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Automotive News

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... 

Omar calls for Africa's rail development

13th August 2002 Transport minister Dullah Omar has called on African railway owners and operators to co-operate in the promotion of development on the African continent. 

Modern cars go for plastic surgery

By: Karel Smrcka     9th August 2002 Nowadays, plastics play an irreplaceable role in numerous aspects of our lives. Available in all shapes and colours, polymers have become an extraordinary material for creative minds. 

Brazil plans to grow auto exports to SA

By: Keith Campbell     9th August 2002 FOLLOWING an analysis of South Africa’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), the Brazilian automotive industry has concluded that the best strategy to increase its exports to South Africa will be to focus on the supply of components for car and light commerical vehicle completely... 

Transnet's developmental role highlighted at last

9th August 2002 Striking a balance between profitability on the one hand and development objectives on the other has long been a struggle for State-owned transport utility Transnet. 

New traffic offence agency studied

By: Zonika Botha     9th August 2002 In a drive to lift some of the burden from South Africa’s magistrates courts, the Department of Transport is investigating the possibility of establishing a dedicated national agency to deal with outstanding traffic offence payments. 

Centre to develop light-metals industry

2nd August 2002 The CSIR is engaged in a number of activities to develop the automotive industry in South Africa. 

Global auto giant sources stainless steel in S Africa

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 In the pursuit of its plan to develop and support the local stainless-steel industry, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has welcomed the announcement of General Motors' plan to source 15% of its stainless-steel component requirements for automotive exhaust... 

Automation facilitates engine production

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The plans for the daily production of more than a thousand 1,3 l cylinder Rocam engines for export by Ford South Africa’s operation in the Eastern Cape will be assisted by the company’s implementation of the Indramat product line that is distributed and supported locally by automation... 

US quality award for local firm

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 A South African manufacturing facility of automotive giant BMW, BMW SA, has received a major US quality award, an achievement commended by President Thabo Mbeki in his budget speech to Parliament. 

Component exports are big GDP earner

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The export of locally-manufactured automotive components generated R18,6-billion in revenue last year, making a 5,5% contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to figures generated by Econometrix’s Tony Twine. 

Exports double for auto supplier

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 Pretoria-based automotive accessory manufacturer Giflo has doubled its exports in the last year from 8% to 16% of its output, an achievement which is expected to be supplemented by an agreement with a private investor in the US, giving Giflo the opportunity to supply a major vehicle manufacturer... 

Wanted: 10% turnover growth

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The strategic vision for the South African automotive industry, identified by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) by 2005, is the progressive improvement in the international competitiveness of the local automotive and associated industries and the... 

R150-million cash injection is set to boost tyre quality

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The injection of R150-million into the tyre-production facilities at Bridgestone Firestone South Africa’s (BFSA) plants in Port Elizabeth and Brits will facilitate the improvement of the quality of the company’s product. 

New range of wheel-bearing kits launched

2nd August 2002 Bearing Man has launched a new range of wheel-bearing kits for the automotive industry. 

Local pick-up vehicle assembly considered

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 Italian automotive group Fiat is considering the possibility of assembling the Strada pick-up vehicle in South Africa, which would add to the assembly-line of its Uno, Palio, Siena and Weekend vehicles that are already produced in this country. 

Green transport solutions for Africa on show at Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (Geda) and Greening the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have joined forces to showcase vehicle emmission-reduction technologies at the summit later this month. 

Supplier hub to speed up Gauteng's auto logistics

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 July saw the establishment of the Automotive Supplier Park in Pretoria – reportedly the first of its kind in Africa – which forms part of the Gauteng Automotive hub. 

Delivery on R1,2b cat deal next year

By: candice haase     2nd August 2002 The R1,2-billion contract that Bosal signed with Delta in May for catalytic converters is as much a result of its well-established international relationships as it is for the company’s world-renowned quality and expertise. 

Steel firm expands to improve service to the auto industry

2nd August 2002 It was in 1961 that Austrian holding company Bohler Steel decided to open a subsidiary in South Africa. 

Auto industry development centre is going from strength to strength

By: Marius Roodt     2nd August 2002 The AIDC has grown from a team of six people at its inception 18 months ago, to 42 today, many with international experience. 

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