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Auto shipments to foreign markets hit new high, but shift to electric vehicles sees drop in catalytic converter numbers

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2024 Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to prepandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to outperform the rest of the manufacturing sector, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief... 

Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the DFSK brand to South Africa in July 2022, with the introduction of the EC35 panel van and EC31 one-ton... 

Image of the DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van
The DFSK EC35 four-seater panel van

Opinion: Government must come to the party on new-energy vehicles

17th May 2024 The automotive sector requires policy certainty and investment incentives to meet the challenges of the future and sustain its vital role in the economy, writes Nedbank Commercial Banking manufacturing national manager Amith Singh. 

Amith Singh
Amith Singh

Rubber companies urged to go green

17th May 2024 There is a strong drive in and among rubber companies to exchange fossil fuels for renewable-energy sources, says steam and boiler service provider Associated Energy Services (AES). AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith and AES operations associate director Ray Lund work closely with rubber... 

AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith standing in front of a company sign for AES
JORDAN SMITH AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith and AES operations associate director Ray Lund work closely with rubber belting and tyre manufacturers in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2024 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic). The CDC is supplying the land on which the factory will be... 

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2024 The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts of the automotive value chain. These skills were critical in all aspects of the automotive value... 

An automotive component factory in the TASEZ

LDV to launch bakkie, SUV, MPV and panel van ranges in SA

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2024 Chinese car maker LDV has confirmed that its full range of passenger and commercial vehicles have been given the go-ahead for introduction in the South African market. The company is part of the SAIC automotive group. 

Image of an LDV T60 bakkie
The T60 bakkie

Logistics, NEVs in focus for next phase of automotive industry growth

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2024 Efficient logistics to move vehicles and automotive components up and down the value chain and adapting the local industry to new energy vehicles (NEVs) is crucial to shape the trajectory of the industry into the future, industry development agency Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)... 

Aluminium vehicle body panels in an assembly plant

Blue Energy, wheel maker ink green power deal

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure Blue Energy Africa has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2024 The commercial vehicle industry in South Africa is getting to understand the opportunities in the automotive sector, such as in the autonomous vehicles space, despite various macroeconomic challenges, event organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa MD Michael Dehn said during the Futureroad vehicle... 

Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn
Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn

Goodyear South Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2024 Goodyear South Africa (SA) has appointed Paul Gerrard as its new MD, starting from May 1. Gerrard takes over from Richard Fourie, who led the company for two years. 

Image of Goodyear South Africa (SA) MD Paul Gerrard
Paul Gerrard

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2024 Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to outperform the rest of the manufacturing sector, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council... 

Image of Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief trade and research officer Dr Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding scheduled for the Eastern Cape. 

Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling out the zero-emission technology, following an unsuccessful attempt as an early adopter in 2018. 

Hyundai unveils nano cooling film able to slash interior heat in cars

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 The Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled what it says is the world’s first application of a nano cooling film. The South Korean car maker describes the film as “a revolutionary vehicle window tint that offers a significant improvement in interior cooling performance compared to conventional tint... 

Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model to the company’s production line-up from early 2027. 

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2024 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MAN SA). MAN SA in September provided GABS with its first Lion’s Explorer E... 

Image of the MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus
The MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2024 Local developer and operator of clean energy infrastructure, Blue Energy Africa, has signed a 20-year deal with Borbet South Africa (SA) for the procurement of power from renewable-energy sources. Founded in 1962 by Peter Wilhelm Borbet, the family-owned company has five locations in Germany, as... 

Blue Energy signs 20-year green power deal with wheel manufacturer

Jaguar Land Rover develops portable charger using second-life batteries 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2024 Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a portable battery energy storage system (Bess) using second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) batteries.  The unit, built in collaboration with energy storage startup Allye Energy, is the first Bess to be... 

Image of JLR's Bess system
JLR's Bess system

Metair reassures market amid huge debt, challenges at Türkiye battery business

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2024 Metair is still very much open for business and the group is able to accommodate new clients should they need automotive components or energy storage solutions, says new CEO Paul O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty, now two months into the job after former CEO Sjoerd Douwenga bowed out, owing to health... 

Automotive experts unpack NEV growth projections, impact on platinum demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2024 As new energy vehicle (NEV) sales grow more moderately in reality than what was expected two years ago, demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the automotive sector is not trailing off as drastically as may have been expected, a panel of speakers noted during a PGMs Industry Day event hosted,... 

Platinum ore in hand

Toyota launches expanded accessories programme in SA

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2024 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched a new programme called Associated Accessory Products (AAP). The local arm of the Japanese carmaker says this one-stop-shop offering will complement its existing array of accessories, enabling customers to customise their vehicles as they wish. 

Metair to tackle high debt, gauge Mutlu’s future  

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2024 Metair is still very much open for business and the group is able to accommodate new clients should they need automotive components or energy solutions, says new CEO Paul O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty, now two months into the job after former CEO Sjoerd Douwenga bowed out owing to health reasons, comes... 

Image of Metair CEO Paul O’Flaherty
Paul O’Flaherty

China’s LDV launches in the local bakkie, commercial vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2024 LDV is the latest automotive brand from China to enter South Africa, with the Asian country seemingly intensifying its efforts to become the world’s new automotive powerhouse. LDV forms part of SAIC, which is the vehicle partner to General Motors and Volkswagen in China. It is also the... 

Image of the T60 bakkie from LDV
The T60 bakkie

GAC Motor joins inflow from China; Ramsoomar appointed as MD

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2024 China’s GAC Motor has appointed Salvador Caetano Auto as the distributor and retailer of GAC vehicles, spare parts and related services in South Africa (SA). GAC Motor is a subsidiary of the State-owned GAC Group, and was founded in 1997. The brand joins a rapidly growing number of Chinese... 

Image of GAC SA MD Leslie Ramsoomar
Leslie Ramsoomar

Toyota launches expanded accessories programme in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2024 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched a new programme called Associated Accessory Products (AAP). The local arm of the Japanese car maker says this one-stop-shop offering will complement its existing array of accessories, enabling customers to customise their vehicles as they wish. 

Image of a Toyota Land Cruiser

Metair’s shares rise on expectation of higher earnings

By: Schalk Burger     11th March 2024 The share price of JSE-listed energy storage and automotive components company Metair rose by more than 26% on March 11, after the company announced that it expected to report earnings a share of 44c to 53c and headline earnings a share of 128c to 140c for the 2023 financial year. This compares... 

The Hesto Harnesses factory in South Africa

Volkswagen SA spends big to counter loadshedding, now sole Polo supplier

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2024 Volkswagen Group South Africa, now trading as Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA), is investing R55-million to generate 3 MW in additional solar energy for its assembly plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape, says MD Martina Biene. The panels will be installed on the carports in the employee car park. 

'Asian brothers' coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2024 Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months towards the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement at the end of February, the CEO of the parts and vehicle importer and retailer, Osman Arbee,... 

African experts meet to discuss auto industry standardisation

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2024 South Africa is hosting the African Organisation for Standardisation Technical Committee 59 (ARSO/TC 59) this month to discuss technical standardisation within the African automotive industry. The four-day event includes the participation of technical experts from the automotive industry across... 

Hermogene Nsengimana and Lungelo Ntobongwana
Hermogene Nsengimana and Lungelo Ntobongwana

Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2024 The South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), the Tyre, Equipment and Parts Association (Tepa) and the Tyre Importers Association of South Africa (Tiasa) have teamed up to form the Tyre Silo Forum. This follows the launch last year... 

Aqora rebrands, aims to make battery cells in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2024 South African energy company Aqora has rebranded to become Afrivolt, says MD Deshan Naidoo. The firm’s goal, however, remains the same – opening a lithium-ion cell gigafactory in South Africa, able to produce anodes, cathodes and lithium-ion batteries for stationary storage applications and, in... 

Volkswagen Group Africa opens new airbag deployment test centre

By: Irma Venter     29th February 2024 Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) has officially opened its new R20-million airbag deployment centre, following a construction period of nearly two years. The facility, based at the company’s B Plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape, will boost the assembly plant’s airbag testing capacity to 150% of... 

Volkswagen Group Africa opens new airbag deployment test centre

‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss 

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2024 Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months at the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement on Tuesday, the CEO of the parts and vehicle importer, retailer and distributor, Osman Arbee, said... 

Image of Motus CEO Osman Arbee
Osman Arbee

Tyre manufacturer to invest $90-million in hydraulic hose production plant

23rd February 2024 German technology company Continental in January announced an investment of $90-million towards the construction of its new plant for hydraulic hose for industrial purposes in the west-central Mexican state of Aguascalientes. Continental’s operation in Mexico produces and develops automotive... 

Firm emphasises valorisation  

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      23rd February 2024 To advance circularity and sustainability in the rubber manufacturing industry, leading rubber crumb manufacturer Mathe Group emphasises a strong focus on valorising waste rubber as a means of increasing supply amid increased demand.  Rubber crumb is used on roads and artificial sporting fields,... 

An image of Dr Mehran Zarrebini posing in front of waste tires
Mathe Group CEO Dr. Mehran Zarrebini discussing the current state of rubber manufacturing and recycling in Africa. Recording: Lumkile Nkomfe. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded 26-01-2024

Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2024 The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs, fuel prices and new-vehicle price tags are all high, driven by not only international turmoil, but also... 

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