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The Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2013-2023 – Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile

Posted on 16 May 2013 by Africa Business

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The Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2013-2023 – Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile

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Synopsis

This report provides readers with a comprehensive analysis of the Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market through 2013-2023, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators for Armored and Counter IED Vehicles. It also provides an insight on the spending pattern and modernization pattern in different regions around the world.

Summary

The global armored and counter IED vehicles market valued US$23.4 billion in 2013, and will increase at a CAGR of 2% during the forecast period, to reach US$28.7 billion by 2023. The market consists of six categories: APCs, LMVs, IFVs, MRAPs, MBTs and Tactical Trucks. The IFV segment is expected to account for 34% of the global armored and counter IED vehicles market, followed by the MBT segment with a share of 26.2%.

Reasons To Buy

“The Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2013-2023 – Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile” allows you to:

– Gain insight into the Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market with current and forecast market values.- Understand the key drivers and attractiveness parameters of the global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market.- Understand the various factors impacting the growth of the Armored and Counter IED Vehicles market.

Table of Contents 1 Introduction

1.1 What is this Report About?

1.2 Definitions

1.3 Summary Methodology

1.4 About Strategic Defence Intelligence

2 Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Size and Drivers

2.1 Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Size and Forecast 2013-2023

2.1.1 Global armored and Counter IED vehicles market expected to increase during the forecast period

2.2 Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market – Regional Analysis

2.2.1 North America is expected to lead the global Armored and Counter IED vehicles market

2.2.2 New programs in armored vehicles in the US to support the global armored and counter IED vehicles market

2.2.3 Armored and counter IED vehicles market to be robust in Europe

2.2.4 Asia to be a lucrative market for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.2.5 Saudi Arabia and Israel expected to lead the armored and counter IED vehicles market in the Middle East

2.2.6 Demand for armored and counter IED vehicles in Africa is expected to reach US$910 million by 2023

2.2.7 Brazil to lead the armored and counter IED vehicles sector in the Latin American region

2.3 Armored and Counter IED vehicles Sub-Sector Market Size Composition

2.3.1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Main Battle Tanks to witness strong demand

2.3.2 IFVs to account for the highest expenditure in the global armored and counter IED vehicles market

2.3.3 Market size of Main Battle Tanks expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% during forecast period

2.3.4 Armored Personnel Carriers market to experience a marginal decline

2.3.5 Scheduled withdrawal of peacekeeping forces and integration of anti-mine armors on all vehicles to lower MRAP vehicle market

2.3.6 Light Multirole Vehicles market size is expected to decline during the forecast period

2.3.7 Tactical trucks market size expected to witness steady decrease in demand

2.4 Demand Drivers and Growth Stimulators

2.4.1 International peacekeeping missions expected to propel demand for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.4.2 Modernization initiatives will drive the demand for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.4.3 Internal and external security threats fuel the global demand for armored and counter IED vehicles

2.4.4 Increasing costs and capability of armored and counter IED vehicles result in demand for multirole vehicles

2.5 Defense Budget Spending Review

2.5.1 European capital expenditure expected to increase during the forecast period

2.5.2 Asian defense budgets expected to increase at a robust pace

2.5.3 North American defense expenditure projected to decline marginally during the forecast period

2.5.4 Modernization programs likely to drive defense expenditure in South American countries

2.5.5 Military budgets of African countries expected to increase during the forecast period

2.5.6 Defense budgets of Middle Eastern countries likely to increase during the forecast period

2.6 Defense Modernization Review

2.6.1 Debt crisis in Europe leading to postponement of modernization plans

2.6.2 Arms race in Asia reflected in modernization plans

2.6.3 North American modernization plans marginally affected by economic recession

2.6.4 Modernization programs in South America driven by replacement of obsolete armaments

2.6.5 African countries mainly spending on infantry weapons and surveillance and monitoring equipment to slow growing crime rate

2.6.6 Middle Eastern countries pursuing modernization of air force and air defense systems

3 Appendix

3.1 Methodology

3.2 About SDI

3.3 Disclaimer

List of Tables Table 1: Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Overview

Table 2: Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Overview

List of Figures Figure 1: Global Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 2: Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Breakdown by Region (%), 2013-2023

Figure 3: North American Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 4: European Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 5: Asia-Pacific Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 6: Middle East Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 7: African Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 8: Latin American Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market (US$ Million), 2013-2023

Figure 9: Armored and Counter IED Vehicles Market Breakdown by Segment (%), 2013-2023

Figure 10: Global IFV Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 11: Global MBT Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 12: Global APC Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 13: Global MRAP Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 14: Global LMV Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 15: Global Tactical Truck Market Size (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 16: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three European Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 17: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three Asian Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 18: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top North American Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 19: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three South American Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 20: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three African Countries (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

Figure 21: Defense Capital Expenditure of Top Three Middle Eastern Defense Spenders (US$ Billion), 2013-2023

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Odyne Systems Showcased Unique New Walk-In Van Hybrid Power Application at the 2013 NTEA Work Truck Show

Posted on 10 March 2013 by Africa Business

U.S. Department of Energy Director of Vehicle Technologies Program Met with New GTA President, Joe Dalum, to Learn More About Odyne Plug-In Systems

Waukesha, WI, March 09, 2013 –(PR.com)– Pat Davis, Program Manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy and Ron Schoon, Executive Manager – Partnership Development, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) visited with Odyne Systems President and CEO, Joe Dalum, on Tuesday, March 5, during the Green Truck Summit. While visiting Odyne’s booth at the NTEA show, they got a closer look at the Odyne plug-in hybrid system that is reducing diesel fuel consumption up to 50%, depending on duty cycles, in work trucks. Davis noted there are a number of forces coming together to support expansion of alternative energy vehicles – a combination of improving technology, new capability to manufacture critical components, new product offerings, new policy incentives and continuing concern regarding our dependency on petroleum. In the area of improved technology, batteries are two to three times better than what they were just a few years ago and the costs for those improved batteries are coming down.

Odyne Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty work trucks, showcased its advanced hybrid propulsion system in booth 5566 at the National Truck Equipment Association show March 6-8 in Indianapolis, IN, and had a unique new application in a walk-in van on display at the Ride & Drive event. The event also provided an introductory platform to showcase the new relationship between Allison Transmission and Odyne Systems. Allison and Odyne introduced a new co-marketing program for the Odyne hybrid system, including a new joint logo and brochure, and engineering collaboration to optimize the drivetrain.

Joe Dalum and Joe Pellissier, Process Improvement Manager at NV Energy, spoke at the GTA on “Measuring Duty Cycles and Making the Business Case for Hybrid Electric.”

About Odyne Systems, LLC
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Odyne’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Odyne has fielded more plug-in hybrid trucks to fleets throughout the United States than any other supplier. The company sells its unique modular hybrid system direct to truck manufacturers and through a global distribution and service network. The name Odyne represents the combination of “O” for Optimal and “dyne” for power or force. Odyne’s hybrid system for medium and heavy duty trucks represents the best hybrid power solution for large trucks. For further information, visit us at www.odyne.com and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.

About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and military vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary. With a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa, Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at www.allisontransmission.com.

Picture Caption: Joe Dalum, President, Odyne, discusses the Odyne system with (l-r) Ron Schoon, Executive Manager, NREL, Patrick Davis, Program Manager, Vehicle Technology at the Department of Energy, and Lee Styslinger III, Chairman and CEO, Altec, Inc.

Contact Information
Odyne Systems, LLC
Louise Hermsen
262-544-8405

www.odyne.com

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Doosan Dump Trucks Key to Kenyan Dam Project

Posted on 13 February 2013 by Africa Business

In Kenya, a fleet of eight Doosan MT41 articulated dump trucks (ADTs) is being utilised on a dam project in the Chemususu in the Rift Valley, 250 km north east of the capital, Nairobi.  This is one of several dams being constructed with heavy investment from the government of Kenya to make access to safe water much easier, removing the need for the long journeys to remote water sources made every day by women and children from small villages across the country to fetch water for their families.

Curves in the road of 360° are no obstacle to the Doosan ADTs

 

The works for the Chemususu Dam started in 2009 and will cover a total of 95 hectares and the dam will provide a capacity of 11 billion cubic metres of water when it is finished.  The Doosan MT41 ADTs are being used by a company called Frabo & Co Ltd to carry rock down the steep slopes of a nearby quarry and on to the site of the dam.  Several million tonnes of rock must be extracted from the hillsides and transported by the Doosan trucks to help form the gigantic dam wall which will have a height of 60 m.

Doosan ADTs are constantly moving up and down the steep mountain roads

 

Commenting on the Doosan MT41 ADTs, Mr Booker Mbugua, Managing Director of Frabo & Co Ltd, said:  “The Doosan ADTs are the best machines for the job.  During the rainy season, the dusty roads turn into slippery and very muddy surfaces.  With their tandem bogie system, the Doosan trucks have no difficulty climbing up the slopes.  They always have traction.  As a result, we do not have to stop working when the rain falls.”

 

According to Mr Mbugua, some of the roads on the project have near to 360° curves.  With the turning ring mounted at the front of the trucks, the Doosan ADTs ensure excellent stability, preventing tyre wear and avoiding the use of a differential lock system.

On the 60 m high dam wall

 

To reach the dump site on top of the high stone wall at the dam, the operators have to drive backwards into a very narrow piece of road between the cliffs.  According to the operators, the excellent visibility offered by the Doosan machines ensures that they can dump the load with no fear as they can see all around when driving in reverse.

 

The Chemususu Dam is due to be finished in the summer of 2013.  It is estimated that it will produce a daily total of 35 million cubic metres of water.  The water is treated in a specialised plant before being distributed to the various neighbouring communities.  This will have a huge positive impact on the lives of many women and children, who will have fresh and clean water nearby, and will instead be able to spend the hours they normally lose every day collecting water, in education and in caring for their homes and families.

 

For more information about Doosan construction equipment, visit www.doosanequipment.eu

 

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Russian Railways Logistics delivers cargo from Turkey in spite of severe weather conditions

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Africa Business

Moscow, Russia, January 2013 – Russian Railways Logistics organized multimodal transportation of feldspar for ceramic tile production business of UNITILE Holding from port of Gulluk in Turkey to the Russian cities of Voronezh and Shakhty. The process of shipment consisted of freight forwarding, transshipment at the port of Rostov-on-Don and the final delivery of feldspar to consignees – JSC PKF “Voronezh ceramic factory” in Voronezh and Trading House Stroyfarfor LTD in Shakhty (Rostov region).

 

Delivery of goods to the destined port was hindered by severe weather conditions in December 2012, namely frost, storm and insufficient water level in the river of Don. In spite of these force-majeure circumstances Russian Railways Logistics promptly took measures to fulfill the contractual obligations to the client.

 

The branch of Russian Railways Logistics in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don in cooperation with the management of the port of Rostov city, took actions to organize icebreaking services for vessels and to change the port of destination. After becoming the hostages of severe weather conditions on the sea, ”Esaul” and “Comanche” ships were welcomed at the Universal Port of Rostov and their cargo was unloaded and transferred to the trucks and  sent to the city of Shakhty and forwarded by rail to Voronezh-Kurskiy station of South-Eastern Railway.

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ABOUT Russian Railways Logistics

JSC Russian Railways Logistics was founded in 2010 for the purpose of logistics business development within “Russian Railways” Holding. In cooperation with Russian Railways Holding subsidiaries and leading global transportation companies RZD Logistics offers high-quality delivery solutions for its customers all over the world.

In 2011 RZD Logistics organized more than 1.5 mn tons of cargo delivery. Net profit of the company of amounted to RUB97.2 mn in 2011.

Russian Railways Logistics offers rail, road and sea-freight, storage and terminal handling, customs and insurance services, supply chain management.

For further information please go to www.rzdlog.ru

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RollingMedia (South Africa): A Trucking Good Idea

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Africa Business

Cape Town, South Africa, January 10, 2013 –(PR.com)– Hot on the heels of international trends, RollingMedia is delighted to launch an innovative suite of media packages for brands looking to maximize their outdoor visibility.

In Europe, Asia and the USA, truck advertising via established fleets is often a valued component of the brand media mix. And now RollingMedia in South Africa is offering an exciting opportunity for brands wanting to advertise on their fleet of more than 300 nationwide trucks.

Using innovative print technology and with options to suit both established and upcoming brands, RollingMedia elevates the concept of branding on the side of fleet trucks to moving art that looks great and creates a lasting impression.

Patrick Wharton-Hood, MD of RollingMedia, says that “Research studies indicate that consumers actually appreciate quality truck branding and do not regard it as intrusive as conventional billboards.”

Used as part of a strategic marketing plan, a truck fleet will not only deliver a product, but a strong message. According to Wharton-Hood truck advertising He says “on just one truck operating in a large metropolitan area can deliver more than 40,000 advertising impressions every day.”

The key to maximizing success of this medium is to have a simple message and a striking visual that guarantees your brand will stand out from the crowd. Using a design team who understand this medium is recommended, and RollingMedia has partnered with an established design agency to offer clients the option of designing bespoke solutions for the side of their fleet trucks.

From full body wraps covering the entire truck in a sleek looking second skin, to single side panels, campaigns can be tailored to specific urban areas, regions, or nationwide.

Advanced fleet tracking technology means effective measurement and evaluation is guaranteed, and Wharton-Hood is in no doubt the “advertisers will reap the benefits.”

A special pre-launch offer of 50% off advertised rate card is available on campaigns booked before the 31st January 2013.

So visit www.rollingmedia.co.za, get your brand on the road, and leave a lasting impression with consumers.

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Ex-Im Approves $15.7 Million Direct Loan to Finance Export of American-made Fire Trucks to Nigeria

Posted on 10 January 2013 by Africa Business

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a $15.7 million direct loan to the state government of Lagos, Nigeria, to underwrite the purchase of 32 American fire-fighting vehicles manufactured by W.S. Darley & Co. (Darley) of Itasca, Ill.

The loan, which is in line with the Administration’s “Doing Business in Africa Campaign,” will support approximately 100 U.S. jobs, according to bank estimates derived from Departments of Commerce and Labor data and methodology. Moreover, 65 percent of the financing is expected to support American small businesses.

“This transaction reflects our continued commitment to increasing exports to sub-Saharan Africa while supporting American small-business jobs,” said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg . “Additionally, the financing, which targets one of our nine key markets, ensures the government of Lagos can respond efficiently and effectively to emergency situations.”

The State of Lagos, which is home to Nigeria’s commercial center and largest city of the same name, plans to upgrade its fleet of fire-fighting vehicles. The governor of Lagos has declared that the expansion and re-equipping of the fire service is an urgent matter of state security.

Darley is a family-owned small business founded in 1908. The company, which has exported its products to foreign markets since the 1940s, designs and manufactures firefighting trucks, equipment, pumping, and safety gear.

“Darley Company is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Lagos Nigeria Fire Service on this important contract,” said Peter Darley , vice president of Darley. “This project was only possible because our customer was able to secure financing with the assistance of Ex-Im.  As a small business, this type of support meant we were able to compete with other companies outside of the U.S. for this business. Darley, as well as some of our key partner suppliers, will need to hire new employees so we can fulfill this order.”

Darley’s Africa Representative, Trinity International Inc. of Potomac, Md., arranged the transaction.

In FY 2012, Ex-Im Bank authorized more than $1.5 billion to support U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa.

ABOUT EX-IM BANK:

Ex- Im Bank is an independent federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.

Ex- Im Bank approved $35.8 billion in total authorizations in FY 2012 – an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6.1 billion directly supporting small-business export sales – also an Ex-Im record. Ex- Im Bank ‘s total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 255,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.

SOURCE Export-Import Bank of the United States

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Russian Railways Logistics Starts Transportation of Synthez-Kauchuk Products to India, Indonesia and South-East Asia

Posted on 10 January 2013 by Africa Business

Russian Railways Logistics started transportation of the finished goods produced by JSC Synthez-Kauchuk for export. The first 30 containers with the company cargo were shipped at the end of December 2012 to India, Indonesia and South-East Asia. Russian Railways Logistics branch in St. Petersburg provided the service including sending trucks to the plant, transportation of the cargo to logistic terminal in St. Petersburg, Russia, cargo containerization at the terminal, delivery of loaded containers to the port, port forwarding and sea freight.  Starting from January 2013 the current scheme with the truck involvement will be supplemented by the option of empty containers provision to the plant and returning the loaded containers by rail to the port.

JSC Synthez-Kauchuk is one of largest Russian producers of propylene, cis-isoprene, epichlorohydrin and other types of synthetic rubber. In 2009 the company became the second company in Russia to start commercial production of new environmentally friendly styrene butadiene rubber. Currently the company exports its products to the countries like Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Poland, Hungary, China, India, Indonesia, and South Korea.

ABOUT Russian Railways Logistics

JSC Russian Railways Logistics was founded in 2010 for the purpose of logistics business development within “Russian Railways” Holding. In cooperation with Russian Railways Holding subsidiaries and leading global transportation companies RZD Logistics offers high-quality delivery solutions for its customers all over the world.

In 2011 RZD Logistics organized more than 1.5 mn tons of cargo delivery. Net profit of the company of amounted to RUB97.2 mn in 2011.

Russian Railways Logistics offers rail, road and sea-freight, storage and terminal handling, customs and insurance services, supply chain management.

For further information please go to www.rzdlog.ru

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Aggressive Expansion Strategy Key to Leveraging Opportunities in EMEA’s Hyper-Competitive Hybrid/Electric Market, States Frost & Sullivan

Posted on 15 August 2012 by Africa Business

 

Hybrid and electric medium- to heavy-duty truck and bus production in EMEA set for sustainable growth and development

LONDON, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Europe will emerge as the most competitive regional market for hybrid and electric medium-heavy trucks and buses, globally. This will be particularly true for the transit bus segment, which is expected to experience proliferation of competitors, both on the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and supplier side.

An analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the Medium- to Heavy-duty Hybrid and Electric Commercial Vehicle Market in EMEA Region, estimates that nearly 7 per cent of all medium-heavy commercial vehicles manufactured globally in 2020 will have hybrid/electric powertrain systems in them.

“Energy price volatility, energy independence, and rising consumer demand for green technologies, coupled with OEM and supplier activities in developing hybrid/electric commercial vehicles (CVs) are creating a foundation for sustainable growth and development,” notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Bharani Lakshminarasimhan. “In fact, of all alternative powertrain technologies, hybrid technology places the least pressure on existing infrastructure.”

Hybrid and electric medium-heavy truck and bus production is set to reach 45, 000 in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 2020. Parallel hybrids are, meanwhile, set to account for over half of all commercially manufactured medium-heavy hybrid and electric commercial vehicles.

This will underline the need to develop innovative products, technologies and supply chains that will reduce both upfront and lifecycle costs associated with these vehicles, which, at the moment, are perceived as prohibitive by many potential customers. OEMs and suppliers are working, both independently and synergistically, through a combination of vertical and virtual integration, to support growth momentum in this rapidly evolving market.

“The biggest challenge in the market currently is the high upfront cost of technology and the inability of hybrid/electrics to support a wide range of CV duty cycles, especially long-haul freight movement,” remarks Mr. Lakshminarasimhan. “Nascent battery technology and competing emerging technologies such as liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas (LPG/CNG)-powered CVs are impeding faster market penetration of hybrid and electric CVs.”

Product differentiation is vital for OEMs focusing on enhancing the penetration of hybrid/electric CVs. Power electronics is emerging as a key focal point for OEMs, some of whom are looking at vertically integrating this aspect of the hybrid/electric powertrain system. This is highlighting the need for virtual integration of suppliers with OEMs, wherein suppliers can assume the R&D responsibilities of OEMs.

In future, the margins for module suppliers will shrink. It will be a similar case for component suppliers as OEMs begin exerting pricing pressures as volumes start to grow. Duty cycle restriction of present day hybrids indicates the need for concerted strategies aimed at developing vehicles and products that deliver the highest efficiencies in certain targeted vocations and duty cycles.

“OEMs need to develop duty cycle focused product platforms,” concludes Mr. Lakshminarasimhan. “Suppliers need to focus on vertical integration to ensure sustainable market growth and development.”

If you are interested in more information on Frost & Sullivan’s study Strategic Analysis of the Medium- to Heavy-duty Hybrid and Electric Commercial Vehicle Market in EMEA Region, please send an e-mail with your contact details to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at katja.feick@frost.com.

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GAMBIA-SENEGAL TIMBER UNDERHAND DEAL FEEDS CHINA

Posted on 12 August 2012 by Amat JENG

 

Amat JENG

 

While some youths in the sister countries of Senegal and The Gambia, as well as dealers in the illegal felling and selling of timbers in these countries, are making a living from the crumbs of the proceeds of the deal, big brother China, the rapidly growing investor and donor partner to Africa, is getting the lion’s share of the deal.

For centuries people in rural Gambia and Cassamance have lived a semi-buoyant life with their dense and rich forests, not really realizing the potential these forests have in store for them.

Whilst a new generation of wealth-starved youth has emerged and erratic rains that rendered poor harvests have left no light at the end of the tunnel for them and their families to grow what they eat, the youth segments of these regions have, for the past two years, been looking to the forest for survival.

About five years ago, at this time of the year, the proletariats and those living in the bottom of the heaps started hoarding, saving for the rainy days, and managing their seasonal earnings amidst soaring food prices in both local and regional markets.

 

Africa's forests have been robbed off their resources to fed China's burgeoning market

This time around, the scene of life is a whole lot of a new ballgame: villagers at the Gambia-Cassamance border are living a glamorous life, driving luxurious motorbikes (Fedemco Riders), and many of them have jumped from the life of hand to mouth and have rather developed an extravagant lifestyle tantamount to that of Khlestakov in Nicolai Gogol’s 1836 satirical play – The government Inspector.

As it clearly appeared, many people situated at the border ends of Gambia-Cassamance are enjoying the cake at the disposal of their grandparents had they exploited the resources in its decades ago.

Middle-class and poor households have found solace in the business: they would purchase enough bags of rice and condiments to cover the next two to three months, when the food crisis will be at its peak.

The whole story goes and comes: the illegal business starts in Cassamance and ends in The Gambia. In Cassamance, energetic youth fell timbers illegally – illegally because Senegal has banned it – to make ‘fast-money’, as they call it.
“You can see every timber I [illegally] fell to the ground, I am expecting to earn a minimum of D500,” Malick Camara, a youth in his mid-twenties, told this paper.

In the illegal logging business, there is a division of labour. Those that fell the trees are not responsible for smuggling the logs into The Gambia; those that smuggle them do not load them in trucks; and those who load them do not own them, neither do they go and sell them.

Thus, to smuggle them into The Gambia, men use donkey and horse carts to ply 15-20km to have the logs into the country, where trucks are on the wait with other groups of young men to off-load from the carts and load in the trucks that are bound for the city. The centre for activities has now shifted from some parts of CRR South to URR, around the Jimara district.

 

The logging now also include trees of the Mahogany species

Therefore, this tripartite choreography of the movement of the business is a clear indication that the real people fuelling this illegal business are pulling the strings behind doors: they do not want to be seen doing the real job, yet they cannot also let loose the gains in the business – a kick in the teeth for some people.
“They [the Senegalese authority] do appear surreptitiously and threaten to arrest us, but when we put our hands in our pockets, they let us go with a caution: ‘Don’t come back again’,” Musa Jallow, 23, told MarketPlace.

Musa’s job is to smuggle the timbers to The Gambia, but like many others, he is better off and now he buys five to ten logs of timber on the spot and smuggles them for himself into The Gambia and sells them at high cost.

“Sometimes when I am to smuggle for somebody with my donkey-cart, it takes me maximum two trips a day; and each trip costs a minimum of D700,” he added.
Jallow, like Camara, came from Saradou, a village in Cassamance, 5km from The Gambia, and settled in Sare-moussa in Cassamance purposely to smuggle logs to The Gambia.
We make money very quickly, but you can see when the Senegalese forest officials come, we have to run into the bush and hide, otherwise, we will rot in jails in Kolda – this shows you that we are in an illegal business,” Jallow explained.
Both Senegal and The Gambia have banned the illegal trading of timbers, yet the business has not ceased, and not without the knowledge of both governments’ responsible authorities.

 

A recent China-Africa meeting include among others, economic cooperation

A journey through the length and breadth of the country, using trans-Gambia highway will be an eye-opener to many that the timber business is gaining momentum: lines of timbers lying along the road, waiting to be transported to the city for China.
Whilst the face of poverty is gradually fading for three-thirds of these communities that have benefitted from the trade, important questions are: how long will this continue to impact on the people, and what negative impact does this have on the socio-economic lives of the few that have not benefitted.

Abdoulie Barry, a timber-made tycoon, tried to say something: “I know we have touched the lives of few people, by putting it in limbo: the rain shows no sign of giving farmers good harvest and this is partly blamed on our activities, that we have rendered the bush empty.
“If there would be a prolonged dry spell, the food crisis situation is feared coming again.

However, despite many farmers are tightening their belts and keeping fingers through bones in order to avert a replica of the previous season, a good number of them, especially those that have not benefitted from the logging, are having their hands on their heads, waiting to see the endgame.

Fears mounted in Cassamance that the Gambia government has said it will close its border to illegal timbers at the end of this month.

Source: http://www.mediarevolution-amat.blogspot.com/2012/08/gambia-senegal-timber-underhand-deal.html

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Ex-Im Bank Approves Record $1.5 Billion in Financing of U.S. Exports to Sub-Saharan Africa in First Three Quarters of FY 2012

Posted on 10 August 2012 by Africa Business

 

Ex-Im Bank Expands Cover Policy in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Angola

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ — In the first three quarters of FY 2012, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) approved a historic $1.5 billion in financing to support U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa, surpassing the previous record of $1.4 billion for the entire year in FY 2011.

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The increase was driven by export growth in several sectors, including machinery, vehicles and parts, commodities and aircraft. Two of the top markets for U.S. exports in the region are South Africa and Nigeria, which are among Ex-Im Bank’s nine key country markets.

“Proportionately, Ex-Im Bank supports more U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa than it does to the world at large. Last year, we financed 6.7 percent of U.S. exports to this region. With this new record in sub-Saharan authorizations already achieved in FY 2011, we are on target to increase that percentage,” said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is a priority region because many countries have strong prospects for long-term economic growth and infrastructure development. We want to help more U.S. exporters increase their sales to this emerging region,” he added.

In 2012, Ex-Im Bank expanded its cover policies in four sub-Saharan African countries: Cameroon (opened for long-term in the public sector), Ethiopia (opened for short-term and medium-term in both the public and private sectors), Tanzania (opened for long-term in the public sector) and Angola (opened for long-term in the private sector). The cover policies changes were approved by the Bank’s board of directors, following upon country-risk upgrades determined through an interagency country-risk review process.

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Hochberg, Vice Chair Wanda Felton and Bank staff conducted a business-development mission in sub-Saharan Africa from August 6 – 10, visiting South Africa and Mozambique. The trip included participation in the U.S.-South Africa Strategic Dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pretoria on August 7.

On August 7, Chairman Hochberg signed a Declaration of Intent with the Industrial Development Corp. of South Africa Ltd. (IDC), indicating Ex-Im Bank’s interest in financing up to $2 billion of U.S. technologies, products and services to South Africa’s energy sector, with an emphasis on clean-energy technologies.

Recent Ex-Im Bank success stories in sub-Saharan Africa:

In April, Ex-Im Bank authorized a $37.2 million loan guarantee to support the export of U.S. road-construction equipment and related services by Hoffman International Inc. in Piscataway, N.J., to the Republic of Cameroon. Ex-Im Bank is guaranteeing a medium-term loan from Societe Generale in New York, N.Y., to Cameroon’s Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development. The financing will support the purchase of 150 new and used machines produced by U.S. manufacturers that include Mack Trucks Inc., Terex Corp., Caterpillar Inc. and Grove US LLC.

In June, Ex-Im Bank approved a $7 million loan guarantee supporting the export of dredging equipment and spare parts from Dredging Supply Co., in Reserve. La., to Japaul Oil and Maritime Services PLC in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Ex-Im Bank is guaranteeing a medium-term loan from RB International Finance (USA) LLC in Bethel, Conn., to Japaul Oil and Maritime Services for the purchase of the equipment. The foreign buyer’s primary business is oil and maritime services in the upstream segment of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

The U.S. exporter, Dredging Supply Co., specializes in manufacturing custom-designed, portable dredges for a variety of uses. The company has a total of approximately 125 employees at its facilities in Reserve, La.; Poplarville, Miss.; Greenbush, Mich.; and Stoneboro, Pa.

About Ex-Im Bank:

Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. In the past five years, Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers $1.9 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.

Ex-Im Bank approved $32.7 billion in total authorizations in FY 2011 — an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6 billion directly supporting small-business export sales — also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank’s total authorizations are supporting an estimated $41 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 290,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.

CONTACT: Linda Formella or Jamie Radice, +1-202-565-3200

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Export-Import Bank of the United States

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