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Automotive News

Diesel vehicle emission-control campaign

By: System Author     26th March 1999 IN a move likely to affect thousands of diesel-powered trucks, the Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has launched a diesel vehicle emission- control campaign to improve the quality of air for people in the area. Sparked by recommendations of the Brown Haze Report produced by the Energy Research... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

‘Open sesame’ for SA automotive exports

By: System Author     19th March 1999 ocal car manufacturer Samcor is now capable of supplying every market, following the Ford Q1 quality certification awarded to its assembly plant, supply operations and parts distribution centre. Samcor group MD Lewis Booth tells Engineering News that the company will be able to supply into any... 

Shot in arm for vehicle security

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An increased concern for the safety of people in vehicles is driving the South African bullet-resistant glass industry to develop stronger security glass, reveals SA Bullet Resistant Glass MD Hilton Franks. Soaring vehicular crime levels have resulted in the establishment of a specialised vehicle... 

Hi-tech theft solution

By: System Author     19th March 1999 South Africa has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the world, and this has led Midrand-based electronics developer Analysis, Management & Systems (AMS) to offer a hi-tech solution that brings hope to embattled owners and drivers. CarSafe is a novel and inexpensive vehicle-security... 

Motor company matures

By: System Author     19th March 1999 With a turnover of more than R2,5-billion last year, the Wheels of Africa group has matured since its establishment five years ago, and the challenges presented by global economic conditions are met in an aggressive, proactive manner, reports group chairperson Billy Rautenbach. Rightsizing to... 

R20m automotive-glass plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An automotive door- glass and rear-glass manufacturing plant worth R20-million, said to be only the second of its kind in South Africa, has been commissioned by Gauteng glass firm Furman Glass, reports director Keith Feldman. The plant features hi-tech automated equipment imported from Europe,... 

Auto welding advances

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Research into the use of aluminium for automotive body panels has resulted in innovations in the welding industry, reports welding-equipment supplier Weld-Cut Equipment MD Warwick Hogan. The liquefying features of aluminium, which make it difficult to weld, have resulted in the development of... 

South African parts match world’s best

By: System Author     19th March 1999 There is a false perception among participants in the automotive industry that products manufactured and assembled abroad are of a higher quality than those manufactured locally, argues South African Motoring Corporation (Samcor) quality-systems manager Duncan Macphail. Last month the Gauteng... 

Smooth road ahead for R1-billion Gauteng plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 How would you characterise the local automotive industry at present? Last year there was a significant downturn in new-car sales, with only 203 817 new passenger cars being sold, compared to the predicted 260 000, which resulted in most original-equipment manufacturers experiencing difficult... 

Air-brake supplier sets quality example

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Driving the need for awareness of high-quality components in the automotive industry, air-brake equipment supplier Wabco Automotive South Africa, of Edenvale, Gauteng, is setting the example with the implementation of South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) 0253 certification this month. With... 

Supplier takes on the world

By: System Author     19th March 1999 ORIGINAL-equipment supplier Triple C has supplied machined components for more than 19 years. It has enjoyed steady growth in the automotive industry, specifically with Toyota SA, and now supplies a cross-section of components, including knuckles and carriers, clutch housings, stiffener plates,... 

Compact new system improves drive unit

By: System Author     19th March 1999 SMALL and medium-sized vehicles form the target group of Mannesman VDO’s newly-launched E-Gas compact system. Initial applications of the system, developed by the Frankfurt, Germany-based supplier include airport vehicles, maintenance machines, tunnel trains and construction and forestry... 

Two new advanced test facilities installed

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Two new test facilities installed by Nissan South Africa are designed to further improve customers’ motoring peace of mind through improved braking safety and vehicle waterproofing, combined with increased environmental benefits. At the advanced new brake-testing facility at the Rosslyn,... 

Company is approved cable supplier

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A utomotive electrical cable manufacturer Walro Flex, of Alberton, Gauteng, has been given the green light by Daimler Chrysler as an approved cable supplier for Mercedes-Benz products. “We are extremely pleased to acquire accreditation from one of the most prestigious motor manufacturers in... 

Casting supplier succeeds

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Gauteng automotive casting supplier Airmotive Foundry is establishing itself in the automotive market with firm orders received from leading South African car manufacturers, reports customer account manager Manfred Eden. The company has also entered into negotiations with other vehicle... 

Challenging year for automotive industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 This year represents another extremely challenging period for the South African vehicle-manufacturing and associated industries, with aggregate industry sales declining by 15,4% on a year-on-year basis, reports National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director... 

New-car sales figures slip out of gear yet again

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The new passenger-car market for last month was the lowest February market since 1986, with 14 579 units sold. However, this was in line with industry expectations, and gives rise to cautious hopes that the 25-month decline in the new-car sales cycle is finally bottoming out, reports Volkswagen... 

R1,2 bn capex forecast

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Port Elizabeth vehicle assembler Delta Motor Corporation remains positive about its long-term future, which is reflected in its strategic planning and expenditure forecasts over the next five years, which total close to R1,2-billion, reports corporate communications manager Ed Emmett. Much of the... 

Auto sealants, adhesives

By: System Author     19th March 1999 THE extensive range of anaerobic, cyanoacrylate compounds from Pacer Technology is to be distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by Bearing Man and Fenner Power Trans- mission. This includes the Pro Seal range, which has been designed especially for the automotive industry. Manufactured in the... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

New range of robots has 20% fewer parts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new range of Motoman robots offering increased handling capabilities above that of its predecessors, and with 20% fewer parts, is being launched at Hanover Fair, Germany, by Motoman Robotec this month, reveals Robotic Systems SA MD Terry Rosenberg. The mechanically-simplified machine is... 

R5,5-million bread-conditioning plants

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a contract valued at R5,5-million, Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Equipment, of Honeydew, Gauteng, has supplied two locally-manufactured twin-drum bread-conditioning plants to the Albany Bakeryin Germiston on behalf of JF Turkingtons. The conditioning plants are used to cool bread from about 95 

Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

Traffic yearbook cites busiest roads in Midrand

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE figures of the 1998 traffic-observation yearbook show that the Allandale and Old Pretoria roads are the busiest roads in Midrand, with a yearly weekday average of 45 691 vehicles. The yearbook is a compilation of traffic information obtained at various traffic stations around Midrand. It... 

Automotive giant to develop diesel-electric bus

By: System Author     5th March 1999 US COMPANY General Motors Corporation (GM) is developing a fuel-efficient diesel-electric bus that will be used to haul commuters during initial testing this year in New York, reports Associated Press. The combination diesel-electric powertrain is expected to cut fuel consumption by 40% and save... 

Big haul needed for local locomotives

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A whopping R31,5- billion is required to replace all of South Africa’s existing fleet of commuter trains, which will be redundant in 15 years time if they are not upgraded, South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) rolling stock technology service chief engineer Bill Potgieter reveals... 

SA becoming a truck dumping ground

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Illegal or ‘grey’ imports of heavy and medium vehicles are beginning to wreak havoc on the South African industry, Engineering News can today report. The problem has arisen as a result of the severely depressed market for commercial vehicles in Asia, following the meltdown of those... 

Trucks make way for exhaust plant

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has recommitted itself to local truck assembly following a R9-million relocation of its truck-building plant from Markam Township to Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth. The move, the company claims, is integral to its drive to become the... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Used-truck scheme to crack tough market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a market dogged by overtrading, high interest rates and uncertain new legislation, truck manufacturer MAN has taken the bull by the horns and introduced a used-truck programme with its own backing, and aftersales support provided by its national dealer network. Speaking at the official launch... 

Toll-road company scores Asian contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TOLL-road company Intertoll has secured two new contracts in Asia, reports Group Five CEO Mike Lomas. In India and Bangladesh, these contracts are further confirmation of Intertoll’s successful entry into the highly-competitive toll-road operation market. In India, the company has secured a... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

Central lube systems

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Adequate fifth-wheel lubrication on articulated vehicles was a difficulty in Sasol’s fleet operation. “We found that this was an area that was often neglected in our routine maintenance programmes,” says Sasol Oil transport services manager MJ du Plessis. He adds that this is... 

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