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COMMENT: NUMSA strike rhetoric needs injection of hope

28 Jul 2014 | Simon Warburton

As sticking points go, South Africa's so-called 'peace clause' has proved exceptionally tricky to shift....


COMMENT: High time NUMSA ended permanent state of war with employers?

17 Jul 2014 | Simon Warburton

Is the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) interested in promoting its members' conditions and working with employers in...


COMMENT: Chinese OEMs make their move on North Africa

28 Mar 2014 | Glenn Brooks

China's Shanghai GM Wuling, and BYD, have caused a surprise with world premieres at Algeria's national motor show. Renault and PSA should be...


COMMENT: "Avoidable" South Africa strikes bewilder negotiators

13 Sep 2013 | Simon Warburton

No sooner had the South African automotive industry thought it was out of the woods with the ending of one hugely damaging and costly strike...


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PSA starts production in Morocco

21 Jun 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has started production at its Kenitra plant in Morocco which has a capacity of 200,000 vehicles from mid-2020 to serve customers in 80 markets.


Nissan to add Navara pickup at South Africa factory

10 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan will spend ZAR3bn (US$214m) at its factory in Rosslyn, Pretoria, South Africa to prepare for production of the next generation Nissan Navara pickup.


Morocco’s auto sector boosts economy

10 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Morocco’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has said the North African country has reached nearly 81 percent of its goal in the Industrial Acceleration Plan (IAP) to boost jobs and that job creation has been strongest in Morocco's burgeoning automotive sector.


Ford to expand engine plant in South Africa

28 Mar 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its operations at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants, announced late last year.


Suzuki, Toyota, eye car making JV in Ghana

20 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Officials from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and CFAO are eyeing a joint venture to manufacture and distribute vehicles in Ghana.


Varroc Lighting opens Morocco facility

8 Mar 2019 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting Systems has opened a greenfield 17,000-square metre facility in Tangier, Morocco.


Nissan to build new car plant in Algeria

13 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Algerian partner Groupe Hasnaoui will invest a total of US$160m in a new Nissan vehicle plant in Algeria to meet growing customer demand in the country and across Africa.


Hyundai and Global Group of Algeria to produce commercial vehicles

18 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Company and Global Group of Algeria signed an agreement to jointly produce Hyundai’s commercial vehicles in Algeria as Hyundai continues to expand its foothold in commercial vehicle businesses around the world.


Audi and Sovac to produce selected models in Algeria

7 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi AG and the longstanding Audi importer Sovac have opened the assembly of three models in Algeria.


BMW Group, BASF and Samsung launch sustainable cobalt mining project

30 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of a cross-industry initiative, BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a joint cobalt pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



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