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Truck, Trailer, Bus and Bakkie

Braking company developing Africa presence

By: Lynne Davies     3rd May 2024 According to a report by the African Development Bank in the ‘Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook of Africa’ publication, 11 African countries featured in the world’s 20 fastest growing economies in 2023, which is why braking systems manufacturer and supplier of safety-critical subsystems for... 

New Class 4, 5 vehicles optimised for net-zero emissions

3rd May 2024 Commercial electric truck brand RIZON, the newest brand of all-electric trucks manufactured by Daimler Truck, announced the Canadian launch of its Class 4 and 5 vehicles. The RIZON brand was presented in Canada for the first time at Truck World in Toronto, which took place from April 18 to 20 –... 

The above image depicts the latest trucks offered by RIZON
Photo by Rizon
SAFETY SYSTEM The latest trucks offered by RIZON boast a proprietary connectivity service from RIZONCONNECT

RFA helps to address cross-border challenges

By: Lynne Davies     3rd May 2024 The Road Freight Association (RFA) – the largest national trade association in South Africa – is concerned about cross-border transport and the associated regulatory and traffic challenges. Three issues frequently occur at the border post precinct that either influence travel time or physically... 

The image depicts the RFA CEO Gavin Kelly
Photo by RFA
GAVIN KELLY The pre-clearing system has taken 20 years to develop, during which the RFA has attempted to get a variety of departments to agree and then devise sustainable or secure systems

Self-lubricating bushings transforming side-tipper landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2023 A prominent South African side-tipper truck manufacturer has substantially raised its monthly orders for South African bearings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings’ self-lubricating bushings, which Vesconite development engineer Tristen Wintershoven says, “showcases the manufacturer’s trust in... 

TRISTEN WINTERSHOVEN
Self-lubricating bushings have emerged as the preferred choice for the side-tipper industry
TRISTEN WINTERSHOVEN Self-lubricating bushings have emerged as the preferred choice for the side-tipper industry

Supplier launches innovative lubricant solutions at Automechanika 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2023 After careful consideration and customer engagement, innovative lubricant solutions supplier Fuchs Lubricants South Africa launched the TITAN FT1 Flex C23, the TITAN CARGO MAXX II and the TITAN Adblue at this year’s Automechanika Johannesburg event, held in September. “Our decision stemmed from... 

TITAN TRIO
Fuchs Lubricants launched the Titan GT1 Flex C23, the Titan Cargo Maxx II and the Titan Adblue at this year’s Automechanica
Fuchs Lubricants South Africa sales director Andrew Cowling speaks to Engineering News about the company’s innovative lubricant solutions launched at this year’s Automechanika Johannesburg. Scan the QR code for more information, or visit www.engineeringnews.co.za

Electric 4 × 4 enters production

24th November 2023 Scotland-based automotive manufacturer Munro Vehicles announced the completion of the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4 earlier this month. The vehicle is a hard-top five-seater and leaves the factory in East Kilbride ten months after Munro unveiled the MK... 

MUNRO SERIES-M
Munro Vehicles has completed the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4
MUNRO SERIES-M Munro Vehicles has completed the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4

Solar-powered e-truck to conquer world’s highest volcano

24th November 2023 Transport company Gebrüder Weiss has dispatched a sophisticated solar-powered e-truck and expedition equipment to Chile, by sea freight, to help a team trying to reach the summit of the world’s highest volcano, Ojos del Salado. Gebrüder Weiss is the team’s main sponsor and logistics partner, and... 

Yearly convention will address industry priorities

By: Halima Frost     5th May 2023 Industry body The Road Freight Association’s (RFA’s) yearly convention, which will be held later this month, seeks to attract top executives in the trucking, logistics and warehousing sectors to discuss the industry’s priorities, strategic direction and planned interventions. The event will also... 

Truck Trailer Bus and Bakkie Road Freight Association Convention
A MEETING OF THE MINDS The 2023 RFA Convention will take place at the Fancourt Hotel in George, in the Western Cape, from May 26 to 28

New electric trucks destined for S Africa

By: Halima Frost     5th May 2023 On the back of delivering the first ever heavy electric truck to the African continent last month, global manufacturer Volvo says it will deliver its first FM electric truck tractor to a client in South Africa, in June. The Volvo FM electric range is suited to regional haul operations, such as... 

An emerald and metallic green electric truck manufactured by Volvo has been delivered to Morocco as a continent first
EFFICIENT TRUCKING The first electric truck tractor was delivered to the continent by Volvo in March

Take control of your fleet

25th November 2022 As the leader in driver behaviour management, DriveRisk offers a fully integrated range of solutions that enable fleet operaters to take control of their fleets by harnessing intelligent data with state-of-the-art Machine  

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Adili Metal Trading

25th November 2022 Whilst our business may be new, our leaders and management have been in the industry for over 45 years. We’ve seen, been leaders of and experienced the ins and outs of the local and global metallurgical industry. Translated from Swahili, Adili means ethical and just. Morality and order. These... 

Adili Metal Trading

Hydrogen engine paves way for net-zero targets

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th November 2022 Power technology provider Cummins released its zero-carbon hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2-ICE) concept truck, powered by the B6.7H hydrogen engine, at this year’s International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) transportation conference, which was held from September 20 to 23 in Hannover,... 

An image depicting a portrait of a man, Alan Zhao, wearing a red shirt
ALAN ZHAO Cummins’ yearly sustainability report for 2021 notes that it has set targets for 2030 as part of its Planet 2050 environmental sustainability strategy

Company invests in ‘state-of-the-art’ factory

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th November 2022 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), part of global tyre and rubber company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, has invested more than R2.1-billion in a “state-of-the-art”, purpose-built 180 000 m2 truck, bus and radial factory, and an upgraded passenger car, sports-utility vehicle and light truck tyre... 

An image depicting the inside of a factory
ON TRACK Failure to keep track of tyre conditions can lead to higher tyre bills, owing to premature failures such as uneven wear

Company produces first local EV truck

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th November 2022 Electric vehicle (EV) solutions provider Applied Electric Vehicle Energy Reticulation Systems Africa (Aeversa) subsidiary Iron Energy is nearing the completion of the first locally assembled 8 t electric commercial truck. The truck is a multiplatform EV drive train that is chassis agnostic – the... 

An image depicting the interior of an EV truck
SIMILARITIES Commercial EVs share a similar structure and components to those of traditional diesel vehicles, such as the chassis and the cab

Company strives for sustainability

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th November 2022 Local tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa is working to decarbonise its energy sources and reduce its manufacturing carbon footprint by 50% by 2027. “We use raw materials that are produced sustainably, wherever practical, and focus on sourcing locally rather than importing to reduce the... 

An image depicting Jacques Rikhotso
JACQUES RIKHOTSO Rikhotso says a Bridgestone tyre can undergo up to three retreads, allowing for the carcass to last longer

Saboa embarks on training initiative

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th November 2022 The South African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) has endorsed the training and development of 28 female bus and truck drivers. This is in collaboration with Clarendon Transport Underwriting Managers, which is co-funding the development of the candidates, and with the Commercial Transport... 

A monochromatic image depicting a smiling man, Bazil Govender
BAZIL GOVENDER Saboa is part of the planning process with the Transport Education Training Authority and the Road Freight Chamber to introduce relevant training programmes for bus operators

Gearing up for Ranger, Grenadier production

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 Towbar expert Brink Towing Systems, in Pietermartizburg, KwaZulu-Natal, is expanding its manufacturing capacity in preparation for the production of automotive manufacturer Ford’s new-generation Ranger pick-up at its Tshwane plant, in Gauteng, later this year. “We are undertaking an extensive... 

BIG IN BAKKIES Brink Towing Systems produces the towbars for almost all original equipment manufacturers, including Ford’s current Ranger, Raptor and Everest models
BIG IN BAKKIES Brink Towing Systems produces the towbars for almost all original equipment manufacturers, including Ford’s current Ranger, Raptor and Everest models

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

Local bus sector under the pump

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The South African bus sector has faced challenges over the past two years, with commercial-vehicle sliding-window designer and manufacturer Widney Transport Components noting a drop in volumes, says sales manager Lucas Mehlape. “Local demand is mainly driven by government tenders, so the more the... 

REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted
REDUCED DEMAND About 60% to 70% of Widney Transport Components’ bus orders are linked to government tenders, with activity currently muted

Local truck, bakkie markets highly competitive

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2022 The local truck and bakkie accessory markets are highly competitive, with consumers “not spoiled for choice of brands”, says KwaZulu-Natal-based stainless steel and mild steel vehicle accessories manufacturer Maxe Premium Automotive Accessories, which lost two days of production because of... 

Dunlop launches new people carrier tyre

19th November 2021 Dunlop has launched the SP VAN01, a durable and fuel-efficient tyre for drivers and owners of minibus taxis, privately owned people carriers, vans and light trucks. 

An image of the Dunlop SP VAN01 tyre
DUNLOP SP VAN01 Drivers of private or public transport vehicles need to consider many factors when selecting the right tyre for their people carrier

Accolades prove company’s local commitment

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Truck manufacturer FAW Trucks’ commitment to the South African market is reflected in the various achievements and accolades it has received this year, with the most recent being a Silver Award in the 2021 National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. 

An image of the FAW Trucks Coega manufacturing plant
FAW TRUCKS FAW Trucks plans to further expand its product offering in 2022 with the launch of the JK6 15.220FL 8 ton 4 x 2 freight carrier

System aims to improve driver performance, safety

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Software company 5DT’s (Fifth Dimension Technologies’) new DriveVUE is an automated artificial intelligence (AI) driver behaviour improvement system that aims to improve driver performance and safety. “DriveVUE, [our] latest AI product, is a device mounted behind the rear-view mirror of a... 

An image of the DriveVUE implemented in a vehicle
DriveVUE When the DriveVUE device detects an event, it gives the driver an audio warning –essentially speaking to the driver

New tender contracts, dire consequences

By: Anna Moross     19th November 2021 Subsidy and contract regime changes are necessary to transform the public transport industry after nearly two decades of policy uncertainty, but the new tender contract DRT 35/11/2019, issued by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GDRT) to transform the public transport system, may... 

An image of a bus
Transport Industry Changes to the subsidy and contract regime for the public transport sector requires proper engagement with the industry

Complete electrified truck fleets on the horizon

14th May 2021 With the start of sales of three new heavy-duty all-electric models this year, truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks believes the time is right for a rapid upswing in electrification of heavy road transport. This positive outlook is based on the ability of Volvo’s electric trucks to meet a broad... 

IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified
IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified

Manufacturer gears forth despite pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     14th May 2021 Amid ongoing research and development (R&D) of diesel engines for trucks and other vehicles, and the optimisation of engine emissions, US engine designer, manufacturer and distributor Cummins in South Africa was not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cummins in South Africa partners with... 

TAKING STRIDES
Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies
TAKING STRIDES Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies

Heavy vehicles maker begins LNG testing

20th November 2020 Heavy commercial vehicles manufacturer Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought in two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to be used for local testing. 

GREEN AMBITIONS 
Volvo Trucks' vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution
GREEN AMBITIONS Volvo Trucks' vision is that trucks from Volvo will eventually have zero emissions, although the way of achieving that is not by one single solution

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

By: Mamaili Mamaila     20th November 2020 Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 

BILLY TOM 
Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies
BILLY TOM Isuzu has maintained its number one position in Kenya, to which it exports semi-knocked down bakkies

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

DRIVING LEGITIMACY 
Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances
DRIVING LEGITIMACY Road freight operators should transport efficiently, safely and refuse to operate in non-sustainable circumstances

Bakkies helping to fight pandemic

By: Cameron Mackay     15th May 2020 Automotive manufacturer Isuzu Motors South Africa has made its media test fleet of vehicles available to disaster response nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers Foundation’s Covid-19 emergency response. “Instead of the bakkies being parked during this time, they were used to help... 

DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT
These Isuzu water tank trucks operate daily between Makhanda and Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, where severe drought continues
DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT These Isuzu water tank trucks operate daily between Makhanda and Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, where severe drought continues

Lubrication solution more accessible for agriculture sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th May 2020 Industrial lubrication solutions provider Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is supplying its Monolec engine oils in 5 ℓ and 1 ℓ containers to accommodate the requirements of bakkies and small trucks in the local agriculture sector. LE South Africa national sales manager Llewellyn Owen says... 

LLEWELLYN OWEN
It was decided that the Monolec range would be made more accessible to all those in the whole spectrum of industry, and to those in the private markets
LLEWELLYN OWEN It was decided that the Monolec range would be made more accessible to all those in the whole spectrum of industry, and to those in the private markets

Rear-eject body production expanded to Brazil

15th May 2020 Last month, off-highway truck customisation solutions provider Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) announced that the production of its patented rear eject body will begin in Brazil in the second quarter of this year. The expansion of services in South America will better serve the construction and mining... 

TOUGH HAULING
PHIL’s line of rear eject bodies are engineered to offer the ideal productivity-enhancing solution for challenging hauling applications
TOUGH HAULING PHIL’s line of rear eject bodies are engineered to offer the ideal productivity-enhancing solution for challenging hauling applications

Joint venture formed for fuel cell production

15th May 2020 Automotive manufacturers Volvo Group and Daimler Truck have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases. Both companies share the Green Deal vision... 

CARBON NEUTRAL TRANSPORT 
Both companies seek to to offer heavy-duty vehicles with fuel cells for demanding long-haul applications in series production in the second half of the decade
CARBON NEUTRAL TRANSPORT Both companies seek to to offer heavy-duty vehicles with fuel cells for demanding long-haul applications in series production in the second half of the decade

Bus and coach sector enjoys uptick

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Despite a difficult economic climate for most industries, there has been increased demand in the local bus and coach sector in the second half of 2019. “The demand for reliable, safe transport for commuters is growing, owing to increased urbanisation, thereby placing bus and coach manufacturers... 

JASON BRUNNINGER
Advances in infrastructure are needed for the electrification of buses in Southern Africa
JASON BRUNNINGER Advances in infrastructure are needed for the electrification of buses in Southern Africa

New software module improves truck freight-tracking capability

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 South African software developer Dariel will introduce the finalised, fully realised version of its road freight logistics management software module TripX to the market by the end of the year.  “The company has been testing a simplified version of TripX since 2017 – along with other add-on... 

BRIDGING THE GAP
The weighbridge-based software modules enable users to track and control their logistics from supplier to customer
BRIDGING THE GAP The weighbridge-based software modules enable users to track and control their logistics from supplier to customer

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

GOING FOR GOLD
The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Road wear an ongoing concern

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 There are multiple factors that contribute to deteriorating road conditions in South Africa, and the road freight industry cannot be held solely responsible, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. The volume of cars, trucks and buses using the roads far exceeds the volumes of 30 to... 

Decision on next-gen Isuzu bakkie to be made soon

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Truck and bakkie manufacturer Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAF), a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors, in Japan, is hoping that the next-generation (gen) Isuzu bakkie will receive manufacturing endorsement in South Africa later this year. The new bakkie was launched in Thailand last month before being... 

NEXT IN LINE
The next generation Isuzu bakkie will replace the existing D-Max generation
NEXT IN LINE The next generation Isuzu bakkie will replace the existing D-Max generation
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