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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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 266
  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • An artist’s impression of the Coega OEM Complex comprising vehicle assembly halls and shared service infrastructure in Zone 2 of the Coega Industrial Development with the adjacent Port of Ngqura in the background. - Visual courtesy: The Workplace Architects
    Oct 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Coega announces OEM complex for Nelson Mandela Bay

    The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), announced it will establish a Multi Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) complex for the automotive assembly and components manufacturing sectors in… more...
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  • G.U.D. Filters celebrates 65 years of Great Engine Protection
    Oct 13, 2014 aBr Buzz

    G.U.D. Filters celebrates 65 years of Great…

    G.U.D. Filters, a Proudly South African icon, celebrates its 65th year of manufacturing premium automotive filters. The much loved filter brand officially began their great engine protection in 1949 and started manufacturing oil filters and fuel… more...
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  • Johnson Controls celebrates two decades of success in democratic South Africa
    Oct 10, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Johnson Controls celebrates two decades of…

    As South Africa vehicle exports rise above 30,000 in a single month, Johnson Controls is celebrating its 20 years of successful business in South Africa. The company is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, floor consoles, door… more...
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  • Luvolwethu Qabo (Health, Safety, Security & Environment) Graduate is ensuring that the sewing operators’ safety glasses are in place in a Trim Plant.
    Oct 10, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Johnson Controls South Africa offers fast-track…

    South Africa's automotive industry exported more than 30,000 vehicles during September, a substantial improvement over the same month last year. The industry remains one of the economy's vital sectors, accounting for 11% of exports by value and 6%… more...
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  • Lance Schultz has been appointed MD of the AIDC Eastern Cape.
    Oct 10, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Auto body gets a head

    The appointment of a MD at the AIDC Eastern Cape, an agency of Provincial government, commissioned to assist industry become more globally competitive, is the final step in the full de-coupling of the two AIDC regional entities. Schultz, who served… more...
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  • Fuchs launches TITAN CARGO MC 10W40
    Oct 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Fuchs launches TITAN CARGO MC 10W40

    Drain Interval Doubled TITAN CARGO MC 10W-40 is a long-life, fuel-economy engine oil for all diesel engines with and without turbocharger in trucks, buses and industrial machinery. The SAE Class 10W-40 ensures reliable all-season use, suitable for… more...
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  • NAAMSA COMMENT ON THE SEPTEMBER 2014 SOUTH AFRICAN NEW VEHICLE SALE
    Oct 02, 2014 aBr Buzz

    NAAMSA COMMENT ON THE SEPTEMBER 2014 SOUTH…

    In amplification of the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of September, 2014 – released today for public consumption via the website of the Department of Trade & Industry – the Association commented that, following resilience in new vehicle… more...
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  • Automechanika Frankfurt
    Sep 29, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Automechanika Frankfurt fizzes

    It comes around every two years, and never ceases to amaze. When I first visited the show in 1988, the variety of parts on display knocked my socks off, and each time I revisit the reinvention of Automechanika Frankfurt continues to bare my feet.… more...
    Austin Gamble 434
  • Automechanika Frankfurt 2014
    Sep 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Automechanika: by the numbers

    The 23rd Automechanika from 16 to 20 September 2014 was once again an outstanding showcase for innovations from the international aftermarket. This year, around 140,000 trade visitors from 173 countries, one in four of them from the workshop sector,… more...
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  • Zietlow's Challnge4 team, together with Volkswagen, have never failed at an endurance driving world record
    Sep 22, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Federal-Mogul proud sponsor of record driving…

    Adventure driver Rainer Zietlow is seeking his eighth world record title this September in the Cape-to-Cape Challenge, which involves a 18 000 km drive from Northkapp, Norway, to Cape Town, South Africa – within the space of just 12 days. Zietlow’s… more...
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  • Partinform Mamelodi
    Sep 17, 2014 Partinform

    Form, Fit and function

    By Tristan Wiggill No attendee felt like a spare part when the well-oiled and squeak-free Partinform training machine rolled into Mamelodi, Pretoria in mid-September for two days of parts information sharing and parts fitment training. Without… more...
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  • (left to right) Roland Bosse, Merchandise & Inventory Optimisation Executive, Autozone; Red Shuttleworth, CEO, G.U.D. Holdings; Wayne Grews, CEO, Autozone and Ian Law, Group Sales and Marketing Director, G.U.D. Holdings
    Sep 16, 2014 aBr Buzz

    G.U.D. Holdings recognised at prestigious…

    AutoZone recognised G.U.D. Filters for the 2nd consecutive year with the esteemed Supplier of the Year Award. The award ceremony took place on 11 September 2014 at an exclusive venue in Gauteng. “We are very pleased to take home the AutoZone… more...
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  • Vehicle components division renamed to create platform to drive growth of premium brands
    Sep 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Vehicle components division renamed to create…

    Federal Mogul’s ongoing strategy has moved on to its next step with the official announcement of the company’s renaming of its vehicle components division. As of March 22, the division will be known as Federal-Mogul Motorparts. Federal Mogul Holding… more...
    Editor 498
  • Sep 09, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Braking News

    Have you downloaded the latest version of Brakebook yet? Don’t delay, download it for FREE and get the very latest catalogue data and user-friendly search options (Textar Article No., OE No., Reference No.). The Brakebook App targets the… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 523
  • SKF's Eddie Martens
    Sep 09, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SKF imparts knowledge

    SKF is committed to ‘equipping the world with SKF knowledge’ because this global bearings and engineering solutions specialist believes in the importance of sharing knowledge with industry and customers around the world. “SKF has therefore always… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 577
  • Sep 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SAAW AFRICA’S PREMIER AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING…

    Join decision makers, international delegations and the continents leading manufacturers at South Africa’s premier event for the automotive and related services sector. The South African Automotive Week, a B2B trade platform for automotive buyers… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 548
  • GUD Golf Day
    Sep 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Raising funds for a G.U.D. cause

    Over 100 loyal distributors, customers and suppliers teed off at the G.U.D. Holdings Annual Charity Golf Day on 28 August 2014. The idyllic backdrop of blue skies and sunshine set the scene as the golfers got the game underway at the renowned… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 567
  • fake bearings
    Sep 04, 2014 aBr Buzz

    The counterfeit conundrum

    Our Right to Repair series of articles has focused on many areas, primarily the right of a consumer to choose his or her repairer, and to make this choice from an informed base. Therein lies the problem, because consumers are sometimes vulnerable… more...
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  • Auto Africa Zambia delegates
    Sep 03, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Zambia plays its part

    By Tristan Wiggill aBr and a large South African aftermarket contingent packed their bags and hightailed it to the Chinese-built New Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia, for the inaugural Auto Africa Automotive Aftermarket Conference and Exhibition… more...
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  • SAAW logo
    Sep 01, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SA AUTOMOTIVE WEEK EVENTS

    The South African automotive industry will gather once again at South African Automotive Week, hosted every two years. Build your brand, boost sales and network with policy makers and industry stakeholders including existing and future clients by… more...
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  • Aug 27, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Holts SEALit now available

    Holts SEALit is a coolant repair that permanently seals leaks in engines, cylinder heads, head gaskets, freeze plugs and water pump gaskets. It also repairs radiators, heater cores and hoses. The new formulation means there is no need to drain or… more...
    Motoring staff 612
  • Aug 26, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Midas Group Industry Awards: Spirit of Partnership

    The 2014 Midas Group Supplier Acknowledgement and Appreciation Awards Evening took place on 21 August at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park. For various reasons, this evening has become an automotive aftermarket industry event not to be missed. Check out… more...
    Austin Gamble 832
  • Aug 26, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Brazil Auto Parts at Automechanika

    Brazil is the world's 4th largest vehicle consumer market with a 44-million strong vehicle fleet and 29 manufacturer brands, supported by a complete auto parts supply chain. When acquiring Brazil Auto Parts, you rely on trusted partners with… more...
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  • Aug 26, 2014 Partinform

    Partinform to satisfy Africa’s aftermarket hunger

    By Tristan Wiggill The inaugural Auto Africa Zambia 2014, to be held at the New Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia, on 28 and 29 August in conjunction with Partinform, will go some way to satisfy the immense hunger for knowledge and information on… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 497
  • Midas group further strengthens its position as the leading service provider for motorists across Southern Africa
    Aug 26, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Midas group strengthens its position

    South Africa’s leading distributor and franchisor to the automotive aftermarket, Midas Group, has signed an exclusive distribution and franchise management agreement with Behr Hella Service in South Africa, effective 1 September 2014. “Midas Group… more...
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  • Euro 6 made simple
    Aug 26, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Euro 6 made simple

    Bosch explains: What changes does Euro 6 entail for drivers? From car prices to emissions stickers What is Euro 6? Euro 6 is a European Union regulation that sets emission standards for vehicles. “Euro 6 will make diesel cars as clean as gasoline… more...
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  • Freedom3
    Aug 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New found freedom for Chobe game rangers

    By Tristan Wiggill South African electric vehicle conversion company, Freedom Won introduced sections of the media to its latest full-electric creation, the Freedom3 recently. aBr Buzz readers may already be familiar with Freedom2, Theo Callitz’… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 763
  • Aug 19, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Torre Automotive commences Imbizo training…

    Torre Automotive kicked off the first of its national Imbizo (coming together in isiZulu) sales, product and fitment training sessions at the Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni, Johannesburg on Monday, 18 August. The roadshow will see Torre… more...
    Tristan Wiggil 665
  • Metair secures R1.4 billion in preference shares funding
    Aug 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Metair secures R1.4 billion in preference shares…

    and R750 million syndicated revolving credit facility 15 August 2014 - Metair Investments Limited (“Metair” or “the company”), acting through its two wholly owned subsidiaries Inalex Proprietary Limited and Nikisize Proprietary Limited, successfully… more...
    Editor 557
  • Silkolene Gaining Market Share as a Motorcycle Lubricant
    Aug 12, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Silkolene Gaining Market Share as a Motorcycle…

    Fuchs Lubricants, the world’s largest independent lubricants company, is expanding its Silkolene lubricants product range for the motorcycle market. “The Silkolene range is designed to meet the specific needs of both the bike and rider. Dedicated… more...
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  • Lifting the Veil
    Aug 12, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Lifting the Veil

    How does a country built industrial capacity? And how does it lose it, indeed actively destroy it? The veil on SA efforts was partly lifted recently when SEIFSA chief economist Henk Langenhoven expressed in a few simple phrases the very intricate… more...
    Cees Bruggemans 786
  • The learners of Zenzele Primary celebrate their new classroom and admin building.
    Aug 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Generous donation by G.U.D. Holdings

    On 5 August 2014 the staff and learners of Zenzele Primary School in Folweni celebrated their new classroom and a prefabricated office building sponsored by G.U.D. Holdings, a leading automotive products manufacturer. According to Mrs. Zodwa… more...
    Editor 878
  • Cooper From the Rough to the Smooth
    Aug 07, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Cooper From the Rough to the Smooth

    Cooper Tyres, known in South Africa for offering an extensive range of premium tyres for 4x4 and SUV vehicles, have announced the introduction of a new ultra-high performance (UHP) passenger tyre – the Cooper Zeon CS Sport. Cooper has been crafting… more...
    Editor 819
  • Peter Luck, Roof of Africa and Olivier Montange, Motul's GM for Europe West, Middle East & Africa upon signing the agreement
    Aug 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Roof Of Africa announces new strategic partnership

    Roof of Africa organisers, Extreme Off Road Promotions, announced today that prominent lubricants specialist, Motul, has been appointed as the official lubricant partner for the celebrated Lesotho-based off road motor cycle event. Traditionally held… more...
    Editor 842
  • TKRT 10 - New entry level tachometer from SKF
    Aug 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SKF introduces new entry level Tachometer – TKRT…

    The TKRT 10 is SKF’s new entry level tachometer, enabling fast and accurate contact and non-contact speed measurement of rotating objects and surface speeds. “The SKF TKRT 10 tachometer uses either laser or contact measurement for determining… more...
    Editor 826
  • Aug 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Gabriel Increases Its Social Presence

    Social media connects people and creates families of likeminded individuals. As Gabriel has been a part of most South African families for over 100 years, they have started to embrace this medium as a primary method of communication along with… more...
    Motoring staff 870
  • Aug 06, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Textar braking new ground

    The Textar team has been busy activating promotions with its wholesale partners, ensuring customer satisfaction with their fitment centre partners and keeping the “greater” Textar team technically up to date with the latest in braking systems and… more...
    Motoring staff 916
  • How will the Rand shape?
    Aug 04, 2014 aBr Buzz

    How will the Rand shape?

    All quiet on the currency front. The Rand is midway and has been for six months in 10.30-10.80:$ territory, a tight range and lengthy stay for a currency that can move 200 cents in any direction and not tell you anything about what comes next during… more...
    Editor 840
  • Red Shuttleworth, CEO of G.U.D. Holdings and Simon Ledgerwood, Managing Director of Precision Press celebrates the new merger.
    Aug 01, 2014 aBr Buzz

    G.U.D. Holdings (Pty) Ltd acquire leading…

    G.U.D. Holdings is pleased to announce the acquisition of Precision Press, a leading manufacturer of automotive metal pressing and sub-assemblies. Precision Press will join the G.U.D. Holdings stable of companies that include premium automotive… more...
    Editor 964
  • Jul 18, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Questions to ask your mechanic

    Car issues, expensive repairs and "those mechanics that ripped me off’ are always hot conversation starters among vehicle owners. So what should you be doing to ensure your vehicle repairs or regular services become hassle-free? Les Mc Master,… more...
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  • Jul 16, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Motorcraft launches specialised oil for hybrids

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  • Jul 16, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Texa diagnostics available from Cayenne group

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  • Jul 15, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Snap-on introduces field service tool boxes

    Launched during the Top Gear festival in Durban, the new Blue Point field service tool boxes from Snap-on fit most ½ ton and one-ton bakkies. The boxes are made from stainless steel and can be specified with either four or eight drawers. Internal… more...
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  • Jul 14, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Bosch and Motul team up

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  • Ford Struandale Engine Plant Produced The 3-millionth Engine
    Jul 14, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Ford Struandale Engine Plant Produced The…

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  • Every tyre remediated makes a difference
    Jul 14, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Every tyre remediated makes a difference

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  • Weekend Warrior Launches Free 4x4 Training
    Jul 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Weekend Warrior Launches Free 4x4 Training

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  • Tenneco launches its MONROE® IS COOL project in South Africa
    Jul 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Tenneco launches its MONROE® IS COOL project in…

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  • Engines Donated Towards Training And Development
    Jul 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Engines Donated Towards Training And Development

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  • Jul 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Motoplat puts power in technician’s hands

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  • Jul 08, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Vivo Energy, Bosch sign pan-African partnership…

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  • 1914 – 2014: SKF South Africa Celebrates a 100 Year Reputation of Excellence
    Jul 07, 2014 aBr Buzz

    1914 – 2014: SKF South Africa Celebrates a 100…

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  • Top Bridgestone execs move to new jobs
    Jul 03, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Top Bridgestone execs move to new jobs

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  • New range of OE quality Steering Boot Kits from SKF
    Jun 27, 2014 aBr Buzz

    New range of OE quality Steering Boot Kits from…

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  • Jun 26, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Project 2002: Mission improbable

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  • Jun 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SA must learn from Australian implosion

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    Austin Gamble 1015
  • Jun 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Control Instruments Automotive becomes Torre…

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  • Jun 25, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Gearing up for the future

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  • Jun 25, 2014 Partinform

    Partinform lights up Elisras

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  • Frances Molloy first speaker at Brityrex 2014
    Jun 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Frances Molloy first speaker at Brityrex 2014

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  • Pioneers from all over the world to make presentations on the ‘Mobility of the Future’ at Automechanika 2014
    Jun 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Pioneers from all over the world to make…

    Latest developments in a variety of fields including storage technology, charging infrastructure, engines, electronics, lightweight construction, alternative fuels and much moreLocated in the immediate vicinity of the Portalhaus entrance building,… more...
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  • SKF Automotive Range Extension
    Jun 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SKF Automotive Range Extension

    During this quarter, SKF has launched 144 new kits to improve the coverage on all product lines. This Product Information highlights the latest SKF range extension during Q2 2014. Click here to view more...
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  •   The Top Selling Dynamic W204 C Class Was Manufactured By Highly Skilled Employees At The Award Winning Mercedes Benz South Africa Production Plant In East London
    Jun 24, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Mercedes-Benz South Africa production plant takes…

    East London manufacturing facility takes silver in the J.D. Power 2014 Initial Quality Study (Europe-Africa region), a sixth consecutive year in the award rankings. Out of Africa, for the World: Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) plant proves once… more...
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  • Diesel effect fuel additive improves ,maintains and keeps the fuel system clean
    Jun 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Diesel effect fuel additive improves ,maintains…

    Fuchs Lubricants has developed a new range of MAINTAIN workshop and service-coolant additives, brake fluids and fuel additives. MAINTAIN Diesel Effect is a fuel additive for improving the properties of diesel fuel for single and constant dosage. It… more...
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  • Car parts: cheaper is not always better
    Jun 17, 2014 aBr Buzz

    Car parts: cheaper is not always better

    When booking a car in for a service or for repairs, few of us are prepared for the shock when we realise the cost of the replacement parts. Depending on what dealership or garage you take your car to, these costs can vary because different types of… more...
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  • SKF Sweden assembly plant uses SKF actuators
    Jun 11, 2014 aBr Buzz

    SKF Sweden assembly plant uses SKF actuators

    Bearing testimony to ultimate product confidence Global leader in bearings and engineering solutions, SKF, combines linear guidance systems and linear driving technology into one system, setting the industry benchmark in turnkey actuation system… more...
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