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Automotive News

Hino developing heavy-duty fuel-cell truck

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 While there is a swing towards electrification for many forms of transportation, Toyota Motor Corporation is continuing its development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, while also bringing Toyota group electric vehicles to market.  One of the Japanese’s company’s latest fuel-cell projects is a... 

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 Sappi’s Symbio bio-composite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed, renewable forests, has been chosen as feedstock for the development of lightweight bio-composite materials for the Life Biobcompo project.  This project aims to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by 8% through... 

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

AIDC assists in the development of a no-touch sanitiser station  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2020 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has assisted Vusi Mkhize, the owner and CEO of the Mumbo Group, to produce a no-touch, non-electronic hand sanitiser dispenser.  AIDC mentored Mkhize by identifying companies and expertise in the automotive industry that could assist with the... 

AIDC assists in the development of a no-touch sanitiser station 
The Mumbo Group's no-touch hand sanitiser solution

Solidarity e-Race on track

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2020 The Solidarity e-Race, created to support the relief efforts provided by the Solidarity Fund to small and medium-sized enterprises, and organised by Afrihost, Data Sciences Corporation, Pure Storage and NEC, has kicked off. "While we are fully aware that South Africans are passionate about their... 

Manufacturer pursues innovative ways to improve efficiency

10th April 2020 Multinational automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company's Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth has been pursuing innovative systems and technologies to improve the efficiency of its manufacturing operations, while reducing its impact on the environment in terms of water use, electricity... 

Policies can assist OEMs with Africa’s automotive market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     10th April 2020 Africa needs to have policies and incentives in place to help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen (VW), gain access to the automotive market in Africa, says Deloitte Africa automotive industry leader Martyn Davies. Polices include the... 

Policies can assist OEMs with Africa’s automotive market
WINNING FORMULA With South Africa’s automotive market being well established, foreign OEMs have chosen to increase their manufacturing capacity in the country

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2020 The great African automotive story of this year will be Ghana, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer, who is also the president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM, established in November 2015, focuses on the expansion of... 

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

Skills vital to develop local suppliers for automotive industry

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2020 Skills are a critical requirement to sustainably allow for the establishment and development of local black suppliers to the automotive industry. Most of the suitable entrepreneur candidates to establish and run local component manufacturing and supply operations will come from the automotive... 

Skills vital to develop local suppliers for automotive industry
INDUSTRIAL SKILLS Economically feasibility will determine which components can be produced locally and the pace of deeper localisation

Covid-19 forces Bloodhound land-speed record attempt into hibernation

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 The Bloodhound land-speed record (Bloodhound LSR) attempt has gone into hibernation. Following successful high-speed testing in South Africa in October and November, Bloodhound LSR has been focussed on securing sponsorship to further fund its world land-speed record campaign, says CEO Ian... 

Covid-19 forces Bloodhound land-speed record attempt into hibernation

Ford South Africa starts face shield production 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started production of 57 000 protective face shields that will be donated to front-line medical and essential services personnel who are most at risk of contracting Covid-19.  The face shields, which protect the user’s eyes, nose and mouth, are... 

Ford South Africa starts face shield production
Face shield production at Ford

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 South Africans are largely heeding the call to stay home during the national lockdown, says vehicle locating firm Tracker. South Africa entered a national lockdown on March 27 in an attempt to fight the spread of Covid-19.  

Sandton, Franschhoek most compliant in staying at home, says Tracker

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2020 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has aced the Volkswagen group’s global quality audit, scoring 96% across sections such as export processes, housekeeping, security, vehicle handling, as well as condition of storage, says Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). The audit is held every five years across all... 

PE car terminal scores 96% in Volkswagen audit

Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria 

8th April 2020 Automotive component manufacturer Bosal Afrika in February officially opened its new emissions control systems manufacturing plant, in Pretoria, which is supplying major original-equipment manufacturers including Ford, Nissan, Isuzu and Volkswagen, in South Africa. Marleny Arnoldi attended the... 

Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria
Bosal opens new emission control systems plant in Pretoria

Bosch Rexroth South Africa to 3D print protective face masks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2020 Fluid power and automation company Bosch Rexroth South Africa has responded to Netcare's call for assistance from the local three-dimensional (3D) printing community to produce face masks for first-line responders. Bosch Rexroth subsidiary Tectra Automation Mechatronics technician Nico Davies... 

Bosch Rexroth South Africa to 3D print protective face masks
The face mask

Standard Bank takes a 40% stake in Payment24

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Standard Bank has acquired a 40% stake in digital fuel management solutions and telematics company Payment24.  Payment24 is a technology development firm that supports companies with large fleets. 

Standard Bank takes a 40% stake in Payment24
Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil 

Covid-19 puts EV sales, carbon emission targets at risk, says GlobalData 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Data analytics and consulting company GlobalData says lower oil prices as a result of the Covid-19 crisis could reduce electric vehicle (EV) demand and impair European Union (EU) efforts to significantly reduce average new vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European car market.... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2020 Government’s incentive scheme for the local automotive industry, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), implemented in 2013 and ending in 2020, has no direct incentive for the production of alternative drivetrain technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (BEVs), says... 

Review the market longevity of vehicles made locally, asks EV programme

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says it has, as of close of business on April 3,  supplied vehicle parts and made repairs to about 70 essential-services vehicles since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 27.  “We have dealerships in every province and we will continue to do our part... 

Toyota has repaired 70 essential service vehicles since lockdown started

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo  

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2020 By the end of last year, a total of 1 119 plug-in electric vehicles had been sold in South Africa, of which 545 were battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 574 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), says the newly released State of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in South Africa report, published by the... 

As Covid-19 clears the air in the 13th most polluted city, rethink EVs, urges uYilo

March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2020 There is little positive news at the moment, but used-car sales in South Africa during March do provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader CEO George Minnie. He says March began well, and used-car sales were on track to sustain this year’s positive performance. 

March used-car sales provide a glimmer of hope, says AutoTrader

Local ventilator production could start within a month, says Naacam   

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2020 Much of the reverse engineering on the Penlon Nuffield 200 ventilator is complete, with prototype production imminent, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers executive director Renai Moothilal. “If things go according to plan, full-scale volume production can... 

Local ventilator production could start within a month, says Naacam 
The Penlon Nuffield 200

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa says it will support transport companies that are delivering essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa.  “We are indeed living in extraordinary times and I want to assure customers that Volvo Trucks, together with our nationwide network, is doing... 

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 The automotive sector is facing its biggest existential threat since the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, with multidimensional challenges at its door, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. These include supply-chain restrictions, workforce safety and demand drop off. 

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 New-vehicle sales fell by 30% in March, to 33 545 units, compared with the same month last year. South Africa is in a lockdown since March 27 as it works to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula  

By: Sane Dhlamini     1st April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that taxis could carry their full loads during the national lockdown, provided that all passengers wore masks. Mbalula was addressing taxi operators and commuters at the MTN Taxi Rank in Johannesburg after he held discussions with the... 

Taxis allowed 100% of capacity only with masks – Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikille Mbalula

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 Just more than three years after German car manufacturer Volkswagen ventured into sub-Saharan Africa, the brand’s assembly facility in Kenya has added another model to its line-up. The assembly facility, which was opened in December, 2016, in Thika, Kenya, was the first semi-knockdown operation... 

Volkswagen expands operations in Kenya

Ford partners with GE Healthcare to produce 50 000 ventilators

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2020 Ford Motor Company and GE Healthcare have partnered to produce 50 000 ventilators within 100 days, at Ford’s Rawsonville components plant, in Michigan, in the US. This follows after the US government set a goal of providing 100 000 ventilators to Covid-19 patients in the country in 100 days.  

Ford partners with GE Healthcare to produce 50 000 ventilators

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, WesBank has announced payment relief plans to assist its customers and partners who have been impacted by the pandemic. WesBank provides a range of financial products to the retail and corporate market in South Africa, including vehicle and asset finance,... 

WesBank announces payment relief as Covid-19 bites
WesBank CEO Chris de Kock

An essential service? Need to service your vehicle? NADA has the answers 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 Not all vehicles will be parked in residential garages during the 21-day shutdown, scheduled to end on April 17. Some, such as taxis, will carry essential workers to their places of employment and some will be delivering goods to supermarkets and service stations. Engineering News & Mining Weekly... 

An essential service? Need to service your vehicle? NADA has the answers
NADA national director Gary McGraw

Metair closes most of its operations around the globe, delays dividend 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2020 Battery and automotive component manufacturer Metair has closed most of its operations as containment measures against the Covid-19 pandemic accelerate across the globe. The company said on Monday (March 30) that most of its operations were closed owing to declared lockdowns and/or customer... 

Metair closes most of its operations around the globe, delays dividend

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings believes global new light-vehicle sales could recover by between 10% and 12% in the US in 2021, following a 15% to 20% decline in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales in China could grow by between 2% and 4% next year, after seeing an 8% to 10% decline this year. 

New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

Transnet scales back to only essential services, operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2020 In line with government’s implementation of a three-week lockdown of the country to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, State-owned entity Transnet will be scaling down its transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during this period. After consultation with various... 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 Some of West Africa’s major economies are going to face “significant headwinds” in the time ahead, says Deloitte emerging markets and Africa MD Dr Martyn Davies. “There is some real economic pain coming.” 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market 

Global demand will impact on SA automotive component industry

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 While there is significant alignment in the South African automotive industry from original equipment manufacturers, importers, exporters and unions around the comprehensive Automotive Masterplan 2035, global demand and technology changes will inevitably impact on the local industry, says... 

Global demand will impact on SA automotive component industry
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAINS Many factors determine competitiveness, but quality, delivery and cost are the most important metrics

Mechanised systems gaining momentum

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 Manual harvesting currently dominates sugarcane harvesting operations. 

Mechanised systems gaining momentum
CANE MECHANISATION Any change towards a fully mechanised harvesting system involves many disciplines and affects all aspects of cane production

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Replacing imports with locally manufactured components and materials can sustainably improve local supplier development. This is possible if quality standards remain within global benchmarks and if manufacturers can produce sufficient volumes to ensure their costs are competitive for the... 

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers
ARTHUR MTOMBENI collaboration among stakeholders in the automotive value chains and original equipment manufacturers in countries will allow for the creation of a strategic supply base

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Automotive industry transformation initiatives, as captured in the Automotive Masterplan 2035, are aimed at radically transforming the industry to meet the future demands of human mobility, in addition to sustaining and growing the industry’s economic outputs and associated socioeconomic... 

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility
MIKE MABASA There is significant scope for cooperation on skills development, value-chain transformation and supplier development to ensure the sustainability of the automotive industry
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