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Rubber News

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... 

Michelin research shows how transporters can reduce total cost of ownership

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2024 Tyre manufacturer Michelin has launched its latest research focused on total cost of ownership, which is aimed at shifting the mindsets of South African transporters to run more efficient and sustainable fleets. The ‘2023 Decarbonising South Africa’s Transport Sector’ outlines that transport is... 

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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 looks to diversify recycled product range, seeks new markets

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      23rd February 2024 Germiston-based rubber recycling company Dawhi Rubber Recycling, which has been in the rubber crumb business for 14 years, is conducting research into new innovations such as tyre-derived fuel, which represents the primary alternative to rubber crumb manufacturing and reclaimed rubber.... 

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

Dunlop proceeds with R1.7bn investment in Ladysmith tyre factory

By: Darren Parker     3rd October 2023 Tyre manufacturer Dunlop is forging ahead with a R1.7-billion investment project at its factory in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, with the backing of its Japan-based parent company Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI). The investment will boost local tyre production capacity as local automotive... 

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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,... 

ONELE DYONASE AND BUHLE NTSALAZE

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

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

Partnership to benefit rubber recycling industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th February 2023 With a global emphasis on environmental consciousness and the circular economy, demand for recycled rubber pallets has increased in the seven-billion-unit pallet industry, thereby sparking a licence agreement between local recycled rubber manufacturer Xtyre Global and New Zealand-based rubber... 

An image depicting a rubber pallet
RUBBER PALLET Xtyre Global offers more than 300 products made of recycled rubber, including its rubber pallets

Rubber company innovates to meet industry challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th February 2023 High levels of unemployment, raw material shortages and energy constraints have negatively affected the South African rubber manufacturing industry as the economy begins to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, says rubber manufacturer Rubber Products and Mouldings (RPM) director... 

An image depicting a smiling man and woman, Wayne Tozer and Sue Supasar
WAYNE TOZER AND SUE SUPASAR RPM aims to limit imports by manufacturing products locally where possible

Recycled rubber range aids sustainability initiatives

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th February 2023 Vinyl flooring and wall protection specialist Polyflor launched the R-Range recycled-rubber wall protector last year to protect buildings against damage caused by wheeled traffic. The first product in the range – the WPSXT195E – is manufactured using rubber from recycled tyres, contributing... 

An image depicting a piece of rubber
WELCOME TO SA Polyflor’s recycled range of rubber flooring was introduced into the South African market in 2007

One-piece liner unveiled at Electra Mining 

By: Sabrina Jardim     14th October 2022 Heavy duty slurry pump manufacturer Schurco Slurry released its new rubber one-piece cover plate liner – installed in the cover plate of a pump – at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, which was held last month. The one-piece liner ensures greater safety for pump installations. This is... 

An image depicting the one-piece liner in fragments
Schurco Slurry MD Emile Fourie discusses the new one-piece liner

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) last month. The webinar, titled ESGS Webinar: Circular economy: Opportunities and Benefits,... 

A man wearing protective gloves holding a handful of shredded tires which have been broken down for recycling at the Unki Mine in Zaimbabwe owned by Anglo American Platinum
GETTING TIREDThe world does not have enough resources to cater to the growing population, forcing companies to take up the circular economy

Manufacturing output decreases by 2.3% y/y in May

By: Donna Slater     12th July 2022 Manufacturing production decreased by 2.3% year-on-year in May, brought down by the industries of motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment which declined 19.2%, and subtracted 2.1 percentage points, reveals Statistics South Africa. A 4.1% decline in the food and... 

Truck tyre insurance a local first

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 Dunlop Tyres manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) says it is the first tyre manufacturer in South Africa to launch truck tyre insurance. As of April, the company extended its Dunlop Sure value-added tyre insurance – previously available for only certain passenger... 

TAKE COVER
The Dunlop Sure Truck Tyre Insurance provides fleet owners with peace of mind that s/he will be covered, should a tyre be lost for any unforeseen reason
TAKE COVER The Dunlop Sure Truck Tyre Insurance provides fleet owners with peace of mind that s/he will be covered, should a tyre be lost for any unforeseen reason

Company celebrates one year anniversary

20th May 2022 Slurry related valves design and manufacturing company Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) celebrated its first year of being in business in March. The company hosted a two-day launch function at its manufacturing plant in Benoni, Gauteng. 

An image depicting people at an AFS launch function in the company's hydraulic press room
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Specialists in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves, AFS celebrates its first year of business

Hopes that website will shape future of online tyre sales

25th February 2022 Tapping into the enormous growth in e-commerce in South Africa, Blackcircles.co.za has been launched with the hope that it will become the benchmark for the best online tyre retail customer experience in South Africa. 

New tyre models launching later this year

By: Claire O'Reilly     25th February 2022 Two models from the SPVAN01 tyre range, manufactured by global tyre and rubber company Sumitomo Rubber, are set to be launched later this yea 

Rubber increases wear life

25th February 2022 Mines are well aware of the significant cost savings that can be achieved by using rubber to increase the wear life of equipment; however, selecting the right product for the application is vital. Rubber lining is a highly skilled process which – when done correctly, with the correct type and... 

Online tyre retailer launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 Multinational online tyre retailer Blackcircles has launched its service in South Africa. Following a soft launch in December, the company kicked off full promotion in early January. The company was originally founded in 2001 by UK entrepreneur Michael Welch. It was later acquired by tyre... 

A photo of Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley
Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley

Aftermarket guidelines beneficial to automotive industry

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Competition Commission South Africa’s Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines, which came into effect in July, after being published in January, can be “hugely beneficial to motorists”, says tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa CEO Lubin Ozoux. “However, consumers still have a... 

A photo of tyre stock inside Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s Ladysmith plant in KwaZulu-Natal
WORKING TIRELESSLY After being looted in July, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa has tried to minimise the impact on dealers

Optimism prevails despite downturn

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Despite setbacks caused by Covid-19, and the riots and looting in July, tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa is optimistic about the sustainability of the local tyre market. Several new products have been launched over the past few months, particularly in the Dunlop... 

 A photo of the Dunlop Grandtrek AT3G two-ply white lettering tyre on a SUV
THEY SEE ME ROLLING Sumitomo Rubber South Africa launched the Dunlop Grandtrek AT3G two-ply white lettering tyre in June

Company to continue local investment

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities. “In the long term, we would like to invest in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to modernise the way we produce. In South Africa, we would rather invest in a... 

INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY 
Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities
INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities

Greater localisation of OEM supply needed

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Despite the pandemic being a strong motivator for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to localise procurement, rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp believes that too many local OEMs still lack the drive to do so. “Although many customers made huge efforts to localise... 

STONEY STEENKAMP
Why should we require a pandemic for customers to localise?
STONEY STEENKAMP Why should we require a pandemic for customers to localise?

Rubber manufacturer buoyed in tough economy

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Rubber manufacturer Rubber Products and Mouldings (RPM) is “very bullish” about the year ahead, with the company poised for growth despite the difficult economic circumstances because of ongoing lockdowns. “The economy is not strong, so it certainly won’t be easy for any business. However, RPM... 

WAYNE TOZER AND SUE SUPASAR
RPM has performed well after the 2019 takeover, following a series of strategic adjustments to operating costs.
WAYNE TOZER AND SUE SUPASAR RPM has performed well after the 2019 takeover, following a series of strategic adjustments to operating costs.

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

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Subsequent to being shortlisted as a potential supplier of replacement parts, precision engineering company Vector Engineering has been selected as an official component assembly parts manufacturer for a critical filling line for global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (Inbev). “The parts were... 

FILLING THE GAP
The parts manufactured by Vector Engineering for the filling line were reverse engineered to suit the requirements of the client
FILLING THE GAP The parts manufactured by Vector Engineering for the filling line were reverse engineered to suit the requirements of the client

Lower human activity limiting tyre sales

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Every business is going to face the consequences of lower human activity and, thereby, commercial activity, as South Africans consume less or differently, owing to Covid-19, says automotive tyre manufacturer and supplier Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO Riaz Haffejee. Tyre sales... 

REBOUNDING DEMAND
Demand for Sumitomo Dunlop’s tyres is increasing since the restrictions of lockdown have eased
REBOUNDING DEMAND Demand for Sumitomo Dunlop’s tyres is increasing since the restrictions of lockdown have eased

Company eyes mining sector growth

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 Hydraulic hoses and fluid components supplier Hydroscand South Africa (SA) is looking to increase its market share in the mining sector through partnering with initiatives in the local communities where the mines which it supplies are located. 

LARGE FOOTPRINT 
Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa
LARGE FOOTPRINT Hydroscand South Africa is the approved supplier to some of the very large global original-equipment manufacturers operating in sub-Saharan Africa

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 With export and original equipment demand in the automotive industry in Africa growing year on year, it is critical for companies to expand their reach into high-growth markets in Africa to secure long-term growth, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO and National Association... 

NEW TYRES
The performance standards, wear characteristics and manufacturing requirements of tyres used on electric vehicles are different to those used on internal combustion engine vehicles
NEW TYRES The performance standards, wear characteristics and manufacturing requirements of tyres used on electric vehicles are different to those used on internal combustion engine vehicles

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The broad support for the Automotive Masterplan 2035 by companies across the value chain and the certainty that it creates supports local vehicle-manufacturing growth and, consequently, for the automotive components industry to increase supply, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop)... 

PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY
Sumitomo Dunlop has grown its local tyre production and capacity on the certainty created by original equipment manufacturers’ plans
PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY Sumitomo Dunlop has grown its local tyre production and capacity on the certainty created by original equipment manufacturers’ plans

Flooring company to start green project

By: Halima Frost     28th February 2020 Flooring contractor KBAC Flooring will handle a 1 400 m2   external raised paving installation project in Centurion for M&T Development, set to start in April 2020. The project is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa using a unique locally manufactured product. KBAC Flooring will... 

UPLIFTING
Raised flooring allows for increased aesthetic appeal and accesses to hidden building services
UPLIFTING Raised flooring allows for increased aesthetic appeal and accesses to hidden building services

Regulator says local tyres are ‘export worthy’

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 South African pneumatic tyres are on par with their global counterparts, says regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). 

HIGHLY GUARDED
Any amendments for compulsory specifications are governed by the development and approval of relevant products
HIGHLY GUARDED Any amendments for compulsory specifications are governed by the development and approval of relevant products

Regulator seeks to improve tyre homologation process

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Regulatory authority the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is not “completely satisfied” with the current approval period for pneumatic tyre homologation, says NRCS automotive GM Duncan Mutengwe. 

TWICE THE TROUBLE 
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications follows a two-stage approach for importers applying for tyre homologation
TWICE THE TROUBLE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications follows a two-stage approach for importers applying for tyre homologation

Specialist on course despite pressures

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Despite the local manufacturing sector being under pressure, mouldered product specialist DEMS’ rubber manufacturing division – which operates within a very niche and specialised market – has not been affected negatively, says DEMS MD Mark Baptie. 

ALWAYS ON EDGE 
DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market
ALWAYS ON EDGE DEMS is always investigating and looking for opportunities to remain competitive and continue to have an edge in the market

Rubber remains resilient despite strained sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 Engineered rubber remains a requirement for many industries notwithstanding local manufacturing industry woes, says rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber MD Stoney Steenkamp. 

RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY 
The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets
RUBBING OFF THE RIGHT WAY The rubber sector will survive the current unfavourable economic climate as the product remains resilient and relevant in the industrial markets

Bleak outlook for rubber SMMEs in 2020

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st February 2020 With the industrial market aspect of its rubber business having declined in 2019 by 25%, rubber compounding specialist National Rubber Matmin (NRM) MD Mike Stuart says 2020 is “not looking much better”. 

MIKE STUART 
National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector
MIKE STUART National Rubber Matmin has had success in supplying products to the Australian mining sector
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