Items filtered by date: November 2014

Langen met Nikolaus August Otto in 1864. Otto was working on improvements to the gas engine invented by Belgian Etienne Lenoir.

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2014 was all about honouring PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE amongst our membership and the business community at large within the Capital City. Our event was held at Union Caterers Utopia Place where our excellently prepared four course meal was accompanied by the beautiful music created by the graduates from University of Pretoria’s
GraceNoteString Trio . The Décor of black, gold and cream was courtesy of Finely Wrought, while the lovely table décor was the creation of Zeal Management. Overall, the appearance of the hall was striking and reflected the theme of the Gala Evening.

An award was also handed over to the SABC Capital City Business Leader of the Year. In partnership with the SABC, the Capital City Business Chamber established this award in order to acknowledge one of our city’s citizen for his/her pro-active contribution towards the economic growth of the Capital City and as a consequence towards the upliftment of the City’s Community. Dr Anna Mokgokong, Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings was the First recipient of this annual prestigious award.  Click Here to view the profile of dr. Anna Mokgokong  

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VME Group expanded its footprint into North West Province through out exhibitions held in Rustenburg.
Exhibitions took place on the 06th November 2014.
VME Group's objective is that exhibitions are the only sales and marketing medium that delivers a pre-qualified visitor to your company’s stand in a face-to-face selling environment.
And these visitors, called visitors, invest their own valuable time and expenses to be at the exhibition.

“VME's Marketing Manager, Mrs Lizelle du Toit and Business Manager - Valfrira Motor Engineering Rustenburg, Martin Mynhardta, presented VME's services to other mining and industrial executives at the exhibition.

We no longer make or move things; we apply knowledge to knowledge.

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VME Group, CEO Mr Frik de Villiers with General Mabatha, Department of Defence

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VME Group, CEo Frik de Villiers, Vicky Baia COO Valfrira Motor Engineering and Gavin Smalberger CTO VME Group attended the Automechanika Frankfurt


Exhibiting information:

The 23rd Automechanika from 16 to 20 September 2014 was once again an outstanding showcase for innovations from the international aftermarket. This year, around 140,000 trade visitors from 173 countries, one in four of them from the workshop sector, took advantage of this opportunity to find out about the latest automotive products and technologies during the five-day fair[1]. On the exhibitor side, the fair set a new record with 4,631 companies from 71 countries. Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt: “The ratings given by exhibitors have been outstanding with a significant impetus coming from outside Germany. However, German companies also see the current economic situation in a more positive light than in 2012.”

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VME Group, CEO Frik de Villiers, Vicky Baia COO Valfrira Motor Engineering Division and Gavin Smalberger CTO VME Group 

visited Deutz Dieselpower in Frankfurt 

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Picture of Mr Frik de Villiers, CEO of VME Group with the first Lenoir engine in the world and the statues of founders, late Mr Nikolaus Otto and Mr Eugen Langen


  • 1862: The German Nikolaus Otto begins to manufacture a gas engine. Actually, it was a no compression Lenoir engine with a free piston
  • Eugen Langen collaborated with Otto in the design and they began to manufacture it in 1864.[12
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The Department of Defence (DOD) by means of the Logistics Division has presented a Suppliers Day on 03 October 2014.

VME Marketing Manager  - Lizelle du toit, Key Account Sales Manager - Price Mabula and Project Manager, Mayibuye Truck Engineering Pretoria division  - August Appel presented VME's services, this was to ensure that the DOD is in touch with its suppliers that provide the DOD through DOD procurement process, referred to as commercial off the shelf (COTS).

 The success of the suppliers day presented in 2013 led to the decision to present it annually.

 New relationship where build between, VME Group, CEO Mr Frik de Villiers and General Mabatha and new dimensions where approached



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