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    Centre of the world

    2019-06-21T08:59:00Z

    With vehicle sales on the rise and more free trade zones under development, the Middle East is taking on a new importance for the automotive industry…

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    Kenya halts import of used car parts

    2019-06-04T13:27:00Z

    Kenya is enforcing a ban on the import of used vehicle spares in a bid to tackle the existing chaos in the trade of used cars and spares. However, the move could impact tens of thousands of unofficial dealers…

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    Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

    2019-05-17T15:59:00Z

    In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of technological innovation – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools

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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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    Trust in Turkey: How exports are carrying the country through its economic crisis

    2019-04-11T12:01:00Z

    Turkey faces some difficult economic headwinds that have already impacted on its automotive industry. But there are still several reasons for optimism, especially the country’s strength as a vehicle export hub with easy access to the European market

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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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    LSPs eye potential cut at Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant

    2019-01-29T12:24:43Z

    Logistics service providers (LSPs) catering to Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant in Germany may need to be ready to adapt to lower volumes, after the OEM was reported to be halving output there in the Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. The plant builds the Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer, as well as the ...

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    Adampol resumes SKD services in Poland

    2019-01-29T11:52:38Z

    Polish transport and logistics firm, Adampol, has resumed services for semi-knockdown (SKD) vehicle shipments out of its facility in Małaszewicze in eastern Poland, near the border with Belarus. Adampol is dismantling vehicles there and loading sub-assemblies into containers for several major European carmakers, though it would not divulge which ones. ...

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    Bridgestone to buy TomTom Telematics

    2019-01-28T21:07:16Z

    Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Europe has agreed to buy TomTom’s telematics business for €910m ($1.03 billion). Subject to closing conditions being met, Bridgestone says the transaction will bolster its goal of becoming a mobility solutions leader in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, a strategic priority for the Japanese-owned ...

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    Mercedes-Benz to produce batteries in Poland

    2019-01-28T17:34:00Z

    Markus Schäfer (left), Mercedes-Benz Cars divisional board member with responsibility for production and supply chain, with Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki Mercedes-Benz Cars is to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Jawor, Poland, at the same site where the German OEM is building its new engine ...