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Aspiring rare-earth producers should focus on niche products – F&S

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2019 Aspiring rare earth material producers aiming to compete with the likes of Australia’s Lynas Corporation and Iluka Resources will have to focus on manufacturing customised products for clients to break into the market. This is according to research and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan (F&S),... 

New belt range well received

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 There has been a favourable reaction from the market to the recent inclusion of belt manufacturer ContiTech Power Transmission Group’s drive belt and matched component range to bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s (BI’s) already extensive product portfolio. The drive... 

New belt range  well received
LOOP-DI-LOOP The ContiTech belts have been proven to run for over double the time other belt brands

Automotive acoustics testing facility opened

19th July 2019 Multinational engineering and technology company Robert Bosch’s subsidiary Bosch Engineering has put into operation its new acoustics testing centre. Bosch Engineering specialises in development services for vehicle and engine manufacturers. 

Automotive acoustics testing facility opened
SING IT LOUD The indoor acoustics testing facility negates external factors that might affect the outcome of an acoustic certification

Mathe Group invests in new process to recycle retreaded tyre waste

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

Bahrain composites group aiming to use PRASA contract as platform for expansion into other sectors  

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2019 Composites multinational BFG International, of Bahrain, has officially opened a R50-million factory in Ekurhuleni, South Africa, to supply fibreglass components for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) new trains. The investment, which is the first-ever by a Bahraini... 

Bahrain composites group aiming to use PRASA contract as platform for expansion into other sectors
BFG International group president Dr Samer Aljishi in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the company's investment in South Africa and prospects for future growth. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.7.2019

Renault and Nigeria's Coscharis Group form partnership

By: Reuters     18th July 2019 French carmaker Renault and Nigerian conglomerate Coscharis Group have formed a partnership to assemble and distribute Renault vehicles in Nigeria, the companies said on Thursday. The Coscharis Group plant will start assembling Renault Logan and Renault Duster vehicles and will distribute the... 

Fuel cell developments poised to transform PGM, manufacturing sectors 

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2019 Global developments in the fuel cell sector, which have begun to move at a far faster pace than expected after decades of build-up, are poised to transform South Africa’s platinum group metals and manufacturing sectors, a well-attended fuel cell conference heard on Wednesday. Speakers at the... 

Fuel cell developments poised to transform PGM, manufacturing sectors
Photo by Creamer Media's Veronica Creamer
Dr Ferdinand Panik

Numsa meeting with auto employers for second round of wage talks 

By: African News Agency      16th July 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Tuesday that they were preparing to meet with auto employers for the second round of wage talks after an agreement couldn't be met at their previous meeting. "The wage agreement in the sector has lapsed and we need to negotiate... 

Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2019 If not regulated, Africa could become one of the world’s fastest developing polluters, says Nissan Group of Africa sales and operations director Jim Dando. There are currently about 45-million vehicles in Africa, at 27 vehicles per 1 000 inhabitants, compared with 481 vehicles per 1 000 people in... 

 Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando
Jim Dando

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start

By: Nadine James     10th July 2019 The Bloodhound supersonic car will participate in a high-speed testing programme at Hakskeenpan, in the Northern Cape, between mid-October and mid-November this year. The car is expected to reach speeds in excess 800 km/h, as part of the Bloodhound team’s larger objective of beating the current... 

Bloodhound high-speed testing set for mid-October start
Photo by Creamer Media
Andy Green

Widebody tyres on trucks can save up to 5% on fuel costs

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2019 Using single widebody tyres on trucks, as opposed to a dual-tyre assembly, can save transport operators up to 5% on fuel costs. “Some studies show this can be up to 12%,” says University of Illinois professor of engineering Imad Al-Qadi. 

DTIC gives insight into locally manufactured vehicle parts sector

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2019 Between 800 and 20 000 locally manufactured parts were used in every locally assembled vehicle model in 2018, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) says. It noted in a Parliamentary reply published this week that, vehicle models that have been in production for longer use more... 

Europe thinks like China in building its own battery industry

By: Bloomberg     3rd July 2019 The European Union is starting to act like China when it comes to building the batteries that will drive the next generation of cars and trucks. In the past few months, government officials led by European Commission VP Maros Sefcovic have joined with manufacturers, development banks and... 

AIH spreads its wings to the international market 

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2019 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) is spreading its wings, with the firm officially venturing into the international market. AIH, a level two empowered company, is a well-known consulting and manufacturing entity within the South African and African automotive landscape. 

AIH spreads its wings to the international market
Corrie Kotzé, Dempsey Naidoo, Johan Cloete and Paulo Fernandes

Factory of the Year recognises world-class excellence in South African manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2019 Multinational management consulting firm AT Kearney’s Factory of the Year competition recognises world-class excellence and performance in manufacturing and provides participants with a confidential evaluation of their competitive position as part of the assessment of all finalists, says AT... 

Factory of the Year recognises world-class excellence in South African manufacturing
3D-printed Factory of the Year trophies

Bridgestone South Africa appoints new CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2019 Bridgestone South Africa has appointed Jacques Fourie CEO, effective July 1. He succeeds Gavin Young, who stepped down on June 7.  

Bridgestone South Africa appoints new CEO
Bridgestone CEO Jacques Fourie

Datsun Go, NP200 cheapest vehicles to service and repair

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2019 The Datsun Go is the cheapest passenger car to service and repair in South Africa, according to the 2019 Automobile Association (AA)-Kinsey Report on vehicle parts, servicing and repair costs, compiled by Malcolm Kinsey. The report does not cover 100% of the market, but does include the more... 

Datsun Go, NP200 cheapest vehicles to service and repair
The Datsun Go

Large carmakers including VW, FCA could face 2021 EU emissions fines – study

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 Volkswagen and FiatChrysler could face penalties of up to €1.83-billion and €746-million respectively, if they fail to meet the European Union's emissions targets set for 2021, according to AlixPartners. The study by the consulting firm, which was published on Wednesday, shows how hard it is for... 

BMW SA investigates software solution to counter problematic GridCars chargers

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2019 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will investigate updating the software on the 60 Ah version of the BMW i3 electric car, in an effort to assist with some older models of the vehicle apparently struggling to make use of selected GridCars fast chargers. The problem was first highlighted by the South... 

 BMW SA investigates software solution to counter problematic GridCars chargers

French car maker PSA opens $630m Morocco plant

By: Reuters     21st June 2019 French carmaker PSA on Friday opened its €555-million ($630-million) factory in Kenitra's Atlantic Free Zone, near Rabat. PSA will initially produce an annual 100 000 cars in 2020 increasing to 200 000 by 2023, Morocco's Industry Minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy said at an official inauguration... 

As South African demand stagnates, auto exports set new records

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2019 Automotive exports from South Africa had a positive 2018, setting a number of new records on the way up. In doing so, the industry managed to compensate for some of the losses seen in the South African new-vehicle sales market last year as the domestic economy continued its uphill battle, says... 

As South African demand stagnates, auto exports set new records

Naamsa seeks quick end to wage negotiations in auto sector

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2019 The National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) wants the quickest possible resolution to the looming wage negotiations between vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), says  Naamsa executive director and CEO Mike Mabasa.... 

Naamsa seeks quick end to wage negotiations in auto sector

Continental Tyre to halt underground mining, agricultural tyre production in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) will discontinue the production of underground mining and agricultural tyres. This decision affects about 170 employees within CTSA’s manufacturing and sales organisation. 

 Continental Tyre to halt underground mining, agricultural tyre production in South Africa

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale
Dr Mehran Zarrebini

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield to head up Egyptian operation

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2019 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan announced on Monday that Nissan South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa MD Mike Whitfield has been appointed MD of Nissan Motor Egypt. He will, however, also serve as chairperson of Nissan in Africa South. 

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield to head up Egyptian operation
Mike Whitfield

Suzuki South Africa on the hunt for new sales record

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2019 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) is on the hunt for another yearly sales record. Sales are already up 9.8% for the first five months of this year, to 5 114 units, compared with the same period last year. 

Suzuki South Africa on the hunt for new sales record

Turnaround strategy for production tech industry making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     7th June 2019 Intsimbi Future Production Technologies Initiative (IFPTI) is making headway with its turnaround strategy for South Africa’s distressed tooling industry and is receiving substantial recognition locally and internationally, but many small, lower technology companies are still struggling, says... 

Turnaround strategy for production tech industry making headway
CHANGE IS NECESSARY The South African manufacturing sector cannot survive without the support of a strong, vibrant and technologically sophisticated local tooling industry

The world’s most powerful Ferrari and the South African investment company 

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2019 The most powerful Ferrari ever has the tiniest bit of a South African rainbow hidden under the hood. The new SF90 Stradale – Ferrari’s first series production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – is powered by a 4-l twin-turbocharged engine delivering 574 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque, taking it... 

 The world’s most powerful Ferrari and the South African investment company
The SF90 Stradale

New epoxy primer for heavy-duty equipment

31st May 2019 This month, global coatings manufacturer Hempel launched a new epoxy primer for heavy duty equipment and trucks called Hempaprime Shield 700 HS. Hempaprime Shield 700 HS is specifically designed to improve productivity and quality for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by reducing production... 

New epoxy primer for heavy-duty equipment
SPRAY DAY The fast drying epoxy allows for shorter intervals between coats

Corrosion coating applied to drive units

By: Halima Frost     31st May 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Nord aluminium drives range is available with the nsd tupH anti-corrosion treatment for improved process reliability in extreme environmental conditions and hygienically critical applications. Manufactured and developed by electric motor... 

Corrosion coating applied to drive units
NOT TO BE IG‘NORD’ The in-house coating developed by Nord is applied to all its aluminium drives

Africa crash test results revealed for Avanza, Amaze and Ignis  

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2019 The third round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results revealed a reasonable safety performance for adult occupants, but disappointing results for child occupant protection. The vehicles tested were the Toyota Avanza, Honda Amaze and Suzuki Ignis. 

Africa crash test results revealed for Avanza, Amaze and Ignis
The results of the third round of the #SaferCarsForAfrica crash tests have been revealed. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Adjudicator says any security defence of US auto tariffs at WTO 'very difficult'

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 The US will find it "very difficult" to defend President's Donald Trump's proposed car tariff against any challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a veteran trade adjudicator who has ruled on a related case told Reuters. Trump said this month that some imported vehicles and parts pose a... 

Jiangling unveils truck, bakkie; Changan cars to launch in 2020

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2019 Jiangling Motors South Africa (JMSA) has lifted the veil on its new one-ton-bakkie offering to the local market, the Vigus 5, as well as a new truck with a four-ton payload. JMSA is a subsidiary of China’s Jiangxi Jiangling Motors Import & Export (JMIE), which forms part of Jiangling Motors... 

Jiangling unveils truck, bakkie; Changan cars to launch in 2020
The Carrying Plus

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. 

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

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
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