SA ready for its first electric vehicle road trip

CAPE TOWN –  GENERATION.e is set to roll out South Africa’s first electric vehicle (EV) road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town next month. Chief executive Ben Pullen said the trip would involve establishing charging stations at eight locations. Some of the charging stations will be at Travel Inn at Shell Ultra City, Kroonstad; de Stijl Gariep Hotel, Gariep Dam; Wolwefontein Hotel, Wolwefontein; and The Vineyard, Newlands, Cape Town. The charging stations will be powered by ACDC Dynamics. Mario Maio, chief executive at ACDC Dynamics said the network would lay the…

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Motor industry set to create 16,000 new jobs

As much as R60bn could be invested in the South African vehicle and component manufacturing industries in the next five years according to Andrew Kirby, President of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) and CEO of Toyota SA Motors. He was a keynote speaker at the annual Naamsa Conference at the Kyalami Conference Centre on August 22, as part of the Festival of Motoring presented by WesBank and organised by Messe Frankfurt South Africa. Kirby said this amount could be made up by R40bn in direct…

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Volkswagen produces its 200 000th new Polo

DURBAN – Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a historical milestone on September 6, when the 200 000th unit of the current VW Polo rolled off the production line at the Uitenhage plant. The VWSA production plant has been manufacturing Polos since 1996, when it started local production on the Polo Classic. Over the past 23 years it has produced a variety of Polo models, with the current Polo starting local production in 2018. Of the 200 000 new Polos that have been manufactured, 153 582 units were exported and 46…

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Industrialise or die, say vehicle manufacturer

Industrialise or die, say vehicle manufacturers who have spent the last four years lobbying the governments of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. It seems their efforts may be paying off, but there is a way to go yet. Growing a more sustainable manufacturing base is an absolute imperative if we are to lower inequality in Africa, says Martyn Davies, Deloitte Africa automotive industry leader. Many African economies are over-reliant on commodity exports, and their lack of manufacturing activity leaves them exposed to commodity prices’ downswings. The oil dependence in Nigeria and Angola…

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Toyota CEO: SA car industry could get R60bn boost in next 5 years

As much as R60 billion could be invested in the South African vehicle and component manufacturing industries in the next five years, according to Andrew Kirby, CEO of Toyota South Africa and president of National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). In a recent speech at the annual NAAMSA Conference in Kyalami, Kirby said the seven largest vehicle manufacturers are considering  R40 billion in direct investments, with an additional R20 billion earmarked for component making.   The industry wants to increase the use of locally-produced components in vehicles. “We…

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KLT GROUP ACQUIRES NEW PLANT IN BRITS NORTH WEST PROVINCE

Chassis manufacturer, KLT Group, has announced the acquisition of a new plant, AVMY Steel Science, a state-of-the-art pressing, welding, assembly and e-coating facility located in Brits. The move forms part of KLT Group’s production expansion and diversification programme in South Africa. Operations at the plant commenced in June 2019 and current customers include Toyota, RG Brose, Ford and MBSA via a (Production Partnership) with Metalsa Germany. KLT Group Chairman Jubin Thakkar says the new plant brings the number of South African-based KLT Group plants to four, with another plant in…

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Volkswagen SA to start vehicle assembly in Ghana

Volkswagen SA to start vehicle assembly in Ghana

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) will start semi-knocked down (SKD) assembly in Ghana in November this year, giving its expansion into Africa additional momentum. Thomas Schaefer, chair and MD of VWSA, said the group has registered a company in Ghana and will finalise all the details for a joint venture with Universal Motors, its long-term partner in Accra, in the next four weeks. This follows VWSA signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian government in September last year to establish a vehicle assembly facility in the country and assess…

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First Cut ‘cuts’ a vibrant new profile in Mpumalanga

First Cut is developing an exciting new profile in the Lowveld at Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit). Their presence builds on the foundation of an existing company, Bremsaw, which is a well-known local saw doctor business, explains Director of First Cut, Gary Willis. Dave and Anna Bremner owned the company for some 20 years. While the company had been a customer of First Cut for many years buying various sawing-related products, a change came about when Dave and Anna decided to sell their business. Willis has had a long and successful relationship…

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