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Automotive sector bolsters aluminium demand
20th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

There has been significant demand from the automotive sector for aluminium owing to the need for lightweight material in internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles. The use of aluminium... 


CLEAN POWER PUSH
The allocation of new renewable electricity capacity to support South Africa’s green hydrogen production goals will need to be included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan or as part of an associated energy plan for green hydrogen
S Africa must apply lessons from auto industry to green hydrogen sector – Patel
20th January 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Lessons from South Africa’s extensive experience in the automotive industry need to be applied as the country focuses on building a green hydrogen sector, which could potentially produce... 


TRICKY TRANSITION
While much work lies ahead, there is also tremendous opportunity to build a new energy sector through South Africa’s just energy transition with the promise of new technology, new skills and much-needed jobs
Challenging transition lies ahead
20th January 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

South Africa’s just energy transition (JET) to a low-carbon economy will not transpire overnight and will remain a challenge throughout the 2023 financial year, professional services firm EY... 


VWSA weighs African expansion with new Polo-based product – and yes, it may include a half-ton bakkie
20th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

The new CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) is a familiar face. Martina Biene returns to South Africa following a two-year stint as the head of the Volkswagen passenger brand before her... 


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Mercedes-Benz to make second hybrid in SA, but competitiveness concerns mount
20th January 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will add a second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to the production line-up at its East London plant this year, says CEO Andreas Brand. The 50-year-old... 


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Regressive step
20th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The African National Congress’ resolution to relocate the country’s large State-owned enterprises (SOEs) under their line departments is a regressive step for governance and bad news for... 


Transparency-boosting Battery Passport proof-of-concept launched at Davos
18th January 2023 By: Donna Slater

Multistakeholder organisation the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) launched a proof-of-concept for its Battery Passport at the World Economic Forum’s yearly meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January... 


Vulcan strikes decarbonising deal with Stellantis
17th January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Dual listed Vulcan Energy has struck a phased project agreement with vehicle manufacturer Stellantis to support the decarbonisation of the Rüsselsheim manufacturing site in the Upper Rhine Valley,... 


Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
US energy dept offers ioneer up to $700m loan for Rhyolite Ridge project
13th January 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater reports that a subsidiary of ASX-listed ioneer – its proposed joint venture partner at the Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project in Nevada, in... 


European Lithium signs MoU for Saudi Arabia plant
13th January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed European Lithium has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabian major Obeikan Investment Group to build and operate a hydroxide plant in Saudi Arabia for... 


Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage
11th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob... 


UK fund manager invests further $4m in Pensana
21st December 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

UK fund manager M&G Investment Management will invest a further $4-million in Pensana, which is focused on establishing a sustainable magnet metal supply chain. Pensana will issue 7.25-million new... 


loneer a step closer to Rhyolite Ridge construction
21st December 2022 By: Donna Slater

Emerging lithium-boron supplier Ioneer reports that its Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Esmeralda County, Nevada, has advanced into the final stage of federal permitting with the decision... 


European Lithium strikes offtake with BMW
21st December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed European Lithium has signed an offtake agreement with automotive manufacturer BMW for the supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide from its Wolfsburg lithium project, in Austria. Under... 


ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka
Global commodities market volatility to ease in 2023 after disruptive 2022 – ERG
20th December 2022 By: Donna Slater

As a result of short-term price drivers, such as the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns in China, monetary policy in the US and the fallout from the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,... 


Domestic car sales, exports accelerated for 11th consecutive month in November
16th December 2022 By: Irma Venter

Domestic new-vehicle sales in November recorded an eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year growth. Total sales increased by 18.2%, to 49 413 units, compared with the same month in 2021. 


Hyundai rolls out solar project at head office, Gauteng dealerships
16th December 2022 By: Irma Venter

A steady roll-out of renewable energy projects has seen Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) run its head office and several of its Gauteng dealerships on solar power when loadshedding kicks in.... 


A concept image of a car seat in grey with yellow bushes at all points where a bush would be use, made of iglidur H5 high-performance plastic
Manufacturer launches new bushes material
9th December 2022 By: Halima Frost

High-performance plastic products manufacturer igus launched its new range of alternative bushes for the automotive sector at this year’s manufacturing, energy and logistics trade show, Hannover... 


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Efficient storage for components
9th December 2022

Materials handling systems designer Conceptainer says its Thrift recyclable bulk collapsible bins, which weigh only 28 kg when empty, are an efficient system for the storage and transport of... 


Policy certainty key to unlocking EV investments, says WesBank
9th December 2022 By: Irma Venter

“Capital investment in the local automotive industry, which includes the vehicle and asset finance houses, requires certainty in policy frameworks so that [the industry] can make long-term... 


Vehicle availability, tourism seen improving in 2023
9th December 2022 By: Irma Venter

Zeda will invest in the renewal of its fleet next year, with the group expecting the supply of new vehicles to stabilise in 2023, says CEO Ramasela Ganda. Zeda is a mobility specialist that... 


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Multipurpose filter guarantees ‘exceptional’ results
2nd December 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Triple R – a cellulose-based cartridge/filter for removing all oil impurities – manufactured in Triple R’s fully automated factory in Ohira, Japan, guarantees 100% filtration. The Triple R filter... 


First new Ford Ranger assembled at Silverton plant, where Phase 2 solar project is in the works
2nd December 2022 By: Irma Venter

The first new Ranger – Job 1 – has been assembled at Ford’s Silverton plant in Pretoria. Production of the new-generation bakkie follows a R16-billion investment in the US car maker’s local... 


BMW invests in copper extraction startup Jetti Resources
BMW invests in copper extraction startup Jetti Resources
1st December 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

German automotive giant BMW Group has invested in US start-up Jetti Resources, which has developed a pioneering process for copper extraction that uses previously unused ore from existing copper... 


Canadian govt approves the enviro assessment of Generation PGM’s Marathon mine
1st December 2022 By: Donna Slater

The Canadian government has approved the environmental assessment of TSX-listed Generation PGM’s Marathon palladium/copper project. Generation will now proceed with obtaining any additional... 


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Capabilities of local industry rewarded
25th November 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

The 2022 Steel Awards – presented by industry body the Southern African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) last month – honoured the capabilities of the local steel construction industry.... 


Thando Makhoba, MD of Multotec Rubber
Thando Makhoba
25th November 2022 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

This week we profile Thando Makhoba, MD of Multotec Rubber, a mill-lining and rubber-wear products original-equipment manufacturer 


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Company produces first local EV truck
25th November 2022 By: Sabrina Jardim

Electric vehicle (EV) solutions provider Applied Electric Vehicle Energy Reticulation Systems Africa (Aeversa) subsidiary Iron Energy is nearing the completion of the first locally assembled 8 t... 


Auto industry’s supply woes unlikely to end in 2023 – Schäfer
25th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

It seems unlikely that the supply-chain issues in the global automotive industry will be resolved in the next year, says Volkswagen passenger car brands global CEO and former Volkswagen South... 


World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand
22nd November 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz... 


Russia's Rusal: 2023 sales pick up after LME decision
Russia's Rusal: 2023 sales pick up after LME decision
21st November 2022 By: Reuters

Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Saturday that its sales for 2023 have picked up after the London Metal Exchange (LME) decided not to ban Russian metal from being traded and stored in its... 


New-vehicle sales, exports accelerated in October
18th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

Domestic new-vehicle sales in October increased by 11.4%, to 45 966 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 30 597 units in October – a 10.4% jump on the... 


Enviro Automotive to launch electric panel van, with bakkie, truck, car to follow
18th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

Enviro Automotive is set to launch its first battery electric panel van in the local market – the DFSK EC35. Enviro Automotive is the importer and distributor of Chinese-made DFSK electric vehicles... 


Hyundai eyes passenger-car market increase following decline
18th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) CEO Niall Lynch says the Korean importer hopes to secure more new-vehicle stock from its parent company in 2023. “If we had more cars, we could have sold more... 


The battery supply chain is finally coming to America
The battery supply chain is finally coming to America
16th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

It’s official: the supply chain for electric vehicle batteries is coming to America. Redwood Materials, the battery recycling company created by Tesla co-founder J.B. Straubel, said it has reached... 


AIDC-EC enters into global partnerships to make auto sector more competitive
11th November 2022 By: Irma Venter

The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC-EC) has entered into partnerships with the Automotive Component Manufacturing Association of India (ACMA) and the Japan International... 


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UK supporting the construction of large-scale lithium refinery
7th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK government announced on Monday that it was supporting the establishment of the first large-scale merchant lithium refinery in Europe. To be constructed by UK company Green Lithium, the... 


Arafura inks offtake with Hyundai
7th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Arafura Rare Earths has struck a neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) offtake agreement with South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation. The offtake agreement for the Nolans NdPr... 


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New storage solution increases capacity at automotive giant
4th November 2022 By: Halima Frost

Storage solutions manufacturer Acrow has successfully completed the installation of a new storage solution for global automotive company Toyota’s Africa Parts Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. The... 


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Molo graphite project, Madagascar – update
4th November 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Vision Blue-backed developer NextSource is finalising its plans to build several battery anode facilities that will convert flake graphite into coated, spheronised and purified graphite. 


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Breaking China’s grip on rare-earths market a 'pipe dream', Australia says
1st November 2022 By: Bloomberg

Australia’s Resources Minister said it was a “pipe dream” that Western countries could soon end their reliance on China for rare earths and critical minerals -- vital for the defense, aerospace and... 


Solar power reduces carbon emissions in bolt manufacturing
28th October 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Fasteners manufacturer SA Bolt Manufacturers installed solar power at its facility, in Nigel, Gauteng to reduce reliance on coal-generated power, thereby also reducing its carbon emissions to... 


Quality components used in local PPE manufacture
28th October 2022

Filter materials supplier Fibertex’s filter materials are locally produced at the Fibertex KwaZulu-Natal plant, in line with stringent international quality and health specifications. Fibertex... 


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