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Old October 20th, 2015, 10:43 AM   #281
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BMW's South African factory to be powered by......dung!




Following the signed power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt (Pty) Ltd in 2014, BMW South Africa received the first green energy at its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria on 10 October 2015. Through this agreement, between 25% and 30% of BMW Plant Rosslyn’s electricity requirements will now be generated from renewable sources.

The BMW South Africa / Bio2Watt renewable energy partnership is the first commercially viable biogas project. The Bio2Watt biogas plant in Bronkhorstspruit is located on the premises of one of South Africa’s larger feedlots (Beefcor) and an agricultural stronghold in Gauteng. The location provides the project with proximity to key fuel supplies; grid access and sufficient water supplied by Beefcor’s storm water collection dams. The City of Tshwane is also a key supplier of waste to the project.

The biogas process relies on organic waste, which is directed into a digester where biogas is produced and then goes into a gas engine to produce electricity. This is inserted into the power grid for uptake by power purchasers like BMW.

At the Bronkhorstspruit biogas plant, about 40 000 tons per annum of cattle manure and a further 20 000 tons of mixed organic waste is fed into two anaerobic digesters that produce the biogas feedstock for a combined heat and power application.




The technology enables a reduction in the volumes of waste to landfill, thus helping local municipalities to meet their zero-waste commitments. “It will create localised employment opportunities for low skilled work force essentially around the waste collection and sorting in both rural and peri-urban areas. There are about four million cattle in South Africa, a significant number of which are held on large farms and the potential for project replication is thus substantial,” Thomas said.

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Algeria: Sharp Drop in Car Imports Over First Nine Months of 2015
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Algiers — Algeria's car import bill totalled US$ 2.76 billion over the first nine months of 2015, against US$ 4.03 billion during the same period in 2014, down by 31.5%, said Sunday Algerian Customs' National Centre of Data Processing and Statistics (CNIS).

In terms of quantity, Algeria imported 232,935 vehicles against 309,945 during the same period of reference, down by 24.85%), said the CNIS.

The figures provided by the Algerian Customs show a general downward trend, especially for French and German cars, which recorded a decline in both value and quantity.

The drop in car imports started in 2014 following the Government's decision to regulate the market, which was had been characterized by deep dysfunctions and illegal practices for decades, according to recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Trade.

In 2014, car import bill amounted to US$ 6.34 billion against US$ 7.33 billion in 2013 (-13.56%), while in terms of quantity Algeria imported 439,637 cars in 2014 against 554,263 in 2013 (-20.68%), said CNIS.

The Government has committed to regulate the market and rationalize car import through different measures.

The downward trend in car import is expected to continue, according to the professionals in the sector, particularly with the increase in the production of Renault Algeria car manufacturing plant and the resumption of consumer credit.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 02:15 PM   #283
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2015 the year of record production, but poor local sales

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said it expected the 2016 new-vehicle market to reach 603 000 units, substantially down from last year’s 644 504 units. The association, however, projected a slight recovery in 2016, at 622 500 units.

Naamsa said in its third quarter business review that the total car market was expected to dip a substantial 8.5% in 2015 compared with 2014, from 439 264 units to 402 000 units, with next year seeing a slight increase to 415 000 units. The bakkie, minibus and van market would also dip slightly this year, to 171 000 units, down from 173 689 units, before rebounding to 176 000 units in 2016.

The truck market would this year decline to 30 000 units from the 31 551 units recorded in 2014, with Naamsa forecasting an uptick to 31 500 units in 2016.

Naamsa expected exports and local production – on the back of increased exports – to deliver the only good news for 2015. Exports were expected to jump to 344 000 units for 2015, up from 276 873 units last year. Next year should look even better, at 386 100 units. Local production was expected to set a new record in 2015, at 622 000 units, up 10% from the 566 083 units last year.

Naamsa forecasted another record for 2016, at 674 600 units. The underlying trend in domestic sales continued to reflect a slow, but steady decline, Naamsa said in its report. “Subdued levels of economic activity, coupled with various other economic factors, have combined to weaken business and consumer confidence in South Africa.

“The outlook for business and consumer spending has deteriorated in recent months contributing to lower new-vehicle sales, particularly new cars. “In contrast to the challenging domestic trading environment, vehicle production remains on a firm footing and substantially higher new-vehicle exports should continue to support the industry’s production levels and South Africa’s balance of payments through 2016 and beyond.”


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I think we can hit production of 1m by 2020
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Morocco sees $10 billion from auto industry exports by 2020

Morocco expects auto industry exports to reach an annual 100 billion dirhams ($10.2 billion) by 2020 as a result of PSA Peugeot Citroen starting production at its new 557 million euro ($630 million) factory.

It will lift the overall industrial component of gross domestic product (GDP) to 20 percent, Morocco's industry minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy told Reuters in an interview, adding that the plant will mean others may come to produce too.

Unlike many countries in the region, Morocco managed to avoid a big drop in foreign direct investments in the wake of the global financial crisis and the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, partly by marketing itself as an export base for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It has attracted a number of big auto and aerospace investors in recent years, including Delphi(DLPH.N), Bombardier (BBDb.TO) and Eaton Corp. (ETN.N).

Peugeot (PEUP.PA) unveiled its plan last June to build the 200,000-vehicle capacity plant, following up rival Renault (RENA.PA) which has two factories making fully assembled cars in the kingdom.

Industry as a whole in Morocco accounts for only 16 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), but this will jump to 20 percent once Peugeot starts production.

“It will go even farther. We will exceed the 100 billion dirhams only in auto exports by 2020,” Elalamy said, speaking as part of the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit. “And it is not excluded that Morocco will attract other car and truck makers in the near future and could double these figures,” he said.

Elalamy said his department has been in talks with other foreign auto industry companies and an announcement would follow. Last week, a Moroccan delegation met with Italian carmakers in Turin.

Morocco's auto industry has already surpassed traditional Moroccan exports such as agriculture and phosphates. At the end of September, total exports rose 6.2 percent from a year earlier to 160.07 billion dirhams, including 35 billion dirhams of auto exports against 34 billion for phosphate sales and 31 billion of agricultural products.

“With Peugeot, we will be at 600,000 vehicles produced annually. That is a critical size and our target is to reach 1 million vehicles annually in the coming years,” the minister said.

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The Peugeot plant is located near the coastal city of Kenitra and will begin assembling small and subcompact models for Africa and the Middle East in 2019. An initial annual production capacity of 90,000 vehicles is expected to rise to 200,000 as sales pick up.

It is a belated step for the Paris-based company to expand into lower-cost vehicles and emerging markets, reducing its exposure to Western Europe's relatively stagnant demand and high production costs.

The plant, meanwhile, will source 60 percent of components locally, rising to 80 percent as the supply chain develops. It will have a 4,500-strong workforce once at the 200,000-vehicle capacity.

“We agreed also with Peugeot to make engines and not only assemble them in the Moroccan factory,” Elalamy said.

The minister added that Peugeot agreed on 1 billion euros of annual purchases of parts from local makers and the opening of an engineering center with consulting firm Altran in Casablanca.

“That center has already around 750 Moroccan engineers and qualified technicians, but the figure is expected to rise to 1,500 jobs.”

The Moroccan government sees the country's GDP growing by 3 percent in 2016, slower than an estimated 5 percent in 2015 as agricultural output fell from an exceptional 2015. However, non-agricultural activity will increase by 3.1 percent in 2016, after 2.5 percent growth in 2015.


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Old November 9th, 2015, 02:40 PM   #286
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DTI to implement measures to sustain automotive industry growth



The trade and industry department (DTI) is to implement a number of steps in an effort to sustain and grow the automotive industry while steering it towards the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) vision of high volume vehicle production.

The APDP was fully implemented by January 2013 with a view to steer the automotive industry towards producing about 1.2-million vehicles by 2020 with attendant expansion of the domestic supplier base, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in a statement on Sunday.

However, the APDP review stated that the 2020 target of producing 1.2-million vehicles per year was unlikely to be achieved due to a variety of reasons, such as the fact that the global economy was still recovering from the effects of the 2008/9 financial crisis. “Secondly, it will also be extremely difficult to achieve significant expansion and deepening of the local supplier base under the prevailing economic conditions,” he said.

Since the original APDP framework was developed in 2008 the global and domestic economy changed dramatically, raising a concern that there could be limitations in the program that may lead to failure to achieve set objectives for the industry Davies said government remained committed to further development of the automotive industry in line with the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) and the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).

The long-term development of the sector would be achieved through high vehicle production volumes and associated local value addition. Therefore, in an effort to sustain and grow the automotive industry while steering it towards the APDP vision of high volume vehicle production, a number of proposals would be implemented:
– A post-APDP support framework would be developed during the course of 2016 to provide certainty in the policy environment for automotive manufacturing in South Africa after 2020;
– The volume threshold for vehicle production would be reduced from 50 000 units to 10 000 units a year to allow new entrants into the local industry from 2016;
– The Volume Assembly Allowance (VAA) would be offered on a sliding scale based on volume commencing at 10% for 10 000 units to 18% at 50 000 units from January 2016;
– A suitable capital incentive (AIS) level would be provided for new entrants at the less than 50 000 a year threshold (details would be captured in guidelines that should be finalised by April 2016);
– The production incentive for catalytic converters would be frozen at the 2017 level of 65% rather than continue the phase down;
– The qualification for component suppliers to earn APDP benefits would be tightened to avoid these benefits being earned on non-core automotive products and therefore preference would be afforded to those products that added value in the value chain; and
– The DTI would engage the National Treasury in an effort to secure improved investment support for tooling as a means of encouraging further component localisation. Overall national budget constraints were noted in this context.


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Old November 11th, 2015, 12:25 PM   #287
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Nissan plans to double South African output

NISSAN Motor plans to build a new model of bakkie at its South African plant starting in 2018 and will increase production from the facility as the Japanese car maker seeks to capitalise on growing demand for new vehicles on the continent.

Nissan expected output from its factory in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, to rise to as many as 80,000 vehicles a year as the new model came online, compared with about 40,000 now, Nissan SA MD Mike Whitfield said in an interview on Monday at Bloomberg’s Johannesburg office. The company was in talks with suppliers about the additional model, and would probably announce details of the plans in early 2016, he said.

"Like any investment decision there are a number of key milestones, but we are moving forward," Mr Whitfield said. "It would be a new product with a lot more potential in Africa."

SA uses state incentives to attract companies including Nissan, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen to set up and reinvest in factories in the country. The government programme would be extended beyond the current timeframe of 2020, while the production threshold to qualify for benefits would fall to 10,000 vehicles a year in 2016, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Sunday. The number of vehicles produced in SA was projected to rise to 622,000 this year, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) said.

There were 277,491 cars produced in SA last year, of which 55% were exported, said the association said. The percentage of exports would probably rise to 68% this year, the association said.

"The fact that they’ve clearly stated there will be a policy after 2020, that they will work with the industry in 2016 to formulate the next phase of the auto policy, is critical," Mr Whitfield said. "You wouldn’t be able to make investment decisions" otherwise, he said.

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BMW plans to invest more than R6bn to build new vehicle in SA

GERMAN-owned car maker BMW SA and its suppliers plan to invest more than R6bn to build a new vehicle in SA. The company announced on Monday that it will stop building the 3-Series and replace it with the X3 sports utility vehicle.

The changeover is due to happen in about 2019, when the current 3-Series reaches the end of its lifecycle. BMW SA’s Rosslyn assembly plant, near Pretoria, is one of four worldwide building the 3-Series. It expects to build about 70,000 cars this year, of which more than 80% are for export, mainly to the US. The German parent company says SA’s share will be absorbed by other plants.

BMW SA MD Tim Abbott said on Monday that more than R3bn would be spent upgrading and preparing the plant for the X3. A further R3bn had been allocated for launch costs, suppliers and training.

Oliver Zipse, chairman of BMW SA and global group board member responsible for production, said: "At the BMW group, we constantly evaluate our plant allocation to ensure it reflects and accommodates market demand. With the decision to produce the next generation of the BMW X3 in Rosslyn, we strengthen the position of SA in our global production network. It also follows our strategy that production follows the market."

Mr Abbott said Africa, notably SA and Nigeria, was expected to be a growing market for the X3 in future.

Rosslyn will be one of two plants building the X3. The other is in Spartanburg, in the US.

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Ford's Nigerian plant turns out first vehicle

LAGOS Nov 17 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's new Nigerian assembly plant has built its first model and will produce an initial 10 vehicles a day for the domestic market, the U.S.-based carmaker said on Tuesday.

The company said in August it would start the assembly of its best-selling Ford Ranger pickup trucks in Nigeria, as it expands in Africa and the Middle East.

The auto market in Africa's biggest economy has huge potential but only a small number of new vehicles are sold annually. The sector is dominated by imported used vehicles and the absence of an industrial policy that would encourage suppliers to set up in Nigeria has stunted growth.

"Africa is one of the youngest markets in the world and presents a huge opportunity in terms of consumption," Jeff Nemeth, Ford's sub-Sahara chief executive, said in a statement.

The Nigerian assembly plant, set up in partnership with Ford dealer Coscharis Motors Ltd, is the first in Africa outside South Africa, where Ford produces the Ranger for 148 markets.

"The facility will accommodate one shift and will produce an initial 10 units per day for the Nigerian market, creating approximately 180 direct and indirect jobs," Nemeth said.

The Ikeja plant near Lagos will assemble the Ford Ranger using parts and components imported from South Africa. It will have the capacity to assemble up to 5,000 vehicles annually, which will be sold in Nigeria.


Ford produces 85,000 vehicles in South Africa each year, which are sold in 24 African countries.

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Morocco - North Africa
Nigeria - West Africa
Ethiopia - East Africa
SA - Southern Africa

Should be the 4 automotive manufacturing hubs of Africa.
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Automotive: the difficult path towards industrialization of the sector in Africa

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More and more groups want to produce cars in the Maghreb and West Africa. But the transformation of manufacturing plants in assembly lines is often hampered by the absence of their main suppliers.

After Renault, which has led the way in 2012 with its large Moroccan plant in Tangiers Med and then with that of Oran, inaugurated in 2014, automakers now look at the continent as a possible industrial base. The announcement in June 2015 by the head of PSA Peugeot Citroën, Carlos Tavares, establishment of a factory in Kenitra, Morocco, and another, under discussion in Algeria shows that the Africa is no longer perceived only as an import area. Prospective builders visits as Toyota and Volkswagen in several North African countries have increased in recent months. As with announcements on the part of Peugeot, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Honda or of Tata, launch or restart small assembly plants in Nigeria.

Renault Expands in Maghreb

In the North and in some countries south of the Sahara, the car factories are perceived, rightly, as true engines for the industrialization of a country likely to drain thousands of suppliers. Indeed, the manufacture of a vehicle includes a variety of components - metal, plastic, electrical, electronic, mechanical and pneumatic -, uses various technologies - stamping, sheet metal, assembly, and painting - and, for the maintenance cadences, logistics performance is required.



In North Africa, where sales reached significant volumes - between 200 000 and 300 000 new vehicles for the sole Algeria - as in the populous Nigeria potential eldorado, governments have realized they had enough attractive markets for decide to implant manufacturers. And set up customs and tax incentive policies. Still, it takes time.


In Algeria, the entry into operation of the Renault factory near Oran in 2014 may have left hoping that the order books of Algerian subcontractors garniraient overnight. This is still nothing. And for good reason: the Algerian automobile industry had disappeared in the 1970s.
No international equipment manufacturer - as Valeo and Faurecia - there is present. "The revival of the sector in Algeria can not be done in a snap. This is unrealistic and nonsensical to think we can create an ecosystem of car overnight. It is a long and gradual process, "said Latifa Liot, a consultant based in Algiers, where it supports projects of several international manufacturers. She said the Algerian subcontractors are still far from the level, recalling that the Moroccans have come a long way before opening Renault Tanger Med.

"The Kingdom of Morocco has undertaken continuously since 1960 in the industry with the factory somaca, based in Casablanca and privatized in 2003. Blending vehicles for Renault, Peugeot and Fiat, it was taken by the manufacturer to the diamond in 2011, "says Meftah from Casablanca Abdelaziz, secretary general of the Moroccan Association of Automotive (Amica), which comprises 90% of industry suppliers. "Being seduced car manufacturers like Renault and Peugeot has been possible thanks to the implementation of their great rank of suppliers, such as Japanese Yazaki [wiring] Takata [Security systems] and Sumitomo [glass and electronics] present with us for a long time, "says the Moroccan.
In their wake, the kingdom manufacturers were able to develop and spend two rank one rank, like Induver companies (glass manufacturer) and Tuyauto (tubes). "Our industry has grown and diversified, dethroning even in 2014, the chain phosphates to become the leading export sector, with a turnover of 4 billion euros", says Secretary General Amica.

"In Morocco and Algeria, we have buyers for teams working to increase our performance in terms of local integration [an administrative requirement also]. This is not to please the authorities, but above all to improve the competitiveness of our Moroccan plants, giving priority to the parts where logistics costs are high, especially wiring and seats, "explains Pascal Felten, Renault's industrial director for the Africa region - Middle East - India.

"The task is more difficult in Algeria, which has an automotive industrial base less developed than in Morocco, with less factory volumes, which thus do not attract our major tier suppliers a" recognizes the French which animates the industrial and logistics teams in Casablanca, Tangiers and Oran. "However, it is already supporting the development of specific pathways. The country has, for example, a real know-how in stamping and sheet metal. Mixed partnerships with manufacturers of panel suppliers in this respect would be a real asset to strengthen their skills, "analyzes Latifa Liot

"Only Morocco seems capable of supplying the West Africa region, even today almost exclusively driven by European and Asian factories, says the head of the Senegalese automotive, Jerome Barth. On the one hand, the number of routes between Tangier and Casablanca and the region increases. On the other hand, the kingdom Cherifian has free trade agreements with several countries, including Senegal and Mali, "says the dealer, who regrets see Mercedes vehicles manufactured in South Africa and for its concession back to Rotterdam before returning to Dakar, for lack of a direct maritime link.

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If the Renault factory in Tangiers has clearly been launched for its industrial competitiveness and its ability to export both Africa and Europe, most other plant projects on the continent, a much lower capacity, are more opportunistic. "In Nigeria, without tax and customs incentives, we do not would manufacture cars," admits Eric Maydieu, the Peugeot boss in the country, which reopened in 2014, with its local partner PAN, its assembly plant in Kaduna , shut down since 2011. Production in 2015 is expected only 400 vehicles: the models 301 and 508. "Here, we can not bring the cost per vehicle over that obtained in our factories Vigo [Spain] or Rennes [France], but quality requirements are the same, "he added.

At Renault, Pascal Felten is on the same wavelength. "To be competitive, a plant must grow in volume, like our plant in Tangier, which produces 800 vehicles per day, against 125 in Oran, whose production costs are naturally higher. But with the recent evolution of the Algerian regulations, which for cars manufactured locally, reduces taxes and allows the car loan, we are delighted to be present industrially in Algeria, "he says. The industrial director moreover provides in Nigeria starting a small winding mill disassembled vehicles in Europe by December, and is studying similar projects in Kenya and Angola, turned exclusively into their respective national markets. "In contrast, he says, Renault will not announce a short-term project the size of Tangier, export-oriented. "
The small assembly plants even born for tax and commercial reasons, may result in the birth or rebirth of some industrial countries. "There's a natural progression between the winding factories dismantled vehicles, the real assembly plants and large complete plants, the formation of body parts until the paint," says Pascal Felten, who takes the Morocco as a good example of this progression. Still, for those countries whose automobile tissue is low, the main challenge is to attract manufacturers to bring their large suppliers of rank one.

And when a leading manufacturer installs, to rely on him to produce locally encourages those who supply parts. Finally, in countries where the new car market is still very limited and irregular - such as Nigeria, with only 15,000 vehicles in 2015, against 50,000 in 2014 - it will be necessary to create conditions for a regional market to increase volumes. Not to mention the improvement of logistics and electrical capacity, essential for plants and their subcontractors.
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Automakers Shine Amid South African Gloom



As South Africa’s economy languishes near a recession there is one major success story: The car industry.

While mining companies such as Anglo American Platinum Ltd. and Lonmin Plc are among businesses cutting jobs and output in Africa’s most-industrialized economy, two of the world’s biggest automobile makers have announced investment of more than 10.5 billion rand ($737 million) in the past four months.

Companies including BMW AG, Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are taking advantage of the state’s automotive development program, which offers benefits and incentives to manufacturers. South Africa’s seven biggest vehicle producers have invested at least 24 billion rand in their plants in the past five years, helping to boost domestic output by about 30 percent, even after two consecutive years of strike-related stoppages and as local sales of new vehicles decline.Exports have climbed 44 percent in the same period.

The automotive industry “is one of the few examples we have of how industrial policy can really be an advantage to the country,” Gina Schoeman, an economist at Citigroup Inc., said in Johannesburg on Nov. 16.

While the incentive program ends in 2020, the government said this month it may extend the support and will lower the qualifying production threshold.The continuation of the program will be vital to the industry’s growth, Nissan Motor Co.’s local managing director, Mike Whitfield, said in an interview this month in Bloomberg’s Johannesburg office.
“If we didn’t have an automotive policy it’s highly unlikely we’d build cars here,” he said. “The numbers won’t work.”



As a result of the government program, German carmaker BMW has chosen its South African plant as the first outside the U.S. to produce the X3 luxury sports-utility vehicle and will spend more than 6 billion rand to switch from the 3-Series. That follows Volkswagen AG’s announcement that it will invest more than 4.5 billion rand to build new vehicle models, increase capacity and improve how it gets components and other materials to its factories. Nissan is also planning to build a new model from 2018 and double output from its plant at Rosslyn, near Pretoria.

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Damn, whenever we get closer to South Africa, they leap frog far ahead from us.
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There is room for both! South Africa and North Africa are not in economic competition
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Of course NicSA, my comment was said in jest. TVogue.
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a Hyundai bus assembly plant and tractors operational by April 2016 in algeria



A bus assembly unit and tractors go into production in Batna by March or April 2016, said the services of the wilaya Monday at APS.

The plant, the fruit of private investment, proceed to mounting urban and intercity buses and semi-trailer towing as part of a partnership between the Algerian side and the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai, said the same source.

Between 250 and 450 jobs will be offered by the future plant gradually expand its workforce to a thousand workers, said the services of the wilaya, adding that the unit was being assembled in the city of Batna.

It was also stressed that this assembly unit, whose production capacity was not specified, will have "some impact" on the economy since it will participate in the reduction of the import of this type vehicles
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Peugeot's factory in Algeria prime minstre to sign the agreement in the next February
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4 cars will assembled locally «Peugeot 301», «Peugeot 308», «» Peugeot »C Illizi» and «Peugeot 208»
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China, SA State-owned vehicle plant to be established in $800m investment



The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Beijing Automotive Group Corporation Limited (BAIC) intend to establish a new vehicle manufacturing facility in South Africa, in a $800-million investment, excluding land and buildings, says IDC spokesperson Mandla Mpangase.

The plant will produce passenger vehicles, multipurpose vehicles, bakkies and sports-utility vehicles for South Africa, Africa and other export markets. Around two-thirds of production will most likely be exported.

The project will start up with an initial capacity of up to 50 000 units a year, ramping up to 100 000 units a year, says Mpangase. He says the IDC and BAIC are yet to sign a memorandum of agreement that will formalise the cooperation between the two State-owned enterprises, with production set to start in the next two to three years.

The new production facility will create around 2 500 direct jobs. Mpangase says the automotive industry accounts for around 7% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“Adding another similarly sized [manufacturer] to the South African industry could push this figure to 8% of GDP, especially taking into account that the contribution by the mining industry is reducing.” Mpangase says the focus on exports means that the production facility will have to be placed at the coast. “This immediately implies either KwaZulu-Natal – Durban or Richards Bay – or the Eastern Cape – East London or Port Elizabeth.”


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New-vehicle sales decline by 4.1% in 2015, exports set new record

South African new-vehicle sales declined by 4.1% in 2015 compared with 2014. This follows a 0.7% drop in 2014 compared with 2013. Unaudited data released by the Department of Trade and Industry showed that South African new-vehicle sales decreased to 617 927 units in 2015, compared with 644 259 units in 2014.

Commenting on the data, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) on Thursday attributed the decline to a slowing domestic economy, interest rate increases, pressure on consumers’ disposable income and rising new vehicle prices. The new passenger car market contracted by 5.9% in 2015 compared with 2014, to 412 826 units, while the light commercial vehicle segment inched up 0.4%, to 174 490 units.

Sales of medium commercial vehicles declined by 4.9%, to 10 488 units, while sales of heavy trucks and buses dropped by 2%, to 20 123 units. New-vehicle exports, however, set a new record, at 337 748 units, up 20.5% on the 276 936 vehicles exported in 2014.

Exports could improve by some 42 000 vehicles, or 12.5 %, in 2016, to reach “a conservative” estimate of 380 000 units, said Naamsa.

Naamsa expected a decline in new-vehicle sales of between 3% and 5% in 2016, with the market to reach around 598 200 units – roughly 50 000 units less than 2014. Factoring in the expected improvement in exports, domestic production was expected to increase from 615 000 vehicles in 2015, to around 660 000 vehicles in 2016 – a 7.3% improvement.

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