TORONTO — Chrysler Canada says August sales are up 9% from a year ago — their highest mark for the month since 2000.The automaker said Tuesday that it sold 20,569 vehicles last month, up from 18,816 in August 2011.The increase was largely driven by car sales, which climbed 84% from a year ago. Total truck sales increased 1.7%.“With the (new) . . . Dodge Dart just starting to arrive across Canada, we’re positioned for even further growth,” said Dave Buckingham, Chrysler Canada’s chief operating officer.The strong August sales came as Chrysler Canada and the other major U.S. automakers continue contract talks with the Canadian Auto Workers union.[np-related /]Chrysler workers have voted 99% in favour of strike action if necessary.Total sales at General Motors of Canada were down 15.9% compared to last August as the automaker posted gains in the compact and crossover markets.Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealers reported 21,070 deliveries last month, the company said.Meanwhile, Volkswagen Canada reported August sales up 34% from a year ago. The German automaker said it sold 5,782 vehicles for the month, up from 4,302 a year ago.Kia Canada sold 7,682 new vehicles, up 32% growth compared with August 2011, led by its subcompact Rio.“The Rio subcompact, Sorento SUV and Forte compact continue to be vehicle lines of strength for Kia Canada’s product portfolio and represent three very competitive segments,” said Robert Staffieri, Kia Canada’s director of marketing.“These three vehicles, along with the rest of our model lineup, continue to attract repeat and conquest customers as we have experienced a 20.7% year-to-date increase, outpacing the industry average.”Nissan Canada Inc. bucked the trend and reported a drop in August sales as buyers slowed the purchase of the Japanese automaker’s trucks.The company reported combined sales at its Nissan and Infiniti division totalled 6,329 vehicles, down 14.7% from 7,421 as Nissan truck sales fell 44% compared with a year ago.The Canadian Press
Exhibiting for the first time at Electra Mining Africa 2016 heing held September 12-16 atExpo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg, environmental solutions company I-CAT is to launch a range of water, fire and dust-suppression technologies. I-CAT Marketing Director comments that the flagship exhibition is an ideal forum to showcase the company’s services and products to potential new clients. “I-CAT has been in existence for ten years, and our exponential growth in the last five years has underlined our unique offering to clients in the mining industry.”“We operate in a very competitive industry, and Electra Mining will afford us the opportunity to offer mining operators an alternative to their current service and product providers. Due to the prestige and sheer size of Electra Mining, we expect it to draw a much more focused visitor profile dedicated specifically to finding solutions and suppliers for their specific requirements,” van Rensburg stresses.The R-SDR (Retractable Stockpile Dust Ring) will be showcased as the latest innovation from I-CAT Dust Solutions. Introduced to address dust issues at conveyor discharge points, the R-SDR system creates a virtual curtain around material flow for outstanding particle containment.The I-VAP System (Waste Water Evaporation Cannon) from I-CAT Water Solutions is capable of handling 500 m3 per 12-hour day. The evaporation rate is 60% to 65%, depending on the ambient weather conditions.The Roto-Fire-Pack (Backpack Fast Response System) from I-CAT Fire Solutions makes use of T-Rotor technology, currently the leading misting technology internationally. It extinguishes all classes of fires by using foam mist as the agent.In addition, I-CAT will also be exhibiting its standard range of products for dust suppression and environmental services, including RDC 20 and GreenBit. A range of fire extinguishers, vehicle protection and localised protection systems will also be showcased.Visitor participation and interaction will be encouraged by on-site demonstrations of the Roto-Fire-Pack and various extinguishers and systems, together with a working model of a dust suppression ring and a full-size evaporator.“I-CAT will have an expert from each division on-site every day, together with a representative from top management. These will be able to answer any questions and carry out demonstrations where needed,” Jansen van Rensburg elaborates.“All mines need to comply with environmental and OHS regulations, and most of our services and products are aimed to offer specific solutions in this sub-sector. We believe our brand is becoming well-known in the mining fraternity, and want to underline its relatability to ‘excellent service’ and ‘superior products’,” he concludes.