nissan Motor Egypt. He will, however, also serve as chairperson of Nissan in Africa South. 

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield to head up Egyptian operation
Mike Whitfield

Suzuki South Africa on the hunt for new sales record

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2019 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) is on the hunt for another yearly sales record. Sales are already up 9.8% for the first five months of this year, to 5 114 units, compared with the same period last year. 

Suzuki South Africa on the hunt for new sales record

Turnaround strategy for production tech industry making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative (IFPTI) is making headway with its turnaround strategy for South Africa’s distressed tooling industry and is receiving substantial recognition locally and internationally, but many small, lower technology companies are still struggling, says... 

Turnaround strategy for production tech industry making headway
CHANGE IS NECESSARY The South African manufacturing sector cannot survive without the support of a strong, vibrant and technologically sophisticated local tooling industry

Nissan set to create more than 1 000 jobs

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2019 Local production of the next-generation Nissan Navara is expected to create an estimated 1 200 new jobs in the automotive sector. Manufacturing is expected to begin in 2020 at Nissan’s Rosslyn-based facility, where output is expected to grow by more than 50%. 

Nissan set to create more than 1 000 jobs
President Cyril Ramaphosa pictured in a Nissan Navara

The world’s most powerful Ferrari and the South African investment company 

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2019 The most powerful Ferrari ever has the tiniest bit of a South African rainbow hidden under the hood. The new SF90 Stradale – Ferrari’s first series production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – is powered by a 4-l twin-turbocharged engine delivering 574 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque, taking it... 

 The world’s most powerful Ferrari and the South African investment company
The SF90 Stradale

Exports, new-vehicle sales both down in May 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2019 In a double whammy for the South African automotive industry, new-vehicle sales contracted yet again in May, with exports also putting in a negative performance for the first time this year. The South African new-vehicle market declined by 5.7% in May, to 40 506 units, compared with the same... 

Exports, new-vehicle sales both down in May

New epoxy primer for heavy-duty equipment

31st May 2019 This month, global coatings manufacturer Hempel launched a new epoxy primer for heavy duty equipment and trucks called Hempaprime Shield 700 HS. Hempaprime Shield 700 HS is specifically designed to improve productivity and quality for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by reducing production... 

New epoxy primer for heavy-duty equipment
SPRAY DAY The fast drying epoxy allows for shorter intervals between coats

Corrosion coating applied to drive units

By: Halima Frost     31st May 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Nord aluminium drives range is available with the nsd tupH anti-corrosion treatment for improved process reliability in extreme environmental conditions and hygienically critical applications. Manufactured and developed by electric motor... 

Corrosion coating applied to drive units
NOT TO BE IG‘NORD’ The in-house coating developed by Nord is applied to all its aluminium drives

Imported chemicals hamper growth of sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 The impact of imported chemicals from countries such as China and India, has had a major detrimental impact on the local chemicals sector, says specialty chemicals supplier, Active Chemicals and Solutions director David Grimsley. “Similar to the textiles and retail food industries, where the... 

Imported chemicals hamper growth of sector
Photo by Bloomberg
UNINSPIRED There is a low motivation to build new factories as the chemicals supplier market is shrinking

Bigger staff complements company’s growth strategy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Multinational specialty chemicals producer Clariant hired 2 142 new employees in 2018 – an increase of 8%, compared with that of the previous year – to support its profitable growth strategy. The ratio of 689 women and 1 453 men is also more equal than that of 2017. 

Bigger staff complements company’s growth strategy
JONATHAN CHETTY The way in which specialist chemicals companies and their clients innovate, collaborate and operate does not “change overnight”

Companies collaborate for maintenance work at petrochem provider

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Industrial rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists collaborated with engineering consultants SSA Acoustic and Specialised Inspections to conduct maintenance work at one of South Africa’s leading petrochemical manufacturers.  

Electric drive to take 56% of selected light commercial markets by 2040

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2019 Electric vehicles, or EVs, are on track to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF). Based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s... 

Electric drive to take 56% of selected light commercial markets by 2040

Africa crash test results revealed for Avanza, Amaze and Ignis  

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2019 The third round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results revealed a reasonable safety performance for adult occupants, but disappointing results for child occupant protection. The vehicles tested were the Toyota Avanza, Honda Amaze and Suzuki Ignis. 

Africa crash test results revealed for Avanza, Amaze and Ignis
The results of the third round of the #SaferCarsForAfrica crash tests have been revealed. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Adjudicator says any security defence of US auto tariffs at WTO 'very difficult'

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 The US will find it "very difficult" to defend President's Donald Trump's proposed car tariff against any challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a veteran trade adjudicator who has ruled on a related case told Reuters. Trump said this month that some imported vehicles and parts pose a... 

BloombergNEF expects 57% of car sales in 2040 to be electric

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2019 Research service, BloombergNEF (BNEF), expects yearly passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to ten-million units in 2025, 28-million in 2030 and 56-million by 2040. More than two-million electric vehicles were sold in 2018, up from just a few thousand in 2010. 

BloombergNEF expects 57% of car sales in 2040 to be electric

Jiangling unveils truck, bakkie; Changan cars to launch in 2020

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2019 Jiangling Motors South Africa (JMSA) has lifted the veil on its new one-ton-bakkie offering to the local market, the Vigus 5, as well as a new truck with a four-ton payload. JMSA is a subsidiary of China’s Jiangxi Jiangling Motors Import & Export (JMIE), which forms part of Jiangling Motors... 

Jiangling unveils truck, bakkie; Changan cars to launch in 2020
The Carrying Plus

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation

24th May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls Royce Power Systems and automation technology group ABB are in a global partnership on microgrid technology with advanced automation. Together, the two companies will offer an innovative, energy efficient microgrid solution for utilities, islands, as well as... 

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation
Photo by Bloomberg
GRID STABILITY ABB Ability e-mesh can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2019 Barloworld’s results on Monday reflected some of the biggest trends in the South African economy, with the company reporting a sharp drop in equipment sales to the troubled construction industry, as well as a decline in new-vehicle sales and car rental days, but with the mining industry seemingly... 

Buoyed by mining recovery, Barloworld looks to Mongolia for growth

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

Toyota targets wider market with new Quantum, retains old model for taxi industry

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2019 Toyota this week unveiled a new generation Quantum minibus, but says it will retain the old Quantum for use by South Africa’s minibus taxi industry. While the new generation Quantum will be imported, the old one will still be produced at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) plant, in Durban. 

 Toyota targets wider market with new Quantum, retains old model for taxi industry
The new Quantum

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 The Durban Car Terminal has broken a South African record, handling over 500 000 fully built units (FBUs) in the 2018/19 financial year. “A combination of a shift in the operating model, improved planning, dedicated operational teams and collaboration with customers and shipping lines have seen... 

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

Meet the electric car that keeps on going . . . and going

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2019 Ever thought South Africa would see an electric car with more than 202 000 km on the clock? Meet Shaun Maidment, from Pretoria. Maidment, a telecommunications consultant, is the proud owner of a BMW 60Ah i3, which has reached the 15th highest mileage of all i3s sold to date globally. 

Meet the electric car that keeps on going . . . and going
Shaun Maidment's i3 with more than 200 000 km on the clock

Mahindra South Africa unveils comprehensive farming equipment range 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2019 Mahindra has opened its fourth business in South Africa. The India-based conglomerate will now add farming equipment to its product line-up in the domestic market, along with vehicles, generators and construction equipment. 

 Mahindra South Africa unveils comprehensive farming equipment range
Mahindra has entered the farming equipment business in South Africa

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

New products launched  at Nampo Harvest Day
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Local vehicle production expected to grow by 6.2% in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2019 South Africa’s vehicle production is expected to expand by 6.2% in 2019, to roughly 648 000 units, compared with 2018, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa in its latest quarterly business review. South Africa made up 0.64% of global new vehicle production in... 

Local vehicle production expected to grow by 6.2% in 2019

Daimler to open IT hub at its East London plant

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2019 Daimler, parent company to Mercedes-Benz South Africa, has announced that it will establish an information technology (IT) hub at its vehicle production plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape. The IT hub will focus on data analytics, software development and business analysis, and will work in... 

Daimler to open IT hub at its East London plant

Urbanisation prompts investment opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Urbanisation in Africa will increase significantly, compared with the rest of the world, and this will result in several significant investment opportunities, says fully black-owned private equity company Agile Capital CEO Tshego Sefolo. These investment opportunities will manifest in the... 

Urbanisation prompts  investment opportunities
Photo by Creamer Media
AFRICAN POSSIBILITIES Agile Capital is actively looking to invest in new opportunities in Africa

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
Photo by Creamer Media
MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

Partnership aims to enhance  local fluid power sector
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

Fieldbus solution for  pneumatic valves first  step to smart assembly
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

April new-vehicle sales rise by 0.7%, exports by nearly 54% – Naamsa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa on Thursday reported that the latest new-vehicle sales reflected a “welcome surprise” on the upside, with export sales continuing to perform “exceptionally” well. “Exports sales had registered strong growth, reflecting a... 

April new-vehicle sales rise by 0.7%, exports by nearly 54% – Naamsa

Volvo tech to pull over drunk drivers, cap speed at 180 km/h

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2019 Car manufacturer Volvo has decided to cap the top speed on all its vehicles produced from model year 2020 at 180 km/h. This will also be the case for all Volvo cars sold in South Africa, says Volvo Car South Africa MD Greg Maruszewski. 

Volvo tech to pull over drunk drivers, cap speed at 180 km/h

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