Automotive Purchasing News Review 23 September 2013 - page 1

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23 September 2013
Renault-Nissan&AVTOVAZsignCommon
PurchasingOrganization inRussia
Sep 18, 2013
The
Renault-Nissan
Alliance
and AVTOVAZ today (Sept. 18)
announced the establishment of a
common purchasing organization
in Russia. This structure will
manage a defined scope of
purchasing for Renault, Nissan
and AVTOVAZ joint activities
related to industrial equipment,
powertrains and vehicles based
on common platforms.
(Pictured, from left to right: Igor
Komarov, President of AVTOVAZ;
Sergey
Chemezov,
General
Director of Russian Technologies
and Chairman of the Board of
AVTOVAZ; Carlos Ghosn, Chairman
& CEO of the Renault-Nissan
Alliance and Ruben Vardanian,
Chairman of the Board of Directors
and CEO of the Troika Dialog
Group) (photo credit Alliance
Communications)
Approved
by
Russia’s
Federal Anti-monopoly Service,
the
"Common
Purchasing
Organization" LLC (CPO) is
equally owned by AVTOVAZ
and Renault-Nissan Purchasing
Organization (RNPO) on which it
will be modelled. Established in
GrimsbyRiverTerminalofficiallyopens
Sep 23, 2013
The official opening ceremony
was held last week, on the GRT’s
purpose-built pontoon, which is
located 349 metres from the bank,
and was marked by a Volkswagen
vehicle coming off one of the ships
berthed especially for the occasion.
The Grimsby River Terminal
(GRT), which will allow a new
generation of larger car carrying
vessels access to the port, was
completed in July at a cost of
£26 million.
Speaking at the opening,
ABP Port director Grimsby and
Immingham John Fitzgerald
(pictured) stated that this
investment represents a vote of
confidence in the town and the
start of what he believes will
be a long-awaited renaissance
for Grimsby.
“The port is seeing real
sustainable growth and this will
continue as long as organisations
such as Volkswagen Group UK,
DONG Energy, Centrica and
E.On have the foresight and the
confidence to invest.”
The existing lock gates limited
ship size to those capable of
carrying 800 vehicles but the
new terminal, which is located
outside the lock gates, will
provide berthing for two vessels
simultaneously, each carrying up
to 3,000 cars.
“The opening of the Grimsby
River Terminal marks another
important milestone in ABP’s
wider programme of investment
across the Humber, which we
expect will total at least £350
million over the coming years,”
added ABP chief executive,
James Cooper.
“This brand new terminal is
further testimony to ABP’s on-
going commitment to the Humber
region, to serving our customers
and to delivering growth.”
More
than
80
guests
attended the event including
representatives from Automotive
Supply Chain, Lord Haskins, chair
of the Humber Local Enterprise
Partnership, Peter Scott of
Graham Construction and Sam
Judah of the GBA Group, and
the opening was performed
by Robin Woolcock (pictured),
former managing director of
Volkswagen Group UK.
“I am privileged enough to
have seen this project right
through from conception to
completion and I’m proud to be
here to mark the opening of the
facility,” said Woolcock.
“Previously the lock put a
limit on the number of cars we
could bring into the port, so
we’re extremely grateful to ABP
for investing and securing the
future of the Volkswagen Group
at Grimsby.”
The Port of Grimsby and
Immingham shipped over 600,000
units in 2012 and manufacturers
serviced at the complex include
Volkswagen Group, Toyota, BMW,
Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Peugeot
Citroen, and Suzuki.
Ford to
further invest
heavily in
Ontarioplant
Sep 19, 2013
Citing a surge in new car
demand, Ford Motor Co
has announced its intention
to ramp up investment
to the tune of C$700
million
in
its
Oakville
assembly plant in Canada.
The strategy, propelled on
the back of North American
vehicle
demand
soaring
to
pre-recession
levels,
will see the automaking
giant increasing its annual
spending on Canada-made
auto parts by about C$200
million to nearly C$4 billion.
In addition, Ford said it
expected to add 2,800 jobs
at the plant, which would be
complete by the fall of 2014.
Reuters reported recently
that the next generation of
the Edge and MKX crossover
utility vehicles would be
assembled at the plant. The
facility currently manufactures
models such as Ford Edge,
Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and
Lincoln MKT.
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