Mar 28, 2017 Last Updated 9:05 AM, Mar 28, 2017

Trainset manufacturing plant constructed in South Africa

ABN – Alstom, New Africa Rail and Ubumbano Rail have partnered to construct a rolling stock manufacturing plant near Johannesburg, South Africa.

The plant will produce electric multiple-units that were ordered by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

Alstom’s Lapa plant, which is based in Brazil, will supply the first 20 units of the 600 X’Trapolis Mega commuter electric multiple-unit order.

Production will run for 10 years at the Dunnottar site, which will produce 62 trainsets per year.

Alstom senior vice-president for Africa and the Middle East Gian Luca Erbacci said: “This project is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and Alstom through Gibela is proud to be part of it.

“This illustrates Alstom’s strategy to strengthen its presence at both global and local levels, thanks to its worldwide industrial footprint and strategic partnerships that enable proximity with its customers.”


Mahindra and Mahindra opens African business unit

ABN – Indian utility and tractor producer Mahindra and Mahindra has opened an African business unit in South Africa.

The company currently has an active presence in 20 African counties and it is hoping to spur on expansion throughout the continent.

Additional hubs have already been planned for Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt.

Mahindra South Africa CEO Ashok Thakur said: “There is no doubt that the African continent holds tremendous potential and the new African business unit will place Mahindra in a very strong position to strengthen its African presence.”

South Africa will be the central distribution channel for all products manufactured by the group.


Nissan Motors to introduce new car into Egyptian market

ABN – Nissan Motors (TYO: 7201) has announced plans to introduce a new locally manufactured car into the Egyptian market.

The company currently manufactures six types of cars for the Egyptian market, which includes the very popular Nissan Sunny as well as the Nissan Juke and Nissan Qashqai.

Nissan’s Egyptian investments currently amount to approximately US$100 million and it is the largest automotive manufacturer in the country.

The company has been providing Egypt with products and services for 10 years.

Christian Mardrus, senior VP of Africa, Middle East & India Region at Nissan Motor, said: “I am proud to be among Nissan’s team that helped and is still helping in pumping investments in to the Egyptian market.”


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