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Automotive News

MIDP's long-term sustainability questioned

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th September 2002 The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) – introduced in 1995 partly to shift the focus of South Africa’s erstwhile inward-looking vehicle-manufacturing sector on to the global market – has been hailed as a success, but speakers at a trade and industrial policy seminar... 

Car manufacturer lifts its exports to Africa by 80%

20th September 2002 South African car manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has increased its exports to right-hand drive countries in Africa by almost 80%, for the period January to July 2002, compared with the same period last year. 

Auto firm stipulates new enviro guidelines for suppliers

20th September 2002 Carmaker Toyota South Africa has launched its Environmental Purchasing Guidelines, for suppliers to its manufacturing and assembly operations in Durban. 

Making the case for SA’s auto competitiveness

19th September 2002 South African Trade and Industry Minister, Alec Erwin, on Tuesday, told Germany’s leading auto manufacturers that South Africa is one of the most competitive countries in the global automobile industry. 

Gauteng’s truck-restriction pilot begins

By: Martin Czernowalow     16th September 2002 From today, all heavy vehicles (5 tons and over) travelling on the R59 freeway will have to observe certain restrictions, as part of a pilot project to reduce traffic congestion launched by the MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works in Gauteng, Khabisi Mosunkutu. 

Reconditioning service available

13th September 2002 Mechanical seals, which have been designed for efficient sealing of equipment such as pumps, compressors and mixers is distributed by Bearing Man’s seals division in its range of comprehensive seals. 

Output from E Cape luxury-car plant to rise by 30 per cent

By: Zonika Botha     13th September 2002 With global sales of 760 000, it is not difficult to see why the Mercedes C-Class series was last year voted as the best-selling car in its class in Germany. 

Wireless network to track catalytic converter production

6th September 2002 The local autocatalyst manufacturing division of Johnson Matthey, providing advanced materials technology for vehicle exhaust emission control, has implemented one of the largest 3Com-based wireless networks in South Africa. 

New vehicle sales slow in August

4th September 2002 Total new vehicle sales for August showed an expected slow down, with passenger sales of 20 339 and commercial sales accounting for 10 186, with a resultant total of 30 525. 

Automotive industry's vital contribution to Gauteng acknowledged

By: Marius Roodt     30th August 2002 Industrial facilitator Fanie Fourie has been with the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) since its inception as a consultant, and now as an employee. 

Logistics: Increasingly crucial

By: Marius Roodt     30th August 2002 Logistics has become one of the automotive industry’s most crucial sub-sectors. Previously logistics had to step aside to make way for production considerations, but no longer. 

University of Pretoria puts its weight behind development of automotive industry

By: Marius Roodt     30th August 2002 The University of Pretoria (UP), in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), is involved in several initiatives to develop the South African automotive industry. Engineering News was introduced to three UP academics, who are heading projects aimed at advancing South... 

UK-SA auto synergies to be bolstered

30th August 2002 The British trade delegation to Auto Africa Expo 2002, the biennial Africa International Automotive Trade Exhibition and Conference to be held in Johannesburg in October, will be looking to strengthen manufacturing and technology joint venture opportunities with South Africa‚s automotive... 

Truck-maker moves into Africa

30th August 2002 Chinese truck manufacturer FAW is extending its sales and service network in South African and neighbouring states. 

Bearing kits to increase vehicle uptime

30th August 2002 The largest distributor of Timken bearings in Southern Africa, Bearing Man, now has a range of Timken MileMate wheel bearing kits available that are designed and manufactured to increase a vehicle’s uptime. 

Firm exports to Aus, NZ

30th August 2002 South African-based manufacturer of equipment for the transport industry, Jost South Africa, is expanding its exports to the Australian and New Zealand markets. 

R30m invested in test facility

30th August 2002 The Eurotype Test Centre is a subsidiary of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and specialises in all aspects of environmental and safety testing across the complete range of motor vehicles. 

Transformation challenges industry

30th August 2002 On South Africa’s transport routes the sight of road hauliers has become synonymous with economic success. The more trucks on the road, the more South Africa is assured that the economy is on the move. 

Gauteng's rapid-rail link will need integrated transport feeder services

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 Public transport is becoming more important with congested highways and traffic jams becoming the norm for frustrated South Africans. 

Carbon-fibre bicycle launched in S Africa

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 Malaysian aeronautical and automotive company EPM launched its EPX carbon performance bicycle brand into the South African market at the Ride Cycle Show in Johannesburg this month. 

Gautrain enviro study ready for public comment

30th August 2002 A series of public meetings will be held in Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank, Kempton Park, Pretoria and Centurion, during September, to present the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken for the proposed Gautrain rapid rail link. 

Total truck ban improbable; could cost SA economy R13,5-billion

By: vanessa vasques     30th August 2002 The announcement by the Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu some time ago, but due to be enforced in September, detailing the province’s restrictions on the movement of trucks on Gauteng’s freeways has caused a stir both in the industry and amongst ordinary South Africans. 

A top-level academic heads the AIDC's

By: Marius Roodt     23rd August 2002 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has appointed a top-level academic to head its government programmes portfolio. 

Import parity pricing: accounting for world prices

By: Riaan de Lange     23rd August 2002 In the Engineering News of July 26 to August 2, the practice of import parity pricing was discussed. Essentially this is the practice where a domestic producer calculates the landed cost, that is, including the customs duty (duty) and transport costs and so forth, of an import product and then... 

Automotive focus group responds to industry's human resources needs

By: Marius Roodt     23rd August 2002 One of the milestones of alliance between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the University of Pretoria reported more than a year ago, was the establishment of a Competitive Manufacturing Task Team in UP’s School of Engineering. 

Engine that could start a revolution

By: Karel Smrcka     23rd August 2002 Dramatic savings in fuel and operation efficiency could result if an inventor’s ideas for a “completely novel internal combustion engine” are taken up commercially. 

Auto industry's on-site training

By: Marius Roodt     23rd August 2002 Industry specific courses are essential for the development of the economy. This is the view of Soshanguve College project manager, Ben Botha, who tells Engineering News that Soshanguve is the only technical college currently involved with the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), the... 

Deal signed for 22 trucks

23rd August 2002 Local logistics firm Barloworld Logistics and DaimlerChrysler have signed a multimillion rand deal for 22 truck tractors which were delivered by mid-April. 

Pretoria Technikon developing vital courses for the automotive industry

By: Marius Roodt     23rd August 2002 Technikon Pretoria is moving full-steam ahead to develop relevant courses for the automotive industry. 

Northern Gauteng Technikon creates unique automotive engineering chair

By: Marius Roodt     23rd August 2002 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) is the sponsor of a unique chair at Technikon Northern Gauteng (TNG). 

Kevin van der Westhuizen, Zeuna Stärker SA 

23rd August 2002 Kevin van der Westhuizen, Zeuna St 

Used equipment market growing

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Three eighteen year old Euclid rigid frame dump trucks have been given a new lease of life by Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa. 

Intermodal deliveries cut distribution costs

23rd August 2002 Self loading and off loading sidelifters by Steelbro reportedly unlock vast potential in hub and spoke supply chain service delivery. 

Automotive industry embarks on barcoding project

16th August 2002 The South African automotive industry, together with DexSecurity Solutions (DSS), has embarked on a project that will see the creation of a standard, machine-readable two-dimensional (2D) barcode system for the labelling of parts container consignments between suppliers and manufacturers. 

Moz employs new mobile metrology lab

16th August 2002 The Design, Engineering and Testing (DET) department of Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), has just completed a mobile metrology laboratory (MML) under contract to the CSIR’s National Metrology Laboratory (NML). 

Gas pipeline haulage contract awarded

16th August 2002 Earlier this month it was announced that transportation firm Cargo Africa Overborder (CAOB), a division of Cargo Africa and part of Imperial Logistics and Transport, has won the line haul contract for the transport of specialised, coated steel pipes for use in the construction of the Sasol... 

State to support auto exporters

14th August 2002 With automotive industry exports expected to increase to R75-billion by 2005, Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa (DTI), is committed to offer the necessary guidance to foreign investors and local exporters at this year’s... 

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