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Oil recycling foundation reaching out to farmers

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 The further farmers are from a town or city, the more likely they are to find it difficult to dispose of used oil responsibly, says nonprofit organisation Recycling Used Oil Saves the Environment Foundation CEO Bubele Nyiba. Although this is not an excuse, he emphasises that, as farmers live off... 

Watchdog needed, not more standards

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 South Africa would be better served by an industry regulator rather than a standards body to ensure compliance with globally accepted lubricant standards, says industrial and automotive lubricants manufacturer Castrol strategy and projects manager Satha Govender. In the past, local manufacturers... 

Watchdog needed, not more standards
MAGNATEC IN MOTION Castrol’s Magnatec Dual Lock will be available to the South African market in September

VWSA produces 200 000th Polo for export market

6th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has reached a new milestone, with the 200 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo for the export market having rolled off the production line at its Uitenhage plant on January 31. This milestone also brings the total number of exports for the company by the... 

OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end

By: Irma Venter     6th February 2020 Specialist logistics service provider OneLogix should complete the R300-million, phase 3 expansion of its vehicle distribution hub at Umlaas, in KwaZulu-Natal, by the end of the year, says CEO Ian Lourens. Speaking at the company’s results presentation for the six months to end November, 2019, in... 

 OneLogix’s Umlaas hub expansion to wrap up at year-end
Ian Lourens

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland this week told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that the world was shifting towards zero emissions transportation and that this will likely result in shortages of 'green' metals, like platinum and copper. He... 

Video: Zero emissions transport future will require more copper, platinum
Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson discusses the global move away from internal combustion engines towards electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

DRC to benefit from rise in global copper demand  

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines chairperson Robert Friedland is capitalising on the rising need for more copper globally, with a mission to restore the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC's) position as the number one producer of copper metal in the world. Friedland told the 2020 Investing... 

DRC to benefit from rise in global copper demand
Ivanhoe Mines chairperson Robert Friedland addresses the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Isuzu SA starts exports of bakkie assembly kits to Kenya

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2020 The Isuzu Motors South Africa (Isuzu SA) plant, in Port Elizabeth, has started supplying knocked-down (KD) D-MAX bakkie kits for assembly at the Isuzu manufacturing facility in Kenya. This represents the first intra-continental regional trade exchange of its kind for the Japanese vehicle... 

Britain to ban new petrol and hybrid cars from 2035 

By: Reuters     4th February 2020 Britain will ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from 2035, five years earlier than planned, in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to use the... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2020 The South African new-vehicle sales market will shrink by 4% in 2020, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says Toyota expects the passenger car market to decline by 4%, to 339 900 units, with the light commercial vehicle market (LCV) to drop by 2%, to 150 585... 

New-vehicle sales to drop by 4% in 2020, says Toyota
Andrew Kirby

Frenchman clinches Dakar class win in SA-made car

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2020 When Frenchman Mathieu Serradori won the T1.3 class (petrol two-wheel drive) in the 7 500-km, 2020 Dakar Rally, while also clinching eighth place overall, he did so in a car manufactured by Johannesburg-based Century Racing (CR). Serradori also won stage eight of the Dakar. 

Frenchman clinches Dakar class win in SA-made car
The CR6 in action at the Dakar

Hudaco performs well, despite economic downturn

By: Simone Liedtke     31st January 2020 Automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products supplier Hudaco managed to grow its headline earnings a share for the financial year ended November 30, 2019, by 5.1% year-on-year to R13.55. The company said this was “an achievement” given the tough business environment in South Africa,... 

Hudaco performs well, despite economic downturn
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford

Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R4.28-billion in its local operations up to the end of 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the investment will straddle a number of areas at the local arm of the Japanese car maker. 

 Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations
Andrew Kirby

Company supplies motor units for German project

31st January 2020 Drive technology company SEW-Eurodrive supplied 64 Movigear servo motors from its Cape Town branch to a major original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

Company supplies motor units for German project
IDEAL SOLUTIONS The Movigear solution was ideal for this application owing to its 200:1 speed range

Company leverages off diverse industrial supplier’s strengths

31st January 2020 As part of automotive consumable products supplier Hudaco Group, Bearings International (BI) is able to leverage synergies across a broad range of companies, meaning it can offer a complete product basket across its branch network nationally. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 Drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive has supplied geared motors to an automotive company as part of an expansion project at its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade
SEW-Eurodrive export sales representative Phillip Steyn discusses one of the company’s latest projects. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.12.2019 latest projects

Company stirs interest in pump-engine range

31st January 2020 Solutions provider Cummins held a highly successful seminar in October, in both Dubai and in South Africa, to introduce end-users and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to its range of high-quality engines for the pumps segment. 

Company stirs interest in pump-engine range
SENSIBLY SPEAKING Cummin's strategy to break into the pump segment is to reassure its customers that it can supply fit-for-market solutions that make a lot more sense in terms of the harsh operating conditions in Africa

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 There has been growing demand in the conveyor market for more compact and efficient designs at lower costs, says industrial equipment supplier BMG. 

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs
SO, SO VERSATILE BMG’s cam clutches can also be used for belt conveyors, metals, timber, pulp and wood chip, as well as bucket elevators for cement and grain

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship

31st January 2020 Electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy’s Leroy-Somer LSK direct current (DC) motors provide cost-effective solutions for variable speed applications.  

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship
EXCLUSIVE PICKS Vert Energy is the exclusive distributor for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa

Toyota SA boss slams ‘short-term gain mentality’ as strike hits Durban plant  

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2020 Vehicle production at the Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) plant had been halted since Wednesday last week. TSAM produces vehicles for the local and export markets, including the Hilux, Corolla Quest and Fortuner. 

Toyota SA boss slams ‘short-term gain mentality’ as strike hits Durban plant
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby

Black-owned SPSS clinches contract from Merc SA

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2020 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has awarded an enterprise and supplier development contract for bodyshop loader services to Specialised Productivity Support Solutions (SPSS). SPSS is a 100% black-owned enterprise, formed by two former employees from the MBSA Bodyshop Division. 

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2020 German premium car maker Audi has expanded its networked traffic light project from Ingolstadt to Düsseldorf. At the end of January, Audi drivers in Düsseldorf will see information from around 150 traffic lights in their cockpit, thus increasing their chance of catching a wave of green traffic... 

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

Numsa signs wage deal in motor retail, components sector

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which represents about 306 000 employees at automotive components companies, petrol stations and car dealerships, has signed a three-year wage agreement. Under the terms of the wage agreement, Numsa members employed by component... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Following a year characterised largely by disappointing performances from the electric vehicle (EV) and consumer electronics sectors, better days are ahead for battery market participants, with key markets for electric cars set to start growing again. This is according to consultancy firm Wood... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

Mini South Africa to launch car-sharing scheme in Sandton in Q3 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2020 Mini South Africa, part of the BMW Group South Africa, aims to launch a pilot car-sharing scheme in Sandton, Johannesburg, in the third quarter of this year. Participants will be able to use the participating cars with “just a few taps on their smartphones”, says the car maker. 

Mini South Africa to launch car-sharing scheme in Sandton in Q3

Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2020 As the primary method for freight transportation in South Africa, road freight, excluding passenger freight, emits about 16.8-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, making it the second largest contributor to carbon emissions, after electricity. One way to reduce these carbon emissions is... 

 Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework
Dr Lee-Anne Terblanche

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award  to casting producer
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

Component manufacturer ‘gears up’ for new automotive business

24th January 2020 Local chassis manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa is the only independent chassis manufacturer in Africa, supplying chassis frames and other high-tech components to motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also one of eight automotive component manufacturers which, according... 

Component manufacturer ‘gears up’ for new automotive business
STEELY PARTNERSHIPS Allied Steelrode's steel processing equipment allows the company to supply a wide range of products and sizes to the automotive component manufacturing sector

Local supplier grows through development programme

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Local automotive tool manufacturer and supplier Naicker Toolmakers has benefited from completing nonprofit organisation Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative’s (ASCCI’s) Black Supplier Development Programme (BSDP). Naicker Toolmakers began its involvement in the programme in May... 

Local supplier grows through development programme
DEVELOPING LOCAL SUPPLIERS The BSDP aims to drive transformation and skills sharing in the automotive sector by facilitating access to markets for component manufacturers like Naicker Toolmakers

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

Auto industry seen consolidating as falling demand, higher costs bite

By: Reuters     23rd January 2020 The auto industry faces further consolidation and jobs will migrate to lower-cost countries as companies struggle to develop cleaner vehicles in an economic downturn, European Auto Industry (ACEA) president Mike Manley said on Wednesday. Tighter emission rules introduced in the wake of... 

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev Africa sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly “dreams” of having a light-duty electric truck (etruck) operational within the beer maker’s South African fleet by 2022. She says SAB is keen to use etrucks as their value is increasingly being proved in markets... 

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022
The eCanter

South African transport operators 'under pressure'; UD Trucks to face year of change 

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2020 South African transport operators are “under severe pressure” as they face a “tough and erratic economic climate”, says UD Trucks Southern Africa marketing director Rory Schulz. This said, the South African new-truck market expanded by 2.1% in 2019 compared with 2018, to reach 28 041 units. 

South African transport operators 'under pressure'; UD Trucks to face year of change

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Several South Africans, ladies included, made for a memorable Dakar 2020

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 While there was no South African on the overall winner’s podium at Dakar 2020, the country did manage to notch up quite a number of memorable finishes. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Giniel de Villiers (from South Africa) and Spanish co-driver Alex Haro powered their South African built and run factory... 

 Several South Africans, ladies included, made for a memorable Dakar 2020
Alex Haro and Giniel de Villiers

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2020 Freight logistics group Grindrod has started construction on a new, R105-million AutoPort, just off the N3 in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal. The 270 000 m2 property is located between Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. 

Grindrod breaks ground at R105m AutoPort project

BMW’s Abbott takes on mantle of Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has elected BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott as its new president. He will serve a two-year term. 

Tesla in talks to buy Glencore cobalt for Shanghai car factory

By: , Bloomberg     15th January 2020 Glencore is negotiating a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s new electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal would help Tesla avoid a supply squeeze on the key battery metal as it pushes into the world’s largest car market, and mark a win... 

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