Nissan to create over 1000 jobs in the automotive sector

An estimated 1,200 jobs to be created across the value chain Investments to grow the local component supplier industry Five new black-owned suppliers to be developed  ROSSLYN, PRETORIA – South Africa (06 June 2019) Nissan will boost employment in South Africa, with local production of the next generation Navara poised to create an estimated 1,200-plus new jobs in the automotive sector. Speaking at the recent announcement of Nissan’s decision to manufacture – for the first time in history – the full model line-up of the Navara on home soil, the…

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First Cut’s new Garboli and Comac agencies add greater polish and more bending versatility for profitable steel processing

First Cut, GARBOLI LPC300

For more than six decades, First Cut has been a leading distributor and manufacturer of cutting consumables as well as representing world-class OEMs in the field of steel processing equipment. Throughout this growth trajectory, the foundation of the company’s growth has been its dedication to enhancing the productivity of its customers – which has been achieved by unfailingly providing them with the world’s most advanced technology solutions. First Cut’s capital equipment division is responsible for and represents a range of international OEMs which offer customers a combined and complementary range…

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Allied Steelrode’s steel processing technology ‘drives’ optimised efficiencies within South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector

The local automotive industry is one of the most critical manufacturing sectors in the country, with vehicle and related component production accounting for approximately one third of South Africa’s manufacturing output. Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings.  In a further demonstration of the pivotal nature of the local automotive sector, the industry received a significant shot in the arm recently, with the announcement by Nissan South Africa that it intends investing R3-billion in its vehicle plant at Rosslyn north of Pretoria, in order to start producing its Navara model locally. Production will commence in 2020.  As long as a decade ago, local steel major and value-added processor Allied Steelrode understood the importance of…

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Renewable energy vehicles can revolutionise South Africa’s public transport system

With a few simple initiatives, South Africa can get into line with the developed world and take a drastic step toward weaning our public transport system off fossil fuels and on to renewables. All it will take is a few aggressive moves by the government, like subsidising the import of electric vehicles, especially those appropriate to the taxi industry. South Africa has the opportunity to fundamentally change the way we operate our public transport system – if we take the opportunity that is staring us in the face. If we…

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Soshanguve learners to get automotive skills

The upgraded Soshanguve School of Specialisation, which specialises in automotive engineering, is set to boost the technical skills and creativity among school learners. The Gauteng Government is introducing School of Specialisation (SoS) to nurture talent in young people across key disciplines and develop the country’s future leaders. SoS are intended to respond to the skills shortage and unemployment crisis among the youth in the country by equipping learners with the skills and knowledge to give them the best chance of success in life. Speaking at the opening of the school…

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Nissan to build Navara in SA as part of R3bn investment

Pretoria – Nissan South Africa has announced a R3 billion investment in its Rosslyn plant in Gauteng, which will see it produce the Navara bakkie for the first time ever. Navara production will commence from 2020 on an upgraded, and more flexible, production line that will see it built alongside the existing older-generation NP300 and the unibody NP200 compact bakkie. The Navara is currently sold in South Africa as a limited range of imported double cab models, but Nissan SA said that it would produce a “full” line-up of Navara…

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Ford unveils next-gen Kuga for SA: New hybrid SUV, drive modes, improved tech

• Sleek, spacious all-new Ford Kuga unveiled • Mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid powertrains • Based on Ford’s new global C2 architecture • FordPass Connect, 12.3″ digital cluster, wireless charging, SYNC 3 with 8″ touchscreen, B&O Sound System • Distinctive all-new Kuga variants including Titanium, ST-Line and Vignale Ford has unveiled its stylish and distinctive range of new Kuga SUVs. Ford says: “The Kuga Titanium, sporty ST Line and upscale Vignale will offer an advanced range of hybrid powertrains for unprecedented SUV fuel-efficiency.” The comprehensive line-up includes Kuga Plug-In Hybrid,…

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Squeezed consumers see new vehicle sales drop

JOHANNESBURG – Data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) showed that pressure was mounting on the new-vehicles sector due to consumers’ depressed disposable income and the weaker rand. Naamsa said new vehicle sales dropped 3.1percent year-on-year to 47718 units in March. Mike Mabasa, executive director of Naamsa, said prospects for domestic new vehicle sales, particularly the new car market, would continue to be affected by the depressed macro-economic environment and pressure on household disposable income. “Higher food, fuel and electricity prices, a weaker exchange rate…

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A new Honda for almost nothing? Car sharing becomes sales tool

INTERNATIONAL – The ability to rent his car to strangers for cash convinced Trevor Davis, a high-school teacher in Dallas, to buy a brand-new  Honda Civic instead of a used car. “I was going to get something real cheap, an inexpensive second car to drive back to the Fort Hood area,” said the retired Army veteran, who makes the 150-mile trip frequently. “But then I was like, ‘I can get a better car and not really pay for it.’”   This is the logic behind Airbnb-like services for autos that…

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Renault aims to restart Nissan merger talks within 12 months – FT

INTERNATIONAL – France’s Renault SA intends to restart merger talks with Japan’s Nissan Motor Co Ltd within 12 months, after which it will set sight on a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The plans signal a return to the strategies supported by former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn who held talks about merging Renault with Fiat Chrysler two to three years ago, the report, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said, adding the French government had opposed the move. Late last year, Ghosn…

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