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Automotive Components

Liqui Moly range offered for automotive industry

8th December 2023 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s Liqui Moly range of oils, additives and care products includes a highly efficient sealant remover that ensures thorough cleaning of mechanical components and reduces maintenance time. “Liqui Moly sealant remover – designed for use in many industries, including... 

Partnership enables local manufacture of vehicle sealing, acoustic solutions

8th December 2023 Chemicals and consumer goods company Henkel South Africa is partnering with Hammanskraal-based rubber and plastics manufacturer Hudson Rubber, in Gauteng, to locally fabricate Henkel’s vehicle rubber sealing and acoustic solutions for original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicle panel... 

An image depicting Henkel and Hudson Rubber signing the agreement at the recent NAACAM Show 2023.
SEALING THE DEAL Henkel and Hudson Rubber signing the agreement at the recent NAACAM Show 2023. From left: Sharlene Brits, Henkel South Africa key account manager; Paul Bergset, Henkel South Africa head of sales IND solutions and durable goods; Alida van Bruggen, Hudson Rubber director; and Stoney Steenkamp, Hudson Rubber MD.

Hilube needle-bearing kit welcomed by market

8th December 2023 Argentinian distributor for Vesconite, Vesconite Hilube and Vesconite Superlube low-friction bearing materials VesArg is proud to announce the acceptance of the Vesconite Hilube needle-bearing kit for the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo utility vehicles, with VesArg having sold 500 kits for... 

An image depicting the Vesconite hilube
VESCONITE HILUBE KITSVesconite Hilube replacement kits for needle bearings solve recurring problems with suspension arms in Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo utility vehicles

Manufacturer launches new bushes material

By: Halima Frost     9th December 2022 High-performance plastic products manufacturer igus launched its new range of alternative bushes for the automotive sector at this year’s manufacturing, energy and logistics trade show, Hannover Messe 2022, held in Germany, May 30 to June 2. The bushes are made from igus’ new trademarked iglidur... 

A concept image of a car seat in grey with yellow bushes at all points where a bush would be use, made of iglidur H5 high-performance plastic
HIGH 5 The new iglidur H5 high-performance plastic developed by igus is used in bushes for various components components

Efficient storage for components

9th December 2022 Materials handling systems designer Conceptainer says its Thrift recyclable bulk collapsible bins, which weigh only 28 kg when empty, are an efficient system for the storage and transport of automotive components. The company adds that this includes plastic moulded parts and seat components, as... 

A black box with Thrift Box printed on the side
NIFTY THRIFTY The new Thrift box developed by Conceptainer is perfectly suited to the transport and storage of various automotive components

Auto import substitution a growing reality

3rd December 2021 Replacing imported automotive products with locally manufactured finished goods and components is a growing reality, states local supplier KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa CEO Ashok Thakur. He adds that substitution of imported products in favour of locally manufactured goods is... 

Support programme aims to improve local content production capacity

3rd December 2021 Local manufacturers find it difficult to participate directly in the value chain supplying components for commercial vehicles owing to stringent requirements. As a result, many downstream suppliers are unable to make use of local upstream producers. Industry support programme the National Foundry... 

Investment company supports localisation drive

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 The South African Automotive Master Plan 2035 (SAAMP), introduced in July this year, aims to increase transformation and localisation in the automotive industry, which is also evident through the launch of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) in 2019. The fund has, to date, set... 

Image of Agile Capital associate Asavela Lumkwana
ASAVELA LUMKWANA We want to invest long-term and be in partnerships where we can pool resources for the growth of local businesses, and subsequently the industry

Industry body helps to develop electric vehicle capabilities

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 Local automotive industry body the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has aligned its strategy and resources to facilitate the attainment of the South African Automotive Masterplan targets in the Eastern Cape, states AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane. These targets include... 

Image of AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane
THABO SHENXANE Our research continues to monitor export opportunities in Africa with a view to providing the Eastern Cape with scientific and evidence-based interventions

Lubricant focus smoothing way into automotive

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 The automotive industry provides lubricant company FUCHS LUBRICANTS South Africa with growth opportunities in Africa, as a lot of growth on the continent is focused on the automotive sector, says FUCHS South Africa sales director Andrew Cowling. FUCHS LUBRICANTS have a range of more than 10 000... 

Image of FUCHS LUBRICANTS lubricants
SUPPLY STRENGTH FUCHS LUBRICANTS have a range of more than 10 000 products and related service lines, covering the main categories of lubricants, including automotive lubricants

New forming line increases global supply capabilities

4th December 2020 Last month, automotive technology and engineering company Benteler International announced it would be investing in a new forming line for processing of airbag tubes at its Schloss Neuhaus plant, in Germany. The company has expanded its value-added depth in airbag and seat belt pretensioner tubes... 

PIPELINE
A new forming line for processing of airbag tubes is being invested in by Benteler International
PIPELINE A new forming line for processing of airbag tubes is being invested in by Benteler International

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

PART AND PARCEL
The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

LAID OUT
The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website
LAID OUT The products on offer thought the Locatisation Supermarket are available to view on an online portal available at the AIDC EC's website

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

DAMAGE CONTROL
The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

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 –... 

INNER BEAUTY
Fibertex nonwovens are used in automotive components and for vehicle interiors
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... 

ABOVE THE BELT
Autobax supplies quality-branded automotive parts from belts and chains to bearing kits and allied products
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... 

'COMPONENT' SOCIAL INVESTMENT
Both Toyota and Isuzu have undertaken the responsibility of developing an beleaguered  local manufacturer
'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... 

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

Silicone gasket maker well received

By: Halima Frost     6th December 2019 Since launching its RTV Silicone Gasket Maker, industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley says there has been a positive uptake by the automotive component and maintenance sectors. The gasket maker is an aftermarket product aimed at vehicle mechanics who repair automotive components... 

STICK IT
Pratley's silicone gasket maker has been well received by the automotive sector
STICK IT Pratley's silicone gasket maker has been well received by the automotive sector

SYTAGS

6th December 2019 Spicer Young Tool and Gauge supplies (SYTAGS) importer of special Engineering supplies and know specializing in Broach manufacture for the Automotive and Mining sector. Established in 1998 Peter Young SYTAGS started by importing broaches and other special engineering tool and gauges. Young”s... 

SYTAGS

Automotive aftermarket distributor looking to expand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Automotive aftermarket distributor AfriPart is focusing on expanding its footprint into the sub-Saharan Africa market and on adding value for clients by improving its operating, product and technology platforms, says MD Andrew Sommerville and sales and marketing head Richard Berner. AfriPart is... 

AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET
AfriPart is the country’s first automotive aftermarket distributor that is 100% owned and operated through an empowered employee trust
AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET AfriPart is the country’s first automotive aftermarket distributor that is 100% owned and operated through an empowered employee trust

Importers tightening control over logistics processes

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Amid government’s Automotive Masterplan support programme that targets 60% local component production and manufacturing, automotive businesses are tightening control over their logistics processes – where trade finance is being viewed as a broader import finance solution rather than a... 

TECHNOLOGICAL VISIBILITY
Technology is becoming critical in the importing process
TECHNOLOGICAL VISIBILITY Technology is becoming critical in the importing process

Reusable Packaging is the Game Changer in the Automotive Industry

27th July 2018 Never before has it been more crucial for automotive enterprises to review their packaging needs. Packaging is the one key element that is often overlooked when designing and investing in a new line of vehicle manufacture or moving parts in a closed loop system for processing. When packaging is... 

Reusable Packaging is the Game Changer in the Automotive Industry

Industry buoyant owing to exports growth on automation adoption

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 A high demand for automotive component exports has enabled the South African automotive components industry to remain stable, despite a local downswing in disposable income spending on cars, says fibre laser cutting and consumables supplier First Cut which supplies tier 1 and 2 manufacturers in... 

ANDREW POOLE Automotive component manufacturers which have aligned themselves with the export market have been doing reasonably well
ANDREW POOLE Automotive component manufacturers which have aligned themselves with the export market have been doing reasonably well

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

NITROGEN GENERATORS AND INFLATORS WIDELY AVAILABLE Nitrogen generators and tyre inflators are widely available at petrol stations all over the country
NITROGEN GENERATORS AND INFLATORS WIDELY AVAILABLE Nitrogen generators and tyre inflators are widely available at petrol stations all over the country

S African battery market estimated to grow by 6%

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd March 2018 The local battery market will grow by 5% to 6% a year as the second-hand car-part market grows, says battery and automotive electrical components importer and distributor Probe CEO Frank Rovelli. He says the market is still based on traditional batteries and that it will take some time for... 

Automation trend in automotive industry to boost exports share

23rd March 2018 Multinational factories are looking to standardise on application-specific equipment used in production lines, as well as quality and safety standards. With South African factories generally having caught up with global standards, most of the planned upgrades will be focused on automation,... 

SAFER AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION LINES Automotive manufactures are investing in safer capital equipment, owing to holding companies’ interest in reducing labour-related injuries
SAFER AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION LINES Automotive manufactures are investing in safer capital equipment, owing to holding companies’ interest in reducing labour-related injuries

Industry trying to reduce reliance on imports

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 High quality, increased productivity and cost reduction are vital for success as the South African automotive industry works to reduce its reliance on automotive component imports while growing its export potential in a slow economy, says industrial equipment supplier Germ Africa director Robert... 

WELL-EQUIPPED Germ Africa provides high-quality filtration and dosing pump solutions that improve the automotive manufacturing process
WELL-EQUIPPED Germ Africa provides high-quality filtration and dosing pump solutions that improve the automotive manufacturing process

Intra-industry dialogue crucial for components advancement

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Given the multifaceted nature of South Africa’s automotive sector, intra-industry dialogue and collaboration are crucial to advancing the industry’s ability to provide high-quality products and much-needed employment in a rapidly evolving world, says Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)... 

KEEPING PACE
Advancing education and training in the automotive sector is crucial for keeping up with changes in technology and the local demand for skilled technicians
Photo by Bloomberg
KEEPING PACE Advancing education and training in the automotive sector is crucial for keeping up with changes in technology and the local demand for skilled technicians

Local innovation key for growing automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Key to realising the growth potential of South Africa’s automotive sector is local innovation, albeit with due consideration to conditions and operating environments, as local companies are not always able to use international innovations and technologies, says enterprise resource planning (ERP)... 

PAULO DE MATOS
South Africa is no laggard when it comes to the uptake of new technologies, especially in the automotive sector
PAULO DE MATOS South Africa is no laggard when it comes to the uptake of new technologies, especially in the automotive sector

Mobile workshop enhances interactions with automotive OEMs  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 Science and technology company 3M South Africa has launched its new mobile workshop – Abrasive Solutions On the Move – which will provide easy access to its technologies and services for its original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) clients in the automotive sector. 

ON THE MOVE 3M’s mobile unit features a full test laboratory, training facilities and capabilities for providing all of the company’s abrasive solutions on site
ON THE MOVE 3M’s mobile unit features a full test laboratory, training facilities and capabilities for providing all of the company’s abrasive solutions on site

Supply chain management key to industry success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th October 2017 The effective management of financial and physical supply chains is a key differentiator for South African automotive companies wanting to survive in an uncertain market, with access to technologies that can assist in streamlining these functions critical to success, says import and working... 

GREG CLINE
Automotive aftermarket imports are growing owing to the depressed state of the economy shifting buying behaviour
GREG CLINE Automotive aftermarket imports are growing owing to the depressed state of the economy shifting buying behaviour

Auto components manufacturer launches portable drill winch

24th March 2017 Automotive component manufacturer Torre Parts and Components has launched the WARN Drill Winch, which runs off a standard portable drill that turns it into a versatile pulling tool.  

WARN DRILL WINCH
The portable WARN Drill Winch makes rigging fast and easy
WARN DRILL WINCH The portable WARN Drill Winch makes rigging fast and easy

Company offers joints for plastic content in auto manufacturing

24th March 2017 Germany-based mechanical engineering company Haag + Zeissler says the automotive industry is planning to increase the present plastic content in electric vehicles by around 25% to enable a necessary saving in vehicle weight.  

9001 SERIES ROTARY JOINT
The automotive industry wants to increase the present plastic content in electric vehicles by around 25%
9001 SERIES ROTARY JOINT The automotive industry wants to increase the present plastic content in electric vehicles by around 25%

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya

24th March 2017 French multinational automotive manufacturer General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) and motor dealer Urysia Limited Authorised Peugeot Dealers, will begin in June with supplying a yearly volume of over 1 000 Peugeot units in order to meet the expectations of the Kenyan market.  

PEUGEOT 3008
Kenya will start assembly of the new Peugeot 2008 sports utility vehicle in June
PEUGEOT 3008 Kenya will start assembly of the new Peugeot 2008 sports utility vehicle in June

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing for production

24th March 2017 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is testing three-dimensional (3D) printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn, in the US.  

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING
Ford has started testing 3D printing technology for more efficient low-volume production
THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING Ford has started testing 3D printing technology for more efficient low-volume production

Smart tyre for future urban fleets designed

24th March 2017 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear unveiled the Goodyear IntelliGrip Urban concept tyre at the Geneva International Motor Show 2017, in Switzerland, on March 7.  

INTELLIGRIP URBAN 
Goodyear announced its smart-tyre technology aimed at improving ride-sharing vehicles
INTELLIGRIP URBAN Goodyear announced its smart-tyre technology aimed at improving ride-sharing vehicles

S African company wins Japanese award for the first time

24th March 2017 Automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv South Africa (SA) has been awarded the coveted Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) Total Plant Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award for 2017.  

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