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New development allows steel pistons to be used in car engines

1st March 2019 Automotive parts manufacturer MAHLE’s new development allows steel pistons to be used in powerful passenger car engines. The new production technology clears the way for lower fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions facilitating maximum design freedom for the piston gallery to ensures... 

Organisation to address transformation in the automotive industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 Business lobby organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be one of the organisations that will deliver a presentation at this year’s National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Busa CEO Tanya Cohen tells Engineering News that a... 

Organisation to address transformation in the automotive industry
TANYA COHEN South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry is a key industry in terms of employment numbers and investment

Tyre company wins four HR Awards

1st March 2019 Leading South African tyre company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) – which manufactures Dunlop tyres, Sumitomo tyres as well as Falken tyres – scooped four awards at the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) HR Audit Awards. Winning three of the category awards in addition to the... 

BBD Steel targeting automotive and mining sectors

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st March 2019 Steel supplier BBD Steel aims to expand its footprint by targeting the mining and automotive sectors directly, says BBD Steel business development director Gwen Mahuma. The company, which is 100% women-owned and managed, is located in Rosslyn, Pretoria, and, although already well-established in... 

BBD Steel targeting automotive and mining sectors
STEEL SECTOR Steel is an extremely competitive industry and the local industry is facing many challenges

Daimler, BMW deepen cooperation with self-driving venture

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2019 Daimler and BMW have agreed to cooperate on developing self-driving cars, the latest move by the luxury-car rivals to share cost as a technology shift shakes up the industry. The German manufacturers have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop the next generation of... 

Barloworld’s automotive CEO resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2019 JSE-listed Barloworld on Wednesday announced that its automotive CEO Keith Rankin has resigned, effective May 31, to join one of the company’s key principals offshore. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela said Rankin’s resignation has created an opportunity to consolidate and strengthen the automotive... 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) aims to sell more than 6 000 units this year, which will be a significant jump from last year’s new record of more than 5 500 units – a 26% increase on 2017 sales. “We aim for more than 10 000 units by 2022, says Mahindra SA CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year
Rajesh Gupta

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 Mike Mabasa is set to take over as new executive director at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) at the end of March.   He will succeed Nico Vermeulen, who will be retiring after 37 years of service. 

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director
Nico Vermeulen

Motus achieves H1 growth despite muted new-vehicle market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 Amid a downturn in new-vehicle sales and a challenging economy, JSE-listed automotive holding company Motus achieved consistent operating profit, normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS) and revenue growth for the six months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the six months ended... 

Motus achieves H1 growth despite muted new-vehicle market
Motus CEO Osman Arbee

Start of production at BAIC plant delayed until later this year

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 Following a delay in the completion of the Beijing Automotive Group Corporation South Africa (BAIC SA) plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape, full-scale vehicle production is now scheduled to start before the end of the year. At the sod-turning event in 2016, it was... 

Start of production at BAIC plant delayed until later this year

Ford South Africa achieves new export and production records

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019  Ranger exports from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant reached an all-time high in 2018, with the company shipping 68 364 units to export markets. This is a 16.2% increase compared with 2017. 

Ford South Africa achieves new export and production records
The Silverton plant

Hyundai opens assembly plant in Ethiopia

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co opened a 10 000-a-year vehicle capacity assembly plant in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, its first factory in East Africa. While second-hand vehicles dominate sales in the Horn of Africa country, Hyundai hopes locally-assembled cars could prove... 

Africa still slow to take up EVs, energy storage solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th February 2019 Globally, there is a rise in the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery storage systems, especially in regions where there is a lack of constant, reliable energy supply or more economically feasible solutions, Electric Vehicle Industry Association representative Carel Snyman said during a... 

VWSA to reach record production this year, says Schäfer

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) should this year produce a record number of vehicles at its Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, says CEO Thomas Schäfer. He says the local arm of the German car maker should produce 161 900 vehicles, of which 108 000 are scheduled to be exported. 

VWSA to reach record production this year, says Schäfer
The VWSA plant in Uitenhage

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 South Africa’s new-vehicle market should reach roughly 550 000 units this year, 0.4% down from last year’s 552 226 units, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says TSAM expects the first half of 2019 to be tough, especially with elections looming in May. 

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

Load-shedding 'extremely dangerous' to local auto sector, warns Naamsa chairperson 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2019 Load-shedding is “extremely dangerous” to the local automotive industry, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Kirby is also chairperson of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

Load-shedding 'extremely dangerous' to local auto sector, warns Naamsa chairperson
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby

Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2019 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Jasper Hafkamp is confident that the momentum seen in the second half of 2018 in terms of new-truck sales in the local market will continue into 2019. The first half of 2018 was “very bad”, but the outlook improved significantly as the year... 

Daimler Trucks upbeat on 2019 prospects, new Arocs expands range
The Arocs distribution range

The world still doesn’t have enough places to plug in cars

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, a driver venturing too far from home can have a hard time finding a place to recharge. Try your luck on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The roughly 600-mile route between San Diego and San Francisco has dramatic sea cliffs, off-the-grid retreats,... 

VW, Ford are said to discuss $4bn valuation for Argo AI

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Ford Motor and Volkswagen are progressing toward a potential agreement to join forces on self-driving cars and have overcome earlier obstacles, according to people familiar with the talks. Breakthroughs in the deliberations Thursday include a possible framework for Volkswagen to work with and... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th February 2019 Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists Pro-Auto Rubber’s manufacturing operation in November 2016, the most significant... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector
Photo by Bloomberg
VITAL INDUSTRY The rubber industry is linked to the state of the economy, as it services various sectors of the economy

Continental optimises tyre test with driverless test vehicle

15th February 2019 Automotive tyre manufacturing company Continental commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle for an assortment of road surface types at its test site in Uvalde, Texas, in the US. The aim of the endeavour was to make test results for the company’s passenger and light trucks more... 

Continental optimises tyre test with  driverless test vehicle
DRIVERLESS NAVIGATION The driverless vehicle pilots the testing route with a GPS-supported satellite navigation system

Isuzu consolidates truck and bakkie manufacturing plants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa has consolidated its truck and bakkie manufacturing plant – relocating its truck production facilities from Kempston Road, in Port Elizabeth, to its new headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, where all truck and bakkie manufacturing will now take place. The... 

Fiat Chrysler South Africa aims for recovery to 4 000 units in 2019

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2019 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA) aims to sell more than 4 000 Fiats, Jeeps and Alfas in South Africa in 2019. This will be a significant improvement on the roughly 2 600 units moving off showroom floors in 2018. 

Fiat Chrysler South Africa aims for recovery to 4 000 units in 2019
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger
The refreshed Ford Ranger

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO
Lance Schultz

New tech balances ever-increasing demands

8th February 2019 As Industry 4.0 continues to cut a swathe through the automotive industry globally, Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation is providing new technologies that allow local and international manufacturers to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands. Jendamark... 

New tech balances  ever-increasing demands
NEW TECH Odin software improve efficiency when operated

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation
TYRE ECONOMY The ongoing importation of used casings does nothing more than unnecessarily introduce more waste tyres into the economy

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) projects a marginal increase in new-vehicle sales of 1.0% for 2019, premised on the assumption that South Africa will not be downgraded and a modest increase in gross domestic product (GDP) to about 1.5%, says Naamsa... 

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales
Photo by Creamer Media
READY FOR A PRICE TAG The new passenger car market and light commercial vehicle market reflected year-on-year volume declines of 0.2% and 7.0%

Fuel price increases led to decline in new-car sales, says Strobel

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) customer offer marketing manager Victor Strobel says fuel price increases have affected new-car sales, which slid from 47 478 units sold in November 2018 to 39 984 units in December 2018. Subsequently, many people... 

Fuel price increases led  to decline in new-car  sales, says Strobel
SALES DOWN New-vehicle sales have dropped owing to increased fuel prices

New paint process leads to greater flux stability

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Converting to potted Koch KPAK ultrafiltration (UF) membrane in the automotive electrodeposition paint process from the drop-in style process can lead to greater flux stability over time and lower system downtime, says filtration and water purification solutions company Sagisa sales engineer... 

New paint process leads  to greater flux stability
LITTLE BIT OF COLOUR The UF membrane has been supplied to automotive manufacturers for vehicle paint jobs

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Software adds value to  automotive manufacturer supply chain
Photo by Bloomberg
ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards
FUEL ECONOMY The field trials showed that lubricant selection had a significant impact on fuel economy in real-world driving conditions.

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles

8th February 2019 Petroleum refinery company Total consolidated its position as key player in electric mobility by launching an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles. Launched in December last year, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the... 

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles
HIGH ROTATION SPEED These lines were developed to provide a better solution for the specific issues linked to engines and transmissions with high rotation speeds

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th February 2019 The recently opened grease plant by lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa is manufacturing a large variety of specialty grease grades that will be exported across Africa and to other parts of the world. “FUCHS sees the importance and demand for speciality grease growing... 

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist
NEW EXPANSION FUCHS will be looking to export grease from the new plant across Africa and to other parts of the world

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2019 Niche logistics provider OneLogix aims to more than double the size of its automotive logistics site at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, in a project that is named ‘Umlaas 3’. OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens said on Thursday in Johannesburg that the R280-million development, next to the N3 highway, will add... 

OneLogix to broaden logistics footprint in R280m Umlaas project
The Umlaas hub

Ford digs up litany of unexplored claims ahead of inquest into burnt Kuga

By: News24Wire      6th February 2019 Unexplained casino chips, a "bullet cartridge" and a suspicious maroon car are among a litany of unexplored claims which the Ford Motor Company dug up ahead of a High Court inquest into the death of Reshall Jimmy. Jimmy's burnt body was found in his Ford Kuga four years ago while he was on... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

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