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Hino leads Q1 DATATrack study with its highest score ever

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has retained its leadership position in the DATATrack comparative truck industry study. The local arm of the Japanese truck maker achieved top spot in the first quarter study’s overall combined ratings, and also topped all three categories – sales, parts and service.  

AFC Energy extends partnership with ABB, sets out to raise £35m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Aim-listed hydrogen technology developer AFC Energy has entered into a strategic partnership with technology group ABB regarding the development of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. ABB is investing £3.25-million into AFC Energy, as a commitment to the international e-mobility market to... 

Ethiopia develops auto industry

16th April 2021 Association body the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed by the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and component... 

DAVID COFFEY
Being awarded this contract by the GIZ is an important milestone for AAAM in the development of the automotive industry in Africa
DAVID COFFEY Being awarded this contract by the GIZ is an important milestone for AAAM in the development of the automotive industry in Africa

Equipment ensures plant efficiency

16th April 2021 Heavy machinery supplier BLT WORLD distributes and supports a range of materials and container handling equipment, designed for optimum efficiency, reduced operational costs, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance in automotive assembly plants. “Automotive manufacturers are continually looking... 

HEAVY DUTY
BLT WORLD’s Meclift heavy duty variable reach trucks increase efficiency and safety during materials handling procedures in automotive plants
HEAVY DUTY BLT WORLD’s Meclift heavy duty variable reach trucks increase efficiency and safety during materials handling procedures in automotive plants

Quality materials optimise automotive performance

16th April 2021 Geosynthetic manufacturer and supplier Fibertex specialists work closely with automotive manufacturers to design solutions for vehicles, using lightweight materials for high performance, enhanced comfort inside the cabin, extended service life and optimum safety on the road. “It is critical in... 

SMOOTH FINISH
Tutomotive design and manufacture need the correct materials to meet stringent quality, acoustic, safety and environmental requirements
SMOOTH FINISH Tutomotive design and manufacture need the correct materials to meet stringent quality, acoustic, safety and environmental requirements

Continental body, Germany partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy 

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars) rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Online vehicle searches jump to a record high

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 The latest biannual AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2020, the report notes that 276-million searches were conducted on AutoTrader, which is 54.1% growth year-on-year.  

2024 debut for first all-electric Land Rover, Jaguar to be EV-only brand

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 Jaguar Land Rover says its Reimagine plan will see the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with “two clear, unique personalities”.  The British carmaker says Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants in the next five years. 

Local manufacturer produces discreet armouring for passenger cars

By: Shannon de Ryhove     16th April 2021 An increased concern for the safety of people in light passenger vehicles is driving local safety glass manufacturer South African Bullet Resistant Glass (SABRG) to extend its operations to the full armouring of vehicles across the range, from double and single cab bakkies, to passenger cars and... 

Local manufacturer produces discreet armouring for passenger cars

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 An informal ‘contract’ signed at a conference, on a serviette, can hardly be viewed as a binding document, but somehow it saw Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Dr Robert Cisek make his way to Kariega (formerly known as Uitenhage) to take over the reins at the local arm of... 

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

Nissan's Magnite small SUV finally lands in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2021 The Nissan Magnite compact sports-utility vehicle (SUV) has officially landed in South Africa. It will participate in the highly competitive B-SUV segment, along with vehicles such as the Hyundai Venue and Suzuki Vitara Brezza. 

Nissan's Magnite small SUV finally lands in South Africa

Volkswagen Rwanda unveils second charging station for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2021 Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VWMSR) has unveiled its second charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) in the capital of Kigali. The Volkswagen brand introduced a fleet of four e-Golfs and one charging station in Kigali in October, 2019, as part of an e-mobility pilot project in... 

Volkswagen Rwanda unveils second charging station for electric vehicles

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major  

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol made announcements on Tuesday that potentially open the way for the coal- and gas-heavy company to begin an energy transition designed to reposition it as a green hydrogen major and a leading global producer of carbon-neutral jet fuel. CEO Fleetwood Grobler... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Armoured product manufacturer SVI Engineering has extended the range of armoured bakkies available in South Africa to include the 190 kW V6 Amarok. SVI’s clients opted for the ultimate civilian level of armoured protection, namely B6, on the vehicle, able to stop bullets fired from assault rifles... 

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

Electrified vehicle sales in South Africa remain dismal, says uYilo  

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2021 The cumulative number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold in South Africa since 2013 has reached only 637 units by the end of 2020, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The BMW i3 leads the market by a substantial margin, at 445 vehicles, followed by the Nissan Leaf, at 94... 

Electrified vehicle sales in South Africa remain dismal, says uYilo

Renergen inks landmark Phase 2 helium contract

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked its first helium sales agreement with a global tier-one automotive supplier in what is the company’s first direct-to-customer helium deal. For reasons of confidentiality, Renergen says that it is unable to disclose who the customer is or... 

Sales, profitability key focus areas for new BMW SA CEO 

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2021 In the challenging economic climate created by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, new BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Peter van Binsbergen says his focus will be on the company’s profitability and that of its retail partners, as well as on having a customer-first approach. He says... 

Peter van Binsbergen
Peter van Binsbergen

Mahindra opens new parts warehouse in Gauteng 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Mahindra South Africa has cut the ribbon on its new national parts warehouse in the Linbro Business Park, Gauteng. The new warehouse, situated near the intersection of the N1, M1 and N3 highways in Johannesburg, is around a third larger than Mahindra’s old Jet Park warehouse.  

Rajesh Gupta at the new warehouse
Rajesh Gupta at the new warehouse

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall, and is currently the fastest growing transport sector in the country.  He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Courier industry growing rapidly as e-commerce expands – SAEPA

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

Tata launches e-commerce parts portal

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za – will enable customers anywhere in South Africa, including those in the remotest parts of the country, to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts, with doorstep... 

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into South African auto value chain

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Suzuki sets new record – again 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) yet again set a new all-time sales record, this time at 2 397 vehicles sold for the month of March. In doing so, the Japanese vehicle manufacturer broke its month-old record by nearly 12%. 

Suzuki sets new record – again

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks 

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Isuzu Motors has wrapped up the acquisition of UD Trucks from the Volvo Group, as part of the completion of a strategic alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors.   Naoto Hakamata has been appointed chairperson of UD Trucks and Tetsuya Aiba as the CFO, effective April 1. 

Isuzu Motors completes acquisition of UD Trucks

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. Brand has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

Len Brand
Len Brand

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than expected – Nada 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Considering the number of vehicles sold in March, it is possible that 2021 may deliver better sales than expected, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “It is evident that the delayed replacement cycle is starting to catch up, helped by interest rates... 

March sales hint at a more positive 2021 than expected – Nada

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

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The higher stock removal rate and unique cut of the ALLROUND tungsten carbide burrs reduce the vibration and noise during operation, which, in turn, improves operator comfort and safety
SAFETY FIRST The higher stock removal rate and unique cut of the ALLROUND tungsten carbide burrs reduce the vibration and noise during operation, which, in turn, improves operator comfort and safety

Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

Volvo aiming to be EV-only group by 2030

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to become a fully electric vehicle (EV) company, on a global level, by 2030. By then, the company intends to sell only fully electric cars and phase out any car in its global portfolio with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. 

Ford donates R2.5m to bolster government’s Covid-19 surveillance system

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Ford South Africa has donated R2.5-million to help fund the enhancement of the National Occupational Health Surveillance System (OHSS), a programme implemented by the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). The OHSS monitors workers in the public and private sectors using data supplied... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6% 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2021 The expected turnaround in South Africa’s new-vehicle market has started, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Naamsa on Thursday released the new-vehicle sales statistics for March, which is the first month of the year to produce comparable year-on-year numbers, considering the fact... 

New-vehicle sales jump by 31.8%, exports up 38.6%

The AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The Automobile Association (AA) has opened its first AA Auto Centre, with the aim to “provide motorists with cost-effective, reliable and trusted services”. The centre is located in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg. 

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