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Cover Stories Ford and VW launch global alliance


Informal motor businesses to get training and mentoring


NAACAM Show 2019 to showcase 1000+ localisable components


R2R expands across industries


Consumer Award winners announced


2019 SAMBRA awards



Trade Talk Toolbox developed for Farmers


Groupe PSA to test autonomous cars in China


No time for a ‘wait and see’ approach in SA manufacturing


New multi-collision airbag in development for KIA


Ford’s 25 human aid projects from 2018


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Toolbox developed for Farmers Distributor Bearings International (BI) and Gondolier, importer of Jonnesway Professional Tools, have collaborated on a toolbox aimed at the specific requirements of the agricultural industry. This comprehensive toolbox, containing Jonnesway Professional Tools selected by farmers for farmers, was unveiled officially at Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day in May last year at Bothaville in the Free State. It has subsequently become a key offering under BI’s Agri-Smart banner for integrated solutions for the agricultural industry, Product Manager Hilton Woest explains that the toolbox features spanners, screwdrivers, an electric current testing pen, pliers, punches, files, a hacksaw with spare blades, and a large hammer, all contained in a compact and sturdy case that can fit comfortably behind the seat of any bakkie. Gondolier media and events co-ordinator Christie Brill highlights the successful eight-year partnership with BI. “We have an exclusive Jonnesway distribution network across the entire sub-Saharan Africa region, and have appointed Jonnesway distribution partner BI to focus on the industrial, agricultural, and manufacturing markets. Apart from BI’s local network, which covers all the major farming communities, it also has an extensive footprint in Africa.” A large range from Jonnesway’s international catalogue is being used in Africa. “Jonnesway Professional Tools is developing constantly, which allows us to specialise in customised toolkits, working together with BI to ensure that we provide our customers with complete solutions.”



This is where the idea came about to develop a special toolbox for the farming community in particular. “We have pursued an important particular objective: providing customers with the right quality and right selection of tools, which has a massive impact on time, productivity, and ultimately profitability,” Brill highlights. Both companies are involved in continuous developments for both customers and distributors, to enable access to select portals in order to view information about used-with items, promotional notifications, and in-depth product information such as exploded-view diagrams. Woest adds that BI will continue to foster its long-standing relationship with Jonnesway by means of flexible stock checks, which means identifying the fastest-moving items, and ensuring adequate stockholding countrywide, or identifying any gaps in the product line-up that need to be filled. “Our aim is always to be able to provide our customers with an optimal solution tailored to their specific needs.”

Groupe PSA to test autonomous cars in China Groupe PSA in late January, obtained a licence to start autonomous driving tests on open roads in China (Chongqing), the first French carmaker to do so in China. The group explains that its autonomous car experience in Europe helps it to adapt to the local environment to meet Chinese market needs. It adds however, that the challenge is to integrate Groupe PSA’s technology into the Chinese ecosystem with special cases since the environment, infrastructure, map system and road users are different. The group is the first car manufacturer to have tested the autonomous

car on open roads in France from July 2015 onwards, as well as the first carmaker to obtain the authorisations to carry out autonomous mode tests with “non-expert” drivers in March 2017. Carla Gohin, Vice President, Innovation of Groupe PSA, commented: “Obtaining the license for autonomous driving tests on open roads in China is a remarkable milestone for Groupe PSA, as China is the largest automobile market in the world and is witnessing the boom in the development of autonomous driving technology. He concluded by saying “This marks an important step for our AVA ‘Autonomous Vehicle for All’ program, which aims to provide safe and intuitive autonomous cars for all customers. From this fresh start, we’ll continuously bring our cutting edge technology to Chinese customers.


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No time for a ‘wait and see’ approach in SA manufacturing Foreign investors and SA industry players seem to be taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to industrial and manufacturing growth, putting the country at risk of falling behind its neighbours. However, investment in automation now could help boost the manufacturing sector, with benefits for the country’s overall economic growth. That’s according to automation industry stakeholders, speaking ahead of Africa Automation Fair 2019. Frikkie Streicher, Business Development Manager at Vega, says automation and Industry 4.0 presents huge opportunities for SA to start exploiting and beneficiating its natural resources costeffectively and efficiently. “Automation could address challenges across industries – boosting manufacturing production and reducing injuries... but the industry has been slow to invest, for several reasons. There are concerns about SA’s political landscape, potential job losses and their impact on labour forces, and infrastructure challenges. Large-scale investment in smart manufacturing won’t take place in an environment not perceived to be stable.”


He adds many industries are battling funding challenges. “It’s unfortunate that we are failing to embrace advanced automation, because the opportunities are vast, especially in the SA context where we have lagged so far behind the world. We risk being overtaken on the continent by North Africa and investor-friendly countries such as Ghana, Rwanda and Mauritius. SA needs to simultaneously create a stable landscape for investors, build out critical infrastructure and get our workforces up to speed to become globally competitive.” Dave Wibberley, MD at Adroit Technologies, adds: “We can put down intelligent sensors and cloud technologies, but unless a manufacturer is embracing world-class manufacturing models, eliminating waste and driving value flow, Industry 4.0 tools and technologies will not be truly transformative.” Wibberley says SA manufacturing leaders at this stage are typically those in the automotive industry, with international principals, and not local companies.

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New multi-collision airbag in development for KIA Kia Motors has announced the development of a new multicollision airbag, which, it explains, is designed to significantly improve airbag performance in multi-collision accidents. Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as other vehicles, trees, or electrical posts, which occur in three out of every 10 accidents.

“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Centre. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”

Current airbag systems do not offer secondary protection, when the initial impact is insufficient to cause them to deploy. However, the multi-collision airbag system allows airbags to deploy effectively upon a secondary impact by calibrating the status of the vehicle and the occupants.

Once commercialised, the system is expected to be implemented in future new KIA vehicles.

The new technology works by detecting occupants’ positions in the cabin following an initial collision. When occupants are forced into unusual positions, the effectiveness of existing safety technology may be compromised. Multi-collision airbag systems are designed to deploy even faster when initial safety systems may not be effective, providing additional safety when drivers and passengers are most vulnerable. By recalibrating the collision intensity required for deployment, the airbag system responds more promptly during the secondary impact, thereby improving the safety of multi-collision vehicle occupants.



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Ford’s 25 human aid projects from 2018 Ford employees and dealers devoted their time to helping others in 2018. A total of 25 projects were conducted across the Sub-Saharan region, with thousands of man hours dedicated to improving lives and assisting impoverished communities in South Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique and Uganda. “Ford Global Caring Month is our flagship community initiative each year, and it was fantastic to witness the exceptional level of energy and enthusiasm from our employees, dealers and distributors that went into the 2018 projects,” said Neale Hill, managing director of Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region. Education was the main focus of many of the projects completed in South Africa, with employees from the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth dedicating their time to improve crèches, early learning centres, schools and skills development facilities in impoverished communities. This was bolstered by the creation of vegetable gardens and the repair of hydroponic tunnels for schools and

community feeding schemes, as well as the construction of recycling facilities and conducting environmental clean-up and education campaigns. Ford dealers in South Africa also played their part, with Barloworld Ford in Tygervalley, Cape Town, painting and decorating shipping containers that are used as clinics and classrooms, as well as developing gardens around the facility. Ritchie Auto in Richards Bay set out to refurbish the local Autism Treatment Centre, and also set up a fully equipped computer learning centre. In Sub-Saharan Africa markets, Ford and its local distributor in Ethiopia, Ries Engineering collaborated with The Muday Association on a project that aims to uplift and improve the quality of life for 1 050 single mothers and children in the local community. Other projects included addressing deforestation in Madagascar, providing assistance to improve the living conditions of elderly residents at a nursing home for the underprivileged in Mozambique, and a project aimed at uplifting and improving the quality of life for children and young people with disabilities in Uganda.

Breakeven point key for car “downsizing” According to vehicle finance company Wesbank, many South African motorists who are feeling the burden of inflation, soaring fuel prices, the recent repo rate hike and last year’s VAT increase are now considering moving into more cost-effective cars. They warn however, that the transition alone can be costly and there’s certainly an optimum time to trade in a car.

The breakeven point in an ownership cycle varies on a case-bycase basis and is affected by factors such as missed payments, extra payments, the size of a deposit and depreciation of respective vehicles. It’s possible to bring the breakeven point forward by putting down larger deposits and financing over shorter loan periods.

Lower monthly repayments and fuel bills will ease the pressure on household finances, but motorists can forget the significant losses that can be made by trading a car at the “wrong time”. The best time to trade in a vehicle is when the trade value is in line with the settlement amount owed to the bank it’s financed with - the breakeven point. Trading in before this time could see a consumer paying in, just to get out of the finance contract.

The new vehicle market is extremely competitive and many manufacturers offer incentives to help buyers settle outstanding balances. These trade in assistance programs can make up for some shortfall for motorists who have not quite reached their breakeven point, essentially buying them some time in the ownership cycle.

WesBank’s data shows the majority of vehicle finance contracts are in place for six years or 72 months. In these cases, a breakeven point would normally arrive at between 24 and 36 months, depending on the size of the deposit at time of sale.


The country’s underperforming economy, however, means manufacturers are spending less on these marketing schemes so it’s worthwhile to shop around in order to find the best deals. Patience is key in any car buying journey – whether it’s trading up or down, or for first-time car buyers.

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Even more bad news as road fatality statistics released The 2018/2019 festive season crash and fatality statistics were released in mid January and disappointingly showed a 5.6% increase in the death toll compared to the same period last year. Transport Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, provided a number of reasons for the high death toll including drinking and driving, recklessness and negligence – including unsafe overtaking – as well as distraction, fatigue, unroadworthy vehicles and stray animals. The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says it is noteworthy that the highest number of deaths occurred amongst passengers. “While there are various reasons for this, now is a good time to also consider the role of passengers in ensuring they make it to their destination safely. The misconception that only front passengers need to wear a seatbelt persists. Every passenger needs to make a point to wear their safety belt and drivers should also check that everyone is buckled up before even starting the car. “Passengers also need to play their role in assisting the driver. This can be as a second set of eyes, reducing distractions for the driver or ensuring that they stop regularly for breaks. If a passenger is not confident in the way their driver is driving, rather express your concern than lose your life. Road safety is the responsibility of every road user and should be given the highest priority by all.”

Once again reckless driving has played a major role in the tragedy on the roads. “We repeatedly stress the importance of each driver accepting responsibility for their own role in the state of our roads. Until each organisation and person commits to obeying the laws of the road, drives courteously and puts genuine effort into becoming a safe driver, we are unlikely to ever see any real and consistent change to these statistics.” “It is a pity that we have regressed from the improvements seen last year. It is even more tragic that so many lives will be affected by the state of the roads this festive season. Our thoughts and condolences go out to every Surely in a country like SA where our statistics are so ridiculously high and compunded by the fact that so many cars have many passengers - a campaign directed at passengers also needs to be explored? If a driver is driving recklessly the passengers surely need to refuse to let them carry on behaving that way. Its time to come up with other plans when the proof is clear from all to see the current campaigns have no effect on our statistics at all. Passengers and pedestrians make up a high percentage of the victims - why not educate and empower them? Their own lives are being toyed with and they seem not to mind!

Mahindra grows SA presence and promises new dealers Mahindra announced in January that it had capped its best year yet with its highest monthly sales ever in December, including a new sales record for the calendar year. The automaker confirmed the sale of 440 new Mahindra SUVs and pick-ups in December, bringing its tally for the full year to 5 486 new vehicles. “Breaking through the 5 000 barrier in 2018 culminated in a very busy year for Mahindra,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. “During the year, we firmly entrenched our position as a truly South African company with the opening of our first assembly plant north of Durban. The sales growth of both our locally produced Pik Up models and SUV range has subsequently skyrocketed.”


According to Naamsa, Mahindra grew by 26% in 2018, while the overall new vehicle market shrunk by 1%. Last year, the carmaker celebrated SA as its second home outside of India. “For the year ahead, we hope to grow at an even faster pace. We will utilise the flexibility that our local assembly facility offers to introduce new models and special editions of the Pik Up and will soon launch a brand-new model in one of South Africa’s fastest growing vehicle segments,” says Gupta. “Mahindra will also invest in the expansion of its dealer network, starting with a new dealer location in Cape Town and an additional dealer in Johannesburg in January.”


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Ford and VW launch global alliance Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company announced their first formal agreements in a broad alliance that positions the companies to boost competitiveness and better serve customers in an era of rapid change in the industry.


Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed that the companies intend to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for global markets beginning as early as 2022.


The alliance will drive significant scale and efficiencies and enable both companies to share investments in vehicle architectures that deliver distinct capabilities and technologies.The companies estimate the commercial van and pickup cooperation will yield improved annual pre-tax operating results, starting in 2023. In addition, Volkswagen and Ford have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles. Both companies have started to explore opportunities, and they have also said they were open to considering additional vehicle programmes in the future. The teams will continue working through details in the coming months. “Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” said Hackett. “It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.” Diess added: “Volkswagen and Ford will harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities and complementary market positions to even better serve millions of customers around the

world. At the same time, the alliance will be a cornerstone for our drive to improve competitiveness”. The alliance, which does not entail cross-ownership between the two companies, will be governed by a joint committee. This committee will be led by Hackett and Diess along with including senior executives from both companies. Ford and Volkswagen both have strong commercial van and pickup businesses around the globe, with popular nameplates such as the Ford Transit family and Ranger as well as the Volkswagen Transporter, Caddy and Amarok. The companies’ collective light commercial vehicle volumes from 2018 totalled approximately 1.2 million units globally, which could represent the industry’s highest-volume collaboration as production scales. Demand for both medium pickups and commercial vans is expected to grow globally in the next five years. The alliance will enable the companies to share development costs, leverage their respective manufacturing capacity, boost the capability and competitiveness of their vehicles and deliver cost efficiencies, while maintaining distinct brand characteristics. Through the alliance, Ford will engineer and build medium-sized pickups for both companies which are expected to go to market as early as 2022. For both parties, Ford intends to engineer and build larger commercial vans for European customers, and Volkswagen intends to develop and build a city van.























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Informal motor businesses to get training and mentoring The RMI has announced the launch of a new transformation project that will see 60 informal businesses in the motor sector, exposed to training and mentoring aimed at turning them into formal, accredited businesses over three years. CEO, Jakkie Olivier, says that the organisation has received around 60 applications from businesses to join the National African Association for Automobile Services Providers NAAASP. “Once members, these businesses will be eligible to join the transformation project, which has been running for seven months now.” He adds that ultimately they would like the project to reach 150 businesses. “What’s exciting is that we already have four businesses that are close to compliance to become fullyaccredited members of the RMI.” Joy Oldale, transformation director for the RMI, says the project has been met with much enthusiasm from the sector. “These business owners are passionate about what they do and want the opportunity and support to enter the formal sector. Unfortunately, many are semi-skilled and have not had the opportunity to receive any qualifications,” she says. As part of the project, these businesses will be registered on the New Venture Creation (NCV) L2 and, through an incubator approach with mentors and coaches, will need to complete the required credits to receive a qualification.


The project will also assist the members with a business plan, funding, training staff, and ensuring the property and business meets all compliance criteria. Oldale explains that the RMI is working closely with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) on this project. “We have done roadshows with SEDA and SEFA and conducted surveys to understand the challenges and what needs to be done. Now we are in the implementation phase. Already we are seeing great results so watch this space.” Transformation of the sector is a priority for the RMI, says Olivier. “There is so much potential for job creation and new businesses. Our NAAASP members are spread over 10 regions including Pretoria, Virginia, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Rosslyn, Polokwane and Vaal Triangle. All of these areas face unemployment issues. Through this project and those to follow we will start to see change,” he concludes.

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The future of driving - according to Nissan Nissan made use of the 2019 CES trade show to unveil its future vision for a vehicle that helps drivers “see the invisible”. The automaker explains that this is made possible by merging both real and virtual worlds, creating the ultimate connected-car experience. “By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable,” said Tetsuro Ueda, an Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V, is a future technology created by expert leader at the Nissan Research Centre. “The interactive Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing features create an experience that’s tailored to your interests how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. I2V and driving style so that anyone can enjoy using it in their own demonstrated the future of driving to CES visitors through an way.” interactive, three-dimensional immersion experience at Nissan’s display. I2V is powered by Nissan’s Omni-Sensing technology, which acts as a hub gathering real-time data from the traffic I2V works by merging information from sensors both outside environment and from the vehicle’s surroundings and interior. and inside the vehicle, with data from the cloud. This SAM (Seamless Autonomous Mobility) technology analyses the enables the system not only to track the vehicle’s immediate road environment through relevant real-time information, and surroundings but also to anticipate what’s ahead – even showing what’s behind a building or around the corner. To make the ProPILOT semiautonomous driver support system provides information about the car’s surroundings. driving more enjoyable, guidance is given in an interactive, human-like way, such as through avatars that appear inside the The technology maps a 360-degree virtual space around the car car. to provide information about things like road and intersection status, visibility, signage or nearby pedestrians. It can also By tapping into the virtual world, Nissan says I2V opens up monitor the people inside the vehicle by using interior sensors endless possibilities for service and communication – making to better anticipate when they may need assistance with finding driving more convenient, comfortable and exciting. something or a coffee break to stay alert.


I2V can also connect drivers and passengers to people in the Metaverse virtual world. This makes it possible for family, friends or others to appear inside the car as three- dimensional, augmented-reality avatars to provide company or assistance. Talk about movies becoming reality! And it can go even further to make drivers enjoy their experience even more – such as projecting the scenery of a sunny day inside the vehicle, when it is raining outside. When visiting a new place, the system can search within the Metaverse for a knowledgeable local guide who can communicate with people in the vehicle in real time. Information provided by the guide can be collected with OmniSensing and stored in the cloud so that others visiting the same area can access the useful guidance. It can also be used by the onboard artificial intelligence system to provide a more efficient drive through local areas. During manual driving, I2V provides information from Omni-Sensing as an overlay in the driver’s full field of view. The information helps drivers assess and prepare for things like corners with poor visibility, irregular road surface conditions or oncoming traffic.

The professional driver appears as a projected avatar or as a virtual chase car in the driver’s field of vision to demonstrate the best way to drive. Nissan adds that I2V will also be able to display information about congestion and estimated travel time; it can communicate unique details to better inform the driver about the road ahead, removing unknowns to ease driving stress. I2V will give alternative suggestions, even down to the best-moving lane in heavy traffic, by using real-time local data mapping via Omni- Sensing. Upon arrival at a destination, I2V can access SAM to scan for parking spaces and park the vehicle for the driver in situations requiring difficult parking manoeuvres.

The driver can also book a professional driver from the Metaverse to get personal instruction in real time.

Image; Garrett Honeywell, PowerMax turbocharger



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NAACAM Show 2019 to showcase 1000+ localisable components The recently announced South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) has increasing local content levels in the automotive value chain from 38% to 60% as one of its central objectives, the achievement of which is considered to be key to driving job creation and creating opportunities for new entrant development. The NAACAM Show 2019 – which will be taking place in March - is strategically aligned to the SAAM, with localisation and transformation providing a framework for the various activities at the event. Exhibitors are encouraged to display localisation opportunities at their stand. In addition to this, the NAACAM Show will also incorporate a localisation exhibition, which is envisaged as being a significant drawcard to, focus of, and value creator by the event. Held within the exhibition area, the localisation exhibition will provide OEMs and Tier 1s which are exhibiting at the event, with additional opportunities to display components that are currently imported but could be localised. Participation by all OEMs and 20 Tier 1s will be catered for, with approximately 100 components per OEM and 50 components per Tier 1 displayed. 1 000+ localisable components are anticipated in the display . Participation is free to exhibitors of parts already exhibiting at the NAACAM Show 2019. The localisation exhibition will be managed by NAACAM Show staff. Firm participation is welcome. Each exhibitor will supply a list of the parts displayed and labelled as below: • Firm name • Part name • Part number • Annual volume


Visitors to the localisation exhibition will express their interest in certain components which will be passed to the exhibiting firm post the event for further engagements. Other planned activities at the event which are framed by the localisation and transformation objective are: • A growth-oriented conference programme delivered by 50+ C-suite executives • Pre-scheduled buyer-supplier linkage meetings to connect buyers with suppliers that can feed into their supply chain The NAACAM Show will be taking place at the Durban ICC, 12-14 March 2019. To express an interest in participating in buyer-supplier linkage meetings, nominate international buyers and technology partners for hosting, or to express an interest in participating in the localisation exhibition, please contact the NAACAM Show Project Management Team on info@ naacamshow.co.za or 031 7646 100.

New driverless tyre testing Continental has commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle for a wide range of road surface types, at the company’s test site in Uvalde, Texas, in the U.S.A. The focus of the new testing is to make the test results for Continental’s passenger and light truck tires more conclusive and minimise the impact of the test procedure on the results. The vehicle is based on Continental’s automated Cruising Chauffeur, developed for freeways. The test vehicle is controlled using a satellite-based navigation system and is equipped with camera and radar sensors, enabling it to react immediately to people, animals, or other unexpected objects on the track, even without a driver. “In critical situations, the tyres’ level of technology is the deciding factor in whether a vehicle brakes in time,” explains Nikolai Setzer, member of the Continental Executive Board and head of the Tyre division. “With tyre tests which use an automated vehicle, we achieve highly conclusive test results and thereby ensure the premium quality of our tyres.” The company admits that one of the challenging tasks in tyre production is to carry out quality tests while tyres are in use. Newly developed rubber compounds and tyre models have to be tested under real life conditions, showing how well they perform on gravel roads, for example. Driving the test vehicles places huge demands on the drivers, as even the smallest deviations on the test track can have a huge impact on the quality and comparability of the test results.

Thomas Sych, head of Tyre Testing at Continental, explains: “The automated vehicle enables us to reproduce processes precisely, meaning that every tyre in the test experiences exactly the same conditions. This way, we can be sure that differences in the test are actually caused by the tyres and not by the test procedure.” In addition to the significantly improved comparability of the results, the tyre test using automated vehicles will also reduce the maintenance work required for the test tracks. Because the vehicle is sent on a route that varies by just a few centimeters each time, the test track is subjected to less wear and tear, thus requiring considerably less maintenance. “Thanks to close collaboration with colleagues from many different areas of Continental, we have made a lot of progress with our prototype for the tyre test. Our focus now is on further developing the necessary camera and radar systems for this special case of off-road routes, so that the vehicle can react appropriately when people, animals, or other vehicles unexpectedly appear on the route,” explains Sych. “We know from our own research, such as the Continental Mobility Studies, that trust is extremely important for the mobility of the future. We are fully aware of this responsibility when developing these new technologies.”



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R2R expands across industries As South Africa is preparing for implementation of an (R2R), the European Union, United States and other countries are starting to implement R2R in other industries. “The concept and principles of R2R started in the motor industry more than 20 years ago in the EU and US. The same concepts and principles are now being implemented in many industries from computers and cell phones to washing machines and agricultural machinery,” says Gunther Schmitz, Chairman of the Section-21 company, Right to Repair South Africa (R2RSA). The growing inability of the consumer to repair products is leading to increased waste, with electronic waste now one of the most rapidly growing parts of the waste stream. The UN estimates that 60 million tons of electronic waste is generated each year and Americans alone throw out 416,000 smartphones every day. To deal with this growing concern, the European Parliament has approached the EU Commission, member states and producers with several recommendations. One includes that consumers should have the option of going to an independent repairer. Technical, safety or software solutions which prevent repairs from being performed, other than by approved firms or bodies, should be discouraged. Other points include that essential components, such as batteries and LEDs, should not be fixed into products, unless for safety reasons; and spare parts which are indispensable for the proper and safe functioning of the goods should be made available at a price commensurate with the nature and life-time of the product. In the US, until 2013, carmakers routinely kept vital diagnostic and repair tools out of the hands of independent workshops, despite protests from the industry and attempts at legislation to make the practice illegal. Massachusetts then passed automotive right-to-repair legislation, and within a few months carmakers agreed to use the state’s rules as a national standard. This change is said to have set a benchmark for other industries. “While R2R was originally driven by independent workshops and parts manufacturers we now see consumer rights groups


and environmental organisations supporting the Right to Repair. This confirms that the positive benefits for the consumer, the environment and the economy are being acknowledged globally and cross industries. It also supports R2RSA’s view that the right to repair is a basic right in any economy and is becoming the international norm, not the exception, as manufacturers and dealers in SA would like us to believe,” he says. “The reality is that if we don’t see change in the motor industry, we could be facing a time, in the not so distant future, where consumers who can’t afford to have their cars repaired at a dealer will simple not be able to have their cars repaired. This is because affordable independent repairers won’t have the information, tools or training to repair cars as more and more components become coded,” explains Schmitz. “And what will happen to these vehicles that, simply, the owner can’t afford to repair? Sold, scrapped, who knows…” He says this is why the Right to Repair campaign is calling for transparency when it comes to access to information, tools and training so the aftermarket can be well-equipped to service cars in or out of warranty. “Independent workshops are more than happy to buy this information at a reasonable price. Right now, however, this is not an option in South Africa. In Europe, for example, this information is housed in a data cloud and workshops have access through an interface on a subscription basis. The information also includes essential service information from the OEMs so mechanics have all the tips at their disposal.” “While R2RSA is focusing on the automotive repair market, we embrace the right to repair conceptually across other industries as we believe that this will be positive for the consumer in terms of choice and will lead to a more competitive economy.” Schmitz says the code of conduct, due to be published soon, will encourage much-needed progress.

New AI vehicle tracking and telematics product launched in SA Fidelity Security has announced the launch of its new vehicle tracking and telematics product - Fidelity SecureDrive. Wahl Bartmann, Group CEO of Fidelity Security, believes

inform the driver of any risk events associated with the

that moving into this segment makes perfect sense for the


company. “The exclusive partnership between Fidelity and

Web portals are custom built for consumers, enterprise

Amber Connect combines world class technology with a

and insurers where information is aggregated and insights

massive local South African footprint in terms of vehicle

are provided in near-real time.

installations, technical support and vehicle recoveries,” says Bartmann. “With SecureDrive, Fidelity is the only

“Home security solutions are our forte so it makes

company that has a mobile application with an assist

sense that plans are also already underway to add the

feature, where national response is provided through

connected home features to the SecureDrive mobile

Fidelity ADT.”

application,” says Bartmann.

Fidelity SecureDrive is expand as the smallest telematics

The Fidelity ADT and Fidelity Security fleets are currently

device in the world and comes standard with a global SIM

being fitted with Fidelity SecureDrive and Bartmann says

that “operates seamlessly in more than 145 countries”.

initially the product is being introduced to the fleet sector

Bartmann adds that there are mobile applications for both

followed by a later launch into the consumer market.

Android and iOS with a rich set of features. “The emphasis of Fidelity SecureDrive is on smart fleet management,” he

“We are confident that there is a demand for this product.


The technical capabilities that it offers are new, innovative and what fleet managers are looking for. Our business

While a vehicle is moving, its location is updated on

objective across all our services and products is to

the mobile applications in near-real time. “What’s

optimise technology innovation to keep our customers

exceptionally exciting about this product is, as a world

and their possessions as well as our employees safe.

first, the mobile application employs Artificial Intelligence

Fidelity SecureDrive is doing just that,” he concludes.

(AI) through the Amber Shield feature to pro-actively



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FLIR’s new thermal cameras FLIR Systems in the US have announced two thermal imaging cameras for the automotive industry - its nextgeneration thermal vision Automotive Development Kit (ADK) for the development of self-driving cars and a handheld diagnostic thermal camera for auto enthusiasts and professionals, the FLIR TG275. The company also unveiled a thermal enhanced self-

The company explains that the car demonstrates the

driving test vehicle that demonstrates how thermal

ADK’s integration capabilities with radar, LIDAR, and

cameras improve the safety of advanced driver-assistance

visible cameras found on current autonomous test

systems (ADAS) and fill performance gaps in the

vehicles. With thermal camera-enhanced automatic

autonomous vehicles (AV) of tomorrow. The new cameras

emergency braking (AEB), the car helps validate how

and the FLIR thermal autonomous test vehicle were

thermal imaging with machine learning classification

demonstrated at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

improves the functionality of AEB.

(CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. “For automated decision making on the roadway, Paired with machine-learning algorithms for object

thermal imaging cameras coupled with machine-learning

classification, the ADK provides critical data from the

capabilities provide the most effective method for

far infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum,

pedestrian detection to save lives, particularly in cluttered

to improve the decision making of AVs in common

environments or in poor visibility,” says Jim Cannon,

environments where other sensors experience challenges,

President and CEO at FLIR.

such as darkness, shadows, sun glare, fog, smoke, or haze. The thermal-vision ADK augments the entire sensor

The TG275 is FLIR’s first dedicated thermal camera for

suite and offers the redundancy needed to improve safety

automotive technicians and home mechanics. With heat

in AVs. The new ADK is IP67-rated and now includes an

a potential issue in vehicle repair situations, the TG275

integrated heated window for improved performance in

helps technicians spot problems before they lead to

all-weather testing. It also features Gigabit Multimedia

failures, and ultimately a roadside breakdown. Equipped

Serial Link (GMSL), USB and Ethernet connection for

with the FLIR Lepton® thermal microcamera, FLIR’s

easier integration. The FLIR ADK is available for purchase

patented MSX technology extracts high-contrast details

at www.flir.com/adk.

from the images taken by an onboard visible light camera and superimposes them onto the thermal images. The unit

The industry’s first thermal camera-equipped commercial

also allows auto repair technicians to reduce diagnostic

test vehicle features multiple FLIR ADK cameras, which

time and show customers evidence of the problem, using

provide a 360-degree street view.

before and after images of potential issues.


DRiV incorporated to spin from Tenneco later this year In February DRiV Incorporatedwas announced as the name of the future publicly traded “Aftermarket and Ride Performance” company that will launch in the second half of this year. This follows Tenneco’s separation into two independent companies.

Once it spins, DRiV™ Tenneco hopes that it will serve as one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket suppliers. And one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking suppliers to aftermarket, light vehicle, and commercial vehicle customers. Teh announcement states that DRiV will be headquartered in Chicago. “It is a landmark day, now that we are able to announce the future company’s name and identity,” said Brian Kesseler, CoCEO for Tenneco and the apparent future chairman and CEO for teh new entity. “DRiV will be a unique $6 billion start-up, built from the combined strengths of Tenneco, Federal-Mogul and Öhlins” He announced an intention to remian “laser-focused” on innovation, performance, brand development and customer service. Kesseler attributes teh company’’s global scale, stable of well-respected aftermarket brands and partnerships with the world’s leading OE manufacturers in giving DRiV a significant competitive advantage. “We are strategically positioned to capitalize on secular trends such as the expansion of vehicles in operation globally, as well as growth in intelligent suspension, new mobility models and the evolution of autonomous driving.” he continues. The DRiV name is intended to be emblematic of what the new company expects to be – a global leader in the aftermarket and original equipment businesses, driving advancements that help people get the most out of every vehicle, every ride, every race, and every journey. According to Kesseler the black, red and silver logo is connected to a rich heritage of performance. The overall design is confident with a circular shape that evokes a tachometer, representing speed, strength, and pushing boundaries. The typographic that forms the company name is clean, and intennded to appear dynamic. Furthermore the DRiV name incorporates the multi-meaning “i” - which teh new company beleives will invoke the representation of integrity, innovation and insight.

Making sense of the divisions: Motorparts - Aftermarket Business DRiV’s aftermarket business, which will be known as “Motorparts,” will develop, manufacture and distribute a broad portfolio of products in the global vehicle aftermarket. Through the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in 2018, the company has built an industry-leading brand portfolio that positions it to become one of the largest global suppliers of replacement parts to the global aftermarket. Its stable of well-respected, enduring brands includes Monroe®, Champion®, Öhlins®, MOOG®, Walker®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo® Rancho®, Thrush®, National®, Sealed Power®, Axios® and others. Ride Performance - Original Equipment Business The original equipment business, known as “Ride Performance,” is one of the world’s largest ride performance businesses, developing, manufacturing and supplying to the leading global original equipment manufacturers with shock absorbers, struts, NVH performance materials and brake friction. Following the acquisition of Federal-Mogul in October 2018, Tenneco’s separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is expected to be complete in the second half of 2019. After the spin-off, the remaining Tenneco businesses will focus on powertrain systems technology and will retain the Tenneco name.



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Latest VPI shows continuing challenges for car makers and dealers The latest TransUnion Africa Vehicle Pricing Index has been released, and the new report highlights the role of the constrained economy, a VAT hike, and petrol price increases, in pushing VPI below inflation for the 6th consecutive quarter, although the outlook for 2019 is looking more positive. According to TransUnion, new and used vehicle prices showed an annual increase of 2.5% and 1.6% respectively in Q4 of 2018. There was a small increase in the rate of growth for new vehicles, which had an annual rate of price inflation of 2.4% a year earlier (Q4 2017), but was a marked decrease in the rate of price inflation for used vehicles which stood 3.5% in Q4 2017. This was, however, lower than consumer price inflation over the same period, which ended on 4.5% in December and followed a high of 5.2% in November 2018.

improve: “Even when the consumer decides to proceed with a purchase, it is often at a lower price point, which places pressure on manufacturers and dealers and erodes their profit margins.”

VPI also revealed that new and used passenger vehicle finance deals decreased year-on-year by 7% and 15% respectively, while the used-to-new ratio decreased from 2.22 in Q4 2017 to 2.03 in Q4 2018. Total financial agreement volumes in the passenger vehicle market also decreased by 12% between Q4 2018 and Q4 2017.

“Thirty-nine percent of used vehicle sales during the period were for cars that were less than two years old, while 10% were for demo models. In the South African market, there is a significant price differential between new and used vehicles, so demo models and used vehicles less than two years old offer attractive alternatives to purchasing a new vehicle – especially as the baseline price of new vehicles now sits at the R200 000 to R300 000 band,” adds Reddy.

Commenting on the results, Kriben Reddy, Head of TransUnion Auto in Africa, said: “Challenging economic conditions have seen manufacturers reduce the price of new vehicles in real terms as a way of stimulating sales. It is important to consider the overall cost of owning a vehicle not just the purchase price. Factors such as household disposable income and consumer confidence are also part of the changing dynamics of the vehicle market.” Consumer confidence is key The latest consumer confidence data* released in January held steady after a substantial deterioration in confidence levels across all income groups were recorded in November 2018. Reddy confirms that low consumer confidence levels have a direct impact on whether a consumer will consider entering into the buying cycle or wait for conditions to


According to the latest TransUnion Africa Vehicle Price Index report, the percentage of new and used vehicles being financed below R200 000 now stands at 37% – marginally up from last quarter’s 36% – and mostly consist of used cars.

After fuel prices surged to record highs in October 2018, consumers saw some relief in January 2019 when prices fell by more than R1 per litre. Reddy explains: “Although further fuel price drops are expected, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on vehicle sales. Aside from the increase in VAT, a depreciating Rand and slow economic growth, consumers also face the looming prospect of electricity tariff increases as an embattled Eskom tries to recover.” The latest figures from NAAMSA showed total new vehicle sales had declined by 1% year-on-year, although export sales have consistently recorded growth. The automotive industry is a substantial driver of the country’s economy and contributes 7.7% to South Africa’s annual GDP.

“Unless broader economic growth is stimulated, the automotive sector won’t see a significant improvement in the near term,” continues Reddy. “There are only so many levers manufacturers can use to stimulate market demand, including pricing, marketing incentives, trade-in assistance and tools such as residual value that can ease the pressure on consumers’ cash flow. However, measures such as residual value can add up over time and push consumers out of the buying cycle. At a dealer level, there are indications that the market is swinging toward used vehicles, which tend to have a larger margin than new vehicle sales. After-sales service is also a potential growth area for dealers and can ease the pressure from lower sales while the market recovers.”

Reasons for optimism Despite the challenges currently facing the market, Reddy believes there is reason to be optimistic: “The latest GDP figures show encouraging signs of an economic turnaround, which should translate into improved consumer confidence and better trading conditions. While new vehicle sales are likely to show flat or marginal growth in 2019, there is potential for improved growth in the used car market provided quality stock is available. Dealers will need be cognisant of consumers that are struggling with constrained cash flow and indebtedness – offers will need to be tailored accordingly.”



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What to do if you are having Turbo Problems -By Chris Kambouris

This could well be the turbocharger itself, or perhaps something within the engine causing the problem so it needs to be checked first before replacing the turbocharger, many turbo’s can be repaired, and/or parts replaced. Many vehicle owners and workshops have little knowledge of turbochargers and the correct procedure in identifying if the problems and causes of turbo failures, so it’s advisable to get expert advice from trained personnel. This is invariably from the company that holds the official agency for all the brands of turbocharger’s installed as original equipment (OE) in the vehicle. The OE turbocharger fitted to your vehicle when it was displayed on the showroom floor can be replaced or repaired, if required at approximately 50% less than the vehicle agents charge for the identical unit. This excludes cars that are still under warranty - as they may have the cars turbo covered in their service or maintenance plan. What usually happens to the other vehicles is that the car will arrive at the workshop and several things could happen. 1. The turbo is replaced at high cost, without checking what caused the turbo to fail - which could be several reasons originating from the engine itself. Without an accurate diagnosis, the turbo problem could well still exist with the replacement of the new unit. 2. Without an accurate diagnosis of the failure, the turbo may be repaired with replacement parts, but with a lack of the correct experience, knowledge and equipment - this could be a recipe for disaster, leading to another failed turbocharger. 3. The owner will find a new cheap aftermarket turbo which is manufactured to incorrect tolerances and/or materials which will not last another service life, costing him/her more money in the short term. Often these turbochargers do not include any form of warrantee. 4. Other bad options are fitting a reconditioned unit which has not been reassembled with genuine parts. All VNT (variable nozzle turbine aka variable geometry turbochargers) turbocharger manufacturers such as Garrett, BorgWarner etc have a non-repair policy for all their VNT turbochargers. The equipment and intellectual property related to the calibration of these types of turbochargers are not published into the public sector, and because of this no original repair parts are


available for the repair of these turbos. This includes 99% of the diesel powered passenger vehicles and bakkies on our roads today. 5. Some turbo repairers may use Chinese copied internal parts inside the turbocharger in order to repair/recon or build a service exchange turbocharger. Beware of repaired, service exchange turbochargers for passenger vehicles utilising any form of variable geometry technology. The solution is to obtain the correct technical information from the officially appointed importers and agents for the specific turbocharger. Ensure that the diagnosis of the failure is obtained from qualified persons with the technical expertise and ability before proceeding any further. This diagnosis will determine the path to rectifying the problem and may involve additional work to the engine prior to repair or replacement. Many turbo car owners make these mistakes it ends up costing them a fortune, and their vehicles engine may consequentially be damaged through a turbo failure. As founder, owner and MD of TurboDirect SA, and with more than 20 years’ experience, my team has the technical knowledge and qualified diagnostic ability to offer all the services a customer needs. TurboDirect will accurately diagnose the problem, whatever it may be, and give a full report. We are able to do all the repairs and fitment if required, at affordable prices. Additionally, all work is supported by the manufacturer’s guarantee on both product and workmanship, as we are the official OE agents for all the genuine turbochargers for Southern Africa. Call TurboDirect on +27 11392 5195 for more information.

PPE expenditure saves lives as well as business costs Failure to adhere to best practices in occupational health and safety can have adverse financial implications for companies, says Anton Zwanepoel, Business Unit Manager at Innovative PPE Solutions, a subsidiary of Innovative Solutions Group. “We have in recent times, seen lawsuits approaching R100 million lodged on behalf of workers who were not properly protected from the hazards inherent in their workplace. Work stoppages and labour disputes arising from safety issues result in hugely inflated production costs and, most importantly, too many lives are lost or wrecked in accidents that never should have happened, because companies compromised on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) expenditure,” Zwanepoel says.

In recent years, employers have become more aware of the dangers inadequate safety equipment poses on employee wellbeing and the company’s bottom line. During 2015-2016, companies lost over 27 million working hours due to injuries on duty, according to Eurostat. Injuries on duty in South Africa are recorded by the Department of Labour and the Workman’s Compensation Fund. However, there have been calls for a more accurate reporting system to record the number of injuries and claims per annum.

He says organisations should spend between 5% and 10% of their operating costs on initial PPE purchases, which include the likes of comprehensive safety gear for employees, ventilation in the workplace, fire extinguishers and cleaning materials.

But employers often lament the high costs associated with the implementation of safety regulations in the workplace. Choosing to exclude a comprehensive safety plan altogether or opting for unscrupulous suppliers of PPE.

“Global trends show that in the financial year of 2015-2016 there were over 51% of workplace deaths from falling from heights and 50% of serious workplace injuries occurred from slipping and tripping, according to Eurostat”.

“If management is conscious of dangers in the workplace, safety is bound to improve significantly. Safety performance will become value driven and safety excellence will be maintained with the use of proper PPE, together with employees understanding the necessity of PPE in the workplace.”

“PPE has immense benefits for both employers and employee. Employers are less likely to face legal action. Adhering to a solid PPE plan also increases the lack of accidents, which reduces production costs, staff turnover and improves service delivery,” Zwanepoel adds.

“PPE is there to save lives. It is there to prevent injuries. It protects employees in their work



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TS spins-off from Honeywell and rebrands as Garrett Honeywell Group announced that its Transportation Systems (TS) business will rebrand itself “Garrett – Advancing Motion”. The Garrett name ties back to Honeywell’s turbo origins in the 1950’s, when entrepreneur and engineer Cliff Garrett led a project team to develop a turbocharger for a Caterpillar D9 crawler tractor which launched in 1954, marking the beginning of the turbocharged era for the automotive industry. Since then, Transportation Systems technologies and innovations have been used by nearly every major global auto maker. The result is approximately 100 million vehicles that use their products, with an average launch rate of 100 new applications annually - across petrol, diesel, natural gas, electric and fuel cell powertrains. Honeywell Transportation Systems has been using the Garrett name to brand its current portfolio of aftermarket replacement and performance upgrade turbochargers for petrol and diesel

passenger and commercial vehicles. The decision was made to name the new company Garrett, acknowledging its long history of innovation, while adding the tag line “ Advancing Motion” to embrace both the future and the broader portfolio of differentiated products and services that Garrett offers its global customers. “There is a strong emotional attachment to the Garrett name, which has stood for pioneering turbo technology for more than 60 years and has made an indelible mark on the driving habits of millions of vehicle owners as well as the history of automotive engine performance,” said Transportation Systems President and CEO Olivier Rabiller. “Moving forward, the Garrett name will continue to be synonymous with turbocharging technologies and also support the tangible progress and investments we have made in electric products, software and connected vehicles, and the future growth we see reshaping our industry.” “We believe the next generation of vehicles will require a complementary mix of high-performance technologies to meet more stringent global environmental standards and demands for safer and more reliable electrified powertrains and connected cars,” said Rabiller. “We see our role as an enabler for redefining and advancing how technology will move people and goods. Garrett Advancing Motion captures both our traditional automotive domain experience as well as our capability for applying cross-industry excellence to solve problems.” “The new company is well-positioned as a global leader in turbocharger technologies with best-in-class engineering capabilities for a broad range of engine types across automobile, truck and other vehicle markets,” says Chris Kambouris founder, owner and MD of TurboDirect SA - the official agents for Garrett Turbo’s in Southern Africa. “It will build upon its established track record as an industry leader by providing innovative solutions helping auto makers develop electrified powertrains with their e-Boosting. solutions and connected vehicles using their software for safe and secure performance. We will be looking at releasing some exciting news and plans going forward into 2019.”


Pictured above left to right Niall Pickersgill Business Development Manager – Garrett Southern Africa, Leonie Kambouris General Manager – Turbo Direct, Clement De Valon Global Aftermarket Director – Garrett Motion Inc. and Chris Kambouris Managing Director – Turbo Direct during recent discussions at Turbo Direct’s new premises in Isando. Inset: TS President & CEO Olivier Rabiller

Overview of India’s automotive industry At the annual Motor Industry Association of Zimbabwe congress in November 2018, the Hon. R. Masakui, Ambassador of India in Zimbabwe, captured the delegates attention with his presentation on India’s automotive industry and commitment between the Indian government and the automotive sector to continue with their successful ongoing development plans. Masakui described the Indian auto industry as the world’s 4th largest with sales increasing 9,5% year-on-year in 2017 to 4.02 million units excluding 2-wheel vehicles. India’s commercial vehicle manufacturing ranked 7th globally and automotive exports across the board grew 26,56% during April-July 2018. He said: “India expects to be a leader in the 2 and 4 wheeler market by 2020, with an average growth rate of 3.05% over the period 2016 -2026.” Outlining the market size, Masakui stated that of the 29.07 million vehicles manufactured in the country in the 2018 financial year – sales of 24,97 million were achieved and that between April and July 2018 automotive production increased 16,69% year-on-year to reach 10,88 million units. Premium motorcycle sales in India exceeded 1 million units in the 2018 financial year and that sales of electric 2 wheelers made up 55 000 of these. In terms of Foreign Direct Investment from data released by the Dept. of Industrial Policy and Promotion, India attracted US$ 19,29 billion during the period April 2000 and June 2018.

Masakui described India’s Automotive Mission Plan(AMP) 2026 “as a collective vision of the Government of India and India’s automotive industry” and was a document aimed at multiple stakeholders both “locally and abroad to communicate the government and industry’s intent and objectives pertaining to both vehicle and component manufacturers”. The plan details the 10 year targets for 2026 in terms of size, contribution to India’s development, global footprint, technology, competitiveness, institutional structure and capabilities. “One of its goals is to confirm the Indian automotive industry as a major export hub supported by a comprehensive and stable policy dispensation.” He closed with the statement: “the AMP envisages that the Indian Automotive Industry will grow to between US$250 – 280 billion by 2026, based on an average GDP growth 5,8%

Manufacturer investment included Ashok Leyland’s planned capex of US$155 million to launch 20-25 new models across various commercial vehicle categories during 2018-19. Mahindra and Mahindra has planned US$77 million to expand the capacity for electric vehicles in its plant in Chakan with Hyundai’s planned US$1 billion investment by 2020 and SAIC Motor has announced a US$310 million investment in India. Highlighting India’s total 6 month vehicle sales of 14 155 670 for April-Sept 2018, he reported passenger vehicle figures of 1 744 305 a 6,88% growth year on year(y/y), commercial vehicles at 487 316(37,82% y/y) and 2 & 3 wheeler sales of 11 924 049(10,07% and 36,5% respectively). Due to the awarding of 7400 km’s of road construction contracts by the National Highways Authority of India, sales in the MHCV sector are expected to grow by 16%.



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Consumer Award winners announced The Wesbank-powered 2018/19 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards announced its tops achievers in late January, concluding the fourth event since its inception. Highlights of this latest staging included the first recipient of the Brand of the Year title, Toyota; Volkswagen

Eighteen brands were represented in the list of finalists,

garnering the most trophies, ahead of Mercedes-Benz

with Volkswagen leading the nominations with 7

(six) and Suzuki (five); Nissan and Honda receiving their

derivatives, followed by BMW and Ford (4 apiece), and

first #CarsAwards trophies.

Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo (3 apiece). Significantly, Porsche and Isuzu made their first appearances in the

Other noteworthy wins included the Range Rover Velar

final stage of the #CarsAwards programme, while Honda

dethroning the Volvo XC90, the Volkswagen Amarok

and Range Rover returned to the list of 39 after failing to

3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus and Toyota Fortuner

make the last round in 2017/18.

2.8 GD-6 4x4 Auto being the only finalists to defend their category victories from the 2017/18 #CarsAwards,

Category winners of the 2018/19 Cars.co.za Consumer

although the Mercedes-Benz E-Class also won again,

Awards – powered by WesBank

albeit with a different derivative. Suzuki won the

• Budget Car: Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL

Budget Car category for the third consecutive year, and

• Compact Hatch: Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Comfortline

impressively, with a different model on each occasion.


No fewer than 5 out of the 13 categories the judges’

• Premium Compact: Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG-Line

favourites did not win, due to the impact of the Ownership

• Compact Family Car: Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Acenta Auto

Satisfaction Survey (more details to follow).


• Family Car: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Trendline • Business Class: Volkswagen Arteon 2.0TSI 4Motion R-Line

This year, the survey the results in 5 categories: The Volkswagen Polo (Compact Hatch), Toyota Fortuner (Adventure SUV), Nissan Qashqai (Compact Family Car), Mercedes-Benz A-Class (Premium Compact) and

• Executive Sedan: Mercedes-Benz E220d Avantgarde

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Executive Sedan) did not score

• Leisure Double-Cab: Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI

the highest marks from the panel of judges, yet emerged

4Motion Highline Plus

victorious because South African consumers rated their

• Adventure SUV: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Auto

brand experience higher than that of their competitors.

• Executive SUV: Volvo XC60 D5 AWD R-Design

Brand of the Year

• Premium SUV: Range Rover Velar D300 R-Dynamic SE • Hot Hatch: Honda Civic Type R

Toyota superseded Suzuki as the winner of the

• Performance Car: No trophy awarded*

#CarsAwards Brand of the Year title, which is determined entirely by market and customer data, the latter from the

The importance of after-sales service excellence was

aforementioned survey (brands’ respective sales and

highlighted by the impact of the Cars.co.za Ownership

after-sales service ratings are particularly impactful). The

Satisfaction Survey on the final scores. “The public

Japanese firm had previously won the title in 2015/16,

interest and industry support for #CarsAwards shows

which means #CarsAwards’ Brand of the Year has been

that there is a need for an Awards programme that takes

dominated by two firms in four years.

a more practical and usable approach to deciding the winners,” comments Hannes Oosthuizen, Cars.co.za’s

The Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey data

Consumer Experience Manager.

showed that Toyota defeated Suzuki by a very narrow margin, while Land Rover scored the final podium

“With 50% of a vehicle’s final score determined by a

position. “We think the Brand of the Year trophy is the

brand’s performance in the survey, a car only really stands

ultimate accolade in the South African automotive

a very good chance of winning if it is a good product in

industry,” says Oosthuizen. “It represents validation from

the eyes of the judges and if the brand delivers solid after-

the people that matter most – actual car owners.’

sales service,.”


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Body repair insight in association with BodyShop News International January / February 2019

repair sector NEEDS a paradigm shift to remain relevant

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Body repair sector to undergo a paradigm shift to remain relevant Richard Green, national director of the South African Motor Body Repairer’s Association (SAMBRA), believes that the RMI affiliate organisation’s members and their short-term motor insurer business partners in SA face an extremely challenging short-term future. Green adds that the period will “undoubtedly see a paradigm shift,” as he explains that both partners are overtraded and require substantial overhaul to remain relevant and profitable. According to Green, within both industries there

• In some instances, the transfer of

“Our focus in 2019 will be to create an optimal

exists a cost structure that can no longer be

administrative costs to SAMBRA members by

trading environment while remaining collaborative

maintained. “The cost structure has accumulated

insurer partners.

with business partners and pursuing the goal

over time and contains irrelevant and duplicated costs. Unless these structures can be revised to ensure they add value to the entire system, they need to be removed,” he says.

• In general, huge accumulated auditing costs are not being effectively managed. • Deterioration of profit margins over the last fifteen years. • Consistently high capital equipment costs of

The national director’s concern centres around the slow erosion of margins and transfer of costs from insurers to the motor body repairers. Although

maintaining manufacturer approvals. • Uncollected or delayed cash payments for repairs resulting cash flow implications

this has happened slowly, he says they have now reached a point where he believes the viability

“As we see it, the short-term insurance industry

of the members’ business is under threat. These

faces equal or greater challenges in their sector.

businesses currently carry out repairs on over

The industry is also completely overtraded, with

80% of all insured repair claims in the country.

many entities trying to profit from the same small insured sector. To their credit, insurers have

Green explains that the erosion of margins can

morphed, offering Life Insurance and many other

be attributed to a number of different factors

products that were previously not considered


their domain. In so doing, they have created

• Poor business management within insurer and

alternative income streams that allow substantial

MBR operations.

cross subsidisation. This is something the repair industry has been slow at doing unfortunately.”


of sustainability. Like the short-term insurers, motor body repairers will need to take back their eroded profit margins from the affected areas of the business and become substantially more innovative within their businesses to ensure improved profit margins.”

2019’s Automotive Colour Of The Year For the first time in its five-year history, Axalta’s Automotive Colour of the Year is showcasing a colour primed for vehicle customisation both at manufacturing facilities and in the aftermarket. The company says Sahara, a golden-bronze tone, radiates warmth, richness and strength for vehicles of all sizes – especially the expanding global truck and SUV markets – and can serve as the principal colour for two-tone possibilities including black roofs. “At Axalta, we are seeing car designers leaning

Axalta says its colours under development are

“We get calls every year from some of the

toward options for two-toning, accent roofs and

tested for readability by autonomous sensors, and

industry’s best custom builders looking to use

stripes,” said Nancy Lockhart, Axalta Global Colour

Sahara is formulated for visibility.

colour to differentiate their products,” he said.

Marketing Manager. “When it comes to mass

According to Dan Benton, Axalta Refinish Colour

“We have Sahara formulated and ready-to-go

customisation, Sahara is the type of colour that

Marketing Manager, Axalta’s Colour of the Year

in our industry-leading refinish brands including

can serve as the foundation for these premium

is another example of how Axalta transfers

Cromax, Standox and Spies Hecker.”


OEM technology to the aftermarket and repair businesses.

Borne from Axalta’s ChromaDyne line of colour coats formulated for global automotive manufacturers, Sahara is partly inspired by global trends for warmer shades highlighted in the company’s Global Automotive Colour Popularity Report. Yellow/gold vehicles are most popular in India and China, while the number of brown/beige vehicles increased in North America more than any other region. Sahara is Axalta’s fifth Colour of the Year following Radiant Red (2015), Brilliant Blue (2016), Gallant Gray (2017) and StarLite (2018). StarLite, a pearlescent white, introduced coatings technology into the autonomous vehicle discussion.

US trade associations call for adherence to oem procedures The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and Association of Global Automakers (AGA) have declared that all “post-collision vehicle repairs” must follow OEM repair procedures. The statement said that OEM repair procedures

“There was a time when a basic understanding of

is by following the OEM recommended repair

follow service and structural engineering practices

autobody repair would allow a repairer to fix nine

procedures on every repair.”

that have been tested by the manufacturers

out of 10 vehicles that come into a shop. That

“An automaker’s top priority is its customers’

through crash simulation, actual crash testing

time has passed,” said Wayne Weikel, AAM Senior

safety, as is safeguarding the overall health of the

and real-world validation of repair methodology.

Director. “If a collision shop is going to fix the cars


The statement also noted that following such

of today, they cannot use the repair procedures of

procedures is as important as ever, given evolving

yesterday. The only way to repair today’s vehicle

vehicle technology.


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Navigating the road ahead successfully – how can the collision repairer industry do it? - by Mark Czvitkovits There is a lot of talk about road safety and ensuring the road toll continues to fall. Safety systems built into many new cars are helping to reduce the severity of some impacts and are now becoming available in vehicles at the lower price point of the market. ANCAP stated recently, “With more than 2.7

Ensuring a safe repair is performed will not

world. Sometimes a model can be sourced from

million registered vehicles on our roads aged

only involve alignment and the correct type of

different countries.

15 years or older, we must focus attention on

repair/replace considerations, but also include

accelerating the uptake of vehicles with the latest

diagnosing electronics and very advanced driver

Procedures and position statements reflect the

safety technologies and implement strategies and

systems, as well as repair and maintenance of

global status of a vehicle’s platform meaning that

set targets to reduce the age of the fleet. This

advanced structural materials.

if scanning and calibration of a vehicle is required

requires leadership not just from governments,

in any other country, it is also required in the

but from the automotive, mobility, finance and

The majority of new vehicles purchased over the

insurance sectors.” While the statement is

last three years have increased levels of driver

targeted at the Australian sector, the same is true

assist technology.

in SA.

country of import. While it is a much slower process, repair procedures are being changed to reflect one

While there have been many discussions

procedure internationally. This change is occurring

As older cars become less viable to operate

regarding procedures, welding, scanning and

to reduce any confusion no matter where you may

and repair, newer vehicles will take to the road,

calibration, there is confusion surrounding some

be in the world.

causing the average age of vehicles to reduce. As

of the changes, thus creating a few myths about

this age reduces, more vehicles will have driver

repair requirements.

assist technology and advanced materials in their

Not following the required OEM procedure can create further problems in the way a vehicle

structure, which, at some stage, will need to be

The motor vehicle market imports its vehicles

performs in a potential collision or an emergency


from more than 65 manufacturers around the

driver assist situation.


from a lack of training and

well equipped, and well informed about repair

understanding, a neglect

complexity and its ramifications, the industry will

for training, and at times,

continue to struggle.

a disrespect for what has been learnt, results in sub-

Our technicians are working with some of the

standard repairs.

most complex machinery available today and for some reason this is not taken seriously enough.

Is customer safety the second priority in our

This year I-CAR will introduce several advanced

collision industry today?

training courses to provide information supplied

If so, we need to address

by vehicle manufacturers.

the short-term perceived gains against the long-

Our welding programme will deliver training

term benefits for the

and testing as well as a pathway from steel to


aluminium, preparing technicians for the future. There will also be an emphasis on new Handson Skills courses later in the year. For more

The collision industry in Australia requires consistency in its determinations on how vehicles

Change is occurring at all levels of collision repair

information, and to see the changes as they are

must be repaired to ensure the safety of the

and acceptance of this change needs to begin.

introduced, visit i-car.com.au to find out more.

motoring public. The inconsistency that is seen

Without a sustainable industry that is well trained,

PPG to acquire Hemmelrath PPG said it has reached a “definitive agreement” to acquire automotive coatings manufacturer Hemmelrath, a German manufacturer of coatings for automotive original equipment manufacturers. “We are excited to add Hemmelrath to our robust

Headquartered in Klingenberg, Germany,

Hemmelrath supplies automotive plants

and diversified automotive coatings offering,”

Hemmelrath is a family-owned manufacturer of

worldwide and more than seven million vehicles

said Michael McGarry, PPG Chairman and Chief


are coated with its products each year.

Executive Officer.

“The fit between Hemmelrath and PPG is With more than 450 employees, the company

complementary,” said Rebecca Liebert, PPG

“This acquisition is another step forward in our

operates manufacturing facilities in Klingenberg

Senior Vice President, Automotive Coatings.

strategic growth plan that will provide further

and Erlenbach in Germany, as well as Jilin

“The acquisition will enhance PPG’s automotive

value to our customers and shareholders.”

in China, Duncan in South Carolina, USA and

coatings offering and add formulating and

Indaiatuba in Brazil.

manufacturing solutions.”


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CAPA reaches 100 Million certified parts milestone The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent nonprofit standard-setting and certification organisation for automotive crash parts, has announced that it has certified over 100 million aftermarket parts since 1990. Samples of the 100 million parts were all tested

work with dedicated manufacturers who choose

high-quality aftermarket auto parts based on their

and certified to CAPA standards by Intertek, a

to obtain CAPA certification for their parts in an

design, materials, construction and comparability

Total Quality Assurance provider to industries

effort to bring high-quality products to people

to car company brand parts.

worldwide, and which operates the CAPA

around the world.”

certification programme globally. The standards

Intertek has served as the testing and validation

include those for metal, plastic, nonwoven fabric,

Aftermarket auto parts are made by

partner to CAPA for over 27 years, which it

lighting, radiator and bumper parts.

manufacturers and used for post-sale repairs or

beliweves has allowed it to accumulate years of

enhancements in place of service parts produced

expertise in performance, quality and reliability

Kerry Tapio, director of CAPA programme at

by or for the original equipment manufacturers

standards for the AM parts industry.

Intertek, commented: “CAPA’s priority has


always been to ensure that high-quality, certified

In 2018, Intertek entered into an exclusive

aftermarket parts are an option for insurers,

As the global leader in aftermarket part

services appointment and license agreement with

repairers, and consumers. We’re thrilled to have

certification for more than 30 years, CAPA

CAPA to operate the programme globally.

reached this major milestone as we continue to

standards have been used worldwide to identify


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ADAS and safety systems driving the future of automobiles Many say that new technology is driving the future of automobiles. More and more vehicles on the roads today utilise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and collision avoidance systems. Although some industry experts project a decline in the rate of growth and revenue for the United States collision repair industry, others say there will be plenty of work available based on the increasing complexity of cars that incorporate ADAS and safety systems. Jack Rozint from Mitchell International shared

and vehicle repairability/emerging technology. As

to statistics he shared. That percentage is

some of the challenges and opportunities ahead

a result of his findings, he determined that these

expected to increase to the 40-45 per cent range

for the collision repair industry during the recent

issues will be the primary focus at CIC throughout

when 2018 data is gathered.

Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in January

the year.

in Palm Springs, California, United States.

2019 is forecast to be the first year in which the The majority of the CIC meeting was dedicated

majority of automobiles hitting the road in North

CIC is a forum where collision industry

to ADAS/safety systems and their impact on

America are going to have ADAS installed either

stakeholders come together to discuss issues,

the industry in general, the estimating process,

as standard or optional equipment.

enhance understanding, find common ground and

education and training, and repair scenarios

communicate possible solutions to the industry.

created by ADAS/safety systems capabilities.

Collision repairers should be aware that the

Jeff Peevy, the newly-elected chairman of CIC,

This column is part one of two offering a look at

type of repair work they focus on in the future is

spent the last several months gathering feedback

how this new technology is likely going to impact

changing at a rapid pace.

to determine what issues were of most interest to

collision repair professionals.

the industry. He found there are two main groups

By 2020, software and electronics are expected

of stakeholders, those who are actively connected

Rozint gave an overview of ADAS/safety systems

to account for more than 60 per cent of a collision

with the industry and others who are connected

and how they will impact the industry overall.

repair order and exceed the value of mechanical

locally. He also learned that the industry’s top

Currently, about 30 per cent of 2017 models

components such as guards, headlamps, painting

challenges are the lack of technicians available

include some type of ADAS technology, according

and refinish, according to a study by ETI/MARTEC.


Another trend Rozint pointed out is the average

and impact efficiency, profits, quality and positive

that shops maintain excellent records for 19.2

cost of repairs. Although collision frequency

Customer Service Index (CSI). By conducting a

years (based on a pregnant driver or passenger

is predicted to decline with ADAS and safety

detailed inspection of the car and putting together

in the vehicle during an accident) and to keep

advancements, the cost of repair is forecast to

an accurate estimate, he said everything will line

bulletproof documentation that will stand the test

rise based on the complexity.

up for the repair.

of time and show a clean track record on what

A Mitchell industry trends report focused on

Insurance policies are written, according to

as part of the file rather than relying on the bill

estimating found that the average cost of repair

Cada, in order to make the property whole for

payers’ images.

for cars has increased by 19 per cent over the

the insured. He said vehicles need to be repaired

last generation. Rozint used the example of a

by following tested repair procedures identified

He also advises shops to have owners sign a

2010 Chevy Malibu without ADAS features and

by the vehicle makers or a third-party through

release to access and share vehicle data, let

six airbags, compared to a 2018 Chevy Malibu LT

testing, when available, to ensure the vehicle has

customers know when it is test driven and the

with ADAS technologies installed and 10 airbags.

been made whole and that opinions do not count.

route, the fuel usage and any unrelated structural

When comparing these two cars, Mitchell data

In order to re-establish the ADAS systems after

showed that the average cost to repair the 2010

a repair, Cada stressed the importance of finding

model in 2012 cost US$2539.76 ($3550) and the

out what is covered by the insurance policy,

With ADAS systems changing the collision repair

2016 model cost US$4098.94 ($5730) to repair in

researching the repair procedures, performing the

industry, Cada said the way in which a shop

2018, which is a US$1559.18 ($2180) increase.

physical diagnostics and recalibrations. He said

chooses to diagnose the repair and document

Another comparison showed that the total cost of

it’s also crucial to test drive the car to reestablish

the process on the estimate will have a serious

replacing all of the components typically involved

the systems and confirm they are operating

impact on the ultimate success of the business.

in a mid-level impact front-end collision had more


was done to the car. Photos should be taken

or safety-related damage so there are no surprises.

than doubled in the 2018 vehicle. Since the landmark lawsuit Seebachan v. John The technician of the future will be faced with

Eagle Collision, where a Texas jury awarded

highly-complicated electronics with very high

a couple US$42 million ($58 million) for

stakes involved. From a technician perspective,

crash injuries after the body shop glued on a

Rozint said the penalty for making a mistake is

replacement roof, Cada said it’s more apparent

not only an improperly-repaired vehicle, but it’s

than ever that repairers are liable for the life of

likely to result in injury or death.

the automobile after a repair. He recommends

Because people’s lives are at stake, everyone involved in the repair process needs to keep a detailed record of what has been done. Rozint shared his view about blockchain and how it can be used to track all of the repair operations that take place and store the information for the life of the vehicle. Roger Cada from Accountable Estimating then spoke about ADAS and the impact on the estimating process, outlining how these systems will lead to new ways of establishing a repair estimate. As he travels around the country, Cada often finds repairers don’t think they will be reimbursed for the time they spend to reference OEM repair information, including Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) procedures. However, he said if an estimate is not fully completed, it can slow down the business model


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2019 SAMBRA awards The recent SAMBRA awards has unveiled the organisation’s top winners for the 2017 / 2018 period at an event in Johannesburg. Santam, scooped the Insurer of the Year, ‘Service

Esterhuizen, SAMBRA’s National Chairperson and

to the industry, especially encouraging partners

Excellence’ and ‘Green Practices’ awards in the

President of the umbrella Retail Motor Industry.

to ensure prompt payment of all invoices to small

Insurance Companies category, while Toyota SA

Esterhuizen explains that the survey is

businesses as a key priority of their businesses,

was named best OEM, RSB Autogroup walked

independently managed and audited by

and to remove any barriers to the achievement

away with the Service Excellence award in the

Lightstone Consumer and targets the eligible

of that goal. It was to underscore the importance

Paint Suppliers category and equipment supplier,

880 SAMBRA members nationwide to rate

of this business value that SAMBRA introduced a

Gondolier, took the overall Service Excellence

insurers, OEMs and suppliers on the following

‘Best Payer’ award for insurers.

award in the Equipment Suppliers category.

factors: fair business practices (especially prompt payment which now has a dedicated award),

Guest speaker, Dionne Kerr, CEO of Siyakha

“The SAMBRA Survey upon which these awards

green practices, relationship satisfaction, quality

Consulting, hit an optimistic note saying that

are based, has been conducted each year

of vehicle damage assessment and repairers’

fixed direct investment into South Africa last year

since 2011 to monitor the business relationship

interaction with claims staff, payment speed,

was at a 10-year high, and that local businesses

between the insurance and motor body repair

customer service, training programmes, product

should mirror the confidence of foreign investors


support and more.

by implementing a ‘Buy Local’ and import replacement programme.

It was subsequently extended to also include

SAMBRA National Director, Richard Green,

OEMs, as well as paint and equipment suppliers,

emphasised that the body’s current focus was

“It’s now that we need to achieve economic

each of which makes a vital contribution to

on levelling the playing field to enable small and

change and build a sustainable and growth

the motor body repair industry,” said Jeanne

medium enterprises (SMEs) to gain equal access

oriented South Africa. The South African


government creates more incentives and grants

OEM Category:

Paint Supplier Category:

1st Place – Best OEM: Toyota SA

Overall Service Excellence:

on skills development than any other country in the world except Sweden and Norway,” stressed Kerr.

2nd Place – Best OEM: Volkswagen

RSB Autogroup for RM product.

3rd Place – Best OEM: Audi Best Training:

The FULL LIST OF WINNERS Best Training Programme: Insurance Category:

Audi Communication Excellence:

1st Place – Best Insurer: Santam

RSB Autogroup

Toyota SA

Best Product Support: RSB Autogroup

2nd Place – Best Insurer: Old Mutual Insure 3rd Place – Best Insurer: Hollard Insure

Equipment Supplier Category:

Best Payer:

Overall Service Excellence:

MiWay Most Efficient: OUTsurance Green Practices: Santam

Gondolier Best Training: Bosch Automotive Best Product Support: Bosch Automotive

Service Excellence: Santam




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Are you ready to repair adas?

- From the Desk Of Pierre Nicolau, resident Celette France and Managing Director Celette Asia Pacific

The automobile industry is going through a transformative change. Manufacturers are constantly searching for innovative ways of making cars lighter, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly by way of reduced emissions. The increased use of high and medium-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre has allowed manufacturers to improve the structural integrity of vehicles while keeping the overall vehicle weight to a minimum. To make these cars safer, breakthrough technologies such as ADAS (Advanced Driver

We believe that a combination of

Assistance Systems) have been introduced.

measuring and jigging will be the

These systems provide warning and alert

most effective, accurate and efficient

functions using video, radar, and sonar monitoring.

way to repair today’s vehicles.

With ADAS technology becoming a standard

We realised from the outset that a measuring

feature in high-end cars, OEMs are now

and generic type of jigging system was

focusing on developing low-cost systems for

needed to help keep up with this high-volume

vehicles we drive every day, like GM, Ford,

market, and more importantly, to guarantee the

Hyundai and Toyota.

accuracy of the repair.

The question must now be asked: How accurate

We designed a system called the Cameleon,

do repairs to these cars need to be to maintain

which is both modular and scalable with a

the integrity of the systems?

set of standard tips, adjustable X and Y plates and adjustable jigs. This system is basically a

In the past, a tolerance of +/- 2-3 millimetres

‘Meccano set’ – we give the body shop a set

was acceptable when using measuring systems

of plans and the generic jigs to attach to our

RCW (Rear Collision Warning) and HUD

to repair vehicles. Now we are told that chassis

Celette benches which, when assembled, give

(Head-Up Display).

repairs need to be within +/- one millimetre to

the perfect points to hold and repair the vehicle

maintain the integrity levels mandatory for the

in the most accurate way.

calibration of ADAS.

Vehicles with these systems need to be prescanned, post-scanned and re-calibrated after

We believe that a combination of measuring

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Do you really need an oil /water separator? - by Lori Lorenz

Do you have a wash-bay? If so, then it is likely you also have an oil water separator, because your council probably made you install one. Oil water separators are probably the most neglected and least understood pieces of equipment in our industry, and I question how many of us really need them. You need a full understanding of this piece of equipment to debate its need, or lack thereof, with your council. In this article I will explain some of the issues, which could save you in excess of $100,000 for equipment you may not need. Before we go any further, let us familiarise ourselves with the components of a wash-bay. A wash-bay is designed to contain all dirty water; from there it goes into a small pit (about 500 x 500mm) where solids, like sand and dirt, should be collected before the oily water enters the holding tank. Depending on the size of the washbay, this tank should hold between 3000 and 4000 litres of water and it is an integral part of the oil water separation system. From there the oily water is pumped through the oil water separator and oil comes out at one end and clean water at the other. There are several oil water separator systems and the simplest is the triple interceptor. It is an in-ground concrete box, about the size of a bathtub with three chambers that are separated by walls and open on the bottom. The idea is that oily water enters the first chamber where the lighter oil rises to the surface and the clean water passes through the opening of the separation wall to the next chamber. This process is repeated a third time to assure oil-free water. Although this is


relatively cheap, it is not suitable for our industry and I will explain why later. There is also the vertical gravity separator, an Australian invention, and the coalescing separator, which is the most common. All these systems have advantages and disadvantages – your supplier will advise you as to which is the most suitable for your application. As part of my on-site apprentice training, we look at the workplace’s wash-bay, and I get the apprentice to check how much oil has been collected in the oil drum. We have never found even a drop of oil. I then get them to stick their finger into the oil-outlet pipe and again they never detect any oil whatsoever. One could conclude that they never wash down any oil, but this is not the whole story. It could also be that these workplaces are not using the correct degreaser. If you are not using a quick break degreaser your $100,000-plus investment is a waste of money. You may as well wash your cars in the street and this is where it gets technical, leaving many council inspectors a bit overwhelmed. Oil and water do not mix, we all know that, but with a bit of help from detergent, oil can emulsify. A good example is a very oily frying pan; we add a bit of detergent and water and everything turns in to a milky liquid that we can rinse off. When we use degreaser in an engine bay, we do the same; we emulsify the oil with the help of detergent (degreaser) and hose it off. But now we have a problem, the oil water separator can no longer

separate the oil because it is emulsified, and this is what most people don’t understand. An oil water separator can only work if the oil is lighter than water. This would occur naturally, but an oil water separator will speed up this process and it literally shakes the oil out of the water. However, if the oil is emulsified – linked with the water – this process does not work, and we need to wait until the degreaser breaks down and releases the oil. If we pump the emulsified oily water through the oil water separator, it will go straight to the sewer, not a drop will go into the oil tank and no trace of oil can be detected in the oil outlet pipe. Most professional outlets stock quick break degreaser and it is usually stated on the label. If you are not sure, a simple test can tell whether you are using the right stuff. Fill a glass jar with water, add some oil and some of your degreaser, give it a shake and wait for 10 minutes. If it separates you are in business, and if not, educate your distributor. Quick break degreasers are no more expensive and you will not be able to tell any difference in their performance. Earlier, I mentioned the 3000 to 4000 litre holding tank that is an integral part of the system. Without it, even when using quick break degreaser, the oil cannot be separated. The purpose of the holding tank is for the water to rest, giving it time for the quick break degreaser to break down,

to release the oil and let it float to the surface. The bigger the tank, the longer the water can rest, and a better result can be achieved. The oily water is then scooped from the surface with either a skimmer box or a floating skimmer and pumped through the oil water separator. You may now also understand why the triple interceptor is not suitable when we are using degreaser. It would take hours for the oil to separate and these devices are simply way too small to hold water for such a long time. You may also have realised that the separator and pump pose a negligent cost compared to the wash-bay. In the introduction I hinted that you may not even need a wash-bay with an oil water separator – let me explain why. The issue is simple – if you are using degreaser to wash oily engine bays and oily, greasy parts, you will need it, but how often are you doing this? Every day, once a month, or twice a year? If you are just washing cars to prepare them for your clients you are washing off dirt, road grime and perhaps some dust from the workshop – nothing that would be collected by your oil water separator. Most councils don’t have a problem if you wash these cars in your driveway. Now, if you are washing the odd oily engine once a month, is it worth investing in a wash-bay or would you be better off to take the car to the nearest coin operated wash-bay? I know this costs money, but is it really that expensive?

extra time it takes to go there. What about the mechanic next door? How many times could you degrease over there for a carton of beer and they would love you forever? Another option is to spray the degreaser and use rags to wipe off the oil/grease and dispose of them in the bin. Yes, washing is faster, but also 800 ‘buckaroos’ more expensive. In the past I have placed a large piece of cardboard (bumper bar packaging box) on the floor to catch any dirt and grease; I sprayed the engine bay and used rags to wipe off. I then used a bucket with water and another rag to wipe again wet. Any oily water that dropped on the cardboard was later disposed of in the industrial bin; clean, simple and significantly cheaper. Some crafty operators pour coolant into the washbay. I wonder what they are trying to achieve, perhaps they think it’s good for the environment? The oil water separator can only separate oil from water; everything else goes into the sewer, so you may as well pour coolant down the drain in the first place.

The law is very clear on this issue. We are not allowed to pollute and there are also standards on the water quality we can release into the sewer system. From my observation over several years, many shops – not just collision repairers – use the wrong degreaser. I very much doubt that despite their significant investment in a wash-bay with all the mod cons, they meet these standards. As a matter of fact, they most likely unknowingly pollute just as much as the backyarder who degreases next to the creek. In the end, it does not matter how you achieve it, but if you release your dirty water without oil and grease into the sewer, it would be very difficult for a council to legislate that you need a wash-bay. However, before you start an argument with your local council inspector, you need to make sure that you have procedures in place. All staff need to be aware and understand how and where to wash cars and how the cleaning products are to be used.

Let’s depreciate our $100,000 wash bay over 10 years and use it once a month – the cost is a staggering $800 per wash, not including interest rates. When you are looking at it from this perspective, the coin operated wash-bay sounds like a real bargain, even when considering the

Left image: A triple interceptor. Right Image: A coalescing separator.



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