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Automotive News

Auto order breathes life into PE foundry

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 About R55-million will be spent on upgrading the Murray & Roberts foundries to meet the needs of the five-year R1-billion contract to supply castings for Ford’s new 1,3 l and 1,6 l RoCam engines. 

Gauteng's express train: white elephant or elegant solution?

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2002 Anthony Diepenbroek questions whether the proposed speed train between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Johannesburg International Airport is the appropriate solution to Gauteng’s congestion problem. 

Karel Bos Bosal

26th April 2002 Karel Bos, Bosal Leader of 6 100 

World's most economical car demonstrated

26th April 2002 The world’s most economical car was shown to shareholders attending the 42nd annual general meeting of Volkswagen in Hamburg. 

Exhaust maker lands a Mexican contract

19th April 2002 Automaker Delta’s subsidiary, Precision Exhaust Systems (PES), has won a multimillion-rand component export contract to Mexico. 

Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport

19th April 2002 Andries Tshabalala Alstom Transport Leader of 250 

Western Cape in agri, tourism push

19th April 2002 A total of R108-million and R103-million have been allocated respectively to agriculture and tourism in the Western Cape says the province’s Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Gambling Johan Gelderblom. 

High-flying entrepreneur still investing hundreds of millions in South Africa

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A company which today supplies one in every five vehicle exhausts sold in the world had humble beginnings right here in South Africa – and this year it will plough another R330 million into its South African operations. 

Window of opportunity widens for local manufacture

By: Marius Roodt     12th April 2002 A window of opportunity is widening in South Africa, Bosal CEO Karel Bos tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Logistics partner for Namibia garment plant

12th April 2002 Logistics company P&O Nedlloyd has been appointed as preferred supplier to Malaysian corporation Ramatex Berhad, which is building a $100-million integrated textiles and garment manufacturing plant in Namibia’s capital Windhoek. 

Joint rail operations plan for Malawi and Mozambique

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th April 2002 MALAWI– Plans are under way to merge rail operations for Malawi and Mozambique to provide constant haulage between the two countries. 

Ship repair (port project)

12th April 2002 Name of the project and location Ship repair facility project, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Project description The scope of the project has not yet been finalised. It could be a dry-dock or just a ship repair facility, but is planned to cater for all vessel sizes mainly bigger... 

Standard revised for safer driving

By: vanessa vasques     5th April 2002 The poor quality of retread tyres has forced the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to revise its standards relating to reconditioned tyres. 

R3m study into recycling tyres for raw materials 

By: vanessa vasques     5th April 2002 The Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has become associated with a venture in which the viability of recycling old tyres for raw materials will become apparent. 

Spate of international deals for KZN rubber manufacturer

5th April 2002 South Africa’s growing involvement in global markets has prompted Wayne Rubber, of Isipingo in Kwazulu-Natal, to secure international technical and marketing agreements, enabling the company to produce sophisticated breakthrough products for the local and international markets. 

Japanese auto experts assisting South Africa

By: Irma Venter     5th April 2002 Two Japanese automotive industry experts are in South Africa to assist local automotive component manufacturers in improving their quality, profitability and performance. 

Penetrate the Limpopo curtain

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2002 The chairperson of DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA), Christoph K 


29th March 2002 Kolbenco, of the East Rand, claims to be Africa’s largest automotive piston manufacturer, with a yearly production capability of one-million pistons. 

Durban car terminal gets R107m boost

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th March 2002 Growth in the volumes of vehicle imports and exports to and from South Africa, as well as a drive to provide customers with a full logistical service, including warehousing and cargo management, has resulted in the R107-million expansion project at the Port of Durban’s car terminal. 

BEE transport outsourcing deal

29th March 2002 One of South Africa’s leading domestic delivery service companies, Sun Couriers, has signed a deal worth about R40-million a year, whereby 74 former employees who worked in the trucking division, have taken control of the company’s inter-city road transport deliveries. 

Championing local manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The window of opportunity is widening for South Africa’s local manufacturers who have retained strong engineering departments, honed their global competitiveness and gained black economic-empowerment status. 

Locomotives refurbished

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 The transport division of Alstom of Driehoek, Germiston, has won a contract to refurbish and upgrade 31 heavy-haul locomotives for South Africa’s State-owned rail company Spoornet. 

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

S African product eclipses European filter at auto plant

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 Fine-filter systems supplier Antonair Consulting reports that its locally-developed product has outperformed a benchmark German filter at a Rosslyn automotive plant. 

Brazilian automakers back free-trade deal with SA

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2002 THE Brazilian automotive industry enthusiastically supports the idea of a free-trade agreement between their country and South Africa. 

Synthetic worlds within six walls

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd March 2002 Cyberspace is not just something found in the movies. For a long time, the car industry has been making practical use of virtual environments in the design of new vehicles. This modern technology is now affordable for small and medium-sized companies. 

Exports of wheel rims, exhausts in prospect

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Newly-formed Nissan Diesel South Africa will explore options to manufacture components locally, including wheel rims and exhaust systems, for its global Japanese parent, Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC). 

SA makes vehicle-parts standards leap

20th March 2002 Transport Minister Dulah Omar says the decision by the South African government to adopt United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) regulations makes it possible for industry to enter into larger international markets while allowing the South African consumer to have access to a wider... 

Car choices load supply-chain costs

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 South African automotive component manufacturer, Bosal Africa, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The company has become a market leader both locally and internationally as a producer of exhaust systems, catalytic converters, towbars and jacks. 

Gauteng competitiveness drive

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), a joint venture between Blue IQ and the CSIR, is continuing to provide support services to strengthen the position of the automotive industry in Gauteng and nationally as part of its move towards increased exports, quality and capacity, maintains... 

Supply-chain management outsourcing still pays

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Automotive manufacturers operate in a competitive environment and are constantly trying to spend more time concentrating on their core competencies, which is no longer just about manufacturing, but also the design and marketing of their specific automotive brand. 

Call for holistic government support for auto sector

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Government’s initiative to increase the automotive sector’s international competitiveness, the Motor Industry Development Programme, is currently under review with the possibility of the programme being extended from 2007 until 2012. 

Year of stops and starts for the South African auto industry

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 This year is expected to be a year of mixed fortunes for the South African automotive industry. 

Local auto maker's engine production is set to more than triple in 2002

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) is scheduled to increase its engine production to 160 000 units later this year from 50 000 in 2001. 

Pta plant upgrade kicks off

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 The upgrade of BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn manufacturing plant, near Pretoria, has already begun to enable it to increase production from 49 000 vehicles to 60 000 vehicles a year. 

Brazilian connection for SA auto industry

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 Greater opportunity for local automotive parts and components manufacturers to become global players is emerging as a result of growing economic collaboration between South Africa and Brazil. 

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