Automotive Purchasing News Review 16 September 2013 - page 1

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Daimler CEO likely
positivedecisionon
Brazil plant thisyear
Sep 10, 2013
Ahead of the main fanfare this
Thursday, the 65th Frankfurt Motor
Show opened its doors to the
motoring media , ushering in some
of the most powerful executives of
the automotive world. One such big-
hitter, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter
Zetsche, said his company would be
makingadecisiononwhether tobuild
a Mercedes plant in Brazil this year.
“It’s difficult to grow in Brazil just on
imports alone. We will take a decision
within this year, with a positive
outcome being likely,” he said.
The plant would be able to
produce tens of thousands of
Mercedes cars each year and
could come on stream within three
years, Zetsche added.
Rolf launches terminal in Russia
Sep 12, 2013
ROLF SCS and DELO Group of
Companies have launched a new
terminal for handling vehicles at
Novorossiysk port with a capacity
of 50,000 cars a year.
The terminal shortens shipment
distances to Russia so vehicle
delivery takes only three days from
the port of Derince, Turkey, and the
delivery times to the South and North
Caucasus and Ural Federal Districts
are also greatly reduced.
“At the beginning of this year we
carried out a regional project by
launching our branch in the Far East
at full capacity,” said Alexander Larin,
director general of ROLF SCS. “With
the help of the Novorossiysk Terminal
we will shorten the times of vehicle
delivery to Russia. By opening the
strategically important South Gate
Novo (SGN) we will be able to build an
integral logistics network that covers
the whole territory and opens doors
and roads for our customers. I would
like to thank Toyota Company and
DELO Group of Companies for their
assistance and cooperation.”
The ceremonial launch of the SGN
terminal on 9 September was marked
by unloading 756 Toyota vehicles
from UECC’s M/V Autopremier and
Fumitaka Kawashima, vice president
of Toyota Motor LLC added, “For the
future we are planning to continue
improving the logistical operations in
order to achieve the maximum level of
customer satisfaction in Russia.”
In addition to vehicle delivery and
storage services, ROLF SCS - a joint
venture of ROLF Group of Companies
and NYK Group - offers custom
clearance and delivery of cars by car
transporters to any dealer within the
territory of Russia.
“Last year we were lucky enough
to meet one of the biggest logistics
company
delivering
imported
vehicles to Russia - ROLF SCS,”
addedAlexey Amaev, CEO“Kombinat
Stroycomplekt” OJSC, DELOGroup of
Companies. “Our acquaintance made
it possible to sign a large scale, long-
term and mutually beneficial contract
for trans-shipment of Toyota vehicles.
Today we are glad to welcome the
first ship entry and receive new cars
at our terminal.”
The capacity of the terminal
storage yard, which is the third cars
trans-shipment facility for ROLF SCS
in Russia, is 1,565 cars.
Derince is a seaport, town and
district in Kocaeli Province, Turkey
and the Port handles containers with
one general purpose shore crane of
35 tonne lifting capacity, four reach
stackers of 25 to 42 tonne capacity
and six empty container forklifts of 8
to 10 tonne capacity.
EUmust‘stopplayingpoker’warns
GMboss
Sep 11, 2013
Karl-Thomas Neumann (pictured),
head of Opel and president of
GM Europe, has used a Frankfurt
Motor Show conference to make
a case for closer co-operation
across the automotive industry.
Speaking at Future Summit,
organised by Die Zeit magazine
in collaboration with Opel,
Neumann urged joined up
thinking to tackle urbanisation,
increasing
energy
prices
and
ageing
populations.
He predicted that the basic
requirements
of
vehicle
manufacturing in 25 years time
will be much the same as today:
cars that are safe, affordable,
comfortable and sustainable.
As he explained: “People want
smaller cars that are inexpensive
and attractive,” he said. “There
will be limitations to personal
mobility and we will see more
and more car sharing.”
Neumann then called on
governments, especially those
in the Europe Union, to do more
to connect private mobility and
public transport, adding that
lawmakers in Brussels must ‘stop
playing poker’ with the industry
in terms of sustainability, saying:
“It’s not right that one car maker
can be fined for missing CO2
targets by 1gm while other
industries can trade green
licences,” he said.
Tata takes trucks from
Thailand toMalaysia
Sep 12, 2013
Six pick-up models of the Tata
Xenon, powered by diesel and
compressed natural gas engines,
will be exported to Malaysia and
distributed by DRB-Hicom Bhd.
Tata aims to ship 500 vehicles
from its Thai plant in the 2013
fiscal year, building on its
financial success of 2012, when
the Thai unit reported sales of
4,597 vehicles, a slight increase
from 4,586 in 2011.
Sanjay Mishra, chief executive
of Tata Motors Thailand, told the
Bangkok Post that Tata is also
studying shipping vehicles from
its Samut Prakan plant, which
is a joint venture with Thonburi
Automotive Assembly Plant Co,
to other neighbouring countries.
Mishra and Tata Thailand
hope the new export plans with
boost sales in the next financial
year by 10%, aiming to reach
10,000 units to export.
Tata is investing heavily in
Thailand, to the tune of ฿100
million (£1.9 million), and plan to
introduce the Nano in 2014 and
build sales to 2,000 in 2015.
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