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  • Nippon Express Morocco
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    Nippon Express expands footprint in Morocco

    2019-07-24T08:45:00Z

    Logistics provider Nippon Express France has opened a second operation in Morocco, a logistics centre in the port of Tangiers… 

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    Spate of violent attacks against trucks in South Africa threatens automotive industry

    2019-07-09T15:44:00Z

    South African truckers will hold a ‘Black Friday’ protest on July 12 to highlight a series of attacks across the country that has destroyed hundreds of vehicles and left dozens dead and injured. More than 1,400 trucks have been destroyed or damaged in the past year, ...

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    Export trade gives boost to South African car industry

    2019-05-28T16:40:00Z

    Export sales are providing a bolster for South Africa’s struggling automotive sector, according to the latest figures from the country’s automobile manufacturers’ association. Port Elizabeth has recently taken on additional Ford exports In April this year overall export sales reached over 33,000, up almost 54% ...

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    Ford to export Ranger from Port Elizabeth

    2019-05-01T12:34:00Z

    Ford South Africa is to begin using the port in the southern city of Port Elizabeth to export its locally assembled Ranger line, following unexpectedly high demand. This will alleviate pressure on its primary export port, Durban, on the east coast of the country. Nelson_Mandela_Stadium_in_Port_Elizabeth ...

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    Seat looks to buy parts beyond Spain

    2019-04-23T16:02:00Z

    Though Seat sources the majority of its parts from domestic suppliers in Spain, the Spanish carmaker has just announced that it plans to buy more components from outside the country.

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    Ford Europe packaging: Heading to the pool

    2019-04-12T13:00:00Z

    Ford’s Kuly Malka has overseen a transformation in the carmaker’s European packaging and container management

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    Containerisation: Why finished vehicle logistics needs to think inside the box

    2019-04-05T16:02:00Z

    While ro-ro is the traditional method of shipping finished vehicles, containerisation is becoming increasingly viable as the automotive industry decentralises and introduces more EVs. Growth in China and South East Asia offers particularly good opportunities

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    Docking defections

    2019-04-05T14:16:42Z

    Nigeria has lost its claim to being home to the busiest port in West Africa as a consequence of chronic traffic congestion, corruption and inefficiency. The crown has passed from Apapa, in the state of Lagos, to the port of Lomé, in Togo. Data from Dynamar, a Dutch maritime ...

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    Electricity crisis hits South Africa’s automotive industry

    2019-03-20T10:43:00Z

    Rolling power cuts across South Africa are threatening the automotive logistics chain, as the country’s overburdened state electricity provider Eskom struggles to meet the needs of business. Vehicle sales are down as consumer confidence has fallen and automotive manufacturers are keeping production going by sacrificing non-essential plant functions. President ...

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    Mues new COO at Imperial Logistics

    2019-02-25T12:06:04Z

    South Africa’s Imperial Logistics International has appointed Jürgen Mues from Swiss Railways as chief operating officer (COO) starting on March 15th. Imperial has strong operations with “unparalleled capabilities and track records” in their own fields, but few of them exploit their potential across all available locations, said CEO Hakan Bicil. ...

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    Volvo starts shipments to Europe from Ridgeville

    2019-02-25T11:05:01Z

    Volvo has started shipping S60 sedans to Europe from the US, six months after beginning production at its $1.1 billion assembly plant in Ridgeville, near Charleston, South Carolina. “Export markets are critical to the long-term success of our plant and we’re on track to deliver vehicles to our customers worldwide,” ...

  • Peyman Kargar, senior vice-president and chairman of the Africa, Middle East and India region for Nissan
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    Supply lines key to new Nissan plant in Algeria

    2019-02-19T15:13:06Z

    Nissan is looking to develop a components supply chain in Algeria to support the construction of its new car plant in the North African country with local partner Groupe Hasnaoui. “Using our Japanese engineering expertise, we will build a manufacturing hub and work to develop the supplier industry,” said Peyman ...

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    Coming up with a strategy for transformation

    2019-02-08T17:17:00Z

    CHEP has launched a strategy to support the digital transformation of its offerings and of the automotive supply chain, including vehicle electrification and tracking packaging assets

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    Holger Wilhelm moves to Imperial Logistics

    2019-02-08T12:51:18Z

    Holger Wilhelm has taken up a newly created role at Imperial Logistics as executive vice-president of automotive. Wilhelm moves from Ceva Logistics where he was vice-president of business development automotive in North America. He will now be based in Zurich, Switzerland and responsible for developing Imperial’s automotive presence in existing ...

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    Volkswagen to establish business in Ethiopia

    2019-02-05T12:45:04Z

    German carmaker Volkswagen has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ethiopian government to establish its automotive business in the African country. Thomas Schaefer, head of Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa, signing the MoU with Abebe Abebayehu, commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission, in Addis Ababa. With them are the ...

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    Gefco supplies rail wagons to PSA in Morocco

    2019-01-28T11:15:00Z

    Transport and logistics provider Gefco has delivered two vehicle-carrying rail wagons to serve Groupe PSA’s new car assembly plant at Kenitra, in Morocco. A further 45 will be delivered by the end of this year. Gefco said the complex operation involved routing wagons from Saint Nazaire port in France, refurbishing ...

  • Erweiterung des globalen Produktionsnetzwerks: Mercedes-Benz Cars erwägt Pkw-Montage in ÄgyptenEnhancement of the global production network: Mercedes-Benz Cars considers car assembly in Egypt
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    Mercedes-Benz plans production in Egypt

    2019-01-22T17:06:31Z

    Mercedes-Benz Cars is planning to build a car plant in Egypt with an as-yet-unnamed local business partner. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, production and supply chain (left) with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi “Egypt is an attractive and competitive location for production and supporting ...

  • Nissan 1m exports from Thailand
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    Nissan marks millionth export from Thailand

    2019-01-22T09:34:00Z

    Nissan has marked its millionth vehicle export from Thailand, 20 years after exports first began from the South-East Asian country. The millionth vehicle exported was a Terra premium SUV. Foreign sales by the OEM from Thailand began with a Frontier sent to Australia in 1999. Since then, Nissan’s Thai ...

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    Stepping up the pace

    2019-01-02T17:30:02Z

    When Groupe PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017 for €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion), Gefco was already providing logistics services for it. Then, when Opel/Vauxhall renewed its contract for fourth-party logistics (4PL) services with Gefco in October 2018 for a further four years, Gefco was tasked with finding ...

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    Sovac starts assembling SKD kits for Audi in Algeria

    2018-12-12T09:40:18Z

    Audi has begun assembling vehicles at the Relizane plant run by its long-time Algerian partner, Sovac, from semi-knockdown (SKD) kits prepared at the OEM’s Ingolstadt plant in Germany. “[All models] are built at the main plant in Ingolstadt and transported to Barcelona, where they are knocked down into individual assembly ...