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Bosch Rexroth South Africa to 3D print protective face masks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2020 Fluid power and automation company Bosch Rexroth South Africa has responded to Netcare's call for assistance from the local three-dimensional (3D) printing community to produce face masks for first-line responders. Bosch Rexroth subsidiary Tectra Automation Mechatronics technician Nico Davies... 

Standard Bank takes a 40% stake in Payment24

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Standard Bank has acquired a 40% stake in digital fuel management solutions and telematics company Payment24.  Payment24 is a technology development firm that supports companies with large fleets. 

Standard Bank takes a 40% stake in Payment24
Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil 

Covid-19 puts EV sales, carbon emission targets at risk, says GlobalData 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Data analytics and consulting company GlobalData says lower oil prices as a result of the Covid-19 crisis could reduce electric vehicle (EV) demand and impair European Union (EU) efforts to significantly reduce average new vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European car market.... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Government’s incentive scheme for the local automotive industry, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), implemented in 2013 and ending in 2020, has no direct incentive for the production of alternative drivetrain technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (BEVs), says... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has, as of close of business on April 3,  supplied vehicle parts and made repairs to about 70 essential-services vehicles since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 27.  “We have dealerships in every province and we will continue to do our part... 

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo  

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 By the end of last year, a total of 1 119 plug-in electric vehicles had been sold in South Africa, of which 545 were battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 574 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), says the newly released State of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in South Africa report, published by the... 

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo

March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2020 There is little positive news at the moment, but used-car sales in South Africa during March do provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader CEO George Minnie. He says March began well, and used-car sales were on track to sustain this year’s positive performance. 

March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader

Local ventilator production could start within a month, says Naacam   

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2020 Much of the reverse engineering on the Penlon Nuffield 200 ventilator is complete, with prototype production imminent, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers executive director Renai Moothilal. “If things go according to plan, full-scale volume production can... 

Local ventilator production could start within a month, says Naacam 
The Penlon Nuffield 200

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa says it will support transport companies that are delivering essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa.  “We are indeed living in extraordinary times and I want to assure customers that Volvo Trucks, together with our nationwide network, is doing... 

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 The automotive sector is facing its biggest existential threat since the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, with multidimensional challenges at its door, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. These include supply-chain restrictions, workforce safety and demand drop off. 

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 New-vehicle sales fell by 30% in March, to 33 545 units, compared with the same month last year. South Africa is in a lockdown since March 27 as it works to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula  

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that taxis could carry their full loads during the national lockdown, provided that all passengers wore masks. Mbalula was addressing taxi operators and commuters at the MTN Taxi Rank in Johannesburg after he held discussions with the... 

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikille Mbalula

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 Just more than three years after German car manufacturer Volkswagen ventured into sub-Saharan Africa, the brand’s assembly facility in Kenya has added another model to its line-up. The assembly facility, which was opened in December, 2016, in Thika, Kenya, was the first semi-knockdown operation... 

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

Ford partners with GE Healthcare to produce 50 000 ventilators

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2020 Ford Motor Company and GE Healthcare have partnered to produce 50 000 ventilators within 100 days, at Ford’s Rawsonville components plant, in Michigan, in the US. This follows after the US government set a goal of providing 100 000 ventilators to Covid-19 patients in the country in 100 days.  

Ford partners with GE Healthcare to produce 50 000 ventilators

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, WesBank has announced payment relief plans to assist its customers and partners who have been impacted by the pandemic. WesBank provides a range of financial products to the retail and corporate market in South Africa, including vehicle and asset finance,... 

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock

An essential service? Need to service your vehicle? NADA has the answers 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 Not all vehicles will be parked in residential garages during the 21-day shutdown, scheduled to end on April 17. Some, such as taxis, will carry essential workers to their places of employment and some will be delivering goods to supermarkets and service stations. Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

An essential service? Need to service your vehicle? NADA has the answers
NADA national director Gary McGraw

Metair closes most of its operations around the globe, delays dividend 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 Battery and automotive component manufacturer Metair has closed most of its operations as containment measures against the Covid-19 pandemic accelerate across the globe. The company said on Monday (March 30) that most of its operations were closed owing to declared lockdowns and/or customer... 

Metair closes most of its operations around the globe, delays dividend

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings believes global new light-vehicle sales could recover by between 10% and 12% in the US in 2021, following a 15% to 20% decline in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales in China could grow by between 2% and 4% next year, after seeing an 8% to 10% decline this year. 

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

Transnet scales back to only essential services, operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2020 In line with government’s implementation of a three-week lockdown of the country to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned entity Transnet will be scaling down its transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during this period. After consultation with various... 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 Some of West Africa’s major economies are going to face “significant headwinds” in the time ahead, says Deloitte emerging markets and Africa MD Dr Martyn Davies. “There is some real economic pain coming.” 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market 

Global demand will impact on SA automotive component industry

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 While there is significant alignment in the South African automotive industry from original equipment manufacturers, importers, exporters and unions around the comprehensive Automotive Masterplan 2035, global demand and technology changes will inevitably impact on the local industry, says... 

Global demand will impact on SA automotive component industry
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAINS Many factors determine competitiveness, but quality, delivery and cost are the most important metrics

Mechanised systems gaining momentum

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 Manual harvesting currently dominates sugarcane harvesting operations. 

Mechanised systems gaining momentum
CANE MECHANISATION Any change towards a fully mechanised harvesting system involves many disciplines and affects all aspects of cane production

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Replacing imports with locally manufactured components and materials can sustainably improve local supplier development. This is possible if quality standards remain within global benchmarks and if manufacturers can produce sufficient volumes to ensure their costs are competitive for the... 

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers
ARTHUR MTOMBENI collaboration among stakeholders in the automotive value chains and original equipment manufacturers in countries will allow for the creation of a strategic supply base

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Automotive industry transformation initiatives, as captured in the Automotive Masterplan 2035, are aimed at radically transforming the industry to meet the future demands of human mobility, in addition to sustaining and growing the industry’s economic outputs and associated socioeconomic... 

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility
MIKE MABASA There is significant scope for cooperation on skills development, value-chain transformation and supplier development to ensure the sustainability of the automotive industry

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 With export and original equipment demand in the automotive industry in Africa growing year on year, it is critical for companies to expand their reach into high-growth markets in Africa to secure long-term growth, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO and National Association... 

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth
NEW TYRES The performance standards, wear characteristics and manufacturing requirements of tyres used on electric vehicles are different to those used on internal combustion engine vehicles

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Increasing the motorisation rate in Africa from about 42 vehicles per 1000 people to at least the world average of 180 vehicles per 1000 people provide an opportunity for industrialisation, economic growth, balance of payments and job creation in Africa, says industry body African Association of... 

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem
DAVE COFFEY Regional cooperation is important to ensure sustainable automotive industrialisation that benefits of all participating countries

Exports can support greater local automotive development

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Local economic headwinds may potentially be offset by increasing exports under the African Continental Free Trade Area, says industry body National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) CEO Mike Mabasa. The South African automotive industry currently exports to 155... 

Exports can support greater local automotive development
Photo by Donna Slater
QUALITY WORK Ensuring that buyers gain sufficient value and quality of components and services from the value chain drive demand and local manufacturing

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The broad support for the Automotive Masterplan 2035 by companies across the value chain and the certainty that it creates supports local vehicle-manufacturing growth and, consequently, for the automotive components industry to increase supply, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop)... 

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth
PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY Sumitomo Dunlop has grown its local tyre production and capacity on the certainty created by original equipment manufacturers’ plans

SA automotive manufacturing long-term planning, growth supported by policy

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) has been part of the fabric of the South African automotive manufacturing landscape for over 40 years. In that time the sector has evolved from a highly protected, inward-focused production base that exclusively... 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings says it projects that global light-vehicle sales will fall by almost 15% in 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and sharply lower global growth.  “In our updated scenario, global light-vehicle sales will likely decline to less than 80-million units in 2020, versus 90.3-million... 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2020 The temporary closure of the BMW and Ford vehicle assembly plants in South Africa, with a third vehicle manufacturer advising that it is expecting significant volume cuts in the future, has had an “immediate and disastrous impact” on the component supplier base, National Association of Automotive... 

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture

Ford suspends production in South Africa as Covid-19 takes its toll 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2020 Ford Motor Company (FMC) is temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its international markets group (IMG) manufacturing sites, including South Africa, in response to the growing impact of Covid-19. IMG production suspensions began Saturday, March 21, and will continue for several... 

Ford suspends production in South Africa as Covid-19 takes its toll

Volvo Trucks end finance alliance with WesBank

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2020 Volvo Financial Services South Africa has announced the end of its alliance with asset finance group WesBank. However, Volvo Financial Services, the global captive finance company of the Volvo Group, which began doing business in South Africa in 2017, will continue to offer financial services... 

Volvo Trucks end finance alliance with WesBank

Renault suspends production in Casablanca and Tangier

By: African News Agency      20th March 2020 French car manufacturer Renault on Thursday temporarily suspended its manufacturing operations in Casablanca and Tangier amid global concern over the Covid-19 outbreak. The plants employ over 11 000 people, according to online publication Morocco World News.  

Japanese assistance to SA focuses on the transfer of expertise

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 Most Japanese assistance to South Africa takes the form of the provision of expertise and the secondment of technical experts, Japanese Ambassador Norio Maruyama tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly. "We [Japan] have a lot of assistance programmes, but each country must request assistance from... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 The BMW Group will shut down its European plants, as well as its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, South Africa, by the end of the week, owing to shrinking demand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rosslyn plant produces the X3 sports-activity vehicle for the local and global markets. 

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand
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