Boost for SA motor trade

first_imgBus rank in Gandhi Square, Johannesburg.The city’s public bus transport system isundergoing an extensive revamp. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClub South Africa.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusTwo major investments into South Africa’s fast-growing motor industry were announced at the end of October. The local operations of Marcopolo and Volkswagen are to pump a total of R3.1-billion ($300-million) into expanding and upgrading their respective manufacturing plants.Bus manufacturer Marcopolo South Africa will invest R97-million ($10-million) into upgrading its manufacturing plant located in Germiston, east of Johannesburg. Managing director of the local operation Fabio Janowski da Cruz made the announcement at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which ran until 9 November.Cruz said that the expansion would be complete early in 2009. The Brazil-based bus maker opened its local branch in Polokwane in 2000 and moved to Johannesburg the following year. Besides South Africa and its four plants in Brazil, Marcopolo also has operations in Mexico, Portugal, China, and Colombia.The South African branch currently boasts a manufacturing capacity of 700 buses per year but once the upgrade is complete output is expected to increase to 1 800 units annually. The Germiston plant occupies almost 32 000 square metres and produces the Torino, Andare and Viale models.Some of these models, mainly the Torino and Andare, are exported to other African countries such as Tanzania, which is an important market for Marcopolo in South Africa.The expansion will mean the creation of more new jobs. The company’s staff complement currently numbers around 600 but will increase in 2009 to 1 000. Marcopolo has also established a training centre which will help foster the development of specific skills needed to maintain the motor industry’s competitiveness, such as welding, painting, and body building.As part of the ongoing upgrade to South Africa’s public transport system ahead of 2010 and the Fifa World Cup, there are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline around the country. Marcopolo is tendering for Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transport (BRT) project, which is in the initial stages of production.In this case the company will manufacture the 120-passenger articulated Gran Viale bus. A prototype of the popular vehicle has been developed and adapted specifically for the BRT project.Johannesburg is currently served by a bus fleet operated by Metrobus. The fleet consists of 532 single- and double-decker buses, of which about 200 are new models made by Volvo and Marcopolo in 2002.Multibillion investmentVolkswagen South Africa also announced a huge investment of R3-billion over the period up to 2010, mainly into its manufacturing plant in Uitenhage, the largest vehicle factory in Africa. This is in line with the company’s vision and strategy up to 2018.Volkswagen SA is an important link in the group’s global manufacturing chain, having secured a lucrative contract in 2008 to make diesel particulate filters for export to Volkswagen operations around the world.In 2006 the company upgraded its paint shop to the tune of R750-million ($75 000). With a surface area of 45 000 square metres, the new facility offers advanced application systems, materials, environment control and energy recovery systems that are on a par or better than those found elsewhere in the world.Now Volkswagen will continue the improvements with new production technologies in body shop and vehicle assembly operations; a new engine manufacturing strategy to supply both domestic and export markets; and new production systems.The investment is expected to further increase Volkswagen SA’s competitiveness in the domestic and global manufacturing arena, enabling the company to capture more growth opportunities on both fronts.Volkswagen also plans to increase the local content of its South Africa-made vehicles from 40% to 70%. The Marcopolo Gran Viale is also expected to have at least 70% local content.Motor industry gathering speedSouth Africa’s motor industry in both vehicle and component terms is undergoing a period of growth, driven largely by national government, which has implemented several support projects designed to stimulate development of the sector and attract more foreign investment.Among these are the Automotive Supplier Park and the Automotive Industry Development Centre. These initiatives provide the local vehicle manufacturing sector with essential support systems and streamlined supplier chains.The national Department of Trade and Industry and industry representatives are currently finalising the Automotive Industry Programme, which replaces the 1995 Motor Industry Development Programme. Both schemes have been drawn up with the intention of helping the local motor industry reach international competitiveness while remaining affordable at home.The latter programme expires in 2012 and the former will come into effect at that time with a strategy that will cover the period from 2013 to 2020.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesRea Vaya gathering speedCape Town’s new bus systemMotor industry to gather speedVW SA wins multibillion contractUseful linksMarcopoloJohannesburg International Motor ShowVolkswagen South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryJohannesburg MetrobusNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africalast_img read more

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Active membership in Ohio Farm Bureau shows growth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has announced an increase in its “active” membership for 2016. Now 61,459 Ohioans are active members, continuing the organization’s status as Ohio’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. Seventy-five county Farm Bureaus increased their active membership in the past year.“This accomplishment is largely thanks to our members,” said Adam Sharp, OFBF’s executive vice president. “Our current members were out knocking on doors, talking on the phone and helping people in their communities see the value of Farm Bureau and asking them to join our cause.”Sharp noted that a record eight Farm Bureau members won the Murray Lincoln award for signing 50 or more new members. In addition, 108 members earned the Ambassador Club award for signing a minimum of 10 new members.The active classification makes a member eligible to vote on Farm Bureau policies and hold elective office in the organization. The active status historically was reserved for farmers and rural landowners, but members voted to broaden the category in 2016 to include Ohioans whose professions are directly impacted by the health of the state’s agricultural sector. Ohio Farm Bureau traditionally represents approximately 80% of the farmers in the state. These farmers are now joined by others who have a direct stake in the issues advocated for by Farm Bureau.Membership in Farm Bureau is not limited to the active category, according to Keith Stimpert, Farm Bureau senior vice president, organization. The community membership is for “anyone interested in local foods, property rights, and protecting Ohio’s family farming heritage,” he said. Stimpert said there is also a young active membership category that provides young Ohioans the opportunity to get involved at a reduced dues rate. Our Ohio Supporters, while not members, can also support the work of Farm Bureau.“Farm Bureau members also enjoy an array of benefit programs that provide cost savings on a wide range of products and services,” Stimpert said. Some of the most popular benefits include member savings on some Nationwide insurance products, discounts on GM vehicles, small business Health Benefits Plans, discounts on hotels and tourist activities, savings on Rocky Brands and Lehigh Outfitters, and the Member Savings Advantage program that provides discounts on shopping and dining at many local and national businesses.last_img read more

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Randers GeoTour of Denmark (GT81)

first_imgThis summer, we are back! With our geocar, from Geneva, we will try to discover news places and of course enjoying them. A big thanks to each owners who show us a part of his country with a different eye. It’s like that the best ! Greetings from Switzerland! – Blackrose76 SharePrint RelatedGeoheimnisse der Region Hannover GeoTour (GT31)November 17, 2017In “GeoTours”Schatzhüterin GeoTourOctober 7, 2015In “GeoTours”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News” Today, the trip went to towards Randers to get some more of the geotour caches. The weather was perfect for geocaching and it was a nice trip along the small roads. Some exciting places and some exciting stories, so it was a pleasure to be on the tour. – TogLYou can earn up to three different GeoTour Randers geocoins when you find at least 22 qualifying geocaches. With so much to see and do, it is recommended that visitors set aside at least two days to complete the entire Randers GeoTour!Combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours here. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first!Share with your Friends:More Many thanks to all owners for the effort with their works, the fun for us with the caches, the showing of some great places, the integration in various beta tests (including a maintenance round) and a generally nice time during this summer ! – ANNI181 Randers is Denmark’s sixth largest city and offers all the amenities of a modern city without losing the connection to its past. Its proximity to nature allows for an active holiday with biking, hiking, or kayaking in the beautiful surroundings. Where else in Scandinavia will you find a tropical zoo akin to a jungle with over 200 species of animals living freely under three geodesic domes representing South America, Africa, and Asia? Or find a replica of Elvis’ home Graceland where you can learn about his life, music and see the world’s 10th largest collection of his belongings? GC738E7 – Udbyhøj Lystbådehavn, Udbyhøj Yacht Harbour feeds into the mouth of Randers Fjord.What else can be found in Randers? Denmark’s only GeoTour, GeoTour Randers (GT81), which is as diverse as the city that hosts it. So, grab your passport (for travel and geocache logging purposes) as you discover the 67 caches on this GeoTour!Galleri Grevelsgaard BL Geotour RandersTraditional Cache | GC7RMEJ | D1.5 / T1.5GC7RMEJ – Galleri Grevelsgaards creative owner and glass artist has designed the one-of-a-kind glass geocache container.This geocache, placed in collaboration with the creative owner of Galleri Grevelsgaard, sits proudly among many unique art pieces, including flowers made of glass, deer made of manipulated wood fibers, and a decoration made of 100% quality geocache material. You may mistake the cache container for another part of the outdoor collection, as it is sheltered by its own properly decorated matching glass hjem (home in Danish)!Memphis Mansion, Geotour RandersMystery Cache | GC70DCV | D2.5 / T2.5GC70DCV – Memphis Mansion, identical to Graceland in Memphis, houses the only Elvis Museum outside the USA.Memphis Mansion is a tribute to the King of Rock’n’Roll, and the exterior is identical to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. As the only Elvis museum outside the USA, it is also the only Elvis museum to host the final of a Mystery Cache on its grounds! The five stages take visitors to different sections of the museum, gathering vital information and Elvis trivia before arriving at the solution for the final coordinates. The city even enjoys a Randers City Blues Festival in the month of June. If visiting the city in August, don’t miss the annual Garden Party on location!VisitRanders, Geotour RandersTraditional Cache | GC75J1Q | D3 / T1.5GC75J1Q – Find the VisitRanders information building in the cozy square in the old city center of Randers.The building for VisitRanders, a destination for any and all tourist information, stands in the central, and very cozy, square in the old city center of Randers. On top of the building, you can see sculptures of the Neptune, god of the sea, Mercury, god of commerce, as well as the Vulcan, god of metalworking, Vulcan, as symbols of the most important sources of income of the town: shipping, commerce, and industry. During business hours, there is a Traditional Cache container cleverly tucked away inside the building that is more difficult to sign than you might think.What geocachers are saying:last_img read more

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