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Numsa rejects employers proposal in motor retail, components sector

By: African News Agency      14th October 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected the latest wage agreement proposals by employer bodies in the motor retail and components sectors, Numsa said on Sunday. Numsa had met employer bodies from the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (Mibco) for the last day of... 

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support as urbanisation accelerates

By: Irma Venter     11th October 2019 It would probably be fair to say that Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has seen the best and worst the South African transport industry has to offer. The company this year celebrates its 158th birthday, with its roots tracing back through an unbroken chain of acquisitions and mergers to the very... 

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support  as urbanisation accelerates

Construction on Rea Vaya’s Selby depot progressing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is making progress with the construction of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit’s (BRT’s) Selby bus depot, in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD). The depot will be used for Phases 1A and 1B of the Rea Vaya BRT. 

Construction on Rea Vaya’s Selby depot progressing
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Construction is progressing well

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

Volvo, Geely to merge engine units in electric car push

By: , Bloomberg     7th October 2019 Volvo Cars and China’s Geely plan to merge their engine operations into a standalone company, a step the Swedish automaker says will cut costs as it shifts to a fully electrified lineup. The combined unit would supply two million diesel and gasoline-powered engines, compared with the 600 000... 

Taxis to have access to discounted tyres through Bridgestone, SA Taxi deal 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2019 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa (SA) has entered into a strategic partnership with SA Taxi for the supply of a tyre specifically designed for the Toyota minibus taxi. The tyre will be locally produced, at the Bridgestone plant in the North West. 

Taxis to have access to discounted tyres through Bridgestone, SA Taxi deal
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
Bridgestone SA CEO Jacques Fourie and Santaco president Phillip Taaibosch

Toyota increases localisation through expanded Hiace Ses’fikile plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2019 Automotive manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday unveiled its upgraded Hiace Ses’fikile assembly plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, which manufactures South Africa’s most popular minibus taxi. TSAM invested R454-million to upgrade the facility, which now uses 13 Kawasaki robots for... 

Auto industry faces major paradigm shift, warns Toyota SA boss 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2019 It will be ten years-plus before South Africans will see a fully autonomous vehicle, or driverless vehicle, on the country’s roads, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. South Africa will need real-time data, he notes – infrastructure that will allow for constant... 

Auto industry faces major paradigm shift, warns Toyota SA boss
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby

SA auto industry prefers private, competitive EV charging network  

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2019 It will be best if South Africa’s automotive industry is not dependent on municipalities to provide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLRSA) network development director Brian Hastie. Hastie is also the chairperson of the EV subcommittee at... 

SA auto industry prefers private, competitive EV charging network

All mobility heading to electric future; solar and storage seen as key enablers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) electric mobility initiative uYilo director Hilten Parmar on Tuesday highlighted that worldwide all forms of mobility, including personal, freight, aviation and marine transport, were moving towards the use or inclusion of electric systems. The... 

Govt, auto industry compiling position paper on EVs 

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2019 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the South African automotive industry have started work on a position paper regarding the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country’s domestic economy, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

Govt, auto industry compiling position paper on EVs
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Naamsa CEO Mike Mabasa

Powerstar targets long-haul market, expands FT series

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2019 Powerstar is committed to developing a presence in the long-haul trucking market, says Everstar Industries COO David Gao. Everstar Industries assembles and distributes Powerstar trucks in South Africa. 

Powerstar targets long-haul market, expands FT series
The new FT10

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

UD Trucks ups its tech offering as it launches new Quon range

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has introduced the new Quon extra-heavy truck range to the local market. The new range has an array of fresh technologies to cater for increasingly sophisticated customer demands. 

UD Trucks ups its tech offering as it launches new Quon range
The new Quon

Daewoo Trucks stages a comeback, launches new Maximus

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2019 South Korean commercial vehicle brand Daewoo Trucks is steadily making a comeback in the South Africa market. Daewoo Trucks has been on sale in South Africa since 2004, but in earlier years failed to make a significant impact, owing largely to poor parts availability and after-sales service, says... 

Daewoo Trucks stages a comeback, launches new Maximus
The Maximus KL3TX

Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2019 Toyota South Africa Motors, in collaboration with partners Altron and Vodacom Business, has deployed connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models from September. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard
Toyota unveils all-new connected car offering as standard

Go George vehicle operating company buys its own buses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2019 The George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN), better known as Go George, reached a milestone this month when MAN Truck & Bus handed over 18 new buses to George Link, the vehicle operating company providing transport services to Go George.  Part of the implementation of the GIPTN project... 

Go George vehicle operating company buys its own buses
Handover. From left: Lionel Fortuin (director), Manon McDonald (George Municipality Fleet Manager), James Robb (GO GEORGE Manager), Hannes Wannenburg (George Link CFO), cllr Charlotte Clarke (Deputy Mayor), John Heathcote (director), Aliva George (director) and Richard von Wielligh (representing the Director of Protection Services, George Municipality)

Patel considers expanding OR Tambo SEZ to include Tshwane automotive hub

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel last week issued a notice in the Government Gazette, notifying the public and interested parties that he is considering approving an application for the expansion of the OR Tambo Special Economic Zone to incorporate the Tshwane automotive hub, in... 

Numsa says headed for strike in motor retail, components sector

By: African News Agency      25th September 2019 The National Union Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said late on Tuesday it was headed for a strike in the motor industry as talks with employers over wages and allowances remained deadlocked. On Monday Numsa said the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was... 

Entries open for revamped 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2019 The 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) is officially open for entries. Participants can look forward to a new route and changes in the  format of the solar car race. 

Entries open for revamped 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge
The 2018 winner, Team Nuon

Peugeot launches comeback as the French return to the helm 

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2019 Peugeot and Citroën are ready for yet another comeback in the South African market, this time under turnaround specialist Xavier Gobille. Gobille is the former Nissan South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa marketing, sales and aftersales MD. It was, however, his 2008 appointment at the... 

Peugeot launches comeback as the French return to the helm
The new Peugeot 108

Numsa meets motor retail, components companies through mediator

By: African News Agency      23rd September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Monday it was meeting employers in the motor employers through the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to try and break a deadlock in negotiations regarding wages and other benefits. Numsa said talks with the... 

Increase in vehicle sales driving HVAC demand

20th September 2019 Growing vehicles sales and inclination toward safety and luxury are the main factors which are driving the global automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market, according to a study released by global market intelligence and insights provider Fact.MR. The progression of the... 

Increase in vehicle sales driving  HVAC demand
MARKET DOMINANCE The Japanese automotive HVAC market has been estimated to dominate the market by value owing to the growing sales of vehicles

AMEO, Numsa sign new three-year wage agreement

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2019 The Automotive Manufacturers Employers’ Association (AMEO) has signed a new three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). The wage increase will be effected retrospectively from July 1. 

AMEO, Numsa sign new three-year wage agreement

Master plans needed to expand productive South African sectors – Patel  

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 To grow South Africa’s economy and expand its productive sectors, master plans will need to be developed for each of those sectors, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Friday. Speaking on the second day of the Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton, on Friday, the Minister... 

Master plans needed to expand productive South African sectors – Patel
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel discusses some of government's initiatives in rebuilding the South African economy, alongside the steel and manufacturing sectors, at the fifth iteration of the Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Sandton. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing Nicholas Boyd.

BNEF cuts 2019 EV forecast by 6%

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2019 Research service, BloombergNEF (BNEF) has cut its electric vehicle (EV) sales forecast for 2019 by 6%, to 1.5-million units. Global passenger EV sales fell in July for the first time in 30 months, with the last move into the red seen in January 2017. 

 BNEF cuts 2019 EV forecast by 6%

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

Vehicle makers, Numsa reach wage agreement, but no deal signed yet, says AMEO

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2019 South Africa’s vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have reached an in-principle wage agreement, says Automotive Manufacturers Employers' Association spokesperson Andile Dlamini. “The parties met this week to finalise the details of the agreement... 

Vehicle makers, Numsa reach wage agreement, but no deal signed yet, says AMEO

Electric car boom to turbocharge battery metal producers - Moody's

By: Reuters     10th September 2019 Demand for metals used in battery electric vehicles could rise sixfold if electric cars reach 8% of road traffic by the mid-2020s, delivering huge dividends for producing countries like Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Moody's said on Tuesday. The credit ratings agency said a worldwide shift... 

Motor retail, components sector wage negotiations still deadlocked

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday voiced its “disappointment” after a meeting with employers in the motor retail and components sector failed to break a deadlock in wage negotiations. Numsa met with the Fuel Retailers Association, Retail Motor Industry... 

ABB’s Alrode motor, generator factory meets local sourcing requirements

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th September 2019 Following a recent investment and transfer of knowledge and skills, ABB South Africa’s motor and generator factory, in Alrode, near Johannesburg, is now fully compliant with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) “greater than 70% local sourcing” regulations. In a statement... 

Volkswagen reaches production of its 200 000th new Polo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th September 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) on September 6 marked a historic milestone when it produced the 200 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo at the Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape. The VWSA production plant has been manufacturing Polos since 1996, when it started local production on... 

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment (Bell) will in March launch a new addition to its product portfolio in Las Vegas, in the US. Bell CEO Leon Goosen said on Monday that the “small truck of less than 30 t gross vehicle mass" would be manufactured at Bell’s Richards Bay plant, in... 

Bell to launch South African-made small truck in Las Vegas in 2020
Leon Goosen

Isuzu South Africa explores alternative fuel solutions for trucks 

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAF) has started evaluating two types of trucks that use alternative propulsion technologies, with a view to determine their suitability for the African market. Isuzu is currently testing a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel truck, and a dual-fuel-powered truck... 

Isuzu South Africa explores alternative fuel solutions for trucks

Numsa says motor retail, components industry wage negotiations deadlocked 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on employers in the motor retail and components industry to approach wage negotiations with “an attitude to resolving the dispute”. The union and employers have reached a deadlock and will meet again at the Motor Industries... 

Company launches management solution

6th September 2019 Petroleum products and solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions has extended its long-standing strategic partnership with oil industry company BP Southern Africa (BPSA) – which jointly runs the Sapref refinery located in KwaZulu-Natal – to deliver an innovative fleet management solution, BP... 

Plastic Omnium partners with AP Ventures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2019 Venture capital funds manager AP Ventures on Wednesday announced that French automotive supplier Compagnie Plastic Omnium (Plastic Omnium) had become a limited partner and advisory board member in AP Ventures Fund II. Plastic Omnium contributed $30-million to the fund to become a partner.  

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