Bringing the automotive aftermarket & truck and bus sectors to southern Africa

Bringing the automotive aftermarket & truck and bus sectors to southern Africa

  With just over a month to go, we are excited to bring you some of the latest updates in the build-up to Automechanika Johannesburg and its co-located events Futuroad and Scalex Expo. Taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 18-21 September 2019, this year promises to be bigger than ever before with a host of new event features. Expect over 15 industry focused conferences, over 600 exhibitors from 28 different countries, the latest in aftermarket technologies, new product launches and an all new truck demo area.  As the ideal platform for industry innovations,  these events are a “must -attend” for all those involved in the local motor industry. A variety of companies will be launching new products into the African market at the Automechanika and Futuroad Expos. This includes Bosch, who will be launching their DCI 700 Test Bench and their KTS 250 tester for mobile and quick ECU diagnoses. Also expect launches form UD, Volvo, Tata and many more. Be the first to witness the latest products and technologies. Watch this space for the full launch schedule. Most importantly, registration is FREE. www.automechanikasa.co.za | www.futuroad.co.za | www.scalex.co.za If you haven’t already registered, you can do so online here >> https://bit.ly/2VbvHHo...
Wirtgen scores in Mexico

Wirtgen scores in Mexico

  A Wirtgen W 150 CF compact milling machine, equipped with new 1,800-mm milling drum assembly, mills the entire road pavement along the main city corridor in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, for the implementation of a brand new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.  Milling prepares the ground for more mobility The project in one of Mexico’s most important economic and industrial centres includes a new, exclusive hydraulic concrete BRT lane plus the rehabilitation of two adjacent asphalt lanes. The project will result in better, faster mobility with improved transportation security for city residents. However, before being able to build the new lanes, milling contractor TATSA (Triturados Asfalticos de Torreón S.A de C.V.) faced the challenge of removing the complete pavement at a maximum milling depth of 25 cm to 30 cm. With the W 150 CF it was possible to fulfil this task in one single pass but depending on the stretch requirement, TATSA was also performing milling of the layers in two or three passes. “These roads are old and have been paved over many times during several years without any milling work. In some parts the pavement is even above the sidewalk,” explained Eng. Gisela Gutiérrez, production coordinator at TATSA.  W 150 CF meets project requirements The entire project covers a length of 24.3 km and includes the integration of 9.3 km central confined lanes in Torreón and 15 km of highway between Torreón and Matamoros. The tender stipulated a single milling machine that could work at several locations in the city within the same day. Due to this requirement and the large-scale project in confined spaces the contractor chose Wirtgen’s 150...
Alexander Dennis Enviro400ER gives Electric Range with new hybrid option

Alexander Dennis Enviro400ER gives Electric Range with new hybrid option

  Alexander Dennis is expanding the UK’s widest range of low and zero emission buses with the new Enviro400ER Electric Range hybrid double deck bus. Developed with BAE Systems, the Enviro400ER offers geofenced zero emission capability, making it an ideal solution for pollution hotspots in towns and cities. Based on the series hybrid technology proven in over 1,400 Alexander Dennis hybrid buses in the UK, the new Enviro400ER provides an easy solution to meet local Ultra Low Emission Zones and zero emissions targets without the need for expensive charging infrastructure and without an impact on daily operational range. The Enviro400ER can run for up to three miles in electric mode, with the exact distance depending on factors such as travel time and route profile. The vehicle utilises a 32kWh capacity energy storage system, comprising third generation lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery technology, as well as the same components as the latest generation Enviro400H hybrid bus. The battery does not need to be charged externally, avoiding costly infrastructure in depots or at termini. Arthur Whiteside, Managing Director UK Sales at Alexander Dennis, says: “Improving air quality is on everyone’s agenda and Alexander Dennis supports these efforts with the market’s widest range of low and zero emission buses. Our new Electric Range option offers a highly cost-effective way of introducing zero emissions capability with no need to change operational practices.” Ian Wilson, Director of Business Development at BAE Systems, adds: “Our proven Electric Range hybrid technology provides an innovative and practical solution that is used in thousands of buses worldwide. This system delivers low emission operation wherever there is emerging demand...
Customer-centricity hits the tyre industry

Customer-centricity hits the tyre industry

  Tyre manufacturers have to become more customer-centric in order to survive. Doing so will require massive investment—and new ways of doing business. By Dries Lottering, Manufacturing Renewal Executive, Bridgestone South Africa “Digital transformation” is one of the most used buzzwords in business today—quite rightly, in my view, though its exact significance changes from industry to industry, and even from company to company. Two forces are driving the dynamics of digital transformation. One is that the advent of the Digital Age has created new expectations amongst consumers while giving them more power via social media and access to information. The other is that digitalisation allows companies to work smarter and to service their customers more accurately. These two forces impact each other: as businesses get smarter, so consumer expectations rise—ad infinitum, presumably. Today’s business mantra is, as always, the customer is always right but the transparency enabled by a digital world makes it much more urgent than ever it was. Financial services companies and retailers are in the frontline of this business revolution, but the pressure to become more customer-centric is now being felt even in tyre manufacturing. It will prompt change on a large scale, and could ultimately lead to a complete realignment of the industry. What does customer-centricity actually mean when it comes to tyre manufacturing? In essence, tyre manufacturers have two sets of customers: the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who design and manufacture the vehicles on which the tyres are to be fitted, and the end-users, who purchase the vehicles. The vehicle OEMs are under the same pressure as everybody else to improve current offerings. Better...
Bridgestone Group Releases Sustainability Report

Bridgestone Group Releases Sustainability Report

  Today the Bridgestone Group published its Sustainability Report 2018-2019 highlighting strong progress toward its global commitment to help achieve a more sustainable society. Two years ahead of schedule, the Group exceeded its 2020 goal of reducing global water withdrawal by 35 percent*. It also successfully introduced its Global Sustainable Procurement Policy to 98 percent of its Tier 1 major suppliers with the majority of the vendors in the process of completing third-party assessments. Additionally, the Group co-launched the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, in collaboration with other tyre manufacturers and industry stakeholders, to lead improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain. “Our Mission, ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality,’ addresses Bridgestone’s passion for improving the safety and lives of people everywhere,” said Chairman of the Board, CEO and Representative Executive Officer Masaaki Tsuya. “Our dedication to addressing these societal responsibilities comes to life in the Group’s global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve.” Through Our Way to Serve, the Bridgestone Group is focused on improving the way people move, live, work and play through the three Priority Areas of Mobility, People and Environment. Additionally, six Management Fundamentals articulate the high expectations the Group has for operating as a responsible business. The Group’s Sustainability Report 2018-2019 addresses its work-to-date in these nine areas and identifies how its efforts are aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. More information on the Group’s sustainability progress is available on its website. In 2018, the Bridgestone Group was again named to two highly regarded environmental, social and governance indices, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index Series. Additional examples of its...