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Composites combat bridge wear-and-tear

By: Karel Smrcka     4th April 2003 Advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have gained significant ground in the construction industry thanks to their extensive and cost effective use in the strengthening of existing structures. 

Road hauliers urged to be responsible chemical carriers

By: Luxolo Tyali     28th March 2003 Major chemical companies in South Africa are known to outsource their transport arrangements. 

Demand for heavy trucks falls in US - DaimlerChrysler

25th March 2003 DaimlerChrysler, the world's biggest maker of commercial vehicles, told Reuters demand for heavy trucks in the United States fell sharply in the first quarter, but by less than expected. 

Barloworld buys US dealership for $5m

25th March 2003 South Africa's Barloworld said yesterday it had bought a US-based truck and equipment dealership for $5-million, in line with a strategy to expand its Freightliner business. 

Dual-filtration product is introduced locally

By: candice haase     21st March 2003 The reduction of the wear of automatic transmission and power-steering technology is an area that is fast developing in the automotive sector. 

New fuel formula explained

By: Zonika Botha     21st March 2003 The In Bond Landed Cost (IBLC) formula, currently used as the basis for fuels product-cost valuation in the regulated fuels-pricing system in South Africa, will be replaced by a new basic fuels price (BFP) formula from April 2.? 

New R65m steel-beneficiation plant for Saldanha

By: Terence Creamer     21st March 2003 The steel division of construction and steel company Aveng will begin construction of a R65-million steel-beneficiation plant downstream of Saldanha Steel and Duferco at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape within the next month. 

Truck-body manufacturers under new ownership

21st March 2003 The management buy out (MBO) of TFM Industries has been completed and the management team, lead by MD Johan van der Merwe, is now firmly in the saddle at the company. 

SA arm of Italian auto maker to expand its range this year

14th March 2003 Local distributor Fiat Auto South Africa is embarking on its biggest product offensive since it returned to South Africa in 1998. 

Filter maker becomes Proudly South African

14th March 2003 South Africa’s largest automotive filters producer, GUD Filters, became a member of the Proudly South African drive late last year. 

Harness maker upgrades its IT systems locally

14th March 2003 When the East London operation of Leoni Wiring SA – the local subsidiary of the international wire manufacturer, Leoni AG – decided to upgrade all its personal computers (PCs), it had two choices: it could follow its parent company and opt for an international supplier – or it... 

New programme targeting development of smaller companies

By: marisa rodrigues     14th March 2003 While the Motor Industry Development Plan (MIDP) has undoubtedly been of great benefit to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), there has been some concern that automotive industry suppliers further down the value chain have not realised the same benefits. 

Car maker considering component sourcing from SA

By: marisa rodrigues     14th March 2003 The Subaru brand is experiencing growth in the South African market at the moment. 

Recruiter says the unions’ behaviour will take its toll

By: marisa rodrigues     14th March 2003 Although the automotive industry continues to grow and attract much needed foreign investment into South Africa, it has to face the fact that there is growing international competition, points out Leaders Unlimited partner Chris van Tonder. 

Two plants to produce nonwoven textiles

14th March 2003 Cape Town company Brits Automotive Systems is an accredited first-tier and original-equipment manufacturer supplier to the international automotive industry. 

Measurement lab opens its doors

14th March 2003 Accurate measurements for the improvement of companies’ competitiveness and compliance with automotive specifications, standards and requirements, have often been a cause of concern, says CSIR National Metrology Laboratory (CSIR-NML) business area manager Oelof Kruger. 

Home-made filter tackles problem of reduced injector wear-life

14th March 2003 A locally-designed final polishing filter is providing a solution to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) experiencing reduced injector wear-life in their diesel engines. 

Expansion at cable producer set to improve lead times

14th March 2003 Local independent automotive electrical cable manufacturer, Walro Flex, is embarking on an expansion project to upgrade its extrusion lines, benefiting the industry with improved lead-times. 

Range of branded spares and accessories available

14th March 2003 The automotive division of bearing distributor Bearing Man markets an extensive range of branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry that are compatible with the requirements of most motor vehicles on South African roads. 

Company says valve-terminal concept holds many advantages

14th March 2003 Growth in the South African automotive industry has been spurred by the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP). 

SA in running for big auto investment

By: Deborah Spicer     14th March 2003 It is uncertain how much will have to be invested in DaimlerChrysler’s East London manufacturing plant so as to make it suitable for the new W 204 Mercedes Benz. 

Pretoria distributor for stabilisation products

By: Zonika Botha     14th March 2003 UK company Tensar International, a worldwide leader in the manufacture and provision of soil reinforcement and ground stabilisation solutions, has appointed Pretoria-based company Geotrac as its sole distributor in South Africa. 

OEM aiming for increased exports, more local content

By: marisa rodrigues     14th March 2003 The South African arm of Japanese original equipment manufacturer, Nissan, hopes to take its export successes to new heights this year. 

Japanese car maker sells record number in 2002

14th March 2003 Japanese car manufacturer Toyota sold more than six-million Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino vehicles worldwide for the first time in its history last year. 

New R65m steel-beneficiation plant for Saldanha

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2003 The steel division of construction and steel company Aveng will begin construction of a R65-million steel-beneficiation plant downstream of Saldanha Steel and Duferco at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape within the next month. 

SA motor sector in top gear

12th March 2003 South Africans love luxury German cars, but despite their hunger for them, most of the massed ranks of shining new saloons rolling out of BMW's plant in Rosslyn are destined for foreign shores. 

Auto industry a potential growth area for steel

7th March 2003 South Africa has a low-cost primary steel base, but sectors further beneficiating basic iron and steel have not performed to their full potential, a new report commissioned by Creamer Media’s Research Unit confirms. 

Supplier expands its delivery fleet

7th March 2003 Founded in 1937 as a Pretoria family business, Hoxies’ primary business was the export of fresh products, and the import of Portuguese products and seafood from Mozambique. 

Disappointing vehicle sales figures for Feb

5th March 2003 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said yesterday that new vehicle sales for February, 2003, had been disappointing, coming in at the lower end of industry expectations. 

Money set aside for Gautrain in Budget

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th March 2003 Gauteng Province will set aside money for the Gautrain Rapid-Rail project during the 2003/4 financial year, the province’s MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs, Jabu Moleketi, told a media briefing yesterday. 

SA-engineered truck parts may find global outlet

By: Keith Campbell     28th February 2003 NO less than 30% by volume of components in Nissan Diesel trucks in this country have been adapted or developed by the company’s South African engineering department to meet local conditions and needs. 

Record year for DCSA

By: Deborah Spicer     28th February 2003 Vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa is confident that it will win the contract for the new C-Class Mercedes Benz, announced chairperson Christoph K 

Angry response to toll tariff increases

By: Martin Czernowalow     28th February 2003 The Automobile Association of South Africa has reacted strongly to toll tariff increases announced by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), saying that tariffs should be realistic and not out of reach for the average motorist. 

SA taxi industry to get a facelift

27th February 2003 Taxi operators, commuters and retailers – formal and informal – stand to benefit from a new partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and property development company Taxiprop-BR. 

Counter-terrorism vehicles in demand

By: Karel Smrcka     21st February 2003 The US administration is in advanced talks with Detroit’s ‘big three’ motor-vehicle makers as well as with the US army over production of a new generation of vehicles designed for counter-terrorism, protecting US diplomatic missions abroad and homeland defence. 

Brian Croock, BD Sarens

21st February 2003 Full name: Brian Stephen Croock Position: MD since April 2002 Main activity of the company: BD Sarens is in the lifting and transport logistics industries and offers five different services under one roof, namely cranage and rigging, road transportation, air and sea freight, project logistics and... 

Durban port concessioning architecture soon

21st February 2003 Speaking during a parliamentary media briefing yesterday, Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe reported that “concession architecture” for the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) in Kwazulu-Natal is in its final stage of development and will be discussed by Cabinet soon. 

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