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Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Aqora rebrands, aims to make battery cells in Cape Town
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

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... 


Volkswagen Group Africa opens new airbag deployment test centre
Volkswagen Group Africa opens new airbag deployment test centre
29th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

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... 


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‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
27th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

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... 


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... 


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Firm emphasises valorisation
23rd February 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

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... 


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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

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,... 


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Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


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Ancillary product reduces harmful emissions
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Lubricant supplier FUCHS Lubricants South Africa introduced TITAN AdBlue – an ancillary product that helps reduce diesel exhaust emissions – for use in buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles.... 


Antidumping duties to be slapped on Chinese windscreens
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition will impose antidumping duties on windscreens imported from China, to be used in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) area as replacement... 


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Supplier secures five-year contract
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Marking a successful 2023, lubrication solutions supplier ISO-Reliability Partners has secured a five-year contract with State-owned rolling stock company Transnet Engineering. The company will... 


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Manufacturer introduces ‘evolved’ engine oil
16th February 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

As a successor to its TITAN CARGO MAXX 10W40 performance engine oil, lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa now offers the TITAN CARGO MAXX II performance engine oil, which also has a... 


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VW could announce third production model this year; expects uptick in 2024 car market
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will hopefully this year receive the final confirmation on the production of a third model at the Kariega plant, says MD Martina Biene. This third model will add to... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


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Volkswagen spends big to counter loadshedding as it becomes sole Polo supplier
7th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

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... 


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Stellantis plant to break ground in May; Citroën key as volume brand going forward – Whitfield
30th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO Mike Whitfield. The start of... 


Metair appoints O’Flaherty as new CEO
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Automotive and energy group Metair has appointed Paul O’Flaherty its new CEO, starting from February 1. This follows Sjoerd Douwenga’s resignation at the end of last year. 


New couplings perform under rigorous demands
26th January 2024

Engineering products and services provider BMG offers an extensive range of power transmission components that encompass robust products – from leading components manufacturer Regal Rexnord – that... 


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Modified fleets can benefit African sectors
26th January 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

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... 


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Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade
25th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

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... 


ReElement Technologies signs MoU with Afrivolt to set up African battery, EV supply chain
ReElement Technologies signs MoU with Afrivolt to set up African battery, EV supply chain
24th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Nasdaq-listed American Resources Corporation’s ReElement Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with energy storage company Afrivolt to establish a lithium-battery and electric... 


Sodium-ion batteries continue their advance as Altris, Clarios announce collaboration
Sodium-ion batteries continue their advance as Altris, Clarios announce collaboration
23rd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Low-voltage battery solutions manufacturer Clarios and sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology developer Altris have partnered to develop low-voltage Na-ion batteries for the automotive industry.... 


DTIC to impose antidumping duties on windscreens from China
23rd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) will impose antidumping duties on windscreens imported from China, to be used in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) area as... 


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Stellantis invests in sodium-ion battery tech
22nd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis Ventures, the corporate venture fund of auto maker Stellantis, says it has “become a strategic investor” in Tiamat, a France-based company that is developing and commercialising... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 
Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the rollout of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out in-vehicle biometric security system this year
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the powertrain. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence as... 


DTSA launches online parts platform
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) has launched a new e-commerce platform – the Daimler Truck Parts Portal. The platform works on a click-and-collect basis, which means customers can buy parts... 


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Metair appoints O’Flaherty as new CEO
15th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Automotive and energy group Metair has appointed Paul O’Flaherty as its new CEO, starting from February 1. This follows Sjoerd Douwenga’s resignation at the end of last year. 


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Ashok Leyland’s Dost workhorse makes its local debut
9th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

India’s Ashok Leyland has entered the Southern African commercial vehicle market with its Dost 1.5 l turbodiesel workhorse. Headquartered in Chennai with nine manufacturing plants, Ashok Leyland is... 


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Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out an in-vehicle biometric security system next year
13th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the power train. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence... 


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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... 


Volkswagen, Egyptian govt to undertake feasibility study on shared painting facility
8th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen and the government of Egypt have signed an agreement to develop a feasibility study on a shared automotive painting facility in the East Port Said Automotive Zone (EPAZ) within the East... 


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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... 


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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... 


Metair CEO resigns, Ford Project component volumes meet expectations
6th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed energy storage and automotive components manufacturer Metair has announced that Sjoerd Douwenga has decided to resign as CEO and executive director with effect from January 31. Douwenga... 


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Fuchs Lubricants launched the Titan GT1 Flex C23, the Titan Cargo Maxx II and the Titan Adblue at this year’s Automechanica
Supplier launches innovative lubricant solutions at Automechanika
24th November 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


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