Sep 2005

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--- Fine Blanking
Patented in 1922 for the Swiss clock and watch industry, the fine blanking process was adopted by the broader manufacturing industry in the 1970s. more...
--- Innovation takes South African fine blanking company into world markets
South Africas once troubled political and economic history has seen the development of a can do business culture. more...
--- Accolades from DaimlerChrysler
DNA Automotive, now a division of Super Group Supply Chain Partners, wins recognition at the Logistics Achiever Awards for outstanding supply chain innovation at DaimlerChrysler South Africa. more...
--- Focus on weight above the waistline
After years of focusing on reducing the weight of chassis frames, weight reductions are expected to come from above the ?waistline? components that improve driving behaviour and driving stability. more...
--- American manufacturers review latest technologies to better compete with foreign competition
Technology accelerates development more...
--- Putting power on the road - GETRAG
Constant innovation has seen the development of many new systems to transfer power from the engine to the wheels more...
--- Sitting pretty with Kongsberg Automotive
Customers are becoming more and more spoilt for choice in the type of seat that will support them while on the road. In order to meet the demand, auto makers are specifying seating products that incorporate heating, ventilation and support packed in a thin profile. more...
--- Aluminum to go
Liquid aluminum supply is has been in use for more than 40 years more...
--- Aluminum recycling helps OEMs meet environmental targets
Aluminum and magnesium recycling technology is helping European OEMs to meet their recycling targets. In response to the growing demand for recycling facilities, more...

Features



--- Coega - a manufacturing base for new technologies
South Africa has combined its strategic strengths of raw materials, available land, skills, a booming auto industry, cheap power and geographic position to create a manufacturing zone for suppliers of new-generation technology to the world market. more...
--- Ports provide vital links for OEMs in South Africa
Record growth in the South African auto industry is being supported by the upgrading of port facilities and integration of the countrys rail and harbor networks. more...
--- Super Group Supply Chain Partners
Pioneers innovation in supply chain visibility more...
--- General Motors in South Africa
General Motors South Africa (GMSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, is a leading manufacturer in the South African motor industry and falls under GMs Latin America, Africa, & the Middle East (LAAM) region. GMSA markets Opel, Isuzu, Suzuki, Chevrolet, and SAAB. more...
--- DaimlerChrysler in South Africa
"We wouldn't be here if it didn't make business sense," says Dr Hansgeorg Niefer, the newly-appointed chairman of the managing board of DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA). more...
--- Added value from automotive glazing
Automotive glazing can add value through improved safety, security and thermal and acoustic benefits. more...
--- Breakthroughs for eCl@ass
A system of standardisation of materials, services and even job descriptions for the global auto industry is coming closer with the signing of a number of agreements between eCl@ss and other classification systems. more...
--- Reinforcing polymers the NYCO way
Most people will not have heard of it, but the chances are good that the mineral can be found in the vehicles they are driving more...
--- Mastering vehicle connection systems
Thomas Kraus of Rasmussen discusses with Automotive Industries (AI) some of the challenges facing suppliers of complete tube systems. more...
--- BMW on innovation
Germanys BMW has established itself as one of the leading innovators of the Automotive Industry. more...

Trends



--- Catalytic converter innovation from South Africa
From zero to 11 per cent of the world market thats the story of South Africas catalytic converter industry, which is the biggest single exporter of automotive components from the country. more...
--- Maintaining corporate image
With globalisation comes the challenge of controlling a companys corporate image around the world and often in the same workplace. more...
--- Sounds of Silence
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--- Panasonic looks ahead
More power, less weight for battery powered vehicles more...
--- VW sees suppliers as partners
Partnership was the theme at the annual Volkswagen supplier awards. more...
--- Blowing hot and cold
You have to be tough to survive in the automotive industry. Youve got to be able to take the heat. And you cant be shaken when business goes cold. So when traditional consumer products like cell phones and others need to make the transition from life in the open air to life under the hood, major complications arise. more...
--- Strengthening automotive plastics
Increased consumption of wollastonite is being driven by the motor industry. According to Nordkalk, one of the pioneers in the mining and use of the material, the consumption of wollastonite in the plastics compounding has increased significantly within the last ten years. more...
--- Adapting to a changing world
Global Product Development (GPD) is transforming the motor industry. Automotive Industries discusses some of the changes with Jim Heppelman more...
--- Borealis - reducing weight and costs
New plastics are helping OEMs to reduce both weight and costs. Automotive Industries talks to Walter Baumann, Vice-President, Borealis Engineering Applications Business Unit, about some of the trends. more...
--- Steering BMW into the future
BMW Member of the Board of Management, Development and Purchasing, Dr Burkhard G?el, talks to Automotive Industries more...



















































































































































































































































































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