Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse appoints Johannesburg Branch Manager

Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse appoints Johannesburg Branch Manager

Neville Alberts has been appointed as Branch Manager for Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), Johannesburg, a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, effective 17 October 2018. “Alberts brings 17 years of inhouse experience, along with in-depth product knowledge and a passion for his career, to the position. This, among other factors, makes him the ideal candidate to lead the branch to new heights,” commented HAW General Manager Werner...
CO2 targets ‘excessively aggressive’, say truck manufacturers

CO2 targets ‘excessively aggressive’, say truck manufacturers

Brussels, 14 November 2018 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) – which represents the EU’s seven major truck producers – is highly concerned about the outcome of the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the region’s first-ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. ACEA is particularly alarmed by the excessively aggressive CO2 reduction targets that a tight majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have backed today: -20% by 2025 and at least -35% by 2030. “These targets go over and above the proposal made by the European Commission last May, which was already very challenging,” noted Erik Jonnaert, ACEA Secretary General. The 2025 target would also require truck makers to fit new technologies to vehicles that are already under development, even if this was not originally planned. “The R&D and production processes of the European truck industry would be negatively affected by these targets, for which the short lead time simply doesn’t match the long development cycles for trucks,” Jonnaert added. ACEA welcomed in principle the Commission’s proposal to incentivise zero- and low-emissions trucks via ‘super-credits’. Today, however, MEPs voted to set a benchmark system instead, which would include a ‘malus’ to penalise manufacturers who do not sell a mandatory quota of zero- and low-emissions trucks. Jonnaert: “MEPs seem to be blatantly ignoring the fact that the potential for electrifying the truck fleet is far lower than for cars, due to issues such as extremely high upfront costs, range limitations, insufficient infrastructure – particularly along motorways – as well as reluctant customers.” “Our members remain committed to driving down CO2 emissions as quickly as possible,” ACEA’s Secretary General...
HINO SETS NEW BENCHMARK

HINO SETS NEW BENCHMARK

Hino South Africa has been a consistently strong performer in the quarterly Scott Byers Comparative Customer Satisfaction Monitor (CCSM) but in the third quarter of 2018 it has surpassed its previous best performance and set a new benchmark for the highest overall score in the combined category, which adds scores in sales, service, and parts. Hino achieved an overall score of 99.25%, with scores of 99.23% for sales, 99.36% for service and 99.17% for parts. These were the highest scores in all categories, taking Hino back to No. 1 in the overall, sales and parts rankings, while it retained top spot in the service rating. Importantly Hino did not get any feedback from fleet owners who said they were “dissatisfied”. Scott Byers has been conducting these independent, quarterly customer experience interviews with fleet operators continuously since 1986. The results are used as key indicators by the local transport industry in terms of the service provided by manufacturers and importers of trucks to their customers in terms of the sales and after-sales experiences. “It is gratifying to see the manner in which we have been able to move back into the top position in all categories of this fleet owner survey while also setting a new benchmark in terms of our overall score,” commented Ernie Trautmann, the Vice President of Hino South Africa. “We are particularly proud that this achievement follows closely on the announcement of the results of the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI), conducted annually by the national Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA), where Hino was ranked No. 1 in the commercial vehicle category.” The Scott Byers survey uses a...
Re-dressing illiteracy within rural areas

Re-dressing illiteracy within rural areas

EAST LONDON, SOUTH AFRICA – In the past three years through the Rally to Read initiative, 10 schools with over 2900 learners and 86 educators have benefitted from Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s partnership with the Read Educational Trust to deliver educational books and learning materials to schools located in rural Eastern Cape. The Rally to Read initiative is aimed at re-dressing illiteracy within rural areas, where educational resources are severely limited, to improve the quality of education being provided to learners throughout South African schools. On 3 November 2018, MBSA once again contributed to this initiative by providing books, teaching aids, science kits, sports equipment, educational toys and other material to remote and needy schools in the rural area of Butterworth, Ngqamakwe District, Eastern Cape. “As a responsible corporate citizen, particularly in the Eastern Cape, our intention is to deliver value to the communities in which we operate. Our contribution to the Rally to Read initiative demonstrates that our commitment and responsibility in the region extends beyond the shopfloor. Literacy and education are a basic right that should be enjoyed by every citizen of our country. MBSA remains committed to making a difference, one child at a time. Changing the life of a child brings change to the entire community,” said Feliciano Janneker, External Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Manager, Mercedes-Benz South Africa. For the past three years, at an annual investment of R700 000.00, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), together with the Read Educational Trust have committed to improving quality education through the provision of teaching aids, educational toys, training and curriculum support for both teachers and learners. “Mercedes-Benz SA is...
SUNNY CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SECTOR

SUNNY CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SECTOR

The sun is still shining over the South African commercial vehicle industry, as the sector reported another growth month in October. Year-on-year statistics for October show that sales grew by 5.3% to 2 648 units. Looking at year-to-date figures, total new commercial vehicle sales are up by 3.3% when compared to the first ten months of 2017, to a total of 22 560 units. During October, sales in the Medium Commercial Vehicle segment increased by 11.6% over the same month in 2017, to 782 units. Sales in the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Segment grew by 0.4% to 521 units, while sales in the Extra Heavy Commercial Vehicle segment increased by 5.2% to 1 224 units. Bus sales were down by 8.3% to 121 units. This is according to the latest results released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) and Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD). “The industry had to contend with a lot of socio-political and macroeconomic instability, but still managed to rally and produce very positive results,” said Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa. “I think this is testament to the drive and passion of the business people that form this industry, to get the job done and not to let external factors determine the trajectory of the sector.” To put things in perspective, during the global economic crisis in 2009, the market didn’t even reach 19 000 units that year. Now in 2018, amidst an official recession in South Africa, the market is projected to reach more than 26 000 sales. “This positive result should be very encouraging for anyone in business. It...