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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Company announces in-house financing

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Engineering support services company Babcock Africa, sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks to the Southern African market, announced in October that it had established a dedicated finance company, Babcock Financial Services (BFS). “This development will give Babcock the competitive... 

Company launches new facilities

By: Jonathan Rodin     21st November 2014 Logistics services provider DHL launched two new facilities, in Plumbago Business Park, east of Johannesburg, for its Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions last month. 

Increasing US truck product holding a strong focus – SKF

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 Technology company SKF South Africa, which is celebrating its centenary this year, is improving its commercial vehicle product range, particularly US truck products, explains SKF automotive division manager Gary Czapski. “South Africa’s truck fleets predominantly comprise trucks from the US and... 

Increasing US truck product holding a strong focus – SKF
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PRODUCT OFFERING SKF engineers and manufactures commercial-vehicle OEM-approved wheel bearings, heavy-duty tensioners and universal joints

Truck conversion company to open second service centre in Gauteng 

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 Richards Bay-based US car import and sales company US Trucks aims to establish its second service centre in Gauteng, which is a market that represents nearly 80% of the company’s sales, US Trucks partner Thinus de Beer tells Engineering News. The new service centre will be located in Silver... 

Truck conversion company to open  second service centre in Gauteng
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DASHBOARD CONVERSION Part of the dashboard is manufactured in South Africa, but the bulk of the dashboard is original, which is cut and reassembled

Future of trailer technology lies in load management

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 JSE- and NYSE-listed fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics plans to move into load management, assisting with the safe transportation of goods being moved by trailer. MiX Telematics Africa sales director Steven Sutherland explains that, in cases where companies are... 

Future of trailer  technology lies in  load management
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STEVEN SUTHERLAND From a risk perspective, it is important to be cognisant of the valuable goods on trailers

Brand awareness needed to increase product offering

By: David Oliveira     22nd August 2014 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s commercial vehicles division’s greatest challenge is creating brand awareness, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa commercial vehicles GM Danie de Beer, who adds that the problem is compounded by the lack of right-hand-drive trucks being... 

Brand awareness needed to increase product offering
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HYUNDAI HD TRUCKS Hyundai has only two right-hand-drive models in South Africa; the 3 t HD 65 and the 4 t HD 72

Nameplate Centre

22nd August 2014 Nameplate Centre services a large segment of the mining, construction, government, metropolitan, municipal and sub-Saharan African region with visibility signage, safety equipment and branding. Established in May this year, the company specialises in creating road or traffic signs, including... 

Nameplate Centre

Public transport improving across the country

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 With a number of bus rapid transit (BRT) projects already in operation, engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) is involved in various capacities and various phases - from planning and design to implementation - of projects in Rustenburg, Polokwane, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Mbombela,... 

Public transport improving  across the country
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"WE ARE GOING" The Rea Vaya BRT system transports more passengers than the Gautrain at a tenth of the infrastructure cost

Construction for transport project under way

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 The first phase of the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) system will be operational by 2015/16, following a R3.5-billion investment for the construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the integrated public transport system. 

Construction for  transport project  under way
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT The ITS components are being designed to include a host of features

Design enhances Cape Town’s BRT system

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th December 2013 Geotextiles and geosynthetic solutions provider Kaytech has provided a design solution using its bidim drainage technology for the drainage system of the new new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Cape Town. 

Design enhances  Cape Town’s BRT system
LIKE CLOCKWORK The MyCiti BRT system was designed to be rolled out in phases and, once completed, would cover the entire city and its surrounding suburbs

Aerodynamic accessories reduce fuel and carbon emissions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 A trailer, fitted with Serco’s aerodynamic accessories, had on average achieved a notable fuel saving of 2.5% during road tests conducted last month, said truck body and trailer manufacturer Serco MD Clinton Holcroft at the Johannesburg International Motor Show last month. He noted that this... 

MBSA hands buses over to the City of Johannesburg

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 The City of Johannesburg received 134 buses for its Rea Vaya Phase 1B in October from the the Daimler group of companies, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA’s) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Mercedes-Benz bus and coach brand manager Dirk Ansorge announced at the Johannesburg... 

Truck manufacturer sees growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Truck and bus manufacturer MAN registered substantial growth over the last 24 months in sub-Equatorial Africa, more than doubling its sales volumes since 2011, the company announced at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which took place at the Nasrec Show Grounds last month. MAN... 

Truck manufacturer to relocate plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Diesel truck manufacturer Hino South Africa’s truck plant, at the Toyota South Africa Motors manufacturing complex in Prospecton, near Durban, will be relocated to a nearby site during the plant shutdown at the end of the year, Hino South Africa VP Dr Casper Kruger announced last month at the... 

Truck manufacturer launches heavy-duty vehicle at Jims

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Italian truck manufacturer Iveco launched its heavy-duty Stralis Hi-Way truck at the yearly Johannesburg International Motor Show last month. The Stralis Hi-Way had total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of up to 4%, with enhanced design, telematics, comfort and safety features, Iveco South Africa... 

Role and value of synthetic oils set to increase in transport sector 

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2013 Extensive research and development has seen the next generation of motor oils for both lightweight and heavy-duty vehicles move towards synthetics – complementing newer engine technologies, says petroleum industry company Shell South Africa commercial technical manager Raymond Abraham. “This move... 

Larger equipment trending

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Manufacturer of specialised heavy-haul trailers and transportation equipment Talbert Manufacturing president Andy Tanner tells Engineering News that one of the latest trends and technological advances in the trailer and transportation industry is the manufacturing of larger equipment. To increase... 

Larger equipment trending
GROWTH OPPORTUNITYThe traditional construction market for low-bed heavy-haul trailers is experiencing a period

Fuel monitoring system prevents fuel theft 

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Measuring vehicle fuel-tank levels using the “Tank-I” system has proven to be a successful solution, as it enables fleet operators to monitor, manage and, ultimately, protect their fuel, says process control instrumentation and industrial electronics company Instrotech. “With the ever-escalating... 

Company’s trailer expo gives customers a voice

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 An exhibition displaying 65 trailers, of which 15 were different derivatives and many were new designs, was held in July to demonstrate Alf Finn Road Industrial Trailers’ (Afrit’s) ability to deliver products to suit specific customer requirements. “This event was different from others as it... 

US company brings lightweight truck side skirt to SA

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 US-based trailer aerokits company Freight Wing plans to launch its range of aerokits in South Africa with its local partner, designer and manufacturer of fibreglass refrigerated and dry freight vehicles Serco, following its success in the US market where it has supplied in excess of 100 000... 

Company wins best brand award for eighth time

23rd August 2013 Manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles Knorr-Bremse has won the title of best brand in the commercial vehicle sector brakes category of the Euro Transport Magazine awards for the eighth time in a row. 

Chinese truck manufacturer supplies Pretoria-based machinery company

23rd August 2013 Polson Vervoer, which hires tippers, water tankers, graders and rollers reports that since acquiring its first Powerstar truck eight years ago, it now has 20 in its ever-burgeoning fleet and is pleased with its performance. The company says that nearly half of its entire fleet carries the... 

Logistics company awards truck contract to German group

23rd August 2013 Leading South African logistics operator for long-haul transport Reinhard Transport Group (RTG) reports that it has bought 140 MAN TGS 27.440 semitrailer tractors for its Chrome Carriers fleet. The contract was awarded in July to manufacturer of commercial vehicle engines and mechanical equipment... 

Diesel service centre invests in new technology

By: Carina Borralho     23rd August 2013 Over the last three years, a significant percentage of Reef Fuel Injection (RFI) Services’ budget allocated to investments has been spent on acquiring new technology to increase its competitiveness. The Germiston-based company, which is the accredited service and warranty centre to diesel fuel... 

Trucks undergo stringent tests

23rd August 2013 Renault Trucks reports that it has conducted the most stringent testing programme in its history on the open road and at its La Valbonne test centre site in France. The first deliveries of the new truck range will be made to customers at the end of September/early October. 

Challenges in truck trailer industry affect steel demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd November 2012 Rising imports of trailer kits from the Far East and labour unrest in the South African mining sector are impacting negatively on the demand for steel from local truck trailer original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), states Robor Baldwins, a division of the Robor group.  

Logistics company expands truck fleet

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd November 2012 Zambia-based logistics company Buks Haulage Limited (BHL) has expanded its truck fleet, with 80 new FAW trucks from China delivered in October this year. 

SA transporters urged to use more efficient vehicles

23rd November 2012 South African authorities should consider introducing more incentives to encourage transporters to replace older commercial vehicles with newer, safer and more environment-friendly models, states trailer and truck body building company Serco MD Clinton Holcroft. 

New truck design wins prestigious design awards

23rd November 2012 Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz’s Actros truck has won two more prestigious design awards – the German Design Award 2013 in the Transportation and Public Space category and the Focus in Gold 2012 award from the Design Centre Stuttgart 

Trailer vehicle recovery tool suitable for transportation of large mining equipment

23rd November 2012 US-based heavy equipment designer Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) launched its HiVol Lowboy Trailer and Vehicle Recovery Tool (VRT) system for transporting equipment this month.  

Company concerned about growth of commercial vehicle underwriting sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd November 2012 There have been some drastic changes in the commercial vehicles sector in the last decade and the number of underwriters operating in this sector has grown from 9 to about 26, reports truck insurance underwriter specialist Heavy Commercial Vehicle Underwriting Managers (HCV). 

Bearing manufacturer launches environment-friendly product

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Rolling bearing manufacturer SKF has developed its new Bus Door Actuator as part of the company’s BeyondZero portfolio initiative, which is a strategy aimed at having a positive impact on the environment. The SKF Bus Door Actuator saves 1.9 t of carbon dioxide emissions a year, compared with a... 

Trailer manufacturer signs business agreement, builds new factory

By: Anine Kilian     24th August 2012 Commercial trailer manufacturer Paramount Trailers has signed a business agreement with truck dealer Imperial Used Trucks, which makes it the official commercial trailer partner for the truck dealer. The agreement, which was finalised in May, resulted in a variety of consignment commercial... 

Partnerships to improve vehicle efficiency

24th August 2012 Global transport challenges, such as mobility trends, modern engine technology and new regulatory and specification requirements, are making the research and development of fuel and lubricant solutions critical for enhancing vehicle efficiency, states oil company Shell South Africa. “The... 

Transport company signs responsible care commitment

24th August 2012 Kempton Park-based transport company G&H Transport and Repairs has become the latest member of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) to sign the Responsible Care public commitment. The company transports a diverse range of dangerous goods throughout South Africa, as well as... 

Truck, trailer body manufacturer delivers new sliding bogie interlinks

24th August 2012 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco has built new interlink combinations for a Johannesburg transport company, which needed innovatively designed trailers to handle a newly acquired dry freight business.  

New trailer features hydraulically movable axles

24th August 2012 Germany-based vehicle manufacturer Scheuerle has, along with its sister company Nicolas, in France, developed a new type of semitrailer featuring hydraulically movable axles. Along with the standard Superflex trailer version, single-telescopic and double-telescopic models are also available. 

Manufacturer stresses importance of safety

24th August 2012 For optimum safety on the roads and during the loading and unloading of materials, it is critical that drivers have a clear vision, not only of what is in front and behind the vehicle, but also of what is on either side of the vehicle, says automotive components manufacturer Stirling Accessories... 

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