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Auto industry disruption is here with shakeup starting in Geneva

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2019 The great auto-industry shakeout has started to arrive in force. Anyone paying attention knows change is looming for global automakers grappling with new technologies, stricter emissions standards and apps that have turned car buyers into renters or just riders. 

VWSA provides 560 work opportunities under the YES programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th March 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has created work opportunities for 560 unemployed youth through the Youth Employment Service (YES) programme, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The group began a 12-month employment period with VWSA on March 1. 

Ghosn freed on bail after 108 days in jail

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2019 Carlos Ghosn walked out of a Tokyo prison on bail after 108 days in detention, vowing to fight allegations of financial crimes that could imprison the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman for as long as a decade. Flanked by police officers and wearing construction worker reflectors, a light blue... 

Ghosn's release on bail in doubt as Japanese prosecutors appeal

By: Bloomberg     5th March 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s impending release from a Tokyo jail is in jeopardy after prosecutors appealed a decision granting bail to the fallen car titan after 107 days in custody. The prosecution responded just hours after a Tokyo court approved the release of the former Nissan Motor chairperson on bail of... 

Bidvest lifts H1 earnings, appoints CEO designate 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2019 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest’s headline earnings for the six months ended December 31, 2018, increased by 10% year-on-year to R2.1-billion, while headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased by 9.6% to 629.1c. The group declared an interim dividend of 282c a... 

Bidvest lifts H1 earnings, appoints CEO designate
Bidvest CEO-designate Mpumi Madisa (left) and Bidvest CEO Lindsay Ralphs (right)

uYilo invests into South African EV charging infrastructure localisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2019 South Africa’s adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has been slow by global standards, but it is accelerating, and this year will see more manufacturers introduce EVs to the country, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The programme is one of the strategic initiatives within the... 

Second month of decline in domestic new-vehicle sales market 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2019 Domestic new-vehicle sales faced a second consecutive month of decline this year, dropping by 6.5% in February, to 43 251 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales numbers released on Friday showed that February new-passenger car sales fell by 13.3%, to 27 000 units. 

Second month of decline in domestic new-vehicle sales market

Naacam aims to unlock localisation at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The main aim of this year’s National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show is to be an effective platform for stirring the local automotive industry into action around a common vision for the future, says Naacam executive director Renai Moothilal. The biennial... 

Naacam aims to unlock localisation at show
RENAI MOOTHILAL Transformation is an imperative for the development of the South African automotive industry.

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show

1st March 2019 German chemicals giant BASF is one of the confirmed exhibitors at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Working within the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) 2035 strategic framework – the extended Automotive Production... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show
SECOND TIME This year marks BASF’s second time exhibiting at the show

CSIR to showcase new technology at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) plans to showcase its casting, powder consolidation and related manufacturing technologies and products  at this year’s National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show, which will be held from March 12... 

Naacam Show to offer a platform for machine learning specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 Cape Town-based machine learning specialist DataProphet co-founder and CEO Frans Cronje says the association of automotive component and allied manufacturers (Naacam) Show will act as a platform to showcase its work. Dataprophet chief technology officer Dr Michael Grant will present at the event... 

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... 

New development allows steel  pistons to be used in car engines
NEW TECHNOLOGY Allows the use of steel pistons in powerful passenger car diesel engines

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

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