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...
Improvements by the truckload result in record sales for DAF

Improvements by the truckload result in record sales for DAF

  Babcock’s Transport Solutions business unit ended the 2019 financial year in impressive form by surpassing its previous sales record of new DAF Trucks in a financial year by 10%. The business unit continued to keep the wheels turning by selling more trucks in March than the entire first year of trading. “We had a great run on sales towards the end of our financial year, mainly due to the restructuring of our DAF product range, giving us the ability to offer DAF Trucks into additional market segments and applications,” says Mark Gavin, Sales Director for Babcock’s Transport Solutions business unit. “During the latter part of 2018, we made significant efforts to increase sales activity, particularly in the Gauteng region. This paid dividends from January to March, with a record number of orders for DAF Trucks received. For the first time in many years, we also received orders from the Western and Eastern Cape markets, after increased sales activity in these regions,” says Gavin. He adds that the entire sales team nationally contributed to this achievement. “There was a massive collaboration of effort from the whole of the Transport Solutions business unit to get these vehicles prepared for delivery during the last three months of the year. Every department pulled out all the stops to make this happen.” Collaboration and customer relationships are hallmarks of Babcock and its people who are trusted to deliver to the highest standards. Distributed exclusively by Babcock in southern Africa, DAF Trucks are optimally designed for maximum efficiency, reliability and highest driver comfort. The DAF range available in southern Africa includes the XF105 for...
Pilot project: Daimler Trucks is teaching trucks how to pay

Pilot project: Daimler Trucks is teaching trucks how to pay

  As part of a pilot project, Daimler Trucks gives a truck its own digital identity with legal capacities The truck identifies itself to other machines thanks to the newly developed digital Truck-ID Supplementary Truck Wallet platform technology makes it possible to use the Truck-ID for payments and other applications Successful autonomous payment at electric charging stations Technological basis is formed by the Truck Data Center with cryptographic processor of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros Stuttgart – Daimler Trucks is consistently driving forward the digitalisation of its trucks. As a result of this, drivers are relieved of stress in their daily work. Also work processes are becoming more efficient and more secure. One area of development in this context is the ability of trucks to autonomously communicate with other machines and carry out legally-binding transactions, such as payments. With the newly created digital Truck-ID and the associated Truck Wallet, experts at Daimler Trucks have now created the appropriate prerequisites as part of a pilot project. In an initial use case, the developers have joined forces with partners and successfully carried out an automatic payment at an electric charging station. Trucks can identify themselves to other machines using their Truck-ID as if they had their own integrated ID card and can thus provide a unique signature for specific processes. The Truck Wallet works as a platform technology and central user program for all applications which can access the Truck-ID for various purposes. Truck-ID and Truck Wallet – both currently still in the prototype phase – are stored as encrypted software programs within a cryptographic processor. This processor is part of the Truck...
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...
Isuzu now has its first 100% black-owned dealership in South Africa

Isuzu now has its first 100% black-owned dealership in South Africa

  DURBAN – HAILED as a landmark transformation deal of significance to the Isuzu dealer network country-wide, the sale of Bates Isuzu Shelly Beach on the South Coast is an exemplary model of transformation for the entire motor industry in South Africa. Bates Isuzu Shelly Beach is making history by becoming the first Isuzu dealership to be 100% black-owned, in addition to being 65% woman-owned. While Bates Isuzu Shelly Beach Dealer Principal Noel Allchin a year ago had no idea that he would be selling the third-generation, family-run business which had been operational since 1937 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, today he is extremely excited to be a part of the benchmark deal and even more so, by what this has meant for the future growth of the dealership. “We have already experienced the value-add of our new ownership model with a 45-unit truck sale recently. Our new owners, Sipho and Fortunate Mdanda, have a genuine desire to succeed in the industry, with extensive knowledge of the fleet and body-building business and a remarkable amount of energy,” said Allchin. While the 100% transformation deal was a complete buy-out by Isipho Capital Holdings, Allchin said the Bates team of staff members and day-to-day operations of the dealership will remain unchanged, with him staying on in an advisory capacity for a transitional period. His successor will be Shaun Bartlett, current Bates Isuzu financial director. “It has been an incredibly positive experience. Isipho Capital Holdings look for successful businesses with whom they share a synergy and enhance the business by opening up new markets and customers with their extensive business networks,” said Allchin. Negotiations...
Isuzu employees celebrate Women’s Day with Annah Watkinson

Isuzu employees celebrate Women’s Day with Annah Watkinson

  PORT ELIZABETH – Isuzu sponsored IRONMAN athlete, Annah Watkinson, this week addressed Isuzu women and men during their annual Women’s Day programme held in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg respectively. Watkinson, who ended third in the professional female category in the African IRONMAN Championship held in Nelson Mandela Bay earlier this year, shared her phenomenal story of balancing a career as a Chartered Accountant with a demanding training regime. Having faced a challenging childhood Watkinson rose above her circumstances and today heads up Global Finance for the Coastal Region at Absa Corporate and Investment Bank. Her mantra, despite our circumstances, we always have choices, has been key to her success as a career woman and professional athlete. She first entered the triathlon scene less than ten years ago and has already attained several medals in various formats of triathlon competitions. She heads out to Europe ahead of Women’s Day where she will participate in IRONMAN 70.3 in Poland on Sunday, 11 August and in Nice, France on 7 September before participating in the World IRONMAN Championships in Hawaii later this year. Watkinson believes that one’s mind needs to be in the right frame for the body to perform optimally. “My success is attributed to the choices I make in life. I can either sleep in or get up and train,” she said. She has an early start to the day to either run, swim or cycle. Thereafter, she diligently assumes her role as financial analyst, attending to her clients’ needs. With Annah Watkinson, front left, are Port Elizabeth event attendees Noxolo Nghona (seated) Asanda Sasanti, back left, Yola Majali...