Automotive Purchasing Weekly 20 October 2014 - page 21

20 October 2014
automotive purchasing
Port of Brunswickachieves
double-digit growth
October 15, 2014
Georgia Ports Authority Executive (GPA)
Director, Curtis Foltz, has reported double-
digit growth in total tonnage and a record
number of auto and machinery units moved
over Brunswick docks in fiscal year 2014.
Speaking at the Brunswick State of the
Port address on Tuesday, October 14, Foltz
said: “Our deepwater terminals in Brunswick
achieved broad growth in all business
sectors, including forest and farm products as
well as breakbulk cargo, auto and machinery
units. Total tonnage was up by 11.6 percent,
at more than 3.4 million tons of cargo.”
For the third straight year, the GPA
achieved a record total for auto and
machinery units, with a 10 percent
improvement in FY2014. Moving 700,702
roll-on/roll-off units constituted an increase
of 63,760. Most of that business, or 674,327
units, moved over Colonel’s Island terminal
in Brunswick. Taken individually, Colonel’s
Island Ro/Ro increased by 8.3 percent, or
51,625 units, compared to the previous fiscal
Vehicle expansions
“Georgia’s ports provide an important link
to overseas markets for US manufacturing
and farm production,” said GPA Board
Chairman James Walters. “Georgia’s
business-friendly tax structure and targeted
training programs make our state an
attractive home for industries hoping to
expand their global reach.”
New business in Brunswick includes
Honda imports, as well as expansions in the
number of vehicles moved for Audi, Bentley,
GM, Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mercedes-
Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Subaru
and Toyota.
Saying he expects strong growth to
continue in Ro/Ro traffic, Foltz detailed
opportunities for expansion on Colonel’s
Island. There are 696 acres in use on the
north side of the island, and 742 acres
permitted for expansion on the south side.
“Already the nation’s second busiest
auto handler, the Port of Brunswick is in an
excellent position to significantly expand
capacity and, in turn, grow its market share,”
Foltz said.
Funding approved
In addition to recapping FY2014
performance, Foltz reported on the
maintenance dredging of the Brunswick
Administration’s FY2015 budget included
$3.9 million for Brunswick maintenance.
The House Appropriations Committee has
approved funding at that level, which is down
from $5.3 million in FY14. Foltz said that in
response to the reduced federal funding, the
GPA Board approved spending up the $3
million to supplement federal maintenance
dredging funds.
As Foltz concluded: “We would like to
thank the Georgia delegation and the US
Army Corps of Engineers for their continued
efforts to address the shortfall of funding for
this critical infrastructure. Maintaining the
harbour at its authorised depth, both now
and in the future, is vital to the free flow of
trade at the Port of Brunswick.”
KAMAchief toheadOICA
October 15, 2014
Global carmakers’ body, the Organisation
d’Automobiles (OICA), will hold a general
assembly in Korea and appoint the head
of the Korea Automobile Manufacturers
Association (KAMA) as its chief.
The three-day gathering, set to take place
at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul from October 22,
will see some 50 auto industry heavyweights
from 22 countries, including Patrick Blain,
OICA chief and chairman of the French
Automobile Manufacturers’ Association
(CCFA), and Matthias Wissmann, president
of the German Association of the Automotive
Industry (VDA), in attendance.
During the general assembly, members
will elect Kim Yong-geun, president of KAMA,
as the new head of the OICA to succeed
outgoing chairman Blain. Kim will be the first
Korean to take the top job.
“The general assembly taking place in
Seoul proves Korean auto industry’s standing
in the global arena,” said an official of the
Paris- based OICA secretariat in a statement,
adding: “It will be an important forum where
the global auto industry’s pending issues
and prospects as well as market analysis and
policies on environmentally friendly cars will
be discussed.”
Members will hold a board meeting and
discuss authorisation of new members and
auto shows on its opening day. Diring the
following day, a round table and general
assembly will take place, where the election
of the new chairman will be announced.
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