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EVs something to watch in ‘medium term’, says Motus; Kia mulls launching first EV by year-end 

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2022 Fast-growing global electric vehicle (EV) availability will not impact Motus in the short term, but is rather “something to watch in the medium term”, says Motus Retail South Africa CEO Corne Venter.  Motus is a JSE-listed vehicle importer and retailer. 

Hudaco lifts interim profit despite global market challenges

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 Branded automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products group of companies Hudaco grew its turnover for the six months ended May 31 by 12% year-on-year to R3.8-billion. Turnover was also 19% higher than pre-Covid-19 levels.  

Eastern Cape port investment should foster auto sector expansion – AIDC EC 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says it applauds Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) announcement that it will inject R9.1-billion into its three Eastern Cape ports over the next seven years. AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane says the centre, as well as other... 

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The East London port

Hino SA restarts production after Durban floods

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 Hino South Africa (SA) has restarted truck assembly at its plant in the Toyota Prospecton manufacturing complex, in Durban, following extensive flooding in April. The remainder of the Toyota plant remains in recovery mode. 

Mercedes-Benz SA says pilot solar project a success; plans expansion 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has declared its pilot solar energy project a success. MBSA piloted the project in order to evaluate the solar yield for the East London manufacturing plant, in the Eastern Cape. 

Image of the solar panel roof installation at MBSA plant

Volvo Trucks starts testing hydrogen vehicles

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2022 Volvo Trucks has started testing commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen technology. The Swedish manufacturer already offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas. The goal is now for hydrogen trucks to be added to its product portfolio in the second half... 

Image of Volvo hydrogen truck

Testing of electric minibuses in SA conditions to start in Stellenbosch early next year

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

AIDC EC, partners roll out Kaizen programme

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has partnered with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to roll out a Kaizen implementation programme aimed at improving the competitiveness of component suppliers within the province’s automotive industry. Kaizen... 

Pipe welding work completed

24th June 2022 A successful example of technical solutions provider BMG Fluid Power team’s ability to carry out on-site welding during the installation and replacement of piping, plate work, stainless steel and other components has been highlighted during the installation of pipework over a 48-hour shift shut... 

A Jasic branded welding machine with a Jasic welding mask being used by a BMG welder with sparks flying
WONDER WELD BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment was the preferred brand for on site welding at a pipework installation

Compact grinding and polishing system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
COMBICLICK SYSTEM The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

Numsa to picket the Japanese embassy on future of Nissan plant; Nissan denies closure rumours 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will be picketing the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria on Friday. The union intends to hand over a memorandum of demands regarding a “number of grievances” against Nissan’s management in South Africa.  

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Driver assistance system wins gold at Automechanika Innovation Awards

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2022 SynapCAM has clinched the top spot in the Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 Innovation Awards. The product was designed and developed in the US and South Africa by Synap, and launched on the local market at the Automechanika automotive aftermarket and related industries show held in Johannesburg in... 

BMW SA adds 16 African countries to its export list 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2022 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has added 16 African countries to its existing portfolio of 30 export countries, including Senegal, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya and Ethiopia.  BMW SA produces the BMW X3 sports activity vehicle (SAV) at the Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. 

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The BMW X3

Stellantis SA introduces something fresh to the SA bakkie mix

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2022 Stellantis South Africa (SA) has just added its entrant to the bakkie wars in South Africa – the Jeep Gladiator. The pickup is available in only one model in the domestic market, namely the Rubicon. 

Image of the Jeep Gladiator
The Jeep Gladiator

BMW, Mini to offer 12-month (or longer) rental periods at dealerships

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 BMW Group Financial Services South Africa has unveiled a new product called BMW and Mini Charter, yet again changing the way vehicles can be owned and/or utilised in the local market. Charter is a finance solution that allows consumers the use of a BMW or Mini vehicle, at a fixed monthly rental... 

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Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa renamed following global unbundling

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa has been renamed Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA). This follows the global unbundling of the German Daimler group into Daimler Truck and the Mercedes-Benz Group on December 1. 

So you bought your first EV? Now, how do you look after it?

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 The continuing global mobility move away from fossil fuels means that more of us will drive battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sooner than we probably may imagine. Experts have spoken about consumers’ range anxiety – will my BEV make it to my destination before the juice runs out? – or the fear... 

In tight race to market, EVs becoming less green – research report

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Independent research into electric vehicle (EV) development has found that most automotive companies are more focused on improving range and reducing costs than improving the carbon footprint of these vehicles. This new research has been published by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of... 

New JV to produce automotive flooring, acoustics and fibre-based products

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Global Tier 1 supplier of vehicle flooring, acoustic and fibre-based products Auria Solutions and Feltex Automotive, a regional manufacturer of automotive textiles and acoustic components, have announced a joint venture (JV) that will serve selected automotive original-equipment manufacturers... 

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand rises

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2022 Scania Southern Africa MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of Scania Southern Africa at the end of last year. He has spent 15... 

May marks a good month for automotive exports, says terminal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 The East London Terminal recorded a 67% increase in container volumes at the end of May. The terminal originally budgeted for the handling of 3 058 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) but ended up moving 5 131 TEUs. 

The East London car terminal
The East London car terminal

SA faces unique EV conundrum, warns Frost & Sullivan research director

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2022 It is impossible to draw a direct comparison between South Africa and other countries that have adopted strategies to push the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), warns Frost & Sullivan research director Craig Parker. He says that South Africa’s economic structure and demographic profile are... 

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Craig Parker

Volvo CE starts testing of its first prototype hydrogen articulated hauler

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2022 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has started testing its first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04.  The company says the results of the project will provide insights into the possibilities provided by hydrogen and fuel cells as the Swedish group continues research on... 

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The Volvo HX04

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Electric vehicle sales surging, but future growth hinges on battery, critical mineral supply diversification – IEA

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

Push for education in manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Owing to a continued lack of understanding of the concept of tribology and its importance, the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) remains a firm advocate of the need for tribology education in the manufacturing sector. Tribology is the study of friction and wear, where two surfaces... 

A metal component that can be seen with deep grooves in it caused by frictional wear
WEAR OH WEAR The South African Institute of Tribology explains that tribology is the study of friction and wear, where two surfaces moving over one another cause friction

Company produces over 1Mt of corrosion resistant steel

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, says that it has produced more than one-million tons of its 3CR12 chromium-containing corrosion-resistant stainless steel for a variety of applications for local and international clients. 3CR12 is a locally... 

A stainless steel 3CR12 exhaust pipe laying among a group of rusted metal exhaust pipes with a small seedling growing n front of it
SHINING LIGHT The notable corrosion resistance of Columbus Stainless's 3CR12 improve on cost of ownership and product longevity

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year 

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2022 GoMetro has convened a project team consisting of companies and researchers to test the first electric minibus in South African conditions by January next year. GoMetro, a global mobility management technology company with its head office in Cape Town, has collected data on taxi operations across... 

First electric minibus to start testing in Stellenbosch early next year

Corolla Cross announced as South Africa’s 2022 Car of the Year 

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2022 The Toyota Corolla Cross has been named as the 2022 Car of the Year (COTY) by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ). The category winners for this year’s competition are: Compact Category: Toyota Urban Cruiser                   Compact Family Category: Toyota Corolla Cross... 

Image of the Corolla Cross
The Corolla Cross

Suzuki yet again hits new sales record; firms up number three spot

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Budget brand Suzuki Auto South Africa has recorded a sales jump of 630 vehicles from April to May, to hit a new overall record of 4 331 new-car sales a month. This comes as cash-strapped South Africans continue to battle rising interest rates and fuel prices. 

Image of the Suzuki Swift

Fuso to deliver 250 trucks to Baker’s Inn in Zimbabwe

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Fuso Trucks and its authorised regional distributor, Zimoco, has started delivery of 50 new FE7-136 units to Baker’s Inn. The first 50 units form part of an order of 250 trucks.  

Image of FE7-136 trucks

Global sector poised to grow, says report

3rd June 2022 Apropos, a latest report published by research membership organisation ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights, the global demand for gaskets and seals is projected to surge at a steady rate during the forecast period 2016 to 2026. The report estimates that in... 

An image of seals
GROWTH EXPECTED A comparative forecast on the global sales of gaskets and seals projects that demand for seals will increase

Gearing up for Ranger, Grenadier production

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 Towbar expert Brink Towing Systems, in Pietermartizburg, KwaZulu-Natal, is expanding its manufacturing capacity in preparation for the production of automotive manufacturer Ford’s new-generation Ranger pick-up at its Tshwane plant, in Gauteng, later this year. “We are undertaking an extensive... 

BIG IN BAKKIES Brink Towing Systems produces the towbars for almost all original equipment manufacturers, including Ford’s current Ranger, Raptor and Everest models
BIG IN BAKKIES Brink Towing Systems produces the towbars for almost all original equipment manufacturers, including Ford’s current Ranger, Raptor and Everest models

Local bus sector under the pump

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The South African bus sector has faced challenges over the past two years, with commercial-vehicle sliding-window designer and manufacturer Widney Transport Components noting a drop in volumes, says sales manager Lucas Mehlape. “Local demand is mainly driven by government tenders, so the more the... 

REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted
REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted

Local truck, bakkie markets highly competitive

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The local truck and bakkie accessory markets are highly competitive, with consumers “not spoiled for choice of brands”, says KwaZulu-Natal-based stainless steel and mild steel vehicle accessories manufacturer Maxe Premium Automotive Accessories, which lost two days of production because of... 

Toyota, Woven Planet develop portable hydrogen cartridge prototype 

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2022 Japanese mobility group Toyota and its subsidiary Woven Planet have developed a working prototype of a portable hydrogen cartridge.  This cartridge design is set to facilitate the everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power a broad range of daily life applications in and outside of... 

Toyota's prototype of the portable hydrogen cartridge
The portable hydrogen cartridge prototype

Net-zero road transport by 2050 still possible as EVs set to quintuple by 2025 – BloombergNEF 

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2022 The road transport sector can still reach the target of net-zero emissions by 2050 through electrification, but urgent action is required from policymakers and industry participants­ ­– this according to research company BloombergNEF’s (BNEF’s) latest yearly Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook... 

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