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Automotive Industry

Local electric vehicle roll-out successful, despite challenges

By: Trent Roebeck     26th January 2024 Automotive vehicle manufacturer Audi South Africa (Audi SA) maintains a positive outlook on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by customers and businesses in the country, despite the challenges associated with EV growth and adoption. As part of its effort to continue developing the EV market... 

Model Y most registered new vehicle

26th January 2024 Despite not topping the table at the end of October, the Tesla Model Y proved to be the most popular battery electric vehicle (BEV) in Europe, from January through to October 2023, and may continue to grow in popularity in 2024. This is according to research conducted by research organisation for... 

An image of the Tesla Model Y and a table showing vehicle registration statistics in several European countries
TESLA TIME A table showing the Tesla Model Y popularity in Europe 2023

Equipment boosts compressed air quality

26th January 2024 Compressed air quality is a frequently neglected topic, but contaminated compressed air (c/air) is almost as bad as no compressed air.   However, two products offer solutions to these air quality problems, namely: the SUTO iTEC and the CDK range of refrigeration air dryers. 

An image of the CDK Series of dryers
REJUVENATING COMPRESSED AIR CDK Series dryers on offer from Artic Driers

Modified fleets can benefit African sectors

By: Trent Roebeck     26th January 2024 Special vehicle modifications company RMA Automotive South Africa (RMAA SA) has deepened its promise to use “excellent” design expertise and capabilities, as well as “cutting-edge technology” to enable multi-sectoral industry players to employ modified fleets and business transport vehicles to... 

An image of Brendan Londt and Alan Caugant standing in front of vehicles modified by RMAA SA
AUTOMOTIVE REVOLUTION Brendan Londt and Alan Caugant stand in front of an ambulance vehicle and a mobile service vehicle modified by RMAA SA

Heat pump saves manufacturer’s site 169 MWh/y

26th January 2024 According to a recent press release from firm specialising in developing, producing and marketing “forward-looking” machinery Ecoclean, premium car manufacturer BMW has replaced its electric water heating system with a heat pump at its Steyr site, in Austria. This has resulted in electricity... 

An image of a heat pump installed by Ecoclean
HEATING UP A heat pump installation done by Ecoclean at BMW Steyr site

Saudi Ministry signs-off on EV manufacture

28th July 2023 The Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources has granted an industrial licence to Saudi Arabia’s first electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing brand Ceer, with its vehicles expected to be released in 2025. Industry and Mineral Resources Ministry spokesperson Jarrah bin Mohammed Al-Jarrah,... 

SEZs instrumental in SA’s economic growth

28th July 2023 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola last month reiterated his department’s commitment to enhance support to special economic zones (SEZs), which he referred to as important instruments for the economy. Addressing the SEZ Chief Executive Officers’ Forum in Kempton Park,... 

Image of Fikile Majola standing in front of a DTIC banner
FIKILE MAJOLA The Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister addressed the Special Economic Zones Chief Executive Officers’ Forum, in Kempton Park, last month

Better communication, planning key to addressing challenges

By: Bridget Lepere     28th July 2023 Steel and Technology group voestalpine High Performance Metals (HPM) plans to introduce Powder Metallurgical grades, upselling from conventional to higher grade materials where customers will benefit from longer tool life, within the automotive industry, working closely with its clientele to meet... 

Image of voestslpine High Performance Metals head office in Isando
BETTER AND BETTER South African operations have experienced improved productivity, as a result of the phased roll-out of technology

Decentralised drive tech specified for US manufacturer

By: Tracy Hancock     28th July 2023 Automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE has secured an order to supply the latest decentralised drive technology in its Generation C range to automate a new storage and retrieval system being constructed for a US-based vehicle manufacturing plant. The facility will feed an existing manufacturing... 

Automotive industry production line with car bodies
FLEXIBLE FABRICATION A reliable and flexible storage and retrieval system is crucial to ensuring that vehicle manufacturers can optimise their production lines and adapt their output in response to the market’s demand

Distributor drives future solutions in automotive industry

By: Bridget Lepere     28th July 2023 Plastics machinery and ancillary equipment provider GreenTech Plastics Machinery says its injection-moulding machines can now incorporate recyclable materials when manufacturing various parts and components used in the automotive industry. While the injection-moulding process itself has not... 

Artificial intelligence is a big driver of global restructuring in terms of addressing shortages of critical skills, especially in the automotive industry
JC JONKER Artificial intelligence is a big driver of global restructuring in terms of addressing shortages of critical skills, especially in the automotive industry

Firm committed to youth development

28th July 2023 Tyre manufacturer Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is tackling issues of employability in South Africa through its extensive range of youth development initiatives, ranging from student talent pool programmes to opportunities including apprenticeships, trainee pools, in-service trainees,... 


These beneficiaries of CTSA’s graduate programme now fill senior positions at CTSA Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape
ONELE DYONASE AND BUHLE NTSALAZE These beneficiaries of CTSA’s graduate programme now fill senior positions at CTSA Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape

Cleaner fuel crucial – specialists

By: Bridget Lepere     28th July 2023 International Organisation for Standardisation- (ISO-) compliant tribology and lubrication specialist and supplier ISO-Reliability Partners is unlocking the hidden and lost value in business operations using its “world-class technology” to remove contaminants from fuels and lubricating oils.... 

ISO-Reliability laments the casual approach to fuel cleanliness and handling
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE ISO-Reliability laments the casual approach to fuel cleanliness and handling

Tyre manufacturer to boost local production with investment

By: Bridget Lepere     28th July 2023 A proposed new investment drive by tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) – a division of Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) – will enable SRSA to undertake a series of projects. These projects will improve local production capacity, expand product lines and create... 

Ariel view of the expanded Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Ladysmith factory
GREEN SHOOTS The company is closely monitoring the implementation of the Automotive Industry Master Plan to see how new developments in the motoring industry will impact on the tyre manufacturing industry

Lubricant to ‘revolutionise’ automotive sector

28th July 2023 Global leader in automotive lubricants Castrol has announced the launch of its “highly anticipated” Castrol MAGNATEC with DUALOCK technology, which is now available in Africa and “promises to transform its consumer’s driving experience by providing non-stop protection at every start”. The company... 

Image of a green 5l oil canister
SMOOTH OPERATORS MAGNATEC with DUALOCK technology lubricant helps to significantly reduce engine wear and tear by up to 50% during the critical start-up phase

Supplier releases new dryers

28th July 2023 Compressed air equipment supplier Artic Driers International’s Sahara Series heatless twin-tower absorption air dryers are well suited to industrial processes including automotive manufacturing. Compressed air dryers are designed to separate water vapour or dehumidify air from the industrial... 

Improving SA roads, a continued goal in 2023 – AA

27th January 2023 Roadside assistance company Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) CEO Willem Groenewald says discussions with colleagues from global automotive clubs on the issues they currently face invariably focus on two main issues: electric vehicles (EVs) and the adoption of e-fuels (fuels produced... 

Company well positioned to supply auto industry

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     27th January 2023 Since the implementation of certification, approval and other government requirements for manufacturing localisation – where possible – bolts and nuts manufacturer Impala Bolt and Nut is well positioned in the fasteners market to supply the automotive industry. Impala Bolt and Nut MD Derek Cohen... 

An image of Impala Bolt and Nut’s fasteners
FASTEN IT Almost nothing can be built without fasteners, so the potential market for the company’s product is almost limitless

Accreditation pivots automotive SMMEs’ progress

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     27th January 2023 Despite small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) being a big driver of employment and economic growth in South Africa, many of these businesses face several challenges during the startup phase, especially in the automotive sector. However, early implementation of credible standards and... 

Investment firm foresees positive outlook for sector

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     27th January 2023 Investment firm Agile Capital foresees opportunities for growth in the local automotive original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) supply chain with a localisation target of 60% by 2035, which is in line with the South African Automotive Masterplan and the Extension of the Automotive Production and... 

An image of Agile Capital principal Liz Kolobe
LIZ KOLOBE The success of any business requires a motivated management team and we have found that it is paramount to partner with people with whom you can have an open, honest relationship

AAAM to unlock Africa’s economic potential – CEO

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     27th January 2023 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers’ (AAAM’s) objective is to expand and deepen the automotive industry across Africa by working with African governments. This will be achieved by developing, refining and implementing auto policies and ecosystems that will attract investors and... 

An image of AAAM CEO David Coffey
DAVID COFFEY "The continental strategy promotes countries to align with and complement neighbouring countries in order to facilitate inclusivity and the development of the automotive industry" - David Coffey

Drive systems delivery in process

By: Halima Frost     29th July 2022 Drive component manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s Gqeberha branch, in the Eastern Cape, is in the process of delivering drive systems that form part of a major project to an automotive machine builder, also in Gqeberha. These drive systems are part of an order the machine builder is supplying to its... 

A K series drive on offer from SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa
DRIVING GROWTH The SEW-EURODRIVE drive systems will be used on a new electro-coating facility at an automotive manufacturer in Mexico

Drive to develop EV manufacturing launched

By: Halima Frost     29th July 2022 Recruitment and upskilling specialists Oxyon People Solutions has instituted a national drive to promote the advantages of developing local electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facilities, including a push for temporary employment services workforce readiness and upskilling curriculums through the... 

A picture of Viren Sookhun Oxyon People Solutions MD
VIREN SOOKHUN Oxyon is also looking at creating training programmes for people, especially the youth, who have never worked in the automotive manufacturing industry before to make an entry into EV manufacturing

Volkswagen tops used-car sales survey

29th July 2022 According to a report carried out over six months by used car sales and buying service WeBuyCars, German motor vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen ranked as South Africa’s most sought-after used car brand among buyers between October 2021 and April 2022. The report released in May, was conducted on... 

A new white VW Polo being driven through a scenic area
MARCO POLO The most sought after second hand vehicle over a six month period was the VW Polo according to WeBuyCars research

Company drives investment in automotive sector

By: Halima Frost     29th July 2022 With government’s having identified the automotive sector as a key sector for economic development, private equity investment firm Agile Capital is actively looking to invest further in the South African automotive sector. “We foresee growth in the sector through localisation of parts and expect... 

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A portrait picture of Liz Kolobe Agile Capital Principle
LIZ KOLOBE Growing the companies we invest in will have a positive impact on the sector and the South African economy

Q1 recovery exceeds expectations – industry body

29th July 2022 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa | The  Automotive Business Council (Naamsa) states in its ‘Quarterly review of business conditions: new motor vehicle manufacturing industry / automotive sector first quarter 2022 report’ that the pace of recovery in the... 

A vehicle in the manufacturing process hoisted up on a lift with a worker stood under the chassis
LIFTING IT UP The new vehicle market has outperformed expectations according to industry body Naamsa

Polished performance for automotive sector

28th January 2022 Cutting, welding and grinding equipment manufacturer and supplier First Cut assists the automotive sector through its extensive range of Italy-based BLM Group’s tube bending machinery. BLM is dedicated to designing, manufacturing and digitising systems for processing of tubes, wires and sheet metal. 

An image of First Cut's machine division GM Anthony Lezar
ANTHONY LEZAR All-electric bending machine offer more control and repeatability

Domestic vehicle sales increase draws attention to road safety standards

28th January 2022 The 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa in October last year, compared with the same period in 2020, has resulted in more vehicles being transported across the country. As a result, attention is being drawn to safety concerns related to the transportation sector, particularly... 

An image of cars being transported by truck
GOING THE DISTANCE October 2021 saw a 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa

Learning academy continues to develop local skills

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th January 2022 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) continues to develop skills for the future through its learning academy, which prioritises the development of skills in the automotive industry to not only service in-house business needs but also the wider automotive industry. The... 

An image of a automotive technician at the Mercedes Benz Learning Academy
TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE MBSA has begun preparations for the next phase of the automotive industry transformation

Industry embraces both EVs and ICE

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th January 2022 While the full extent of the impact of electric vehicles (EVs) on the local battery industry is not expected to reach South Africa soon, the industry is prepared to service EVs and continue to meet the current market demands of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, says battery manufacturer... 

An image of AutoX's factory
BRIGHT TOMORROW AutoX is well prepared to meet the demands of the local battery demands and the future EV market demands

Artic Driers - internationally connected, locally focused

28th January 2022 Artic Driers is a family owned and operated company with a 30-year history in the compressed air treatment industry. It operates from a spacious distribution and manufacturing base close to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Artic Driers represent a broad range of international... 

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CNG is a greener fuel alternative

28th January 2022 There is a global push towards sustainability and green initiatives, especially in the automotive industry. Every second, two brand new vehicles enter the roads which increases the environmental impact of one of the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution. Between 80%... 

An image of a NGV fuel station
GREENER FUEL As a vehicle fuel, natural gas can lessen greenhouse gas emissions

TecAlliance strengthens its footprint in S Africa

23rd July 2021 Independent automotive parts market data management specialist TecAlliance is planning the next steps to drive digitisation in South Africa 

Vehicle markets gaining momentum

23rd July 2021 Reflecting on the new-vehicle-sales statistics for last month, naamsa | The Automotive Business Council said that the recovery in the new-vehicle market is gaining momentum in line with industry expectations, notwithstanding the country moving from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 in mid-June and... 

FAW trucks keeping up with market trends

23rd July 2021 FAW Trucks places a high premium on R&D in order to not only maintain its leadership in the Chinese market, but also to ensure that it keeps up with the rapid advances being made in technology. Its R&D facility is based at the FAW Trucks manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China. 

CAS battery enters local market

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 German riveting and processing technology company Gesipa recently introduced the Cordless Alliance System (CAS) battery to the South African market. CAS is used in tools such as Gesipa’s Accubird Pro, Powerbird Pro and Firebird Pro rivnut tools. 

Cordless Rivnut tool with CAS battery used for accessory fitments
FIREBIRD PRO S GE CAS Cordless Rivnut tool with CAS battery used for accessory fitments

Video showcases vehicle specs

23rd July 2021 Coinciding with the arrival of the first models of the new all-electric Taycan Cross Turismo, automobile manufacturer Porsche Middle East and Africa free zone establishment (FZE) is celebrating with a video that showcases the versatile model being pushed to its limits in two remote locations with... 

Porsche's newest electric car in desert terrain
FROM ONE EXTREME Taycan Cross Turismo racing in the scorching, sandy desert in Liwa

New premises in Côte d’Ivoire for car manufacturer

23rd July 2021 Automotive manufacturer Tata Côte d'Ivoire announced the opening of its new premises, strategically located in Zone 4, in Marcory, Côte d'Ivoire. 

Launch event for Tata Côte d'Ivoire’s new premises
SHOWING OFF THE SHOWROOM From left to right: Sailas Thangal, Meite Bouake, Vivek Saraswat at the launch event for Tata Côte d'Ivoire’s new premises

Navara built in Africa for Africa

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 The first Nissan Navara vehicles produced in Africa have rolled off the production line at the new Nissan plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria this month. 

First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa
HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa
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