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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

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%

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

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... 

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

ZF starts production at new East London axle plant 

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2019 ZF Lemförder South Africa’s new plant in East London has started production of front and rear axles for its customer, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). MBSA – a member of the Daimler group – is investing R10-billion to gear up for production of the new generation C-Class at its nearby plant,... 

ZF starts production at new East London axle plant
The ZF plant in East London

KLT acquires Brits plant, eyes East London expansion

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2019 Chassis manufacturer, the KLT Group, has acquired the AVMY Steel Science pressing, welding, assembly and e-coating plant, in Brits, in the North West province, in a deal worth roughly R30-million. The move forms part of the Indian group’s production expansion and diversification programme in... 

KLT acquires Brits plant, eyes East London expansion

Fuso launches fresh product assault; expects flat 2019

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2019 The South African new-truck market will show only a 0.8% improvement this year, forecasts Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Jasper Hafkamp. The domestic new-truck market reached 23 162 units in 2018. 

 Fuso launches fresh product assault; expects flat 2019
The Fuso FI12-170R

Willard Batteries to start beach clean-ups next month as part of ‘Big Blue’ battery campaign 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2019 Automotive battery manufacturer AutoX with one of their leading brands Willard Batteries will on September 7 host the first of its beach clean-ups, which form part of the company’s “Big Blue” limited edition battery campaign. Together with environmental organisation The Beach Co-Op, Willard is... 

Willard Batteries to start beach clean-ups next month as part of ‘Big Blue’ battery campaign
Willard Batteries' limited edition batteries since 2013

Development of South African EV ecosystem critical, says Nissan  

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2019 It is critical that the South African government creates an enabling environment for the adoption and uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in South Africa, in order to catch up with global players, says Nissan Africa-Middle East-India connected cars and intelligent mobility coordination regional... 

Development of South African EV ecosystem critical, says Nissan

Motus weathers buying-down trend, looks to acquisitions in Aus, UK 

By: Irma Venter     28th August 2019 Current economic conditions are forcing South African consumers to buy down when it comes to vehicle purchases, moving either to pre-owned, entry-level or smaller cars, says Motus CEO Osman Arbee. Motus operates across the automotive value chain through four business segments, namely import and... 

Motus weathers buying-down trend, looks to acquisitions in Aus, UK
Osman Arbee

SKD production set to start at BAIC plant, CKD to follow in 2020, says IDC 

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2019 Semi-knockdown production (SKD) is “about to start” at the BAIC South Africa (SA) plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in the Eastern Cape, says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Automotive and Transport Equipment head Joy Balepile. The IDC is a 35% shareholder in BAIC SA, along... 

 SKD production set to start at BAIC plant, CKD to follow in 2020, says IDC
Photo by Dylan Slater
The BAIC plant in Coega

Fancy a 1960s Land Rover? How about a lookalike made in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     26th August 2019 Accountant Willie Oosthuizen wanted a rough-and-tumble, simple-to-fix, fun-to-drive, affordable vehicle for use on the family farm near Potchefstroom. Unable to find one he liked on the open market, he turned to building one himself: the Farm Rover, or ANT. 

 Fancy a 1960s Land Rover? How about a lookalike made in South Africa
The Farm Rover

Volkswagen to launch EV in South Africa in 2021, urges govt support 

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2019 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) hopes to launch it first fully electric vehicle (EV) in the local market in 2021, should it be able to convince its German head office to bring the vehicle to South Africa. The ID.3 has a price tag of roughly $36 000 and a range of 420 km. 

Volkswagen to launch EV in South Africa in 2021, urges govt support
A camouflaged ID.3

Alternative methods for emissions control created

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Owing to stringent emission regulations regarding the quality of fuel supplied in South Africa, diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins South Africa offers engine after-treatment in conjunction with Euro 5 emission engines used in trucks and buses. 

Alternative methods for emissions control created
INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014

Saboa event discusses national industry, creates brand awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Industry association the Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) hosted its annual conference and exhibition on July 31 and August 1, during which exhibitors promoted new innovations and technologies, and networked with fleet operators and end-users. 

Saboa event discusses national industry, creates brand awareness
SHOWCASING EVENT Iveco’s focus on safety was highlighted with the launch of its after-market rollover kit

South Africa does not need domestic EV market to produce EVs, says Patel 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2019 There is an opportunity to bring battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle production to South Africa, without first developing a domestic market and charging infrastructure for these vehicles, says Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel. Addressing the National Association... 

South Africa does not need domestic EV market to produce EVs, says Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

M&E Indaba focuses on Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 For its fifth annual indaba in September, the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba (M&E Indaba) will focus on Industry 4.0, as it affects the metals and engineering (M&E) sector. 

M&E Indaba focuses  on Industry 4.0
KAIZER NYATSUMBA South Africa needs to be able to produce steel domestically and cost efficiently

Metair to commission first li-ion battery line in November 

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2019 Metair hopes to commission its first lithium-ion (li-ion) battery production line on November 5, says MD Theo Loock. Metair is an international manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

Metair to commission first li-ion battery line in November
Theo Loock

Numsa, Mibco struggle to reach wage agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 Wage negotiations between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco) have deadlocked. Mibco represents workers in the motor sector, including in component companies, petrol stations and car dealerships.  

Numsa, Mibco struggle to reach wage agreement

First Isuzu dealership transforms to 100% black ownership

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2019 Bates Isuzu Shelly Beach is becoming the first 100% black-owned Isuzu dealership, in addition to being 65% woman-owned. The third-generation, family-run business had been operational since 1937. 

First Isuzu dealership transforms to 100% black ownership
Sipho Mdanda

Furnace-firing ceremony for Bulgaria-based group

9th August 2019 Industrial organisation Şişecam Group continues its investments in Bulgaria where it operates in flat glass, automotive glass, glassware and chemicals business lines. 

Furnace-firing ceremony for Bulgaria-based group
INCREASED LABOUR Şişecam Group aims to contribute to the Bulgarian economy by increasing labour force participation

Fuel Economy Tour to crown real-life fuel consumption winners 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2019 WesBank and First National Bank have joined forces to sponsor a Fuel Economy Tour of South Africa. The WesBank Fuel Economy Tour, for standard production passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, will take place from November 12 to 16. 

Fuel Economy Tour to crown real-life fuel consumption winners

Three scenarios for EV uptake in SA; spark missing for the best one, says Jaguar  

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2019 There are three possible scenarios for electric vehicle (EV) uptake in South Africa, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLRSA) dealer network director and electrification project leader Brian Hastie. EVs are projected to make up around 50% of all global new light-duty vehicle sales by 2040, up... 

 Three scenarios for EV uptake in SA; spark missing for the best one, says Jaguar

Cost of motoring continues to rise, says WesBank 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2019 Despite July’s interest rate cut, the cost of motoring continues to rise steadily, says WesBank. WesBank’s Mobility Calculator, a tool used to track and calculate motoring expense, has risen to R7 851.39 a month. 

Cost of motoring continues to rise, says WesBank

Electric dumper performing better than expected, says Switzerland's eMining

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2019 The world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) works at a mountainside quarry in Biel, Switzerland. The prototype electric dumper (eDumper) is the brainchild of eMining, which is a subsidiary of Kuhn Switzerland. 

Electric dumper performing better than expected, says Switzerland's eMining
The eDumper at work in Biel, Siwtzerland

Engine-condition test system launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2019 German engine-condition test company MOTORcheckUP has launched an engine and transmission oil, power steering and brake fluid test system locally that helps users to determine what particles are present in the fluids to diagnose any potential problems, says MOTORcheckUP South Africa director... 

Engine-condition test system launched in SA
IDIA ENGINE TEST The oil sample is evaluated based on laboratory tests to determine the condition of the vehicle system

Ford acquires defence contractor to get robot rides on the road

By: , Bloomberg     30th July 2019 As Ford Motor bears down on a self-imposed deadline to field robotaxis and driverless delivery vehicles in two years, the automaker has acquired a small defense contractor whose experience could help get auto-piloted cars on the road. This month, Ford paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Quantum... 

AIH, PAC form new SA company to tackle automotive projects 

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2019 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) and the PAC Group (PAC) have inked a deal for the formation of the PAC Group South Africa (PAC SA). The new company is 51% owned by AIH and 49% owned by PAC. 

AIH, PAC form new SA company to tackle automotive projects
PAC Group CEO Shah Firoozi

The lithium mine buildup is outpacing the electric-car boom

By: , Bloomberg     29th July 2019 Lithium miners are bulking up for a booming future when electric cars go mainstream. But speed bumps loom, with prices tumbling on a burst of new production and demand growth slowing in China. Between mid-2015 and mid-2018, prices for lithium, the soft, silvery-white metal crucial for... 

The lithium mine buildup is outpacing the electric-car boom
Lithium ore at Bald Hill, Australia.

New-vehicle sales decline indicative of economic health 

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Buying a new vehicle is the second-most important purchase for many South Africans; but new-vehicle sales have declined over the past five years and remain under pressure, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Michael Mabasa. Continuing its downward... 

New-vehicle sales decline indicative of economic health
Photo by Dylan Slater
LOOKING POSITIVE South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing output is set to rebound in the second quarter this year partly owing to improved post-election stability following the elections

Metair expects up to 23% rise in interim earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2019 JSE-listed Metair expects to report an increase of 18% to 23% in headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) for the interim period ended June 30. HEPS and EPS are likely to be between 156c and 162c, compared with the 132c reported for the previous corresponding period. 

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
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