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  • Testing SARB’s Patience
    Jan 30, 2015 On the Cees

    Testing SARB’s Patience

    SARB today held interest rates unchanged, prime remaining at 9.25%. Like the Fed, it looks prepared to remain very 'patient' before making a move. Given the downwards changed inflation outlook, SARB has effectively gone on hold in its interest rate… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 30
  • Drivers benefit from latest engine oils technology
    Jan 30, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Drivers benefit from latest engine oils technology

    South African BMW drivers are now benefiting from Shell’s leading technology in engine oils as South Africa recently commenced the usage of Shell aftermarket engine oils, implementing a global agreement with BMW and Shell covering 140 countries.… more...
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  • Group Managing Director Ernst Prost
    Jan 29, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Keeping things moving

    LIQUI MOLY grew from a small additive producer to an engine oil brand known all around the globe, the group has decades of experience in engine oils and additives and has gained considerable growth over recent years. At the beginning of LIQUI MOLY,… more...
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  • Tempering oil company concern
    Jan 28, 2015 On the Cees

    Tempering oil company concern

    Last week I did a short note on global oil company concerns that the Opec market share defence, resulting oil price collapse and culling of non-Opec supply marginals will lead to new future demand/supply imbalances as not enough new investment will… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 57
  • Soft & Hard Insiders
    Jan 27, 2015 On the Cees

    Soft & Hard Insiders

    A generation ago SA politics was marked by what Wimpie de Klerk ended up calling “verligte” (lite) and “verkrampte” (hardcore) insider nationalists. Today, something similar, yet quite distinct, is on offer. We could term them “soft” and… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 79
  • Macsauto
    Jan 27, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Donations taken to the Macs

    Three hundred food hampers were distributed to needy families during the 2014 festive season, thanks to a generous donation of R55 000 from MACSauto and MACScool, Ruwag, Diesel-Electric Vaal/OFS and Springs and Kiloton as well as a further donation… more...
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  • images/archive/2015/jan/a-trillionrand.jpg
    Jan 27, 2015 On the Cees

    A Trillion Rand a month...

    The old adage about “a trill a day keeps the doctor away” seems to be coming nearer being really true. For central banks are strenuously competing with each other who can inject the most in the shortest possible time, in their own mainstream, and by… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 72
  • All your requirements for your car, motorcycle and more
    Jan 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    All your requirements for your car, motorcycle…

    The range of products made by LIQUI MOLY now total 4000 and are made up of engine oils, additives, vehicle care and service products, modern engine oils are high-tech and very specialized for certain models and certain engine types. Additives… more...
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  • LIQUI MOLY INTRODUCES A SPECIAL LINE OF SERVICE PRODUCTS FOR ITS PRO-LINE WORKSHOP RANGE LIMITING THE NECESSARY PRODUCTS NEEDED IN THE WORKPLACE
    Jan 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    LIQUI MOLY INTRODUCES A SPECIAL LINE OF SERVICE…

    Limiting the necessary products needed in the workplace At the German Automechanika Trade Fair LIQUI MOLY introduced a new assortment of service products for its Pro-Line workshop range. The purpose of development was to cover the widest possible… more...
    Editor 92
  • ACMA Automechanika New Delhi begins the year on an optimistic note
    Jan 23, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi begins the year on…

     with confirmations from over 400 brands Sold-out second edition marks increase in exhibition space and international participation Bosch, one of the largest suppliers of automotive parts and systems, confirms participation as Platinum Partner Keen… more...
    Editor 74
  • The #%£¥€$&@ Response
    Jan 22, 2015 On the Cees

    The #%£¥€$&@ Response

    As a consulting economist, I feel challenged by our daily events, globally and locally, offering an opportunity to tease apart intertwined cause and effect shaping our wellbeing. This as much economically and financially, as politically in which… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 150
  • LIQUI MOLY hits the slopes
    Jan 22, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    LIQUI MOLY hits the slopes

    The German motor oil specialist LIQUI MOLY has hugely increased its advertising investment. The company has become the advertising partner for two of the top winter sports events: at the Alpine World Ski Championship in Beaver Creek (USA) and at the… more...
    Editor 95
  • New Advisory Board for Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems
    Jan 22, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    New Advisory Board for Continental Intelligent…

    Satish Khatu, Helmut Matschi, Samir Salman are appointed Advisory Board Members Regensburg, Germany, January 21, 2015. Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, announced today that effective… more...
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  • A Brutal Business
    Jan 19, 2015 On the Cees

    A Brutal Business

    It is a brutal business, culling the non-OPEC production marginals & and the Opec geopoliticals, and it is an even more brutal business thereafter keeping them down. What did Churchill recommend again? Don't kick a man when he is down. But if you… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 207
  • Strangulation Economics
    Jan 19, 2015 On the Cees

    Strangulation Economics

    Is there such a thing as Strangulation Economics? If there is, could South Africa be a beneficiary or a victim? My premise is that both are possible, and both are happening to us, but in two very different instances, though both are energy-based.… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 179
  • Pumping up SA airless tyres
    Jan 19, 2015 On the Cees

    Pumping up SA airless tyres

    Whether you want to refer to balloons or tyres, coke or beer, but the air or fizz has gone out of our SA condition. All our key spending graphs look severely “tired”. Our 2008/2009 recession wasn't too bad, relatively speaking (some other countries… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 176
  • Falling Dominoes
    Jan 16, 2015 On the Cees

    Falling Dominoes

    Big asset plays are capitulating, nothing bigger than Saudi oil & Swiss Franc. Saudi capitulated, ending its oil price support, because of the corrosive effects of high priced oil (inviting for decades more non-Opec high-cost production),… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 229
  • 2015 COTY PARTS CHART
    Jan 16, 2015 aBr Buzz

    2015 COTY PARTS CHART

    The COTY competition has been sponsored for the past 27 years by WesBank, with additional support from Total and Hollard Insurance. The competition is unique in the world in that the victor is determined not by popular vote as in most countries, but… more...
    Editor 204
  • The #%¥?!@ email
    Jan 16, 2015 On the Cees

    The #%¥?!@ email

    Don't be taken aback. Life really is like this. I received this email, pleading to have a look at the plight, but not publishing it, for fear of reprisal. Fair enough, except that doesn’t get you very far. So here is the email, with a few too many… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 211
  • Jan 15, 2015 aBr Buzz

    AIDC and Autoliv deploy TPM

    Swedish automotive safety technology and component supplier Autoliv, with the assistance from the AIDC, commenced a Total Productive Maintenance Programme (TPM) in late December at Autoliv’s South African production facility in Krugersdorp. TPM is a… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 205
  • crude oil extraction
    Jan 14, 2015 On the Cees

    Oil impacts SA accounts

    The collapsing oil price is not showing up only in falling SA pump prices and inflation. It is also hitting the SA trade data, and the Rand, in a positive sense. We are so used to high real oil prices, and often so convinced about the demand &… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 281
  • Volkswagen Golf - SKF has got it covered
    Jan 13, 2015 Buzz Press Release

    Volkswagen Golf - SKF has got it covered

    SKF goes beyond wheel bearings. In this edition we highlight what products SKF can supply for the Volkswagen Golf VI. Click here more...
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  • Nene’s Biggest 2015 Headache
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Nene’s Biggest 2015 Headache

    In 2015, Finance Minister Nene faces a big new headache. No, it won't be SAA, for that is safely bagged, under his wings so to speak, and therefore now a controlled crash landing rather than an unguided missile. It probably won't be Eskom either.… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 295
  • Our Main SA 2015 Risks
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Our Main SA 2015 Risks

    What carries the biggest risk to move our cheese, dislocate our business plans (besides disruptive technology, predator competitors, nanny government)? We focus here on the stuff that move economies and markets, implying risk for growth, Rand,… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 286
  • Oil seen through time
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Oil seen through time

    The excellent point made about oil prospects by Jim O’Neill, former chief economist of Goldman Sachs and father of the BRICs acronym, is that in order to cut out short-term speculative noise, focus instead on the five-year forward futures contract.… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 293
  • Serco Managing Director Clinton Holcroft (left) and site manager Richard Johnston at the building site of extensions to the company’s KwaZulu-Natal headquarters.
    Jan 12, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Serco accelerating into 2015

    One of South Africa’s leading truck body and trailer building company’s Serco will start 2015 with a healthy order book, geared to take full advantage of improved business prospects, says the company’s managing director, Mr. Clinton Holcroft. This… more...
    Editor 212
  • Eurozone Storm hits SA
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Eurozone Storm hits SA

    There were early signs late last year, but the storm only broke in the opening moments of January 2015. Europe hitting new and old multiple potholes. It didn't hit the Rand, but certainly the JSE. Greek exit rumours, collapsing oil prices… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 265
  • Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air
    Jan 12, 2015 aBr Buzz

    Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air

    Freshen up, before you go out Thorough filtration of oil, air and fuel are all critical to maximising an engine’s reliability and efficiency, which is why the trio tend to be replaced at 12 000 to 20 000 km intervals – and often more frequently… more...
    Editor 204
  • Starting 2015 jubilantly
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Starting 2015 jubilantly

    It has been a terrific summer for most, lots of good weather for the tourists, good rains for the farmers, no electricity blackouts except in Durban and some other places (….). A good rest for most, with the electronic media at rest, batteries… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 269
  • Off to the races
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Off to the races

    We have our problems, but how big are they really? Consider this description of the interwar period during the first half of the 20th century: “For Powers with grievances or expansionist goals (Germany, Japan, Italy) there were no serious… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 267
  • Growth Foundation Stones
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Growth Foundation Stones

    The following paragraphs struck a note with me, about the country it described (America) but also much wider, a tale that has since been repeated in various guises around the world. These are things that also a future SA needs to take into account… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 264
  • Uneasy Global Backdrop
    Jan 12, 2015 On the Cees

    Uneasy Global Backdrop

    Our global backdrop has steadily worsened over the past year, indeed the past few years since the global commodity supercycle peak in 2011, with as yet no let-up insight. If anything, there may be more rather than less global stress ahead and this… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 267
  • Resolutely Challenged
    Jan 09, 2015 On the Cees

    Resolutely Challenged

    We have our work cut out in 2015 despite the welcome oil price windfall. The biggest short-term domestic challenges will be Eskom electricity supply and labour relations in key sectors of the economy. Externally, it will be the management of… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 340
  • Saudi doing a Richelieu?
    Jan 09, 2015 On the Cees

    Saudi doing a Richelieu?

    Saudi is up to more than just taking out a few global oil marginals. It is creating a watershed, reversing global role positions, and through it recasting parts of the geopolitical balance prevailing for the past two generations. Saudi used to be… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 478
  • Is OPEC dying?
    Jan 09, 2015 On the Cees

    Is OPEC dying?

    This time it is different, or famously it is not? Oil is collapsing now but shortly to rebound, or is there a more permanent shift to lower prices noticeable? For every ecstatic comment about collapsing oil prices recently, there are the wagging… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 469
  • Lifting the Saudi oil veil
    Dec 30, 2014 On the Cees

    Lifting the Saudi oil veil

    It remained for a while an enigma, even at times giving rise to conspiracy stories, involving the Americans, the Russians, Iranians, and a cast of thousands, but now we see increasingly the Saudi veil lifted on why oil is heading lower. Why should I… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 575
  • Tyrexpo Series December 2014 Newsletter
    Dec 23, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Tyrexpo Series December 2014 Newsletter

    SingEx-ECI International specialises in the creation and management of international niche-market trade events. With many years experience the Company operates a professional sales and marketing team with a proven track record of producing highly… more...
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  • Cuba on the Beach
    Dec 23, 2014 On the Cees

    Cuba on the Beach

    Two news items, I am sure unrelated. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (and family) last week left on a (Xmas?) holiday in Cuba, using commercial airlines and paying for it himself. That's strange. You would think Seychelles or Mauritius would do if… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 543
  • Twenty years post-Zuma
    Dec 23, 2014 On the Cees

    Twenty years post-Zuma

    Man is allowed to dream, isn't he? That's why we write up National Development Plans (NDP) and thereafter store them in the back of the bottom drawer. Where will we be, precisely, 20 years post-Zuma (2039) which just happens to be also 40 years… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 547
  • Ain't Seen Nothing Yet?
    Dec 19, 2014 On the Cees

    Ain't Seen Nothing Yet?

    The stock market man with the glasses gushed “ain't seen nothing yet”. He would, wouldn't he, on a day when equity prices jumped 3%. The bond market man choked on his words, swallowing his anger. He obviously got it wrong, again! Instead of… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 592
  • Fed & Russia reset course
    Dec 18, 2014 On the Cees

    Fed & Russia reset course

    South Africa at the end of 2014 finds its external accounts influenced by three major global forces, namely the Fed, oil and Russia, in addition to domestic dynamics governing rating agencies and markets (mainly electricity tightness, labour union… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 635
  • Multi-Touch Gestures for all Vehicles Classes: Continental works on a Tapestry of Infrared Light
    Dec 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Multi-Touch Gestures for all Vehicles Classes:…

    Multi-touch gestures possible even in small, affordable vehicles Infrared curtain able to replace more expensive touch displays Great additional feature: gesture recognition works even with gloves Babenhausen/Germany, December 17, 2014.… more...
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  • Fuel price set for a hefty drop
    Dec 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Fuel price set for a hefty drop

    The start of 2015 will be good to motorists International oil prices have dropped steeply and motorists look set for a fuel price bonanza in the New Year. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on unaudited… more...
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  • Russia, the short adieu
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Russia, the short adieu

    Russia is in free fall, as if disappearing down a sinkhole in slow motion. It is due to a combination of collapsing oil (energy being the main prop under its economy, which produces little of commercial worth in its own right, with oil and gas… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 651
  • Deepening SA Duality
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Deepening SA Duality

    Our potholes are getting deeper, our windfalls steeper. Makes for confusing duality, having to net off rising loses against growing gains, to arrive at net result. I am not referring to the landfills masquerading as roads in some of our local… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 630
  • By Prof PDF STRYDOM
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Contradictory policy making in SA

    By Prof PDF STRYDOM The transition of South Africa from an authoritarian regime to a democratic country in 1994 raised expectations about a new democratic constitutional framework capable of achieving economic progress. The envisaged rainbow nation… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 572
  • Blame the Board…..
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Blame the Board…

    There is a tendency to blame one Jacob Zuma for all our troubles. This clever, shrewd and resourceful individual has certainly not made many of us richer, except a careful chosen few, which hardly has added to the general welfare, especially when… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 973
  • Whiffs of Panic
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Whiffs of Panic

    They call it volatility. This is an institutionally neutered term indicating something is showing signs of becoming less stable. Energy is being added and wave action amplitudes are widening. When applying this to investment markets where investor… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 596
  • Loose cargo
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Loose cargo

    Since ancient times, the worst nightmare for a ship’s captain is cargo breaking loose in the hold during a storm. Loose cargo can sink you. Lashing it down then becomes the challenge. How are we doing so far with our loose cargo? The IMF last week… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 598
  • Why?
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Why?

    The incoherence of SA’s contradictory policy making is by now well documented and understood. World class fiscal and monetary macro policies living cheek-by-jowl with New Path collectivism, unfocused industrial and trade policies, disturbed labour… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 589
  • Humbled by Cold-Turkey
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Humbled by Cold-Turkey

    It was on American Thanksgiving Day last week that I read a turkey story that truly humbled. It concerns the real Turkey (the country, not the bird). Its Minister of Finance recently contributed an article to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in which… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 601
  • Skinny Dippers Survival Kit
    Dec 17, 2014 On the Cees

    Skinny Dippers Survival Kit

    It would appear that if you have standby generators, don't belong to a crippling union or have one on the premises, have geographically diversified income streams, don't have excessive Dollar debt, and don’t swim naked (unhedged) but use enough… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 588
  • Wheel Well
    Dec 16, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Keeping Your Toddler Safe in the Car

    On 5 December 2014 Wheel Well held a media function at their shop in Brightwater Commons to celebrate 1 000 days of their Car Seats for Kids campaign. aBr was there to celebrate the occasion. During the first 1000 days of Car Seats for Kids 4 143… more...
    Howard Keeg 613
  • Eco Solar Light
    Dec 16, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Let there be light!

    These handy Eco Solar Lights are now available from your nearest Autobarn stockist at R199.00 incl Vat. The solar-powered globe has a lifespan of over 1 000 charge cycles and is made from durable plastic so that it won't smash when dropped. Simply… more...
    Motoring staff 453
  • Diesel-Electric Convention
    Dec 15, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Teamwork for success

    The 2014 Diesel-Electric Convention was held on 21 November at the Zulu Nyala Country Manor in Fourways, Gauteng, and the theme for this year’s conference was how teamwork will bring about greater success for Bosch and its strategic partners. The… more...
    Austin Gamble 551
  • Tyre safety a priority for new SATMC chairman Riaz Haffejee
    Dec 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Tyre safety a priority for new SATMC chairman…

    53% of second-hand tyres intended for sale and use in South Africa are unroadworthy and dangerous.1 Typical concerns, including the fact that the tyres do not meet the minimum non-skid depth requirements; there is damage on critical regions of the… more...
    Editor 605
  • Goldwagen donation
    Dec 10, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Goldwagen puts smiles on children’s faces

    Quality replacement parts suppliers, Goldwagen, made a generous R45 000 donation to the Smile Foundation at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on 10 December. Representatives from Goldwagen, one of whom was dressed as Santa… more...
    Motoring staff 551
  • AIDC
    Dec 05, 2014 aBr Buzz

    JAPAN VISIT TO SUPPORT EASTERN CAPE AUTO…

    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) kick-started a programme to support automotive suppliers in South Africa through discussions with and assessments of suppliers in Port Elizabeth this week. The delegation was comprised of… more...
    Motoring staff 673
  • Fuchs Top Achiever
    Dec 04, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Fuchs Lubricants Top Achievers

    Fuchs Lubricants received the Top Achiever Award for 2014 at the 2014 Makrosafe Health & Safety Awards in the Chemical, Rubber, Oil & Paint Industry category. The awards, which saw entries from over 50 companies, had 16 companies and 20… more...
    Motoring staff 628
  • Another win for Hi-Q
    Dec 04, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Another win for Hi-Q

    Building on the incredible achievement of being voted the No.1 tyre retailer, Hi-Q has now walked away with another top spot - this time for its excellent service. Hi-Q has been voted this year's 'Tyre, Exhaust, Shocks, Retail Outlets Industry… more...
    Editor 556
  • LIQUI MOLY’S NEW TOP TEC 5W-30, 4700 REDUCES OIL AND FUEL CONSUMPTION
    Dec 03, 2014 aBr Buzz

    LIQUI MOLY’S NEW TOP TEC 5W-30, 4700 REDUCES OIL…

    Suitable for both petrol and diesel vehicles Liqui Moly’s Top Tec 5W-30 4700 is the perfect oil for modern top class low-friction engines, created as the oil for all-season use in petrol and diesel engines with or without diesel particulate filters… more...
    Editor 607
  • SPECIAL EDITION Deep Cranberry with Black Trim 20 Drawer Combo Tool storage Unit.
    Dec 03, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Snap-on is proud to announce the SPECIAL EDITION…

    Snap-on is proud to announce the SPECIAL EDITION Deep Cranberry with Black Trim 20 Drawer Combo Tool storage Unit. The Unit includes Standard Tool Storage Snap-on features including: Double wall Construction, Lock n Roll Drawers, Ball bearing drawer… more...
    Editor 495
  • GMSA suppliers
    Dec 02, 2014 aBr Buzz

    GM suppliers honoured for excellence

    Twenty General Motors South Africa (GMSA) suppliers were awarded the accolade for supplier quality excellence at a glitzy awards ceremony in Port Elizabeth last week. The winning companies are amongst 1 506 suppliers to General Motors manufacturing… more...
    Motoring staff 682
  • Liqui Moly new Motor cycle branded products
    Dec 02, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New look for Liqui Moly’s motorcycle range

    Liqui Moly has given their Motorcycle range a complete new face lift, with total new labeling on all their products. All their motorcycle products now have their own clear identity under the Liqui Moly MOTORBIKE banner. “The complete motorcycle… more...
    Editor 561
  • Training and education further bolsters REDISA transporters
    Dec 02, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Training and education further bolsters REDISA…

    REDISA is providing education and support for transporters so that their responsibilities in terms of collecting from dealers is clear The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) on 27 November hosted its first… more...
    Editor 820
  • Red Shuttleworth, G.U.D. Holdings (4th left) accepts the award with joint winner Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, Chief Executive of Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Left to right with them are Elijah Litheko, Raj Seeparsad, Dr Xolani Mkwanazi, BHP Billiton Chairman and Igshaan Soules, Managing Director Human Capital Management of EOH.
    Dec 02, 2014 aBr Buzz

    G.U.D. Holdings CEO honoured with top IPM Award

    The Institute of People Management recently held their Annual Excellence Awards at Sun City acknowledging business and people leaders, who contribute to furthering excellence in management. The IPM awarded Red Shuttleworth, CEO of G.U.D. Holdings… more...
    Editor 595
  • FUCHS TITAN UNIMAX Engine Oil Addresses Sulphur Mineral Deposits
    Nov 27, 2014 aBr Buzz

    FUCHS TITAN UNIMAX Engine Oil Addresses Sulphur…

    The composition of fuels varies from the source of feedstock of the refinery. The share of the energy delivering hydrocarbons may vary, but also the share of critical components may also vary. Fuels containing sulphur are a problem because they… more...
    Editor 798
  • genuine parts
    Nov 26, 2014 aBr Buzz

    The genuine parts misnomer

    It is interesting to note that it is always the car manufacturers who claim their genuine parts to be superior to all others, and who constantly denigrate non-genuine replacement parts by, for example, calling them ‘pirate parts’. A radio advert for… more...
    Editor 1189
  • LIQUI MOLY’S NEW MOTOR CYCLE 4T SYNTH 5W-40 SPECIFICALLY CREATED FOR OFFROAD RACING
    Nov 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    LIQUI MOLY’S NEW MOTOR CYCLE 4T SYNTH

    5W-40 SPECIFICALLY CREATED FOR OFFROAD RACING Liqui Moly has introduced their fully synthetic high-performance motorcycle oil, developed for use in both air-cooled and water-cooled four-stroke off-road motorcycle engines. The new 4T 5W-40 is fully… more...
    Editor 663
  • Partinform Red Star Raceway
    Nov 25, 2014 Partinform

    Partinform on track

    Partinform members and show winners took to the Red Star Raceway in Delmas, Mpumalanga, like ducks to water in late November as the chequered flag was brought down on another championship-winning season. Hopping into a quartet of Yamaha powered… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 242
  • REDISA industry research
    Nov 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    REDISA industry research

    REDISA Achievements from 1 December 2013 - end of October 2014 61 897 tonnes of waste tyres have been collected from December 2013 – October 2014 1532 jobs have been created 26 Depots are operational nationally 149 SMME transporter operations are… more...
    Editor 722
  • Melicia Labuschagne GM Liqui Moly SA
    Nov 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    LIQUI MOLY Updates ONLINE SERVICE

    LIQUI MOLY's free online oil guide now presents an entire series of new features. Its filter function for search results is unique worldwide. After entering the make, model and engine version, the results can also be optimized to include the model… more...
    Editor 647
  • Popular traffic reporter Rob Byrne, who is a trusted voice on Metro FM and relied upon by over 145 000 Twitter followers for accurate traffic updates, has been officially named by global powertrain and vehicle safety technology leader Federal-Mogulas the South African brand ambassador for the company’s Champion range of products.
    Nov 21, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New Champion brand ambassador highlights…

    For over 100 years, the iconic Champion brand has been recognised as a world leader in the manufacture of after-market vehicle components that ensure driver safety, such as spark plugs, filters and wiper blades. As the new Champion brand ambassador,… more...
    Editor 721
  • Rubber crumbing extends waste tyres’ life span
    Nov 19, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Rubber crumbing extends waste tyres’ life span

    Rubber crumb is derived by reducing scrap tyres into uniform granules. The inherent reinforcing materials such as steel and fibre are removed, along with any other type of inert contaminants such as dust, glass, or rock. REDISA (Recycling and… more...
    Editor 666
  • AIDC EC Project manager Jason Artz, inducts 45 engineers who will be placed in industry through the AIDC Eastern Cape Jobs Fund Programme, the 2nd phase of which begun this week.
    Nov 19, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Jobs Fund continues to grow Eastern Cape economy

    South Africa, Port Elizabeth: THE Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) Eastern Cape’s partnership with the South African government’s R9bn Jobs Fund will place 45 engineers into industry over the next 12 months. Ensuring that the Eastern… more...
    Editor 598
  • Lumen Pillay
    Nov 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Workshop entrepreneur shines

    On 7 November 2014 Lumen Pillay was awarded the prestigious “Champion Entrepreneur” Award at the glitzy Nedbank PCB Gala Banquet held in Pietermaritzburg. Lumen started his career in the motor industry 26 years ago as an apprentice at the local… more...
    Editor 662
  • Motul training
    Nov 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Motul expert delivers slick presentation

    Motul lived up to the promise it made last year to commence technical training workshops for its distributors, wholesalers, technician’s and members of the motoring media when its technical guru, Chitprasong Prasit, jetted into the country to talk… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 679
  • Mark Hodgson (European OEM Sales Director, Castrol), Rawdon Glover (Global Customer Service Director, Jaguar Land Rover), Mike Jones (Global OEM Marketing Director, Castrol)
    Nov 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Jaguar Land Rover extends Castrol’s global…

    Castrol has announced the renewal of their global aftersales lubricant contract with Jaguar Land Rover, extending the long established relationship. Castrol and Jaguar Land Rover have worked in close co-operation for over 20 years, 11 of which as… more...
    Editor 603
  • Firestone is committed to agricultural tyres. This is the message from Firestone parent company Bridgestone in the wake of a competing tyre company's decision to withdraw from the agricultural market.  “Firestone is the oldest agricultural tyre brand in the world and manufactures a wide range of tyres for almost all agricultural vehicles and implements,” said Walter Roux, Business Development Manager Max T Solutions. “We strongly support South African agriculture and have made it a priority to engage with farmers, such as during the annual NAMPO festival in the Free State earlier this year, where our tyre specialists were on hand for several days to advise farmers on tyre selection and care.”  Firestone farm tyres are freely available throughout South Africa and feature the results of extensive research into the characteristics needed in the field. For instance, the 23-degree tread design on Firestone tractor tyres reduce the time spent on the field, save diesel, less soil compaction and improved penetration resistance against field obstacles such as old crop stalks.  “And of course, Firestone is backed by Bridgestone, the world's biggest tyre company,” Roux commented. “We welcome any enquiries from farmers regarding their agricultural tyre needs,” he concluded.  More info: http://www.bridgestone.co.za/products/agricultural_tyres
    Nov 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Firestone committed to Agri Tyres

    Firestone is committed to agricultural tyres. This is the message from Firestone parent company Bridgestone in the wake of a competing tyre company's decision to withdraw from the agricultural market. “Firestone is the oldest agricultural tyre brand… more...
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  • Partinform PMB
    Nov 17, 2014 Partinform

    Verdant Visit to the City of Flowers

    It’s not common knowledge, but Pietermaritzburg takes the crown as the South African city with the most Jacaranda trees. Plus many other trees, and flowers for Africa. Nestled among tranquil forests, and with a well-known Botanical Garden, the city… more...
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  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the launch of BASF’s first high-tech Refinish Competence Training Facility in Johannesburg. From left to right: Harald Pflanzl, Senior Vice President Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions EMEA; Dr Falk Bömeke, Head of the Economic Division of the German Embassy in Pretoria; Paul Mandersloot, Managing Director, BASF Coatings Services South Africa; Joan-Maria Garcia-Girona, Vice President and Head of BASF Business Center in South Africa & Sub-Sahara.
    Nov 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    BASF launches high-tech Refinish Competence…

    State-of-the-art spraypaint training facility established for the automotive aftermarket New facility offers customers hands-on training Tailor-made modular training to suit customers’ needs Johannesburg, South Africa – November 14, 2014 – BASF… more...
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  • KINSEY REPORT 2014
    Nov 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    KINSEY REPORT 2014

    The Kinsey Report on parts pricing is now a quarter of a century old and provides a guideline to owners and prospective vehicle buyers on the costs involved in servicing, repairing and fixing accident damage. The 2014 report includes for the first… more...
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  • Vanguard placing the 132 tonne Schuler mono-block press into position
    Nov 17, 2014 Buzz Press Release

    Vanguard presses ahead in PE market

    With its extensive project experience and specialised heavy lift equipment, Vanguard has successfully engineered another lifting solution in the automotive sector in Port Elizabeth. The job required the port handling, heavy lift, abnormal transport… more...
    Editor 538
  • A NEW RUN-FLAT TYRE RANGE LAUNCHED BY BRIDGESTONE SA
    Nov 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    RUN-FLAT TYRE RANGE LAUNCHED BY BRIDGESTONE SA

    Run-flat tyres are now available for mass market cars. This is the word from Bridgestone which has launched DriveGuard, a new range of run-flat tyres aimed at vehicles which are not supplied with run-flat tyres from the factory. “DriveGuard will now… more...
    Editor 705
  • tyre burning
    Nov 05, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Burning tyres in the open worse than you thought

    Waste tyres are typically burnt in South Africa for the scrap metal content, and in the winter months for warmth. The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) asks just how much damage burning in the open veld is doing… more...
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  • SKF South Africa
    Nov 05, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Solution Knowledge Friend turns 100

    It all started in 1914 at 23 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg, with the establishment of the SKEFCO (SA) Ball Bearing Company Limited, and today, 100 years later, SKF South Africa (Pty) Limited is an important cog in the global SKF machine, and… more...
    Austin Gamble 682
  • Special equipment and infrastructure changes have been made to accommodate the new press at their Port Elizabeth manufacturing site
    Nov 04, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Precision Press makes history with Servo Press…

    Precision Press, a G.U.D. Holdings Company, is making history with a R70 million investment in servo press technology. The new 630 Ton Schuler Servo Drive Transfer Press is the first of its kind in South Africa and is set to transform metal… more...
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  • A transformation in premium tyre fitment reaches South Africa
    Nov 01, 2014 aBr Buzz

    A transformation in premium tyre fitment reaches…

    South Africans are about to experience a revolution in tyre fitment with the official launch of the global BestDrive brand locally. Driven by the need to provide superior, top-notch service to discerning customers who demand the best, BestDrive… more...
    Editor 748
  • Fuchs fuel additive
    Oct 29, 2014 aBr Buzz

    FUCHS FUEL ADDITIVE FOR HIGHER QUALITY PETROL

    Engine exhaust system emissions are subject to continuous reduction due to European legislation. To meet these challenges, engine manufacturers are demanding high-quality fuels with special properties. But not all these properties can be achieved by… more...
    Motoring staff 894
  • Safeline Brake Pads launch brake accessory kits
    Oct 27, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Safeline Brake Pads launch brake accessory kits

    Safeline Brake Pads goes the extra mile to promote safer braking by launching free brake accessory kits with their brake pads. Fitting damaged or worn clips in a vehicles’ braking system or not using clips at all can result in a rattle, vibration,… more...
    Editor 762
  • Donaldson confirms leading position in engine filtration solutions
    Oct 23, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Donaldson confirms leading position in engine…

    Donaldson Company (NYSE:DCI), a leading worldwide manufacturer of filtration solutions and products, has been awarded a 2014 Supplier Award by Volvo Group Purchasing in the category Aftermarket Excellence. The Volvo Group Purchasing Supplier Award… more...
    Editor 818
  • CERA-TEC-3721
    Oct 23, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New improved formula for Liqui Moly’s CERA TEC…

    The leading German additive specialist Liqui Moly announced this month that they have now an improved formula for Cera Tec and Motor Protect, both products are leaders in the additive industry, the new formula now puts them way ahead of their… more...
    Editor 820
  • Advancing automotive career development through WorldSkills
    Oct 23, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Advancing automotive career development through…

    The Retail Motor Industry Organisation was one of the exhibitors at this year’s South African Automotive Week which took place from the 14 – 17 October at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Beyond showcasing what the RMI as a body has to offer, the RMI… more...
    Editor 805
  • Oct 22, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New lubricating spray from Liqui Moly

    The general purpose multi lubrication spray market now has a leading contender in all round, all use lubrication sprays that is a far better and cheaper option. The Liqui Moly LM 40 is rated better than the current market leaders and has far more… more...
    Motoring staff 832
  • Hard at work at the South African Automotive Week, South Africa’s top young automotive refurbishment practitioners compete for a place at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition, to be held in São Paulo, Brazil.
    Oct 21, 2014 aBr Buzz

    3M nurtures South Africa’s young auto body skills…

    Building up to the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, the South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA) invited 12 individuals from across South Africa to identify the country’s top young automotive practitioners through a… more...
    Editor 1087
  • LIQUI MOLY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHER OLIVER KUHN COMMENTS ON RAINER ZIETLOW’S EXTREME TRIP FROM NORTH CAPE, NORWAY TO THE SOUTHERN TIP OF AFRICA
    Oct 21, 2014 aBr Buzz

    LIQUI MOLY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHER OLIVER KUHN…

    The Cape to Cape team travelled 17,000 kilometres in ten days from North Cape in Norway to the southern tip of Africa, adventurer Rainer Zietlow successfully completed this tour in his VW Touareg arriving Sunday 14th October at Cape L'Agulhas. A… more...
    Editor 1049
  • M/T Launches Deegan 38. AKA the Mudmaster
    Oct 21, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New design joins Mickey Thompson’s range of…

    An updated range of Mickey Thompson 4x4 tyres is available locally, and the star of the show is the brand new Deegan 38. The name pays homage to ‘truck’ racing champion Brian Deegan, and the new tyre is designed to provide unrivalled grip and… more...
    Editor 827
  • Partinform Swaziland
    Oct 20, 2014 Partinform

    A royal affair

    The monarchy and Kingdom of Swaziland opened its gates to allow the Partinform crusaders to infiltrate Mbabane and spread their right parts, right fitment message throughout the realm last month. And no surprise, given that the information provided… more...
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  • Oct 20, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Metair operational update

    This serves as a general communication to Metair shareholders (“Shareholders”) with regard to: 1. The status of the local automotive industry’s business environment;2. The recently publicised investigation by the Competition Commission of alleged… more...
    Motoring staff 773
  • Key dignitaries at the Taiwan Machine Tools Industry Press Conference and Technology Forum, at South African Automotive Week. (Right to left)Bob Bond, Tshwane University of Technology, Andrew Binning, South African Automotive Week Project Manager, Mr Paul Savides, MD of PBS Machine Tools, Mr Lee Hwang, Vice President of the Topology Research Institute, Henk Snyman secretary of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa, Pei-Yung Hsu, Representative of Taipei Liasion Office in South Africa, Norman Lamprecht, Executive Manager NAAMSA, Eric Wu, Marketing Manager Vision Wide Tech and Vusumuzi Mkhize, National Chairman: Toolmaking Association of South Africa.
    Oct 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    The South African Machine Tool industry can learn…

    Mr Henk Snyman, secretary of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa, said that, “It is common knowledge that government policy says that we must reindustrialise the country. The Manufacturing Industry in South Africa is hovering at 11.12% of the… more...
    Editor 1058
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