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Automotive News

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

Exports grow beyond Africa's borders

15th March 2002 Toyota South Africa (TSA) finally looks set to join the ranks of South Africa’s significant automotive exporters, following its announcement at the end of January that it will be assuming responsibility for Corolla exports to Australia during 2003. 

European export feat for SA automaker

By: marisa rodrigues     15th March 2002 In the last four years, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), has gone from only supplying this country’s market, to being recognised as an established exporter of the VW brand back to European markets. 

Union seething over bus makers liquidation

12th March 2002 Bus-manufacturing company Durabuild was placed under provisional liquidation and an estimated 500 workers have lost their jobs. 

Japanese acquire SA truck maker

11th March 2002 Nissan Diesel Motor Corporation (NDMC) said it had acquired South African truck maker Nissan Diesel and will pump R300-million into the company as part of the deal. 

Metal-finishing firm aims for top enviro rating

8th March 2002 Having obtained an SABS ISO 9002 quality assurance listing at the end of last year, metal finishing company African Electroplating is now focusing its attention on achieving SABS ISO 14001 environmental rating. 

SA a testing ground for auto giant

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2002 SOUTH Africa has become one of the most important testing areas for global automotive group DaimlerChrysler AG’s Mercedes-Benz division. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Vehicle exports off to a flying start

5th March 2002 South African new vehicle sales were lower in February, in line with expectations, as pre-emptive buying to avoid price increases fizzled out, manufacturers said. 

Metrology lab recalibrates measurement focus

By: Deborah Spicer     1st March 2002 A dedicated industrial-measurements facility at CSIR’s National Metrology Laboratory (NML) is growing its measurement business, which had catered primarily for the automotive and aviation industries in the past. 

Big productivity leap at rubber component firm

1st March 2002 After receiving the ‘2001 People’s Bank and Sunday Times Small to Medium Enterprise award for Export Excellence’, rubber and plastic component manufacturer Batco has its eyes firmly set on winning the award for ‘Best Improved Productivity’ at this years ceremony. 

Gov excited by public–private infrastructure opportunities

1st March 2002 Investment in infrastructure holds the potential to stimulate economic development, while at the same time representing a substantial investment in people as a result of job creation, the development of entrepreneurs and, training and skills transfer. 

Bullet train enviro study by August

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2002 Following a number of open days held to provide more information to the public and other partners, the next phase in laying tracks for the Shilowa express are focus group meetings which takes place from this month until July. 

East London BEE to assemble trucks

27th February 2002 Car manufacturer Daimler Chrysler South Africa has taken a strategic decision to outsource one of its key production areas, namely the CKD (completely knocked down) production of commercial vehicles, and the Mercedes-Benz Actros, to a black empowerment firm. 

Fuel-cell technology development deal

25th February 2002 A unit of United Technologies Corporation, UTC Fuel Cells, signed a deal with Nissan Motors to develop fuel-cell technology for future generations of cars, the Wall Street Journal said. 

The stuff life will be made of

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd February 2002 In the previous Developments Column, published on February 8, we spoke about developments in the field of total communication and global virtuality. 

SA needs to bolster tooling sector

22nd February 2002 The South African toolmaking industry is not currently meeting the tooling needs of the automotive industry, says Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane. 

East Rand truck maker shifting gear in export drive

22nd February 2002 CHINESE truck manufacturer FAW reports it has boosted exports into neighbouring African states substantially, chalking up R50-million-worth of export sales last year. 

Road congestion costs country R1bn/y

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2002 Gauteng road users are in for a shake-up as the provincial Department of Public Transport and Public Works is implementing 18 projects in an attempt to ease road congestion. 

Transport inefficiencies need urgent attention

22nd February 2002 Inefficiency problems across South African transport networks have become a matter of urgency at a time when South African business should be ultra competitive in international markets, as a result of the considerable depreciation of the rand in 2000 and 2001. 

Wheel-maker set to boost output by 50%

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th February 2002 East Rand vehicle-wheel maker NF Die Casting reports that its yearly production is set to increase by 50% following the completion of a R90-million expansion and modernisation exercise, undertaken over the last 18 months. 

Japanese carmarker to raise SA content

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2002 The long-term vision of Toyota South Africa (TSA) is to export Corollas with a 70% local content to Australia. 

Tax cut on offer for zero-emission drivers

8th February 2002 Consumers who buy petrol-electric hybrid vehicles in the next seven years would get up to $4 000 in tax credits under President George W Bush’s proposed budget, while buyers of fuel-cell vehicles could get up to $8 000. 

Study to make Italian pick-ups in South Africa

5th February 2002 Vehicle manufacturer Fiat Auto South Africa aims to build the Strada pick-up in this country by 2004. 

SA vehicles sales rise on pre-emptive buying

5th February 2002 South African new vehicle sales rose 8,7% in the year to January on pre-emptive buying ahead of expected price hikes, but negative growth was expected in the coming months, manufacturers said. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

4th February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Study on to make Italian pick-ups in SA

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 Vehicle manufacturer Fiat Auto South Africa aims to manufacture the Strada pick-up in this country by 2004. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Nine stations planned for Gauteng bullet

30th January 2002 The Gauteng provincial government has announced the location of the nine stations for the proposed speed-train link between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

Japanese carmaker announces R3,5bn capex plan

29th January 2002 Car manufacturer Toyota South Africa is finally joining the ranks of significant automotive exporters with its R3,5-billion projected capital expenditure (capex) over the next five years. 

Export growth over three years makes SA automaker a winner

By: nkolola halwindi     25th January 2002 Automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa has recorded a 936% export growth since 1998, reports corporate communications manager Julie Humphreys. 

W Cape seat-trim maker finding global markets

25th January 2002 Automotive seat trim manufacturer Extrusa, of Atlantis in the Western Cape, has grown from a five-staff operation five years ago to a supplier exporting to vehicle manufacturers in Japan and Australia as well as Malaysia and Singapore. 

Auto cable harness contract awarded

25th January 2002 The South African arm of an international vehicle manufacturer has awarded a local company with contract to manufacture and supply niche automotive components. 

Auto seminar to focus best practice

25th January 2002 Two important topics will be on the agenda at an automotive industry seminar to be held next month. International best practice criteria and digital loyalty networks will be discussed by automotive industry specialists from Deloitte & Touche. 

Stainless-steel parts firm targets global car market

25th January 2002 Specialists in the manufacture of stainless-steel components Maxe Stainless Steel has established itself as a supplier of quality stainless steel products to the South African and European automotive industries. 

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