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Weak rand could help auto components suppliers boost exports – GMSA

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2008 South African automotive component suppliers can use the current weakness of the rand to grow export volumes, says General Motors South Africa (GMSA) global purchasing and supply chain vice president Evan Dolt. “Our most competitive supplier – with our support – can pick up new export business.”  

Protracted down-cycle forecast by GM for auto market

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2008 The current slump in the local car market, will be a “long, protracted down-cycle,” says General Motors (GM) African operations president and MD Steve Koch. 

No way of forecasting how economic turmoil will affect SA auto industry

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2008 “South African vehicle and component manufacturers currently face extraordinary and extremely volatile conditions,” says Toyota South Africa (TSA) president and CEO, and National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president Johan van Zyl.  

Dorbyl reports interim loss, warns that some units may face closure

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2008 JSE-listed automotive-components producer Dorbyl reported a loss of R81,7-million, or 240,9 cents a share, for the six months ended September 30, and warned on Monday that conditions remained difficult and that it might be forced to downsize, sell or even close certain businesses. The loss... 

Renault gears up for SA manufacturing foray, says larger export plan to emerge

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2008 Renault South Africa is to start local production of the Sandero in January, says MD Xavier Gobille. The vehicle will go on sale in March. 

Outlook for new vehicle sales remains depressed – Naamsa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th November 2008 Domestic new passenger car sales increased by 9,7% to 76 631 units in the third quarter, compared with 69 829 cars sold in the second quarter, however, this was 25% down from the 102 145 new cars sold a year earlier. New vehicle sales have recorded a number of month-on-month declines, which the... 

South Africa must introduce new emissions standards by 2012, Toyota asserts 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2008 South Africa must introduce Euro 5 emissions standards by 2012, says Toyota South Africa (TSA) president and CEO, and National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa president Johan van Zyl. 

VWSA's R3bn manufacturing renewal

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2008 The local arm of German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) will invest R3-billion up to 2010 to renew its manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.  

Vehicle exports likely to decline sharply in 2009

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2008 Current indications are that new vehicle exports from South Africa will drop between 10% and 15% in 2009 compared to 2008, this as consumer appetite diminshes in some of South Africa’s key export markets, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico... 

New vehicle exports may fall up to 15% in ’09 – Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2008 Current indications were that new vehicle exports from South Africa would drop between 10% and 15% in 2009 compared with 2008, this as consumer appetite diminishes in some of South Africa's key export markets, said National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director... 

New auto-focused consultancy believes it can help lower industry costs

By: Irma Venter     31st October 2008 Several well-known personalities in the South African automotive industry have come together to form a new company - Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) - aimed at consulting to, and investing in the local industry. 

Output from Mercedes’ South African unit to reach record levels in 2008 despite slowdown

By: Irma Venter     31st October 2008 Despite the global and local economic slowdown, the Mercedes-Benz plant in East London will produce a record number of vehicles this year, says Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) management board member manufacturing and procurement Joachim Follman. 

US carmaker plans to reduce its 25 production platforms to only nine

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2008 Ford’s manufacturing structure is in the process of being flattened, with the US company’s current 25 production platforms to be reduced to only nine, says Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) president and CEO Hal Feder. 

Nissan turns to microdot technology in battle against copper thieves

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2008 Copper theft at its Rosslyn manufacturing plant, in Tshwane, has cost vehicle manufacturer Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) R420 000 over the last three years. Now the company is to make use of microdot technology, an advanced identification system, to combat this. Over the last three years... 

Nissan plans to triple output from SA plant within five years

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan South Africa aims to nearly triple production at its Tshwane plant over the next five years.  

Industrial supplies company launches new identity

3rd October 2008 Industrial supplies company, the Bearing Man Group (BMG), is currently launching its new corporate identity. 

Fastener group establishes new division

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd October 2008 In the past year fastener distribution group Bolt and Engineering Distributors (BED) has established a successful new division, which operates under the banner of BED Health and Safety. 

New fasteners resist corrosion

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd October 2008 Coating developer and fastener supplier Corrosion Resistant Fasteners is currently in negotiations with a telecommunications tower manufacturer to supply the company with CoastalCote fasteners for new towers being built on the South African coastline. 

Manufacturer distributes new range into Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd October 2008 Manufacturer and distributor of specialised fastening systems Avlock International has obtained the sole distributorship for the whole range of Sumake air tools in Africa. 

New product improves passenger comfort

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd October 2008 Hardware engineering company Southco has developed the Cema series of constant-torque position control hinges to increase passenger comfort of plane seats. 

New wheel-lock system curbs theft

3rd October 2008 New wheel-lock devices from vehicle security company Grip-Tech provide total wheel security for all vehicle applications, including cars, bakkies, trucks and trailers. 

New vehicle sales fall further, down 18% in Sept – Naamsa

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd October 2008 New vehicle sales declined even further in September, with new car and light and medium commercial vehicles remaining under pressure, characterised by further weakness on a year-on-year basis, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reported on Thursday.... 

VWSA backs R1bn plan to boost local content

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd October 2008 Vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has attracted a number of key national and international components manufacturers to set up operations in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. The company, which unveiled this initiative this week, said the supplier plan was in line with the new... 

Ford SA to reduce staff at PE engine plants

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th September 2008 Automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) on Friday confirmed that it had offered all staff members at its Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, and the Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, voluntary separation packages and early retirement packages. "This is... 

Safer solutions achieve greater heights

26th September 2008 Stringent safety standards required by the Department Labour (DoL) force companies to find more effective ways of lifting people and goods safely to height, states lifting solutions company SA French. 

Elevator company supplies Gautrain 

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th September 2008 Elevator and escalator specialist company ThyssenKrupp was awarded a R59-million contract by Bombela Civils Joint Venture to supply passenger elevators and escalators for all the Gautrain Rapid Link stations due for completion in May 2011. 

SA’s auto-materials costs far higher than those of key competitors

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2008 The material cost to build an Isuzu pick-up at GM’s Port Elizabeth plant is between 30% to 40% higher than that of producing the same vehicle in a competing country, such as Thailand, says General Motors (GM) African operations president and MD Steve Koch.  

Tiger Wheels placed under provisional liquidation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2008 JSE-listed Tiger Wheels (Tiwheel) has been placed under provisional liquidation by the High Court, it said on Tuesday. The company reported that the High Court had appointed joint provisional liquidators. 

Why SA has opted to save its auto industry 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2008 South Africa implemented the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995. The aim of the government support policy was to nurture the then still protected local sector into a globally competitive industry. Did this happen? Yes, and no. While local production and exports increased... 

Why SA has opted to save its auto industry 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2008 South Africa implemented the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 1995. The aim of the government support policy was to nurture the then still protected local sector into a globally competitive industry. 

Finally, Certainty ... but VWSA warns of growing competitiveness divide

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2008 Port Elizabeth based vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) says it welcomes the finalisation of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) review, and the announcement by the Department of Trade and Industry on the structure and content of the new Automotive Production and... 

SA seen as high-cost location for vehicle manufacturing - GM

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2008 If the rand continues to devalue against the major currencies, it will put “a lot of pressure on producing cars in South Africa”, says General Motors (GM) African operations president and MD Steve Koch. He says the material cost to build an Isuzu pick-up at GM’s Port Elizabeth plant is from 30%... 

Autocat industry calls for ‘substantial' new incentives as SA phases out MIDP

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2008 South Africa's Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG) has called on government to provide "substantial" support to the industry in order to sustain the manufacture of automotive catalysts in the country beyond 2013, as well as a subsector that has created 36 000 jobs. The industry body also... 

Industry welcomes new Cabinet-endorsed auto support scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2008 Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa unveiled the details of the long-awaited successor to the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) on Thursday, following Cabinet's approval of the scheme at one of its regular meetings in Pretoria held a day earlier. Speaking at a briefing at the... 

Auto industry eagerly awaits full details of new incentive

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2008 South Africa's automotive producers, as well as the country's component manufacturers, have expressed satisfaction with the level of consultation that has surrounded the proposed Automotive Industry Programme (AIP), but stress that the uncertainty will only be fully lifted once the precise... 

New auto scheme to set 50 000-unit production threshold

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2008 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released further details on its proposed successor to the Motor industry Development Programme (MIDP) on Monday night, and said that the new scheme would be taken to Cabinet for approval soon. The Automotive Industry Programme (AIP), as it had now been... 

Auto sector may reverse big 2007 trade deficit this year

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2008 South Africa's automotive industry may show a positive trade balance for the first time since 1995, this according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

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