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Electric dumper performing better than expected, says Switzerland's eMining

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2019 The world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) works at a mountainside quarry in Biel, Switzerland. The prototype electric dumper (eDumper) is the brainchild of eMining, which is a subsidiary of Kuhn Switzerland. 

AIH, PAC form new SA company to tackle automotive projects 

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2019 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) and the PAC Group (PAC) have inked a deal for the formation of the PAC Group South Africa (PAC SA). The new company is 51% owned by AIH and 49% owned by PAC. 

AIH, PAC form new SA company to tackle automotive projects
PAC Group CEO Shah Firoozi

Driving EVs in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Compared with the rest of Africa, South Africa has the most electric vehicles (EVs) on the road and the most extensive charging infrastructure, with new additions being made by a range of stakeholders and interest groups. This is according to the information available on EVs in Africa, says... 

New-vehicle sales decline indicative of economic health 

By: Tracy Hancock     26th July 2019 Buying a new vehicle is the second-most important purchase for many South Africans; but new-vehicle sales have declined over the past five years and remain under pressure, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Michael Mabasa. Continuing its downward... 

New-vehicle sales decline indicative of economic health
Photo by Dylan Slater
LOOKING POSITIVE South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing output is set to rebound in the second quarter this year partly owing to improved post-election stability following the elections

New belt range well received

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 There has been a favourable reaction from the market to the recent inclusion of belt manufacturer ContiTech Power Transmission Group’s drive belt and matched component range to bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s (BI’s) already extensive product portfolio. The drive... 

New belt range  well received
LOOP-DI-LOOP The ContiTech belts have been proven to run for over double the time other belt brands

Mathe Group invests in new process to recycle retreaded tyre waste

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

Govt to see a 19% drop in road-generated revenue by 2030, study predicts 

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2019 By 2030, government will see a 19.45% loss in its total road-generated revenue, owing to technological and societal trends, forecasts Johann van Rensburg, a PhD candidate conducting research on transport finance. Van Rensburg delivered a paper entitled ‘Disruptive Transport Technologies:... 

 Govt to see a 19% drop in road-generated revenue by 2030, study predicts

Cartrack surpasses one-million subscriber mark

By: Nadine James     16th July 2019 JSE-listed Cartrack has passed the one-million subscriber mark, as a result of its rapid expansion beyond Southern Africa into Europe and Asia-Pacific. In a statement on Tuesday, Cartrack Global CEO Zak Calisto confirmed that there were few global competitors of its size and even fewer which were... 

Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2019 If not regulated, Africa could become one of the world’s fastest developing polluters, says Nissan Group of Africa sales and operations director Jim Dando. There are currently about 45-million vehicles in Africa, at 27 vehicles per 1 000 inhabitants, compared with 481 vehicles per 1 000 people in... 

 Africa’s vehicle policies threatening its air quality, warns Nissan’s Dando
Jim Dando

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 Many stakeholders believe the transport industry is on the cusp of disruptive transformation, as big as with the advent of the motorcar in the early 1900s. The only way for the South African transport industry to compete would be to embrace innovation and adapt to the disruption accordingly,... 

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde

Dealer association calls on Reserve Bank to lower interest rates

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2019 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse is calling on the Reserve Bank to lower interest rates this month – should inflation allow – in an attempt to stimulate the retail market. “It’s been quite a painful start to winter as the new-vehicle retail market –... 

Dealer association calls on Reserve Bank to lower interest rates
Mark Dommisse

New online venture allows anyone to become a courier

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2019 A new South African online platform allows anyone with a motorbike, car or truck to offer their own ad hoc courier service, from short trips across a city, to long haul deliveries. The web-based system is named Thutha, which means ‘move’ in isiZulu. 

New online venture allows anyone to become a courier
The Thutha website is mobile friendly, but the service is not available as an app

AIH spreads its wings to the international market 

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2019 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) is spreading its wings, with the firm officially venturing into the international market. AIH, a level two empowered company, is a well-known consulting and manufacturing entity within the South African and African automotive landscape. 

AIH spreads its wings to the international market
Corrie Kotzé, Dempsey Naidoo, Johan Cloete and Paulo Fernandes

As South African demand stagnates, auto exports set new records

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2019 Automotive exports from South Africa had a positive 2018, setting a number of new records on the way up. In doing so, the industry managed to compensate for some of the losses seen in the South African new-vehicle sales market last year as the domestic economy continued its uphill battle, says... 

As South African demand stagnates, auto exports set new records

Naamsa seeks quick end to wage negotiations in auto sector

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2019 The National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) wants the quickest possible resolution to the looming wage negotiations between vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), says  Naamsa executive director and CEO Mike Mabasa.... 

Naamsa seeks quick end to wage negotiations in auto sector

Continental Tyre to halt underground mining, agricultural tyre production in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) will discontinue the production of underground mining and agricultural tyres. This decision affects about 170 employees within CTSA’s manufacturing and sales organisation. 

 Continental Tyre to halt underground mining, agricultural tyre production in South Africa

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

Mathe to commission new retread recycling plant at Hammarsdale
Dr Mehran Zarrebini

Exports, new-vehicle sales both down in May 

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2019 In a double whammy for the South African automotive industry, new-vehicle sales contracted yet again in May, with exports also putting in a negative performance for the first time this year. The South African new-vehicle market declined by 5.7% in May, to 40 506 units, compared with the same... 

Exports, new-vehicle sales both down in May

New epoxy primer for heavy-duty equipment

31st May 2019 This month, global coatings manufacturer Hempel launched a new epoxy primer for heavy duty equipment and trucks called Hempaprime Shield 700 HS. Hempaprime Shield 700 HS is specifically designed to improve productivity and quality for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by reducing production... 

New epoxy primer for heavy-duty equipment
SPRAY DAY The fast drying epoxy allows for shorter intervals between coats

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

Jiangling unveils truck, bakkie; Changan cars to launch in 2020

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2019 Jiangling Motors South Africa (JMSA) has lifted the veil on its new one-ton-bakkie offering to the local market, the Vigus 5, as well as a new truck with a four-ton payload. JMSA is a subsidiary of China’s Jiangxi Jiangling Motors Import & Export (JMIE), which forms part of Jiangling Motors... 

Jiangling unveils truck, bakkie; Changan cars to launch in 2020
The Carrying Plus

Toyota targets wider market with new Quantum, retains old model for taxi industry

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2019 Toyota this week unveiled a new generation Quantum minibus, but says it will retain the old Quantum for use by South Africa’s minibus taxi industry. While the new generation Quantum will be imported, the old one will still be produced at Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) plant, in Durban. 

 Toyota targets wider market with new Quantum, retains old model for taxi industry
The new Quantum

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 The Durban Car Terminal has broken a South African record, handling over 500 000 fully built units (FBUs) in the 2018/19 financial year. “A combination of a shift in the operating model, improved planning, dedicated operational teams and collaboration with customers and shipping lines have seen... 

Durban car terminal achieves a new milestone

Mahindra South Africa unveils comprehensive farming equipment range  

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2019 Mahindra has opened its fourth business in South Africa. The India-based conglomerate will now add farming equipment to its product line-up in the domestic market, along with vehicles, generators and construction equipment. 

 Mahindra South Africa unveils comprehensive farming equipment range
Mahindra has entered the farming equipment business in South Africa

Local vehicle production expected to grow by 6.2% in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2019 South Africa’s vehicle production is expected to expand by 6.2% in 2019, to roughly 648 000 units, compared with 2018, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa in its latest quarterly business review. South Africa made up 0.64% of global new vehicle production in... 

Local vehicle production expected to grow by 6.2% in 2019

Daimler to open IT hub at its East London plant

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2019 Daimler, parent company to Mercedes-Benz South Africa, has announced that it will establish an information technology (IT) hub at its vehicle production plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape. The IT hub will focus on data analytics, software development and business analysis, and will work in... 

Daimler to open IT hub at its East London plant

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

FAW SA aims to produce 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant this year 

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2019 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) aims to assemble 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant, in the Eastern Cape, this year, slightly up from the 1 153 units produced last year. FAW SA sales and marketing GM Cheng Zhang says the local arm of the Chinese truck giant sold 986 units in the... 

FAW SA aims to produce 1 200 trucks at its Coega plant this year
Cheng Zhang

South African premium car market faces another tough year 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2019 The South African premium car market has seen four years of decline, ending 2018 below 50 000 units, says BMW Group South Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The first quarter of this year has also not signaled a turnaround, with sales below that of the first three months of 2018, he adds. The previous peak... 

South African premium car market faces another tough year
Tim Abbott

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 Owing to lower costs, access to European markets, attractive incentives offered to industry and high investment into infrastructure, Morocco has become South Africa’s biggest challenger in the automotive manufacturing industry, says multinational professional services firm Deloitte Africa... 

Morocco biggest contender for SA auto assembly hegemony
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
MARTYN DAVIES MARTYN DAVIES South Africa’s passenger vehicles sales declined roughly by 25% in the past decade

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

Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO 

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2019 Global telematics group Cartrack has appointed Harry Louw as the new CEO for its South African business. Louw is the former CEO of rival Netstar. 

 Local telematics market has room to grow, says new Cartrack South Africa CEO
Harry Louw

Vehicle sales decline for third month in a row in 2019

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2019 New-vehicle sales continued their downward slide in March, declining for a third month in a row in 2019. March new-vehicle sales were down 3.1%, to 47 718 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Vehicle sales decline for third month in a row in 2019
Ghana Msibi

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study 

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2019 While South African component suppliers are, on average, holding their own in the international automotive industry, there are one or two warning lights flashing that all is not 100% within the industry. This is, in short, the finding of the newest South Africa Automotive Supplier Performance... 

Capex, skills spend at supplier level a concern, notes new study

Steinhoff sells South African auto showrooms unit to France's CFAO

By: Reuters     28th March 2019 Steinhoff has sold a majority stake in its South African auto dealerships unit, it said on Thursday, days after selling its stake in a local industrial group to shore up its finances following a devastating accounting fraud. Steinhoff revealed details earlier this month of the €6.5-billion fraud... 

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