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Volvo Cars and Uber unveil production vehicle ready for self-driving

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2019 Volvo Cars and ride-hailing firm Uber have presented a jointly developed production car capable of driving by itself. Uber and Volvo Cars entered a joint engineering agreement in 2016 and have since developed several prototypes aimed at accelerating both companies’ self-driving ambitions. 

Toyota, Subaru to collaborate once again on battery electric vehicles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2019 Toyota Motor Corporation and Subaru Corporation have agreed to jointly develop a platform dedicated to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), as well as to develop a C-segment-class BEV sports utility vehicle (SUV) model for sale under each company’s own brand. The platform will target BEVs for... 

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

Companies collaborate for maintenance work at petrochem provider

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Industrial rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists collaborated with engineering consultants SSA Acoustic and Specialised Inspections to conduct maintenance work at one of South Africa’s leading petrochemical manufacturers.  

Imported chemicals hamper growth of sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 The impact of imported chemicals from countries such as China and India, has had a major detrimental impact on the local chemicals sector, says specialty chemicals supplier, Active Chemicals and Solutions director David Grimsley. “Similar to the textiles and retail food industries, where the... 

Imported chemicals hamper growth of sector
Photo by Bloomberg
UNINSPIRED There is a low motivation to build new factories as the chemicals supplier market is shrinking

Bigger staff complements company’s growth strategy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Multinational specialty chemicals producer Clariant hired 2 142 new employees in 2018 – an increase of 8%, compared with that of the previous year – to support its profitable growth strategy. The ratio of 689 women and 1 453 men is also more equal than that of 2017. 

Bigger staff complements company’s growth strategy
JONATHAN CHETTY The way in which specialist chemicals companies and their clients innovate, collaborate and operate does not “change overnight”

Electric drive to take 56% of selected light commercial markets by 2040

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2019 Electric vehicles, or EVs, are on track to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF). Based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s... 

Electric drive to take 56% of selected light commercial markets by 2040

BloombergNEF expects 57% of car sales in 2040 to be electric

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2019 Research service, BloombergNEF (BNEF), expects yearly passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to ten-million units in 2025, 28-million in 2030 and 56-million by 2040. More than two-million electric vehicles were sold in 2018, up from just a few thousand in 2010. 

BloombergNEF expects 57% of car sales in 2040 to be electric

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation

24th May 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls Royce Power Systems and automation technology group ABB are in a global partnership on microgrid technology with advanced automation. Together, the two companies will offer an innovative, energy efficient microgrid solution for utilities, islands, as well as... 

Collaboration gives rise to advanced automation
Photo by Bloomberg
GRID STABILITY ABB Ability e-mesh can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

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

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

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2019 Newly released research by international banking group HSBC outlines a scenario for reducing transport emissions by 76% by 2040 through combining technology and regulation in a way that results in electricity, hydrogen and biofuels replacing oil as the primary fuel feedstock across transport... 

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier

Plan required for uptake of 4IR in power sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 The power generation and transmission sector has been slow in the uptake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says global engineering company Aurecon Group energy unit manager Sibu Mvana.  

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

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2019 Vehicle telematics and tracking services provider, Ctrack, has launched a customisable video monitoring solution for rental vehicles, light delivery vehicles, fleet vehicles, trucks, general machinery and buses. With Ctrack Iris, the number of side or back cameras used within the solution can be... 

Ctrack launches truck video monitoring system

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

Bakers SA goes green as it buys 77 Euro V trucks from Daimler  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2019 In one of its largest fleet deals concluded to date, Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has handed over 77 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks to Bakers South Africa (SA), an independently owned transport and logistics services company, based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. “This is one... 

Bakers SA goes green as it buys 77 Euro V trucks from Daimler
A sample of the Bakers SA Euro V fleet

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation
GOING GLOCAL Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being a slowdown in projects for the past few years in the construction industry, power generation equipment developer Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell says the company expects positive growth over the next 12 to 36 months. 

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years
BESPOKE DESIGNS Himoinsa is investing significantly in its generator and lighting tower designs for specific local requirements

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

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer will attend The Solar Show Africa 2019 which is combined with the 2019 Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 26 and 27, 2019. 

Equipment supplier to spread its wings outside South Africa
SITES ON AFRICA Vermeer aims to penetrate the renewable-energy market in Africa

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... 

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

Soekoe Bicycle Company to launch vintage-look electric bike for export market 

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2019 By his own admission Desmond Soekoe is not a traditional business man. Rather heavily tattooed and not fond of a suit and tie, he runs Soekoe Bicycle Company, a fledgling bicycle manufacturer based in Germiston. Soekoe is perhaps better known as the former MD of materials-handling company Deebar... 

Soekoe Bicycle Company to launch vintage-look electric bike for export market

uYilo invests into South African EV charging infrastructure localisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2019 South Africa’s adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has been slow by global standards, but it is accelerating, and this year will see more manufacturers introduce EVs to the country, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The programme is one of the strategic initiatives within the... 

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

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

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

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2019 South Africa’s new-vehicle market should reach roughly 550 000 units this year, 0.4% down from last year’s 552 226 units, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. He says TSAM expects the first half of 2019 to be tough, especially with elections looming in May. 

South African new-vehicle market to decline by 0.4% in 2019, says Toyota

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2019 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) in Gauteng has appointed Lance Schultz as its new CEO. He joins the AIDC after a near four-year tenure as CEO of the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

Lance Schultz appointed as Gauteng AIDC CEO
Lance Schultz

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Software adds value to  automotive manufacturer supply chain
Photo by Bloomberg
ON DUTY An employee holds a metal casing for an automotive steering system

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles

8th February 2019 Petroleum refinery company Total consolidated its position as key player in electric mobility by launching an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles. Launched in December last year, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the... 

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles
HIGH ROTATION SPEED These lines were developed to provide a better solution for the specific issues linked to engines and transmissions with high rotation speeds

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th February 2019 The recently opened grease plant by lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa is manufacturing a large variety of specialty grease grades that will be exported across Africa and to other parts of the world. “FUCHS sees the importance and demand for speciality grease growing... 

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist
NEW EXPANSION FUCHS will be looking to export grease from the new plant across Africa and to other parts of the world

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2019 Les Hayden’s Cobra replica assembly line in Cape Town is up and running again, following a change in ownership.   Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) in 2017 initiated a project to modernise the Hayden Cobra, but sold its interest in the venture after a decision to return to its core business of... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table
The Hayden Cobra

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam
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