Manufacturing Trends 2017

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Tractor sales surge in December: Saama

Tractor sales leaped 27.8% year on year in December to 349 units, but for the whole of 2016 sales fell 11.3% to 5,855 units, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association...

By Dominic Preuss 13 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Key challenges for OEMs to tackle in 2017

I'm sure that everyone would agree that 2016 was a tough year as a result of our slow economic growth. Although we saw a definite decline in vehicle sales...

By Ricardo Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry

Despite numerous appeals made to government by industry, not enough has happened this past year to improve South Africa's water infrastructure...

By Jan Venter 10 Jan 2017

Serco to capitalise on new technology and innovation in 2017

Staying abreast of global trends and innovations is an important part of how Serco strives to give its customers the edge in a competitive African market...

10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: The auto industry will face its biggest disruption yet

The auto industry has always faced massive disruption. The heart of the industry has always been engineering, and advances have shifted the balance...

By Jeff Osborne 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Carmakers primed to tackle new year challenges

Despite another difficult year for the automotive industry, car manufacturers are on top of the challenges and ready for 2017's expected trends...

By Mike Whitfield 10 Jan 2017

Auto industry targeted by Trump is vital to Mexico

While US President-elect Donald Trump wants to put the brakes on projects by Toyota and American automakers in Mexico, the country has become...

10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Flooring market is moving but the basics are not

For decades, wooden flooring, vinyl sheeting, ceramics and carpeting have been the traditional flooring used in residential and commercial markets. We spoke with Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International and Van Dyck Carpets in Durban about the latest flooring trends...

9 Jan 2017

2016 a record-breaking year for Volvo sales

Volvo Cars reported a record-breaking year in sales for 2016 with an increase of 6.2 percent compared to 2015, driven by solid growth in all major sales regions...

6 Jan 2017

Steel deal may lift struggling metals sector

ArcelorMittal SA's announcement just before Christmas that it had concluded a contract manufacturing agreement with the defunct Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium group in Emalahleni was the sour cherry on top of a dismal year for SA...

By Mark Allix 4 Jan 2017

Honda reaches 100 million production milestone

Honda Motor Company has reached the 100 million-unit milestone in cumulative global automobile production. The company began automobile production in 1963 with...

4 Jan 2017

China manufacturing accelerates at fastest for four years: survey

China's manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in nearly four years in December, an independent research firm said on Tuesday, in a sign of improving health for the world's second-largest economy...

3 Jan 2017

First locally produced Polo Vivo rolls off production line in Kenya

Volkswagen officially inaugurated its production facility in Kenya yesterday, forging ahead with the regionalisation of its global automobile business...

22 Dec 2016

India's Mistry launches legal battle against Tata Sons

Cyrus Mistry, the ousted former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata, took his battle against former employer Tata Sons to court Tuesday...

22 Dec 2016

GMSA achieves 100% landfill-free status

General Motors South Africa's (GMSA) has been declared a 100% landfill-free organisation, with its two manufacturing sites in Port Elizabeth...

19 Dec 2016

RSC Avelo launch, a big step towards transformation - SEIFSA

Launched recently, RSC Avelo is a black-woman-youth-owned and managed reinforcing steel (REBAR) manufacturer...

14 Dec 2016

Cape Town secures new electric bus manufacturing plant

Chinese green energy firm BYD will be opening an electric bus manufacturing plant in Cape Town in 2018, an investment which Mayor Patricia de Lille believes...

7 Dec 2016

New leadership appointments at MBSA and BBAC

German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as CEO and executive director manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz South Africa...

6 Dec 2016

Africa wants to place itself on the automotive roadmap

Africa is keeping investors on their toes with forecasts far from being true to their word. The inherent volatility and instability of African markets...

By Ryan Bax 1 Dec 2016

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