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BPW Axles

18th October 2002 BPW Axles is a manufacturer and distributor of trailer axles, suspensions and running gear components, and also has spare-parts and services facilities through its distributor and dealer network in Southern Africa and neighbouring territories. 

Steel giant offers R125/t for auto tooling fund

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2002 South Africa’s leading steel company, Iscor, has offered to contribute R20-million a year towards the development of the secondary steel industry in South Africa as part of an innovative pricing proposal to the automotive industry. 

Motorcycle industry revs up auto show

17th October 2002 The motorcycle industry will be represented at Auto Africa Expo 2002 for the first time ever – following an agreement with the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributors (AMID). 

US auto firms to jointly develop new transmission

14th October 2002 US carmakers General Motors and Ford Motor Company said last week they will join forces in an unprecedented alliance to develop a new 6-speed transmission, saving millions of dollars in costs. 

Spare tyre inflation made easy

By: michael hunt     11th October 2002 Description A rubber pipe with a connector that links to a car's spare wheel and an exterior valve which is used to inflate the tyre. Problem No need to open or unload luggage or goods that may be kept in the boot directly above the spare wheel when checking tyre pressure. This will benefit all... 

What auto component makers need from the MIDP

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2002 Import price parity in steel and aluminium is threatening the competitiveness of local manufacture and the government is urged to act 

Recommended route to be announced this month

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2002 The recommended route alignment of the Gautrain, the proposed speedtrain between the Johannesburg International Airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg, is to be announced by the publication of a draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) on October 21. 

SAA finalises acquisition of Air Tanzania

7th October 2002 South African Airways (SAA) has finalised its R200-million bid to acquire a 49% stake in Air Tanzania, emerging as a winner in the closely contested bid. 

Yag laser system to be introduced to SA

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Ever since government began to intensify the development of the automotive component industry, the potential for laser technology has been identified by tooling technology company Retecon. 

German torch test yields positive results

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 A local supplier of welding equipment has tested a German torch at a local automotive manufacturer with success. Johannesburg-based Weld-Cut Equipment, which has the exclusive right to distribute Team Binzel Industries (TBI) torches to the South African market has had positive feedback from the... 

Car component makers eye 42 V opportunities

By: Zonika Botha     4th October 2002 As a result of the surge in electrical power demands inside motor vehicles, as well as a desire to introduce new features in vehicles that require higher voltages to operate, the automotive industry is currently engaged in a concerted drive to replace the 12-V electrical system, which is the most... 

SA auto sector’s competitiveness growing

1st October 2002 While world production of motor vehicles slumped 3,9% last year, South Africa’s production increased 13,9%. 

New coach terminus plan for Pretoria

30th September 2002 Pretoria’s main luxury coach terminus will be relocating to new premises on the Pretoria Station precinct, it was announced last week. 

HIV/Aids programmes planned for Gauteng automotive industry

By: vanessa vasques     27th September 2002 A study completed by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) on HIV/Aids within the Gauteng automotive industry has now lead to a partnership between the AIDC and the companies which participated in the study, that will see the implementation of an HIV/Aids workplace program. 

Carol Scott, Trouvest and Car Rental & Tourism

27th September 2002 Leader of 4 200 

MIDP's long-term sustainability questioned

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th 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 last... 

SAA sole bidder for Air Tanzania – official

23rd September 2002 South African Airways is the sole bidder for a 49% stake in Air Tanzania being sold by the government, a Tanzanian official said last week. 

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. 

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