13 March 2012 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) began exporting Isuzu KB pick-ups to Kenya on the weekend, and is looking to further expand its exports of the locally assembled light commercial vehicles – both right- and left-hand drive – into key sub-Saharan Africa markets. GMSA already exports the popular pick-up, assembled at the company’s Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth, to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritius – all right-hand drive markets.Both right- and left-hand drive GMSA exports manager and East Africa MD Rita Kavashe told Engineering News, however, that when the company begins production of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB in the first half of 2013, this would be the first time that the vehicle is built in South Africa in both right- and left-hand drive. “This will open up new opportunities for us to export the Isuzu KB beyond our existing markets to rapidly growing countries like Angola and Nigeria,” Kavashe said. “With all the development happening in sub-Saharan Africa as countries improve road infrastructure, agriculture and invest in the construction of new buildings, there is an opportunity to sell our tough commercial vehicles in these markets.” R1-billion investment According to Business Report, GMSA is currently investing R1-billion in three new vehicle assembly programmes – for the Chevrolet Utility, which began production at the end of 2012, the new Chevrolet Spark, due later this month, and the new-generation Isuzu KB. Engineering News notes that increased export volumes will help the company reach the incentive threshold – of 50 000 units a year – under the government’s new Automotive Production and Development Plan, which comes into effect in 2013. SAinfo reporter
by Phindi MadunaOn 14 June 2018, Brand South Africa partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next and HDI Youth Marketers to host the 14th Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, Interactive Showcase and Awards. The collaboration with Generation Next is a way to ensure that relationships with key stakeholders are maintained to create an inspiring narrative for the Nation Brand.The Generation Next survey is the leading barometer of youth opinion towards brands in South Africa. Brand South Africa is honoured to partner with this initiative that promotes how young people see and and experience brands this opens up opportunities on what the country has to offer.The three part engagement began with a Youth Marketing Conference where a variety of industry experts shared their research findings, experiences, trends and insights. The discussion focused on various aspects of youth marketing such as the ethical aspects of youth marketing, youth entrepreneurship, digital marketing, youth media consumption and technology trends.Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, Leigh-Gail Peterson was part of a panel that discussed youth trends and insights that help brands build sustainable relationships. “Research methods must evolve with the dynamic audiences. Data collection methods for example must adapt and be flexible. This includes the mediums that we utilize when we collect data. Social media is one such tool that we cannot over look when collecting data in today’s research environment” said Peterson.Source: Brand South AfricaThe panel discussion was followed by an Interactive Showcase where youngsters had an opportunity to experience several brands including Brand South Africa at the Play Your Part exhibition. They shared their acts of active citizenship and pledged to play their part in their respective communities.Source: Brand South AfricaThe day ended on a high note with an energy charged Awards Ceremony. Some of the winners included South African brands like Metro FM, First National Bank, DSTV, Mr Price, Mall of Africa, Dischem, Engen, Spur Restaurants and Pick ‘N Pay; with Nike winning the overall coolest brand for 2018. Local personalities who also walked away with awards were rapper Nasty C, DJ Black Coffee and Gqom Star Babes Wodumo.Source: @ST_GenNext Twitter PageBrand South Africa extends a big congratulations to all the brands and personalities who continue to put South Africa on the global stage and take charge in contributing towards building a positive nation image. As the custodian of the Nation Brand, we celebrate brands that contribute positively towards the country’s reputation.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than 150 farmers from Shelby, Logan and Auglaize counties attended an Open House event last month for a newly constructed Fertilizer Facility at Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed.Located south of Jackson Center on Wise Road, the 10,000-ton facility will be focused on better service to Bambauer’s retail customers.“This expansion is an effort to improve our business and better serve our customers,” said Mitch Bambauer, manager of the Jackson Center location. “Our goals with this facility are to provide the best blended product and most complete coverage when adding fertilizer enhancements, while at the same time, increasing overall efficiency.”Expanding storage and rail capacity for better purchasing power as well as more efficient transfers to all Bambauer locations were additional goals of the project. A tower blend system that incorporates a state of the art High Intensity Mixer are additional features of this facility.“As farm operations grow, trucks and machines also keep getting bigger. Loading them in a timely manner becomes more of a challenge,” Bambauer said. “The new building and equipment setup will be fast and efficient, but still personal.”Customers with smaller operations are still very important to the company and will continue to be able to load through the facility. Additionally, they are able to accommodate customers with larger equipment and quantity needs. The expansion of the rail spur and receiving equipment will allow Bambauer’s to fill their facilities more efficiently.Bambauer adds that with application season getting more compressed each year, and new regulations limiting fertilizer applications, getting fertilizer to the fields on time is even more critical. Investing in technology and structures that will improve our ability to provide the highest quality products and service is key to our customer’s success.The facility is equipped with a unique High Intensity Mixer (HIM) from Sackett Equipment, based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The HIM uses two horizontal paddles, mixing a series of small batches very quickly. This mixer combines the best in speed, accuracy, and dependability into one high performance mixer.“The horizontal paddles in the HIM are essential when impregnating fertilizer with a chemical or micro-nutrient,” Bambauer said. “It is incredibly efficient and provides even coverage on every granule.”“Bomb Bay” style doors will dump the entire batch from the blender into a holding hopper, which prevents separation of the blend and speeds up the process. The batch is then loaded on to the truck or spreader while the next batch is mixing.In addition, the facility is equipped with full automation of weighing, adding chemicals and micronutrients, blending, and loading of dry fertilizer. Automation from Murray Equipment, Inc., based in Ft. Wayne allows for improved customer service, inventory accuracy, increased efficiency and error reduction. This system will enable the blend process to be done in a series with ten overhead fertilizer storage bins, two weigh hoppers, the High Intensity Mixer, and a surge hopper. When one batch is through the first step in the process, another batch is able to start. This allows for the fastest loading available today. Bambauer’s can load a 24 ton blended load of fertilizer in 7 minutes, a process that used to take 35 minutes.Site preparation began in November of 2013 with concrete work underway in May of 2014. The final project was completed in February 2015.Find out more about Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed at www.bambauerfertilizer.com or follow them on Facebook.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The proposed “gas tax” by Gov. Mike DeWine in the State transportation budget would raise the state’s tax of fuel from the current 28-cents-per-gallon to 46 cents and generate $1.2 billion as part of the two-year, $7.4 billion transportation budget.The reason behind the proposed increase is significant shortfall in the state’s road and bridge maintenance budget — something the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) looks to quickly approach $1 billion by 2030 if unabated.Last week the Ohio House responded to the governor’s proposal with a 71 to 27 vote to raise the tax on gas 10.7 cents with a two-year phase in period, making the tax on gas $0.387 per gallon. In addition, the House:Increased the tax for on-road diesel by 20 cents over a three-year phase in period, making the tax on on-road diesel $0.48 per gallon.Added a provision putting compressed natural gas to the list of taxable motor fuels.Added an electronic vehicle registration fee of $200 and a hybrid vehicle registration fee of $100.Stipulated that 55% of revenue generated will be distributed to the state and 45% will be to local governments.Combined, the revenue increases in the House will generate $872 million.The transportation budget now heads to the Senate for consideration. It has to be signed by March 31.
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