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Market Square Volkswagen Uitenhage celebrates their Twentieth Anniversary

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On Wednesday 1 June 2016, Market Square Volkswagen Uitenhage will celebrate their Twentieth Anniversary – still providing customer excellence to their valued Client base, that spans the entire Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and still very much part of the Kelston Motor Group, a Company that has Branches nationally, and retains its Head Office in the Metro!

Volkswagen South Africa rated as the top plant in the global Volkswagen production network

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Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has been recognised as the top manufacturing plant in the global Volkswagen production network in 2015. VWSA achieved the highest index score of 113.2% amongst the 13 Volkswagen plants around the world. This was the first time that Uitenhage was rated as the top manufacturing plant since the Beetle production started in August 1951.

The 13 global Volkswagen production plants are all measured on the same key performance indicators such as production volumes, production quality, costs per unit, units produced per employee, Health and Safety incidents and the factory's improvements in reducing its carbon footprint.

Toyota SA invests R6,1 Billion to build new Hilux and Fortuner

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The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, and the Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, paid an official visit to Toyota South Africa's production plant at Prospecton, Durban on the occasion of the announcement that the Japanese automaker had invested R6,1 billion to upgrade its facilities to produce the best-selling Hilux and Fortuner models for local and export markets. The business session was hosted by Dr Johan van Zyl, Chairman of Toyota South Africa and Chief Managing Officer of Toyota Motors Europe. Mr Andrew Kirby, Toyota South Africa Motors President and CEO, delivered the introductory speech. Mr Jacob Zuma was the keynote speaker.

Ford Donates Engines to NMMU to Promote Training and Research

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Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is broadening its commitment to education, skills development, training and research by donating two locally produced Duratorq TDCi engines to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

The high-tech turbodiesel engines were handed over to the university’s Ford Engine Research Unit (FERU) by Jim Vella, President of the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Ockert Berry, FMCSA Vice President Operations, at a special media event today.

Volkswagen Group South Africa's Black-Owned Suppliers' Day hailed a success

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Today, 5 May 2016 Volkswagen Group South Africa hosted its first ever Black-Owned Suppliers' Day in Uitenhage.

The event, which was attended by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, and MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the Eastern Cape, Sakhumzi Somyo, presented a platform for 45 companies that meet VWSA's stringent supplier criteria to profile themselves to the local automotive industry.

"The concept of this pioneering suppliers' day in our industry originates from Volkswagen's determination to expand its business to black-owned suppliers. This will ensure that we continue to support the economic transformation in South Africa," stated Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of VWSA, in his opening address.

"Volkswagen takes the issue of procurement from black-owned suppliers as a

Positive trends for Ford in spite of tough market

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"We will continue to fire on all cylinders", said Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) CEO and President Jeff Nemeth during a business results media launch in Nelson Mandela Bay. Globally Ford has experienced a record quarter on the back of a record year, with the domestic sales market "bucking the trend".

GMSA Supports Vital Skills Base For the Automotive Industry

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As manufacturing industries have become more and more dependent on computerised and robotic machinery, the need to align its skills base has also increased.

To this end, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has been partnering with the local university, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), to ensure the required skills are developed for motor manufacturing in Port Elizabeth.

According to GMSA's Training and Organisational Development Manager, Wayne Osborne, the eight year sponsorship of the Chair in Mechatronics at the NMMU is vital in enabling the institution to contribute meaningfully towards the manufacturing industry's requirements.

Mechatronics combines a number of aspects of engineering, including mechanical and electrical engineering, robotics, programming and computer-aided design. NMMU is the only university in the Eastern Cape offering a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechatronics.

Volkswagen honoured for contribution to Empowerment and Transformation in business

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Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) was recently awarded the Legends of Empowerment & Transformation award by Oliver Empowerment. This honorary award which is given at the discretion of the Oliver Empowerment Awards Editorial Board, was presented to VWSA at the Oliver Empowerment Award gala dinner event held at the Emperors Place in Kempton Park.

The Legends of Empowerment and Transformation Award honours companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to transformation in South African. The award aims to inspire and encourage other corporate companies to support transformation.

Continental Tire Announces Launch of New Legal Entity for West Africa

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Continental Tire will be expanding its presence in West Africa with the launch of a new legal entity for the region, based in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, on 20 April 2016.

"Expansion into the crucial Sub-Saharan Africa markets, and West Africa in particular, is a fundamental part of our growth strategy across the continent," says Shaun Uys, Managing Director of Continental Tire Sub-Saharan Africa.

"The tyre industry in Africa is generally under-serviced by the major manufacturers, and is dominated by cheap imports. We're aiming to change this with the establishment of the new legal entity for Continental Tire in Ghana, which will create the platform to expand our footprint and maximise our exposure in the market."

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