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New-vehicle sales could recover by up to 7% in 2021

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings believes global new light-vehicle sales could recover by between 10% and 12% in the US in 2021, following a 15% to 20% decline in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sales in China could grow by between 2% and 4% next year, after seeing an 8% to 10% decline this year. 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2020 Some of West Africa’s major economies are going to face “significant headwinds” in the time ahead, says Deloitte emerging markets and Africa MD Dr Martyn Davies. “There is some real economic pain coming.” 

Oil, Covid-19 to take heavy toll on Africa’s new-vehicle market 

Exports can support greater local automotive development

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Local economic headwinds may potentially be offset by increasing exports under the African Continental Free Trade Area, says industry body National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) CEO Mike Mabasa. The South African automotive industry currently exports to 155... 

Exports can support greater local automotive development
Photo by Donna Slater
QUALITY WORK Ensuring that buyers gain sufficient value and quality of components and services from the value chain drive demand and local manufacturing

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Automotive industry transformation initiatives, as captured in the Automotive Masterplan 2035, are aimed at radically transforming the industry to meet the future demands of human mobility, in addition to sustaining and growing the industry’s economic outputs and associated socioeconomic... 

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility
MIKE MABASA There is significant scope for cooperation on skills development, value-chain transformation and supplier development to ensure the sustainability of the automotive industry

Global demand will impact on SA automotive component industry

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 While there is significant alignment in the South African automotive industry from original equipment manufacturers, importers, exporters and unions around the comprehensive Automotive Masterplan 2035, global demand and technology changes will inevitably impact on the local industry, says... 

Global demand will impact on SA automotive component industry
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAINS Many factors determine competitiveness, but quality, delivery and cost are the most important metrics

Mechanised systems gaining momentum

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 Manual harvesting currently dominates sugarcane harvesting operations. 

Mechanised systems gaining momentum
CANE MECHANISATION Any change towards a fully mechanised harvesting system involves many disciplines and affects all aspects of cane production

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2020 S&P Global Ratings says it projects that global light-vehicle sales will fall by almost 15% in 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and sharply lower global growth.  “In our updated scenario, global light-vehicle sales will likely decline to less than 80-million units in 2020, versus 90.3-million... 

S&P Global Ratings sees 15% drop in global light-vehicle sales

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture 

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2020 The temporary closure of the BMW and Ford vehicle assembly plants in South Africa, with a third vehicle manufacturer advising that it is expecting significant volume cuts in the future, has had an “immediate and disastrous impact” on the component supplier base, National Association of Automotive... 

Covid-19 ‘disastrous’ for component sector; part makers gear up for ventilator manufacture

Privatisation slowly becoming reality

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 The type of participants attending this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa & The Solar Show are proof that Africa seeks to become less reliant on governments for its electricity supply, says event organiser Terrapinn Power & Electricity World Africa conference producer Caroline Mubima.... 

Privatisation slowly becoming reality
DRIVEN DISCUSSION The growing adoption of electric vehicles is one trend expected to dominate discussion at Power & Electricity World Africa 2020

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 The BMW Group will shut down its European plants, as well as its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane, South Africa, by the end of the week, owing to shrinking demand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rosslyn plant produces the X3 sports-activity vehicle for the local and global markets. 

BMW HQ shutters Rosslyn plant as Covid-19 cools demand

Metair investing R650m in auto components business 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2020 International manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, is investing R650-million in a range of automotive component businesses, says MD Theo Loock. This comes as each of the businesses in the Automotive Components Vertical “successfully... 

Metair investing R650m in auto components business
Theo Loock

e-Movement outlines plans to host a Formula E race in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2020 e-Movement, the Formula E Bid company, has confirmed its intention and plans to host a Formula E race using a street circuit in the heart of Cape Town. e-Movement says it has secured the backing of Jaguar South Africa as founding partner for the initial stages of the project. 

e-Movement outlines plans to host a Formula E race in Cape Town

BMW tests electric iNext in Southern Africa ahead of 2021 production start 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2020 Testing of the battery-electric BMW iNext sports-utility vehicle (SUV) has moved from the polar circle to the heat of Southern Africa. The all-weather tests are being conducted ahead of series production in 2021 at the Dingolfing plant in Germany. 

 BMW tests electric iNext in Southern Africa ahead of 2021 production start

Position paper to chart way forward for electric vehicle market in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2020 South Africa has a tiny electric vehicle (EV) market compared with the rest of the world. Just more than 400 – 407, to be precise – hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in the domestic market last year, says Toyota South Africa Motors CEO and president Andrew... 

Position paper to chart way forward for electric vehicle market in South Africa

Competition Commission guidelines will have to change, says Motus 

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2020 The Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment earlier this month, will “have to change”, says Osman Arbee, CEO of the JSE-listed Motus automotive group. The guidelines will mean, for example, that car... 

Competition Commission guidelines will have to change, says Motus
Osman Arbee

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2020 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the first step in the roll-out of its local electric mobility programme, through the launch of the e-Golf pilot project. The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles (EVs) being tested by motoring and lifestyle media, selected... 

VWSA launches e-Golf project, with the aim to sell EVs from 2022

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2020 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has slammed the Competition Commission’s draft Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket Industry, published for comment last week. These guidelines will mean, for example, that car owners... 

Criticism, praise for Competition Commission’s aftermarket guidelines
Mike Mabasa

Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2020 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will invest R4.28-billion in its local operations up to the end of 2020. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby says the investment will straddle a number of areas at the local arm of the Japanese car maker. 

 Toyota South Africa rolls out R4.3-billion investment at local operations
Andrew Kirby

Company supplies motor units for German project

31st January 2020 Drive technology company SEW-Eurodrive supplied 64 Movigear servo motors from its Cape Town branch to a major original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

Company supplies motor units for German project
IDEAL SOLUTIONS The Movigear solution was ideal for this application owing to its 200:1 speed range

Company leverages off diverse industrial supplier’s strengths

31st January 2020 As part of automotive consumable products supplier Hudaco Group, Bearings International (BI) is able to leverage synergies across a broad range of companies, meaning it can offer a complete product basket across its branch network nationally. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 Drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive has supplied geared motors to an automotive company as part of an expansion project at its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade
SEW-Eurodrive export sales representative Phillip Steyn discusses one of the company’s latest projects. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.12.2019 latest projects

Company stirs interest in pump-engine range

31st January 2020 Solutions provider Cummins held a highly successful seminar in October, in both Dubai and in South Africa, to introduce end-users and original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to its range of high-quality engines for the pumps segment. 

Company stirs interest in pump-engine range
SENSIBLY SPEAKING Cummin's strategy to break into the pump segment is to reassure its customers that it can supply fit-for-market solutions that make a lot more sense in terms of the harsh operating conditions in Africa

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 There has been growing demand in the conveyor market for more compact and efficient designs at lower costs, says industrial equipment supplier BMG. 

More demand for lower costs and efficient designs
SO, SO VERSATILE BMG’s cam clutches can also be used for belt conveyors, metals, timber, pulp and wood chip, as well as bucket elevators for cement and grain

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2020 German premium car maker Audi has expanded its networked traffic light project from Ingolstadt to Düsseldorf. At the end of January, Audi drivers in Düsseldorf will see information from around 150 traffic lights in their cockpit, thus increasing their chance of catching a wave of green traffic... 

Audi cars aim to ride wave of green traffic lights in Germany

Mini South Africa to launch car-sharing scheme in Sandton in Q3 

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2020 Mini South Africa, part of the BMW Group South Africa, aims to launch a pilot car-sharing scheme in Sandton, Johannesburg, in the third quarter of this year. Participants will be able to use the participating cars with “just a few taps on their smartphones”, says the car maker. 

Mini South Africa to launch car-sharing scheme in Sandton in Q3

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022

By: Irma Venter     22nd January 2020 South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev Africa sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly “dreams” of having a light-duty electric truck (etruck) operational within the beer maker’s South African fleet by 2022. She says SAB is keen to use etrucks as their value is increasingly being proved in markets... 

SAB hopes to use first electric truck by 2022
The eCanter

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Automotive sector AI to cross $12bn mark by 2026

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2020 Artificial intelligence (AI) in the automotive market is set to cross the $12-billion mark by 2026, reports market research and strategy consulting firm Global Market Insights (GMI). This growth will be driven by the steadily growing uptake of driver assistance technologies for increasing driving... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports 

8th January 2020 In an effort to push the boundaries of innovation through partnerships, and to improve the customer experience, Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports
BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports

SA wants to be continent’s automotive producer of choice – Patel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is hoping that regular meetings between government, labour and representatives from the vehicle assemblers and automotive component suppliers, will create a stable and predictable environment for automotive investment. The Automotive Executive Oversight... 

Bloodhound chief engineer on heat, dust and record-breaking dream

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2019 Dusty Hakskeenpan, in the Kalahari desert, is not exactly the place one expects a bunch of Brits to hang around during a hot African summer. It’s 260 km from the nearest big town – Upington – and average daytime temperatures hover somewhere in the mid-thirties, if not higher. But, the men and... 

Bloodhound chief engineer on heat, dust and record-breaking dream

BMW boss elected as new Naamsa president

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has elected BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott as its new president. He will serve a two-year term. 

BMW boss elected as new Naamsa president
Tim Abbott

Correct textiles selection key in meeting standards

6th December 2019 The selection of textiles for use in automotive design and manufacture that adhere to stringent quality, acoustic, safety and environmental requirements is critical, says textiles manufacturer Fibertex SA sales manager Rosa Naidoo. She adds that Fibertex SA – part of the global Fibertex group –... 

Correct textiles selection key in meeting standards
INNER BEAUTY Fibertex nonwovens are used in automotive components and for vehicle interiors

Local component supplier celebrates half-century

6th December 2019 Automotive aftermarket supplier Autobax is celebrating its fiftieth year in operation since its beginnings as an engine parts agency, selling mainly pistons but also other components. “Notably, Autobax was the first acquisition of wholesale and retail bearing and transmission equipment company... 

Local component supplier  celebrates half-century
ABOVE THE BELT Autobax supplies quality-branded automotive parts from belts and chains to bearing kits and allied products

Manufacturers join forces for sector development

6th December 2019 In the spirit of Kyodo, automotive manufacturers Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) have joined forces to create a black supplier development programme for local manufacturer Algoa Components Manufacturers (ACM). When ACM reported concerns about the future... 

Manufacturers join forces for sector development
'COMPONENT' SOCIAL INVESTMENT Both Toyota and Isuzu have undertaken the responsibility of developing an beleaguered local manufacturer

Positive outlook promotes investment in sector

6th December 2019 In light of the positive industry outlook for major automotive manufacturers such as Nissan, steel distributor Allied Steelrode has invested in process technology to assist its predominantly automotive component sector clients. Allied Steelrode's suite of steel beneficiation equipment ranges from... 

Positive outlook promotes  investment in sector
STEELY INVESTMENT Allied Steelrode CEO Arun Chadha and automotive sales GM Lee-Ann Geyser hope to meet customer expectations through investing in new equipment
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