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Container giants leaving South Africa high and dry

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 SA ports are quite unable to handle the new giant post Panamax container ships now in service – worldwide these ships are forcing harbour construction at established or new sites. 

Bush puts weight behind fuel-cell

11th January 2002 The Bush administration is walking away from a $1,5-billion eight-year government-subsidised project to develop high-mileage petrol-fuelled vehicles. Instead it is throwing its support behind a plan that the Energy Department and the auto industry have devised to develop hydrogen-based fuel cells... 

Japanese automaker to join SA export push

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2001 With a major export thrust on the cards, Toyota South Africa looks set to finally join the ranks of significant automotive exporters. 

Bids invited for East London–Umtata rail link

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th December 2001 The planned East London–Umtata railway line project, in the Eastern Cape, edged closer to implementation late last month, when the province’s Transport Department invited local and international firms to submit bids for preliminary designs, incremental detailed designs for priority... 

Weak currency will lead to 20% hike in car prices

10th December 2001 The South African rand’s steep depreciation across the board could push new vehicle prices higher by up to 20% next year, stunting the industry’s growth prospects, manufacturers said. 

35 trailers for timber industry

7th December 2001 MOSSEL Bay engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies which will be used in the timber transport industry. 

R2bn investment by German automaker

4th December 2001 German luxury carmaker BMW South Africa announced that it would invest two-billion rands on upgrading its plant following a decision by BMW in Munich, which will see future BMW models being built at its Rosslyn manufacturing plant, near Pretoria. 

Local leather for high-performance Italian cars

30th November 2001 Two of Italy’s top leather companies Mario Levi and Ambra Leather have, in joint venture, opened a R39-million automotive leather plant in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. 

Association in IT overhaul

23rd November 2001 The Automobile Association of South Africa has awarded a R4-million information technology (IT) project to business solutions provider 3fifteen as part of a strategic plan to enhance customer focus and profitability. 

US knife-gate valves arrive in South Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 A new range of knife-gate valves became available to the paper and pulp, mining, steel, sugar, automotive and sewerage and effluent industries two months ago. 

Multimedia car

By: Karel Smrcka     16th November 2001 Multimedia, Internet, electronic organizers, personal digital assistants, home and office personal computers (PCs) – these electronic communication terms are today’s buzzwords. 

E Cape becomes truck-testing hub

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2001 While truck production ceased at DaimlerChrysler’s East London plant in 1999, the testing department keeps hitting the tar. 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

South African-made German cars

By: Zonika Botha     2nd November 2001 Leading luxury motor vehicle manufacturer BMW SA holds 8% of the local automotive industry’s marketshare. This figure is 6% higher than other BMW subsidiaries’ performances around the world, and 2% higher than in Germany itself. 

Africa a target for Brazilian cars

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2001 AFRICA is one of the potential export markets being considered by the Brazilian automotove industry following the downturn in their domestic market. 

Plan to grow local bike market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The Department of Transport is spearheading a nationwide project that should see bicycles, long-neglected by planners, becoming a significant feature of South Africa’s transport landscape within the next few years. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Transnet 'end state' document awaited

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 IT is highly unlikely that any significant announcement on the restructuring of Transnet will be made before the end of the year. 

Firm fixes sights on exports

By: Zonika Botha     12th October 2001 With a turnover of R64-million, Nedschroef Johannesburg of the East Rand is the largest automotive fasteners manufacturer in South Africa. 

Auto steel firm moves downstream

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2001 The erstwhile loss-making automotive-related business of Baldwins Steel, off-loaded in January, is aiding its new owner, steel merchant and processing company Trident Steel, to achieve its objective of moving up the beneficiation chain. 

SA auto parts markers off to Paris show

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2001 Local component manufacturers hope to receive much needed international exposure at two automotive shows in Paris, France, and in the US later this month. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

Wales wants SA ties in reinventing economy

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2001 WALES is seeking joint venture (JV) opportunities with South Africa in both the high and medium technology fields. 

Potential in SADC transport sector

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Southern Africa’s restructuring transport sector presents immense opportunities for private investors, delegates to this year’s Southern African trade and investment summit were told. 

SA auto firms in laser deal

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2001 South Africa’s automotive industry will have access to state-of-the-art high-power laser machining facilities in Pretoria by the end of October. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

'Final shortlist for taxi recap contract by end of the year'

28th September 2001 This month saw taxi operators confirm their support for government’s minibus taxi recapitalisation programme, which will see South Africa’s current 16-seater taxi fleet replaced with the safer and more reliable 18-seater and 35-seater taxis. 

Transport aircraft alliance for Denel

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 Denel Aviation has entered into exploratory contracts with European aerospace companies PZL-Mielec and Alenia, to examine the possibilities for transport aircraft in Africa. 

Swedish carmaker mulls new South African investment

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2001 Automaker Volvo is investigating the possibility of increasing the number of units assembled at its Pretoria plant to enable the company to start exporting to states neighbouring South Africa. 

SA needs to come to terms with road vs rail dilemma

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     21st September 2001 National rail utility Spoornet is well known for its incessant shrills for a level playing field, which will enable it to compete more effectively with road hauliers for bulky freight. 

Stainless exports exceed local demand

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Last year marked the first time that South Africa exported more stainless-steel finished goods than it acquired for domestic demand, with exports at 62 000 t exceeding domestic demand by 700 t. 

Local design a must for auto sector survival

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 THE South African automotive industry must develop its own design capabilities. 

SA help sought for 'future vehicle'

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 BRITAIN is offering the South African automotive industry a partnership in the commercialisation of new road vehicle technologies. 

Chemicals group has growth 'Bee' in its bonnet

14th September 2001 In its first year as part of Chemical Services (Chemserve), the largest speciality chemicals operation in Southern Africa, local polyurethane specialist Industrial Urethanes has significant plans for the future, says MD Mike Bee. 

Still long way to go for Shilowa Express

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2001 Consortia interested in constructing the Gautrain Rapid Railway, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), have been invited to bid. 

Market leader sees growth in demand

By: Deborah Spicer     31st August 2001 An important part of any vehicle manufacturer’s business is predicting correctly how much product demand there will be and then catering for that demand. 

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