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Long-term solutions required for continuing supply chain disruptions – Tata Africa boss 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2022 There is no end in sight for the current supply-chain disruptions affecting truck brands, says Tata International Africa and Tata Africa Holdings MD Len Brand. “These disruptions that will eventually put pressure on vehicle prices, resulting in a negative impact on truck sales.” 

KLT wants to diversify, expand in SA, says new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2022 The KLT Group aims to diversify its business in South Africa following the completion of its large-volume contract with Ford South Africa later this year. KLT’s contract with Ford for the local production of the chassis assembly for the current Ranger bakkie will come to an end in 2022, confirms... 

Achieving quality, safety, and speed with our machine vision solutions for the automotive industry

14th January 2022 From assembly to final inspection, nearly every system and component within an automobile is manufactured with machine vision and barcode reading technology. Many manufacturers are also leveraging deep learning-based image analysis software to solve complicated part location, cosmetic inspection,... 

China hurt most by Indonesia’s move to keep nickel at home

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2022 Indonesia’s pledge to be more than a raw-materials supplier is set to pile pressure on China’s steel to electric vehicles industries that are already grappling with rising cost volatility. The Southeast Asian country said Wednesday it’s studying a progressive levy on exports of nickel pig iron... 

VW looks to new types of fuel to cut emission levels in Europe

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 Volkswagen plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet in Europe by 40% by 2030 by, for example, increasingly focusing on the development and sales of fully and partially electric vehicles. As a further alternative, however, the German car maker is now also approving models with the... 

The right labour partner is critical to accurate budgeting for successful IPP bidders

13th January 2022 As the 25 successful preferred bidders from Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) prepare for financial closure, budgeting accurately becomes critical. During the upcoming construction phase, the labour component makes up a significant portion of this budget,... 

Greater policy certainty needed to ensure reforms, fixed investment, business confidence in 2022 

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2022 The challenge this year will be to reduce policy uncertainty further, as confidence-building is said to be the cheapest form of economic stimulation, and accelerated economic reforms, higher fixed investment and stronger business confidence need to be backed by policy certainty, the North-West... 

Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision for electric mobility – a 1 000 km car 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 Are electric vehicles with their currently limited range suitable for one of life’s more iconic events – the road trip? Mercedes-Benz thinks so. The German car maker used this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to lift the veil on a vehicle capable of tackling distances much longer... 

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, France – update

By: Sheila Barradas     7th January 2022 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been awarded its first contract from Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology for the manufacture of six units of diverter outer vertical target components for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. 

Chip execs say there’s no short-term fix for supply shortage

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2022 For chip buyers ranging from computer gamers to automakers, there’s no near-term fix on the way for shortages that have caused higher prices and production delays, semiconductor executives said. Nvidia Corp., which makes chips that are the basis of graphics cards selling for thousands of dollars... 

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