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    Senior takes up new role at Imperial Logistics

    2020-03-03T14:59:00Z

    Automotive logistics’ specialist Chris Senior has become senior vice-president operations at Imperial Logistics. He began his duties in the newly created position on March 1…

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    Grindrod starts work on vehicle processing centre in South Africa

    2020-01-21T15:13:00Z

    Freight logistics provider Grindrod has started work on a 270,000 sq.m finished vehicle processing centre in the South African town of Camperdown, 60km northwest of Durban…

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    Yanfeng inaugurates factory in Serbia

    2019-12-11T10:22:00Z

    China’s Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) has officially opened a plant at Kragujevac. Logistics played a part in the company choosing the city in central Serbia…

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    Saloodo digital road freight platform comes to South Africa

    2019-11-13T12:26:00Z

    DHL’s Saloodo subsidiary, which provides a digital freight booking platform, has introduced its service into South Africa and announced plans for further expansion into sub-Saharan Africa next year…

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    Johan de Nysschen returns to VW as regional COO in North America

    2019-10-24T16:01:00Z

    Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has appointed Johan de Nysschen as chief operating officer (COO) for its North America region.

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    Renault returns to Nigeria with Coscharis

    2019-07-22T09:50:00Z

    Renault has outlined plans for the distribution of four vehicles in Nigeria from October this year, which includes local joint venture production from semi-knockdown (SKD) kits of two models and the import of finished vehicles from Brazil…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    European ro-ro providers to gain from Africa interest

    2018-10-09T13:02:42Z

    European ro-ro providers could benefit from fresh investment in Africa by Chinese and European automotive manufacturers, delegates at the Euro-Med convention, held by Grimaldi Group in the Greek capital of Athens at the beginning of October, were told. Chinese manufacturing investment in Africa, in particular, could provide a boost to ...

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    BAIC opens compact SUV plant in South Africa

    2018-08-02T17:15:07Z

    Chinese vehicle-maker BAIC has officially opened its 11 billion rand ($834m) assembly plant in South Africa, which will start making the X25 compact SUV from imported semi-knockdown (SKD) kits in the fourth quarter of this year. BAIC has been exporting the vehicle to South Africa from China since 2017. The ...

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    Mercedes-Benz boosts local sourcing in South Africa

    2018-07-16T12:43:46Z

    Mercedes-Benz is enlarging its supply chain within South Africa as it expands production at its plant in East London, on the country’s east coast. The OEM has added 35 new suppliers based in South Africa to the plant’s supply chain, with seven being tier one suppliers and three sequencing suppliers. ...

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    Africa awakes

    2018-07-05T17:24:00Z

    Africa’s vehicle production and distribution sector still trails much of the rest of the world, but the signs are that this is beginning to change

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    Mercedes-Benz to expand South African plant

    2018-07-04T14:57:16Z

    German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz Cars is to spend €600m ($697m) on the assemb ly of the next generation of C-Class models at its plant in East London, South Africa. Factory space for passenger vehicle production will increase by two-thirds and include new logistic warehouses, paint and body shop s and an ...