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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Healthcare a priority for trucking industry 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) reports that the once stable industry of about 70 000 South African truck drivers is now under threat from the impact of poor health and the shortened life span of its driving workforce. 

Uniformity needed for transporting dangerous goods

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 A national standard for inspecting vehicles transporting dangerous goods is being established to bring uniformity to the varying conditions set out in various municipal bylaws, freight transportation consultant Transheq Consulting owner Richard Durrant reports. 

Confusion reigns over dangerous goods vehicle regulations

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 A national standard for inspecting vehicles transporting dangerous goods is being established to bring uniformity to the varying conditions set out in various municipal bylaws, freight transportation consultant Transheq Consulting owner Richard Durrant reports. 

Logistics group upgrades Namibian freight infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     19th November 2010 The Namibian logistics initiative Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) reports that it is involved in the improvement of three freight corridors to neighbouring countries. WBCG CEO Johny Smith says that the group aims to convince businesses to ship goods destined for southern Africa through the Port... 

Despite uncertainties, industry shows signs of growth

By: Karishma Thakurdin     20th August 2010 Despite the current state of the economy, the commercial vehicle sector is experiencing positive growth, reports local truck assembler Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA). 

New contactless ticketing system for buses

20th August 2010 Bus operator Buscor says that its new ticketing system, developed by business process and information technology services company Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), aims to improve passenger and operational efficiency. 

Positive results from distribution optimisation contract

20th August 2010 Supply chain management major Barloworld Logistics reports that it has achieved positive results in the first year of its distribution optimisation contract with Navistar International, a US-based manufacturer and distributor of commercial vehicles, engines, parts and services. 

New electronic, mechatronic remanufacturing unit

20th August 2010 Global commercial vehicle control systems supplier Wabco Holdings has established an operating unit Wabco Reman Solutions, that will specialise in remanufacturing electronic and mechatronic components, as well as traditional mechanical products for commercial vehicles and passenger cars. 

Developing, attracting youth key to trucking industry

By: Karishma Thakurdin     20th August 2010 The lack of skills is a significant challenge for the truck building industry and more initiatives are needed to raise awareness and attract the youth into this sector, reports specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles TFM Industries. 

New range of vehicles to enter local market 

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 Despite the current financial downturn, commercial vehicle company Iveco South Africa is experiencing good sales and also has a range of new vehicles that will enter the South African market in the future, Iveco MD Eddy Chvatal tells Engineering News.

Iveco’s bus range is the company’s current... 

Future growth in local truck sales looks positive

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 While the overall commercial vehicles market in Africa has declined, some markets have actually improved over the last year. Future growth in South African truck sales looks positive and the recession may encourage higher efficiency, commercial vehicle supplier MAN Truck & Bus group marketing... 

Local company experiences growth in vehicle tracking

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 Fleet management and vehicle tracking company DigiCore, has seen remarkable growth in its vehicle tracking division, a 93% recovery rate of hijacked trucks and is offering new underground and undercover global positioning system (GPS) technology, DigiCore MD Mark Rousseau tells Engineering News.... 

Highly efficient biofuel could replace diesel

20th November 2009 In the search for efficient alternatives to fossil fuels, producer of heavy trucks and transport solutions, Volvo Trucks, and other companies are at work, in Sweden, developing a new, highly efficient biofuel as a vehicle fuel. Volvo Trucks is working with the European Union, the Swedish... 

Niche market 
entry increases company sales

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 Despite the current global economic environment, trailer manufacturer AFRIT has restructured the company to target a niche market and has started to see an increase in sales.

The market may be turning - at least for this company. In the last few months, AFRIT side-tipper sales have increased... 

Potential ban may hinder industry growth

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th November 2009 The commercial vehicle industry is facing a potential ban on certain categories of transport by truck and higher production costs, owing to State-owned power utility Eskom’s tariff hikes. But, if government heeds the industry’s call for support on the potential ban and other challenges, potential... 

Manufacturer aims to 
reduce its environmental footprint

21st August 2009 New trucks in South Africa, purchased after January 1, 2010, will have to comply with the Euro II regulations. This means that engines cannot produce more than 2,2 g/km of carbon monoxide (CO) and 0,50 g/km of hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides. 

Local truck sales feel the pinch of the economic crisis

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st August 2009 Manufacturer and supplier of specialised vehicles TFM Industries MD Johan van der Merwe says that, with the current economic pressures, local truck sales are down by about 50%, which results in a lot of stress in the market.  

New technology monitors tyre pressure

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st August 2009 Producer of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles Wabco Automotive South Africa has introduced a new technology that will monitor tyre pressures and enhance the safety of a fleet. 

Top mounts secure contact between tyre and road surface

21st August 2009 Diversified engineering company SKF South Africa’s vehicle service market manager Marchant Taylor says that the toughest of all suspension components is the top mount suspension.  

South Africa’s first hybrid dump-truck concept unveiled

21st November 2008 Mitsubishi Fuso, a division of Mercedes-Benz South Africa unveiled South Africa's first, hybrid dump-truck concept at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). 

Japanese trucking company achieves independence

21st November 2008 Commercial vehicles company Toyota Trucks announced at the Johannesburg International Motor Show that the company is to break from Toyota South Africa to become an independent division, reports the company.  

Slow progress to rail spells positive outlook for commercial vehicles industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st November 2008 Despite the current economic downturn, and the changing of South Africa's freight transportation policy which hopes to once again transport the majority of bulk materials by rail, the future of South Africa's commercial vehicles industry is still bright, reports the Road Freight Association (RFA). 

German engineering company cashes in on Africa

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st November 2008 German engineering company, Voith Turbo, reports that a significant portion of the generated by the company's transportation division has been made on African projects. 

New medium-haul product supports 2010 vision

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st November 2008 A new medium-haul bus has been introduced into the local market by German automotive company Mercedes-Benz South Africa, part of the DaimlerChrysler group, as part of the company’s 2010 vision.  

Commercial vehicles group invests to boost SA regional exposure

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 Commercial vehicles focused group, Navistar, has invested $40-million in a production and assembly facility in Johannesburg as part of the company’s goal to increase its exposure in the southern African region. 

Japanese workhorse leads vehicle manufacturer's SA growth charge

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 The Quon, a popular extra-heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV) in Japan, is set drive the growth of commercial vehicle manufacturing company, Nissan Diesel, in the local commercial vehicle market, reports the company. 

Macroeconomic forces drive commercial vehicle sales

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 The commendable performance of the commercial vehicles industry during the recent period of decreased new vehicle sales, in particular the sales of trucks into the market, is largely being driven by macroeconomic forces, comments economic consultancy Econometrix. 

Truck, bus company sets sights on sales growth 

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd August 2008 The newly appointed CEO of MAN Truck and Bus South Africa, Thomas Hemmerich, has been given specific directives from the MAN group to develop the African sales region to grow annual sales by between 3 000 and 5 000 units by 2015, reports MAN Truck and Bus South Africa. 

Gauteng manufacturer unveils SA’s largest road trailer, working on even bigger versions

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th July 2008 A Gauteng-based company, Grant Gore & Sons, has designed and manufactured what it believes to be the largest road trailer yet to be developed in South Africa. 

Fresh produce retailer replaces carriers

23rd November 2007 A total of ten Hino trucks has been supplied to fresh produce retailer Fruit & Veg City by Toyota Trucks for use in local delivery in Gauteng.  

New smart card improves commuting operating efficiencies

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A new smart card tracking and fare collection system introduced by Gauteng bus operator Putco is aimed at achieving greater operation efficiencies and enable a process of monitoring customer behaviour, says Putco MD Franco Pisapia. 

GPS solution boosts productivity

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A global positioning system (GPS) solution by BMM Electronics provides fleet management and global positioning technology that increases efficiency and productivity, and leads to an increase in profitability by reducing substantial fuel costs and vehicle maintenance costs, says director Juliana... 

Positioning technology improves vehicle fleet operations

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 Global positioning systems (GPSs) linked to mobile data are not only a convenience to modern day fleet managers but is a vital asset management resource that improves the operations of the vehicle fleet of an organisation, says GPS distributor Avnic Trading’s executive director Jason Theunissen. 

New bus fleet moves the people of eThekwini

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 The official launch of an bus transport initiative known as People Mover has obtained a total of ten buses from MAN Truck & Bus in a deal worth over R10-million, reports the vehicle manufacturer. 

Media company supplies ‘Bokke’ buses

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 Mobile media company SP Media is the proud owner of the Johannesburg Metrobus media contract and has been contracted to provide mobile advertisements to large corporates, such as petrochemical company Sasol, the South African Revenue Service, Tsogo Sun and First National Bank.  

Shuttle service provides transport for UCT students

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A new fleet of buses has been supplied to transport service solution company Sibanye Bus Services by truck manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus for use in the former’s contract to provide a shuttle service with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Transport Management. 

New trailer series suits rough terrain

23rd November 2007 A new series of Martin stepdeck trailers has been introduced by Grant Gore and Sons, a specialist designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty trailers for the construction, mining and transport industries. 

Oil-level controller provides peace of mind

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd November 2007 A new oil level control (OLC) instrument makes use of a special dipstick to monitor and maintain oil levels for trucks, buses and construction equipment when the ignition is switched on, automatically adding oil when required, says Lincoln South Africa marketing director Patrick Sandker. 

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