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VW, German govt in project to convert PE plant into R135m medical facility  

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has made its Port Elizabeth plant available as a temporary medical facility in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to assist the local and provincial government in providing care to Covid-19 patients in Nelson Mandela Bay. 

Covid-19 lockdown pummels April new-vehicle sales, exports 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2020 As could be expected during the level 5 Covid-19 lockdown, new-vehicle sales and exports numbered almost zero in April. With dealerships closed, businesses forced to work remotely and consumers stuck at home, traffic was at an all-time low, never mind sales, notes vehicle and asset finance... 

Covid-19 lockdown pummels April new-vehicle sales, exports 

Toyota Yaris fastest-selling used car in South Africa, says AutoTrader

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2020 The Toyota Yaris was the fastest-selling used-vehicle in South Africa from February 1 to March 31, 2020, at 18 days, says online trading platform AutoTrader. This data is derived from AutoTrader’s Used Car Rate of Sale, a metric used to extract insight from AutoTrader’s vehicle taxonomy database.  

Toyota Yaris fastest-selling used car in South Africa, says AutoTrader

New tractor designed for African conditions

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 Original-equipment manufacturer John Deere received approval from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications to market and sell its new 6B series of tractors in South Africa, following several years of extensive testing throughout Africa. “The 6B series was designed specifically with... 

New tractor designed for  African conditions
TRACTORS FOR AFRICA The new 6B tractors were designed specifically with Africa in mind

Accelerated business activity could follow lockdown slowdown

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 Following a “drastic” slowdown in sales, rentals and aftermarket support in the agriculture sector during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, equipment supplier Goscor Earthmoving (GEM) national sales manager Kevin Purcell expects that business will either return to normal in the sector once... 

Accelerated business activity could follow lockdown slowdown
AN ALLY IN THE TRENCHES The SY210 has many applications in agriculture

Mulcher developed for S African conditions

1st May 2020 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment has developed the Bell M350 Mulcher, which caters to the forestry industry and has been specially geared for South Africa’s hot and dusty climate. This niche solution was developed in consultation with the company’s customer base. 

Mulcher developed for S African conditions
MULCH ADO The Bell M350 Mulcher is a niche solution developed in consultation with customers from the South African forestry industry

Agri hub units remain focus for supplier

By: Darren Parker     1st May 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) is maintaining its focus on promoting its bearing hub units for agricultural applications this year. The BAA0005 is the latest in the series of specially designed, self-lubricating bearing hub units. It is a completely modular... 

Agri hub units remain focus for supplier
GERHARD PIENAAR Bearings International will continue to develop its special agri hub units in conjunction with its major original-equipment manufacturer clients

WesBank receives more than 70 000 requests for payment relief

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2020 WesBank has, to date, received 64 434 individual customer requests for payment relief owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as 5 752 business customer requests, says head of marketing and communication Lebogang Gaoaketse. WesBank in March announced payment relief plans to assist... 

WesBank receives more than 70 000 requests for payment relief

Automotive component manufacturer produces face shields for adults, kids 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2020 Rosslyn Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) tenant PolyGen has joined a group of factories in the automotive sector that are modifying their production lines to manufacture goods that will assist in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  The company previously produced plastic parts for automotive... 

Automotive component manufacturer produces face shields for adults, kids

Govt set to lose up to R7bn in April on fuel levies, says AA 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2020 With the significant drop in fuel use seen during April’s lockdown, government’s revenue from the general fuel levy (GFL), which comprises about 25% of every litre of fuel, is set to suffer a major decline, says the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA). “Considering the annual collection... 

Govt set to lose up to R7bn in April on fuel levies, says AA

TecAlliance expands catalogue with local, African automotive aftermarket suppliers

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2020 Vehicle market data services multinational TecAlliance has signed contracts with three local automotive aftermarket suppliers to make their article data available and become part of the TecDoc Catalogue, which is one of the world’s largest replacement parts catalogues to reach customers in the... 

Despite drop in revenue, fuel price could save taxi industry  

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2020 South Africa’s minibus taxi industry will, most likely, see a reduction in fare revenue of between R100-million to R200-million a month, or R300 to R600 per taxi a month, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, says senior strategist and economist Alistair Maxwell, who works with the Ubunye Group. “We’ll... 

Despite drop in revenue, fuel price could save taxi industry 

Even essential industries have suffered reduced demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2020 Leading up to the phased reopening of the economy that South Africa will undertake from May 1, research institute Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Tips) says data on the overall economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet available, but the economy will undoubtedly suffer owing to... 

Toyota to produce face shields, hand over operation to small business 

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby has announced that the local arm of the Japanese manufacturer has started production of face shields in South Africa. The Toyota team at the Durban plant has used the technical expertise of its production engineering department to... 

Barloworld expects operating environment to remain weak, volatile

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2020 Industrial conglomerate Barloworld on April 23 said it expects the operating environment to remain “weak and volatile” in the near term, with significantly lower activity levels in its automotive division. The statement follows in the wake of the latest consensus macroeconomic forecasts that... 

Ford SA, Gift of the Givers partner for Covid-19 face shield efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd April 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA's) initiative to produce protective face shields for front-line medical and essential services personnel in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has been given a boost, with local nongovernmental organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation coming on... 

Motus implements various cost-saving measures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2020 JSE-listed automotive group Motus is continually monitoring the impact of Covid-19 on its business in South Africa, through a specially formed crisis committee, considering that 90% of its operations have needed to stop operations during the lockdown. The company says the impact of the virus is... 

Car, truck dealers urge govt to allow trade as soon as possible

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2020 It is imperative that car and truck dealerships be among the first businesses to return to work once lockdown restrictions are eased, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “In order for the economy to function efficiently, it relies on various forms of... 

Car, truck dealers urge govt to allow trade as soon as possible
Mark Dommisse

Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets 

23rd April 2020 Automotive company Ford Motor Company South Africa hosted a two-day media tour in February, in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, to showcase its engine plant. Mamaili Mamaila tells us more. 

Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets
Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant produces for export markets

Supply chain may be on the cusp of what it can endure, says Toyota boss 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) does not envisage any job losses at its plant owing to the countrywide shutdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, says CEO and president Andrew Kirby. However, there are some concerns regarding the health of the automotive industry supply chain. 

Supply chain may be on the cusp of what it can endure, says Toyota boss
Andrew Kirby

Best-case scenario a 16% drop in new-vehicle sales, says Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2020 New-vehicle sales in South Africa may, at best, decline by 16% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) sales and marketing senior VP Leon Theron. “That is if the situation returns to normal immediately after [the end of lockdown on April 30], which is clearly not possible,” he adds. 

Best-case scenario a 16% drop in new-vehicle sales, says Toyota

A number of firsts as electric Jaguar I-Pace named Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2020 The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace EV400 AWD SE has been named the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year. This is the first time the competition has been won by a Jaguar, and it is also the first win by an electric vehicle. 

A number of firsts as electric Jaguar I-Pace named Car of the Year
The Jaguar I-Pace

Daimler, Volvo form JV to develop, produce fuel-cell systems for trucks

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2020 Two truck-maker heavyweights, Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group, have signed a preliminary nonbinding agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel-cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other uses.  German truck maker Daimler will... 

Daimler, Volvo form JV to develop, produce fuel-cell systems for trucks

VWSA produces ventilator parts, face masks in fight against Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020 With vehicle production halted owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has switched its focus to the manufacture of face masks and medical equipment. VWSA has partnered with Gusco, which has previously been a beneficiary of the company’s Community Trust, to produce... 

VWSA produces ventilator parts, face masks in fight against Covid-19
VWSA, Gusco face mask production

BMW South Africa donates 40 000 high-grade masks to Gauteng govt

20th April 2020 Responding to a call for help from the Gauteng Department of Health, BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA) has donated 40 000 protective respiratory (FFP2) face masks to the Gauteng government to assist health-service workers in their fight against Covid-19. FFP2 masks have a minimum of 94%... 

BMW South Africa donates 40 000 high-grade masks to Gauteng govt

Cape Town company wants to disinfect taxis with hypochlorous acid system 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020   Cape Town-based holding company, CanbiGold, has designed a conversion to the standard air-ventilation system in vehicles for the dispersion of hypochlorous acid (HOCL), which it says has proven to be effective in the fight against coronaviruses. “There are more than 200 000 minibus taxis in... 

Cape Town company wants to disinfect taxis with hypochlorous acid system

South Africa’s new-car market could drop by 20% in 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2020 The South African new-car market could decline by around 20% this year on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Auric Auto BMW dealer principal and former National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Eric Scoble. “Lockdown means economic activity ceases. It doesn’t matter if your... 

South Africa’s new-car market could drop by 20% in 2020

SEW-EURODRIVE joins national 3D printing initiative for face masks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2020 Drive and automation technology company SEW-EURODRIVE has joined a nationwide campaign to use three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to produce much-needed face masks and shields for healthcare workers and first responders. There is a global shortage of critical personal protective equipment... 

SEW-EURODRIVE joins national 3D printing initiative for face masks

Ford acquires two humanoid robots

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2020 Ford Motor Company has acquired the first two robots off the production line at Agility Robotics, the producer of Digit, a commercially available robot with arms and legs designed to work with humans and in human spaces. This purchase continues the existing research partnership between Agility... 

Ford acquires two humanoid robots

Automotive manufacturer supplies products to mining industry

By: Darren Parker     15th April 2020 Manufacturing company Sena Windows has been supplying a range of automotive products to the South African transport industry for nearly 40 years. Sena Windows specialises in manufacturing automotive parts such as windows and mirrors – which are custom-made to client specifications and meet the... 

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales 

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2020 With March sales reports for most markets in, save for China, it is possible to gain a better view of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on new-vehicle sales, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. In Europe, light-vehicle sales were down 46.3% year-on-year in March. 

Covid-19 decimates global Q1 new-vehicle sales

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 While there is a swing towards electrification for many forms of transportation, Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing its development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, while also bringing Toyota group electric vehicles to market.  One of the Japanese’s company’s latest fuel-cell projects is a... 

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 Sappi’s Symbio bio-composite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed, renewable forests, has been chosen as feedstock for the development of lightweight bio-composite materials for the Life Biobcompo project.  This project aims to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by 8% through... 

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

AIDC assists in the development of a no-touch sanitiser station  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has assisted Vusi Mkhize, the owner and CEO of the Mumbo Group, to produce a no-touch, non-electronic hand sanitiser dispenser.  AIDC mentored Mkhize by identifying companies and expertise in the automotive industry that could assist with the... 

AIDC assists in the development of a no-touch sanitiser station 
The Mumbo Group's no-touch hand sanitiser solution

Solidarity e-Race on track

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2020 The Solidarity e-Race, created to support the relief efforts provided by the Solidarity Fund to small and medium-sized enterprises, and organised by Afrihost, Data Sciences Corporation, Pure Storage and NEC, has kicked off. "While we are fully aware that South Africans are passionate about their... 

Manufacturer pursues innovative ways to improve efficiency

10th April 2020 Multinational automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth has been pursuing innovative systems and technologies to improve the efficiency of its manufacturing operations, while reducing its impact on the environment in terms of water use, electricity... 

Policies can assist OEMs with Africa’s automotive market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     10th April 2020 Africa needs to have policies and incentives in place to help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen (VW), gain access to the automotive market in Africa, says Deloitte Africa automotive industry leader Martyn Davies. Polices include the... 

Policies can assist OEMs with Africa’s automotive market
WINNING FORMULA With South Africa’s automotive market being well established, foreign OEMs have chosen to increase their manufacturing capacity in the country
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