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Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Global auto leaders urge Trump administration to end trade turmoil

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Auto executives gathered in Detroit on Monday called on the Trump administration and Congress to resolve trade disputes, and end the government shutdown, saying political uncertainty is costing the industry. US trade officials are negotiating a new deal with China in hopes of avoiding new... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 The surprise outcome of Congo's election - a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution. Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's leading... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

Ghosn's fresh indictment pulls him deeper into legal quagmire

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn’s chances of getting out of jail anytime soon took a serious blow on Friday after he was indicted for a second time by Japanese prosecutors building their case against the fallen car executive, who was detained almost two months ago. The ousted Nissan Motor Co. chairman was indicted... 

Mazda develops world’s first cold-stamped parts using 1 310 MPa-class steel

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2019 Mazda Motor Corporation, working separately with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and JFE Steel Corporation, has developed the world’s first cold-stamped vehicle body parts made from 1 310 MPa-class high-strength steel. The parts are used in Mazda’s new-generation Skyactiv vehicle... 

 Mazda develops world’s first cold-stamped parts using 1 310 MPa-class steel

Hilux sales top 40 000 units, Suzuki, Bentley fly, Merc takes a knock 

By: Irma Venter     9th January 2019 The Toyota Hilux is yet again South Africa’s favourite vehicle, selling a whopping 40 018 units in 2018. This is up 10% on 2017 sales, at 36 422 units. 

Hilux sales top 40 000 units, Suzuki, Bentley fly, Merc takes a knock

New-vehicle sales decline by 1% in 2018, exports at record high 

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2019 South African new-vehicle sales yet again retreated into negative territory in 2018, declining by 1%, to 552 190 units, down from the 557 703 units sold in 2017. The new-vehicle market in 2017 lifted its head by 1.9%, after spending the previous three years in the red. 

New-vehicle sales decline by 1% in 2018, exports at record high

Ghosn says he's innocent in first appearance since arrest

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn rejected prosecutor claims of financial wrongdoing in the car titan’s first public comments since his shock arrest in Japan almost two months ago. “I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations,” the former chairperson of Nissan... 

Daimler offers self-driving big rigs as Tesla plots truck debut

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 Daimler will start selling a heavy-duty truck in the U.S. this year that’sle to brake, accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. This will coincide with the planned launch of electric-car leader Tesla’s Semi truck, which will stoke competition at a time when demand in North America is... 

Bloodhound record attempt back on track as new funder steps in 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2019 The Bloodhound project to set a new world land-speed record is back on track. The Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind the Bloodhound project, announced last year that it had been facing financial difficulties and that it had been put under administration. 

Bloodhound record attempt back on track as new funder steps in

Elon Musk sees a future in China for Tesla, and it's muddy

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Standing in a vast field of muddy wasteland that wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic movie scene, Elon Musk exuded his usual mix of optimism and self-deprecating humor. Musk had trekked to these inhospitable outskirts of Shanghai on a rainy Monday to break ground on Tesla’s first... 

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th December 2018 The new Cornubia bridge that crosses over the N2 to uMhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been partially opened to traffic, says construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV project engineer Brian Downie. The project was a joint venture in which Royal HaskoningDHV designed... 

Cornubia bridge opened to traffic
ONE STRUCTURE The Cornubia bridge forms one structure, carrying six mixed-use traffic lanes as well as pedestrian sidewalks and two bus lanes

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

Musk wants to open Tesla store in his South African homeland

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 It’s been almost 30 years since Elon Musk left South Africa to start a new life in North America. Now, the billionaire may be about to bring his Tesla electric cars back home. “Probably end of next year,” the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. replied to a South African fan on Twitter, who... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand 

By: Reuters     11th December 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose more than expected in October to its highest level since June 2016, data showed on Tuesday, lifting the rand as the economy showed further signs of recovering from recession. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession after contractions in... 

South Africa's manufacturing output jumps, boosting rand

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2018 It’s like Uber, but for goods, not people. New e-hailing service Droppa allows you to book a small bakkie or truck to pick up and deliver that fridge that needs moving, or those chairs required at a wedding, or to take home that dinner table you just bought. Droppa is the brainchild of... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year
Photo by Dylan Slater
Khathu Mufamadi

Bloodhound supersonic car project halted

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record, has been halted, owing to a lack of funds, BBC News and other media reported at the weekend. Engineering News in October reported that Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind the project, had entered into administration,... 

Ghosn, Nissan indicted in Japan as pay scandal escalates

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2018 Carlos Ghosn was indicted in Tokyo three weeks after his arrest for understating his pay at Nissan Motor, which will also face charges as Japanese prosecutors step up the investigation that has shaken the global car industry. The former Nissan chairman was also re-arrested on allegations of... 

Ghosn, Nissan indicted in Japan as pay scandal escalates

The switch to EVs needs plugs on the world's remotest roads

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The whole four-hour drive to Coober Pedy, Wiebe Wakker knew the inevitable was coming. Less than 15 miles outside town, a sun-scorched outpost of Australia’s Outback that’s served as a backdrop for Mad Max movies, the battery of his electric car ran out. Wakker, a 31-year-old Dutchman, steered... 

Ghosn is said to be indicted in Japan as soon as Monday

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 Three weeks after his arrest at a Tokyo airport, Carlos Ghosn is set to be indicted for financial crimes as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing to a head the case that has sent shock waves through the global auto industry. Prosecutors are also planning to... 

Nissan to recall 150 000 cars on newly found inspection failures

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 Nissan Motor is planning to recall 150 000 vehicles in Japan after uncovering more failures in its final vehicle inspection process, dealing another blow to the carmaker whose former chairperson Carlos Ghosn is detained over alleged financial crimes. The new problems include inappropriate tests... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The global take-off of Additive Manufacturing (AM, popularly called 3D printing), it is now apparent, took place some six years ago. "2012 was a turning point in AM, globally," consultancy Wohlers Associates President Terry Wohlers tells "Engineering News". "The technology really gained... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Car, bakkie sales in the red in November, truck and export sales up 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2018 New-vehicle sales in November declined by 4.6%, to 47 486 units, compared with the same month last year. The newest sales numbers, released on Monday, indicated that November new-passenger car sales decreased by 5.4%, to reach 31 054 units. 

Car, bakkie sales in the red in November, truck and export sales up

Investors inject R502m into East London development zone

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa have announced a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) expected to create 450 jobs for locals. Meek, which cuts and polishes diamonds mined for supply to both the domestic and foreign market, will... 

New APDP has right intent, but sets challenging targets, says Ford MD 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2018 Ford South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa is still digesting what exactly government’s revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) means for its operations in South Africa, says MD Neale Hill. Cabinet has approved extending the current APDP to 2035, but with a target of... 

New APDP has right intent, but sets challenging targets, says Ford MD
Neale Hill

BMW joins project to improve conditions for cobalt mining in Congo

By: Reuters     29th November 2018 German carmaker BMW is exploring ways to improve working conditions for mining cobalt in Congo through a pilot project also supported by chemicals giant BASF, battery maker Samsung SDI and a development agency. Carmakers seeking to boost sales of electric cars are struggling to get their hands on... 

'Passionate' electric car owners to drive growth, Shell says

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2018 Demand for electric cars will continue to surge irrespective of oil prices as consumers buy into a technology aimed at making driving fun while being environmentally friendly, according to Royal Dutch Shell. “It’s a technology many of our customers like,” Istvan Kapitany, head of Shell’s global... 

Nonprofit manufacturing institute opens in KwaZulu-Natal to support industrialisation of Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2018 South Africa’s newest manufacturing institute and academic research hub – the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) – was officially launched on Monday. TWIMS is incorporated as a nonprofit organisation and was established with funding from the Toyota South Africa Educational... 

Nonprofit manufacturing institute opens in KwaZulu-Natal to support industrialisation of Africa
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Toyota South Africa Motors chairperson and Toyota Europe president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl, Toyota South Africa Educational Trust member Elisabeth Bradley, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and GIBS dean Professor Nicola Kleyn

Toyota South Africa will not produce the new generation Corolla  

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2018 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will not produce the new, twelfth-generation Corolla, unveiled earlier this month, the company confirmed on the weekend. “The next-generation Corolla will not be manufactured locally, but will be imported as a completely built up product,” TSAM told Engineering... 

Toyota South Africa will not produce the new generation Corolla
The new, twelfth-generation Corolla

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s revamped automotive industry framework places local content at the centre of any future support for the industry, with government having set a target of raising local content from less than 40% currently to 60% by 2035. The local-content target is outlined in the newly released... 

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035

WesBank departs Car of the Year, seeks ‘modernised’ approach to industry competitions  

By: Irma Venter     23rd November 2018 Vehicle and asset finance company WesBank is no longer the headline sponsor of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists’ (SAGMJ’s) Car of the Year (COTY) competition. WesBank has sponsored the annual COTY competition for 32 consecutive years. There have been 33 COTY competitions to date. 

WesBank departs Car of the Year, seeks ‘modernised’ approach to industry competitions

BASF makes low-nickel wager amid scramble for battery metals

By: Reuters     23rd November 2018 German chemicals giant BASF is betting on a new recipe for electric car batteries which stretches the time between charges while cutting dependence on nickel to help shave costs and grab more of a growing market. It is part of flurry of activity in the sphere of cathodes materials, a major... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Aftermarket specialists Transportation Components is aiming to double its capacity after being awarded a contract to supply truck-body manufacturer Henred Fruehauf with Duroline frictional material brake liners. The agreement, signed last month, was approved after Henred Fruehauf axles, fitted... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier
AGAINST THE GRAIN Frictional material brake liners affixed to the axle

New Euro 6-rated engine suited to buses and trucks

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Automotive engine manufacturer Cummins has added its ISL9 Euro 6 rated diesel engine to its offering, which is suited for buses and light to medium duty vehicles. With more than 2 000 units sold globally since its launch in September last year, the engine is lighter on fuel consumption and has a... 

New Euro 6-rated engine suited to  buses and trucks
SMALL ADMISSION The lighter engine gives off less emissions

JSE listing to unlock shareholder value, says Motus

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2018 Motus Holdings, which was recently unbundled from Imperial Holdings, says its independent listing on the JSE enables improved strategic focus, operational efficiency and has unlocked shareholder value. Motus listed in the specialised retail sector of the JSE on Thursday, with a starting trade... 

JSE listing to unlock shareholder value, says Motus
Photo by Dylan Slater
Motus acting CEO Ockert Janse van Rensburg celebrates the JSE listing of Motus

Motus’ empowerment scheme lists on EESE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd November 2018 Broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme Ukhamba 2 on Thursday listed on the Equity Express Securities Exchange (EESE). Ukhamba 2 is JSE-listed Motus’ employment empowerment scheme. Motus was unbundled from Imperial Holdings earlier this year and listed on the JSE on Thursday.  

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