MERCEDES-BENZ AND TRANSNET SEE RECORD EXPORTS IN APRIL
WHILE the future of individual vehicle ownership has been all but buried by researchers (see above report) Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Transnet partnership reported record exports of the C-Class from the factory and port in East London.
Recent reports have confirmed that Transnet and Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) recorded the highest units being handled in East London in April, with over 10 000 new vehicles exported.
This bodes well for the economy of the region and for the partnership of MBSA, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).
MBSA’s CEO and executive director of Manufacturing, Arno van der Merwe, said the total number of MercedesBenz W205 C-Class vehicles exported via the East London over the last three months amounted to 25 860. “In April we were the highest exporter of new vehicles in South Africa when we recorded a total of 10 674 exports, which is a huge achievement and a record for MBSA, the East London Port and the Eastern Cape as a province.
“Karl Socikwa, Chief Executive of Transnet Port Terminals, said by exporting such a volume of cars, the partners had contributed immensely in the sustenance of jobs and in turning the tide against the current economic slump,”
The parties The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa said new vehicle exports during April had registered a substantial improvement rising by 9 254 vehicles or 39,2% from 23 602 vehicles exported in April last year to 32 856 exports in April 2016. — WR.