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Toyota targets wider market with new Quantum, retains old model for taxi industry

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2019 Toyota this week unveiled a new generation Quantum minibus, but says it will retain the old Quantum for use by South Africa’s minibus taxi industry. While the new generation Quantum will be imported, the old one will still be produced at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) plant, in Durban. 

Meet the electric car that keeps on going . . . and going

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2019 Ever thought South Africa would see an electric car with more than 202 000 km on the clock? Meet Shaun Maidment, from Pretoria. Maidment, a telecommunications consultant, is the proud owner of a BMW 60Ah i3, which has reached the 15th highest mileage of all i3s sold to date globally. 

Meet the electric car that keeps on going . . . and going
Shaun Maidment's i3 with more than 200 000 km on the clock

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

New products launched  at Nampo Harvest Day
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Local vehicle production expected to grow by 6.2% in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2019 South Africa’s vehicle production is expected to expand by 6.2% in 2019, to roughly 648 000 units, compared with 2018, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa in its latest quarterly business review. South Africa made up 0.64% of global new vehicle production in... 

Local vehicle production expected to grow by 6.2% in 2019

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

Partnership aims to enhance  local fluid power sector
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

Fieldbus solution for  pneumatic valves first  step to smart assembly
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

Volvo tech to pull over drunk drivers, cap speed at 180 km/h

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2019 Car manufacturer Volvo has decided to cap the top speed on all its vehicles produced from model year 2020 at 180 km/h. This will also be the case for all Volvo cars sold in South Africa, says Volvo Car South Africa MD Greg Maruszewski. 

Volvo tech to pull over drunk drivers, cap speed at 180 km/h

FAW SA aims to produce 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant this year 

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2019 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) aims to assemble 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant, in the Eastern Cape, this year, slightly up from the 1 153 units produced last year. FAW SA sales and marketing GM Cheng Zhang says the local arm of the Chinese truck giant sold 986 units in the... 

FAW SA aims to produce 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant this year
Cheng Zhang

BMW to buy cobalt direct from Australia, Morocco for EV batteries

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 German carmaker BMW will buy cobalt, a key component for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, directly from mines in Australia and Morocco to ensure they are not produced by child labour, an executive said on Tuesday. The announcement came as the London Metal Exchange (LME) launched an initiative... 

South African premium car market faces another tough year 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2019 The South African premium car market has seen four years of decline, ending 2018 below 50 000 units, says BMW Group South Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The first quarter of this year has also not signaled a turnaround, with sales below that of the first three months of 2018, he adds. The previous peak... 

South African premium car market faces another tough year
Tim Abbott

Auto giants battle used car dealers for Africa's huge market

By: Reuters     12th April 2019 At the edge of Nairobi's Ngong Forest, thousands of used cars glitter in the hot sun on a dusty field, waiting for buyers. Imported from Japan or the Middle East, they offer an affordable route to vehicle ownership in Kenya and have dominated the market for decades. 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient  automotive production
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 Owing to lower costs, access to European markets, attractive incentives offered to industry and high investment into infrastructure, Morocco has become South Africa’s biggest challenger in the automotive manufacturing industry, says multinational professional services firm Deloitte Africa... 

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
MARTYN DAVIES MARTYN DAVIES South Africa’s passenger vehicles sales declined roughly by 25% in the past decade

Africa cooperation pacts key to new-vehicle manufacturing

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 The key to manufacturing more new vehicles in South Africa and on the continent lies in restructuring the African market around a cooperation agreement in key assembly economies such as Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, says advisory and investment holding company UBU Investment Holdings... 

Africa cooperation pacts key to new-vehicle manufacturing
NEW-VEHICLE AMBITIONS Despite the presence of small assembly operations, the sub-Saharan African market is dominated by second-hand vehicle imports, with few new vehicles being sold

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2019 Policy certainty and flexible thinking will play an important role as Africa increasingly look to the automotive industry to grow its industrialisation footprint, says Thomas Schaefer, chairperson and MD at Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), as well as chairperson of the African Association of... 

Supportive policy held up as key to unlocking Africa’s auto ambitions

Platinum demand investment reaps reward – Amplats  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2019 The best lever to stimulate platinum demand is platinum jewellery promotion, which provides the best return “by a country mile", Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) industry day, Griffith said that the work done by the platinum... 

Platinum demand investment reaps reward – Amplats
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith discusses the platinum demand market over the short to medium term. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

VWSA invests more than R70m in black supplier development

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2019 To date, R70.9-million of the R86-million invested by Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) in the Volkswagen Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Initiatives Trust has been committed to the development of black-owned component suppliers. The aim of the trust is to increase the number... 

VWSA invests more than R70m in black supplier development

Wrench trial run with tyre and wheel supplier

5th April 2019 Heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee has paired with tyre and wheel supplier Tyremart to put the Milwaukee M18 half-inch wrench on a trail at some of the Tyremart flagship outlets, including Sandton and Fourways. Tyremart Fourways branch manager Martin... 

Wrench trial run with  tyre and wheel supplier
TURNAROUND TIME The use of the Milwaukee impact wrenches resulted in a dramatic increase in turnaround time

The new Sprinter, now also in a 3.49 t version, promises to use 8.5% less fuel

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2019 The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has finally landed in South Africa, following its launch in Germany last year. The Sprinter is well known in South African taxi circles – especially in the long-distance segment – with this industry absorbing around 80% of all Sprinters sold in the local market,... 

 The new Sprinter, now also in a 3.49 t version, promises to use 8.5% less fuel
The new Sprinter

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study 

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2019 While South African component suppliers are, on average, holding their own in the international automotive industry, there are one or two warning lights flashing that all is not 100% within the industry. This is, in short, the finding of the newest South Africa Automotive Supplier Performance... 

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study

UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT 

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2019 UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has re-entered the light-duty truck sector with the launch of the new Kuzer. Once a stellar performer in this segment of the truck market, the Japanese truck maker has been without a light-duty vehicle in the South African truck market since 2015. 

 UD Trucks re-enters small truck market; launches improved Quester with AMT
Rory Schulz introduces the new Kuzer at Sun City

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The 500 000th W205 C-Class – the current model – rolled off the line at the Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) assembly plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape, on March 16. MBSA also this year celebrates 25 years of manufacturing the C-Class sedan and 25 years of women on the production line. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa produces 500 000th W205 C-Class

No escaping the move to electric, says Jaguar as it launches new I-Pace 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2019 A third fully electric vehicle has made its debut in South Africa. The new Jaguar I-Pace adds to the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 already available in the local market. 

No escaping the move to electric, says Jaguar as it launches new I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2019 Port Elizabeth-based e-coating specialist, Electrocoat, wishes to sell at least 51% of the business to a black investor. Businesses that are successful in implementing major transformational changes will secure a sustained competitive advantage under the South African Automotive Masterplan 2035,... 

PE-based e-coating specialist seeks majority empowerment partner

Adapt to digital or be left behind — warning to South African auto industry

By: African News Agency      14th March 2019 South Africa's automotive component supply sector needs to urgently focus on vehicle electronics if it is to meet ambitious new localisation targets. This emerged at the the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa conference which continued in Durban... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2019 JSE-listed energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer Metair saw a strong contribution from its overseas acquisitions in the energy storage vertical, while also being supported by good volume throughput from the automotive components vertical in the year ended December 31,... 

Turkey, Romania operations bolster Metair’s operating profit growth in FY18
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Metair MD Theo Loock

Goodyear introduces a concept tyre for autonomous, flying cars

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2019 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear has unveiled a concept tyre designed for use by autonomous and flying cars. The Goodyear Aero concept is a two-in-one tyre that would work both as a tyre for driving on the road and a ‘propeller’ for flying through the sky. 

Goodyear introduces a concept tyre for autonomous, flying cars
The two-in-one Goodyear Aero concept tyre

Naacam aims to unlock localisation at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The main aim of this year’s National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show is to be an effective platform for stirring the local automotive industry into action around a common vision for the future, says Naacam executive director Renai Moothilal. The biennial... 

Naacam aims to unlock localisation at show
RENAI MOOTHILAL Transformation is an imperative for the development of the South African automotive industry.

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show

1st March 2019 German chemicals giant BASF is one of the confirmed exhibitors at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Working within the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) 2035 strategic framework – the extended Automotive Production... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show
SECOND TIME This year marks BASF’s second time exhibiting at the show

CSIR to showcase new technology at show

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) plans to showcase its casting, powder consolidation and related manufacturing technologies and products  at this year’s National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show, which will be held from March 12... 

Naacam Show to offer a platform for machine learning specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 Cape Town-based machine learning specialist DataProphet co-founder and CEO Frans Cronje says the association of automotive component and allied manufacturers (Naacam) Show will act as a platform to showcase its work. Dataprophet chief technology officer Dr Michael Grant will present at the event... 

New development allows steel pistons to be used in car engines

1st March 2019 Automotive parts manufacturer MAHLE’s new development allows steel pistons to be used in powerful passenger car engines. The new production technology clears the way for lower fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions facilitating maximum design freedom for the piston gallery to ensures... 

New development allows steel  pistons to be used in car engines
NEW TECHNOLOGY Allows the use of steel pistons in powerful passenger car diesel engines

Organisation to address transformation in the automotive industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st March 2019 Business lobby organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be one of the organisations that will deliver a presentation at this year’s National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Busa CEO Tanya Cohen tells Engineering News that a... 

Organisation to address transformation in the automotive industry
TANYA COHEN South Africa’s automotive manufacturing industry is a key industry in terms of employment numbers and investment

Tyre company wins four HR Awards

1st March 2019 Leading South African tyre company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) – which manufactures Dunlop tyres, Sumitomo tyres as well as Falken tyres – scooped four awards at the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) HR Audit Awards. Winning three of the category awards in addition to the... 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2019 Mahindra South Africa (SA) aims to sell more than 6 000 units this year, which will be a significant jump from last year’s new record of more than 5 500 units – a 26% increase on 2017 sales. “We aim for more than 10 000 units by 2022, says Mahindra SA CEO Rajesh Gupta. 

Mahindra aims for top ten spot in SA market, tractors to launch this year
Rajesh Gupta

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 Mike Mabasa is set to take over as new executive director at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) at the end of March.   He will succeed Nico Vermeulen, who will be retiring after 37 years of service. 

Naamsa appoints Mika Mabasa as new executive director
Nico Vermeulen
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