Middle East and Africa – Page 2

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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 ...

  • Mercedes-Benz Cars baut Batteriefabrik im polnischen JaworMercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland
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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 ...

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    VW sets up new components division to drive efficiency

    2019-01-28T15:23:04Z

    Volkswagen has established a new division – Volkswagen Group Components – tasked with reducing costs by €2 billion ($2.27 billion) while improving efficiency and taking on board the increasing importance of electric vehicles. Thomas Schmall (right), chairman of VW’s new Group Components division, with Stefan Sommer, VW Group board ...

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    Seat joins Alastria blockchain network

    2019-01-25T15:29:41Z

    Spanish carmaker Seat has joined the Alastria consortium to work on the development of blockchain-based products. Blockchain technology uses a distributed ledger platform, aimed at providing transparency for businesses, including supply chain monitoring. Seat is the first carmaker to join the network, which now involves 70 major businesses and institutions, ...

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    Renault plans home delivery for online sales in Russia

    2019-01-25T12:56:22Z

    Renault has announced plans to start a home delivery service in Russia for vehicles sold via its online showroom. The French carmaker told Russian newspaper Vedomosti that the start of the home delivery service would coincide with the release of the Renault Arkana (pictured) in May this year. It will ...

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    Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2019 launched

    2019-01-23T12:52:00Z

    Last year’s Automotive Logistics Awards winners Automotive Logistics is proud to announce the return of the Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe. Following in the footsteps of last year’s highly successful inaugural event, the Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2019 will once again recognise excellence ...

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    Turkish exports bolster falling domestic sales

    2019-01-23T10:24:13Z

    Turkey’s automotive industry had a mixed year in 2018. Sales in its domestic market for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were down by 35%, according to the Automotive Distributors Association (ODD), at 621,000 compared to 956,000 in 2017. According to Turkey’s Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (OSD), production of passenger ...

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    Genuine Parts acquires Hennig Fahrzeugteile

    2019-01-23T09:27:36Z

    US-based automotive parts distributor the Genuine Parts Company has acquired German parts supplier the Hennig Fahrzeugteile Group. The transaction was conducted through Genuine Parts’ wholly-owned subsidiary the Alliance Automotive Group, based in London. Hennig Fahrzeugteile, which has its headquarters in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, has 31 branches across Germany and serves ...

  • 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 ...

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    DSV makes an offer for Panalpina

    2019-01-22T16:04:16Z

    DSV has confirmed it has made an indicative and private proposal to acquire fellow international transport and logistics provider, Panalpina. The Danish logistics giant is bidding just over $4 billion for Panalpina. The move was confirmed by the Danish company after Swiss-based Panalpina revealed its directors had received an unsolicited ...

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    The long way home

    2019-01-22T12:24:00Z

    For inbound automotive supply chains, returnable packaging just makes sense. No carmaker wants to spend money on wood, paper and cardboard again and again, only to have to fork out straight away for costly waste disposal.

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    ACEA warns of EU steel import tariffs

    2019-01-22T11:42:39Z

    European Union (EU) measures to protect the steel industry “pose a real risk” to the competitiveness of the region’s car sector, according to Erik Jonnaert, secretary-general of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). A total of 26 categories of steel from all countries will be limited to a quota, based ...

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    Stocker takes on strategic role at DHL Supply Chain

    2019-01-22T11:16:44Z

    John Stocker (pictured) has moved to DHL Supply Chain as director of strategic development. He was previously commercial director at Gefco’s UK division and had been with the company for more than six years. DHL Supply Chain provides contract logistics services for a range of sectors, including automotive. “John has ...

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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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    Hanging in the balance

    2019-01-21T16:55:00Z

    Lower production output, slower growth in export markets and several regulatory and operational issues are threatening to unbalance Poland’s finished vehicle market