Toyota Sustains Global Industry Prominence Through Use of Successful Growth Strategies

— Toyota plans to collaborate with stakeholders and enter partnerships with vehicle OEMs to expand its geographical presence, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Despite being affected by the recession and shaken by the earthquake and tsunami in recent years, the Toyota Group (www.toyota-global.com) stands as the largest automobile manufacturer today. Behind the company’s success has been its high-performing automotive division, which consists of four brands targeted at the passenger vehicle market and one brand designed for the commercial vehicle space. Toyota’s non-automotive and financial services operations have also helped the company get to where it is now.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of Toyota Motor Global Product Portfolio (http://www.frost.com/ne60), offers an in-depth examination of the Toyota Group’s key operational strategies, corporate structure, R&D strategies, localization strategies, production capabilities, and product planning and branding strategies.

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Toyota was restructured in the beginning of this decade to ensure equal attention to all its brands from a global perspective. To achieve true competitiveness for sustainable growth, Toyota Global Vision was announced in 2011. Since then, the company has implemented initiatives like the formation of Lexus International as a separate unit, directly managed by the chief executive officer in order to help reach individual brand targets.

In spite of these efforts, the Toyota Group had a scare in 2014, with the Volkswagen Group (www.volkswagenag.com) almost taking pole position in terms of sales units. A key challenge has been that Japan is the only location where basic research, vehicle engineering, and advanced engineering and design have been taking place. Although the United States (US) and China have supported the company’s research and product development, Toyota still faces the risk of having all its eggs in one basket. Therefore, it is essential for the company to expand its footprint outside Japan.

“Toyota is expected to rely on external stakeholder collaborations and partnerships with vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as BMW and suppliers like Toray, to diversify its geographical presence,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Program Manager Vishwas Shankar. “Since each market demands unique powertrains, vehicle body styles, and other features, Toyota will do well to adopt this strategy for continued success.”

As far as the Toyota brand is concerned, all current body styles will remain relevant. For Scion and Lexus, however, the conventional, sporty, and sport utility vehicle body types will shape future product strategy. Models, such as Lexus NX and Scion iM, are already entering markets like the US, where vehicles with similar body styles have been well-received in the past. If hybrid or turbo-charged engines are also used in these models, Toyota will manage to attract a wide array of customers.

“In the near future, Toyota will neither create new brands nor kill existing brands,” noted Shankar. “Instead, it will stick to its core values derived from management principles and focus primarily on the automotive business to help its groups’ brands co-exist.”

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Brose China Receives Nationwide Quality Awards

— International mechatronics specialist Brose has been granted six 2014 Excellent Supplier awards by several OEMs in China.

— These awards demonstrate Brose’s capabilities in local product development, project launch, on-time delivery and high quality assurance as well as its effective communication with clients.

SHANGHAI, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — OEMs in China have conferred several awards on their supplier Brose for its outstanding quality performance in 2014. These awards demonstrate the international mechatronic specialist’s excellent performance in local product development, project implementation, on-time delivery and high quality assurance, as well as effective support for clients. In addition, they mark another step forward taken by Brose to achieve the goal of having the Brose brand associated with high quality in the Chinese automobile market. “I am delighted that our customers have approved of our efforts. It shows our established position in all key segments of the automotive market and across all product divisions.” Says Brian Meyer, Vice President of Quality Brose Asia. “Our constant endeavor to improve our performance has proved to be on the right track, which motivates us to make further improvement in the future.”

FAW-VW Benchmark Award and FAW-VW Localization Award

FAW-VW Benchmark Award and FAW-VW Localization Award

 

DFPV Excellent Supplier Award and Volvo Award for Best Launching Support

DFPV Excellent Supplier Award and Volvo Award for Best Launching Support

 

GAC-Fiat Excellent Supplier Award and DPCA Excellent Supplier Award

GAC-Fiat Excellent Supplier Award and DPCA Excellent Supplier Award

Shanghai Brose Electric Motors: 2014 Excellent Supplier of DFPV

In December 2014, Shanghai Brose Electric Motor (SBM) won the 2014 Excellent Supplier Award of Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle (DFPV). This honor gives credit to SBM for producing cooling fan modules for the car line of Dongfeng AX7. SBM also provided cooperative onsite support for solutions to technical issues in the process of implementation. In the ramp-up phase, the output will reach 9,000 units per month in 2015. The annual output is expected to reach more than 90,000 units and can be increased according to the client’s requirements.

Starting its operations in1995, SBM continues to expand its client base and seeks to establish itself as the drive competence center of Brose in Asia. 

Wuhan Plant: Receiving Excellent Supplier Awards from DPCA and GAC-Fiat

Also in December 2014, the honor of 2014 Excellent Supplier was conferred on Brose Wuhan plant by GAC-Fiat for its achievements in project launch and local product development. With its 100 percent locally developed and produced door system, Brose Wuhan plant has met all the requirements of the quality review for the relevant Jeep car lines.

DPCA (Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automobile Company) was also satisfied with the performance of Brose Wuhan plant and recognized it as its annual excellent supplier. These two awards further prove the competence of Brose Wuhan Plant in fulfilling the client’s demand for high quality, cost efficiency, project development and logistics.

Chongqing Plant: Best Launching Support Award by Volvo Car China

In November 2014, Volvo Car China awarded Brose Chongqing plant for its launching support in the production of door systems for one of its best-selling models in China. Fulfilling the relevant requirements of the customer, the Brose production team was able to achieve zero quality complaint in the first six months since start of production in September 2014. In addition, Brose also provided effective technical support, while managing the directed tier two suppliers.

Since its start of production in 2012, Brose Chongqing plant has accumulated broad experience in ramping up new production lines and successfully launched 17 new projects for all customers across all business divisions.

Changchun Plant: Benchmark and Localization Award from FAW-VW

In September 2014, Brose Changchun plant was selected for the first time as one of the two annual Benchmark Award winners among the FAW-VW A-class suppliers. The award recognizes its effective quality management process in the product delivery. By using such tools as safe launch program, Problem Management Process (PMP), SAP system and Brose Production System (BPS), Brose Changchun managed to detect errors at an early phase and effectively control the final outcome with advanced technologies. These best practice examples have been established as standards for other FAW-VW suppliers. In January 2015, FAW-VW granted the “localization award” to Brose Changchun as a further recognition of its local capabilities in development and production.  

Brose Changchun plant has been supplying seats and window regulator products to FAW-VW since 2005 and 80 percent of its market share comes from FAW-VW.

Brose made its debut in the Chinese market in 1995. Following its localization strategy, the mechatronic specialist has expanded its presence to eleven sites, covering seven of China’s key automotive regions (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Changchun, Chongqing, Wuhan and Taicang). With 4,000 employees in China, the company generated a turnover of approximately RMB 8.1 billion in the fiscal year 2014.

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Daimler & Renault-Nissan Alliance Expand Cooperation to 1-Ton Pickup Trucks

STUTTGART, Germany, PARIS and YOKOHAMA, Japan, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Nissan and Daimler to jointly develop midsize pickup truck  
  • Mercedes-Benz pickup to share some of the architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300
  • Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet specific needs of its customers
  • Mercedes-Benz pickup will target Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America
  • Pickup trucks to be built in Barcelona, Spain, and Cordoba, Argentina
  • Latest milestone in the five-year strategic cooperation between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG will expand their five-year strategic cooperation into the pickup truck segment.

(Click here for the video news release: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/5417)

Together, Nissan and Daimler will develop a 1-ton pickup truck for Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz recently announced its entry into this segment. The Mercedes-Benz pickup will share some of the architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300 but it will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers. The vehicle will have all of Mercedes Benz‘ distinctive characteristics and features.  

The pickup will feature a double cab and will be targeted both at personal-use and commercial customers. The primary target markets for the truck are Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

“Mercedes-Benz is the fastest growing premium brand in the world,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Entering the rapidly growing segment of midsize pickups is an important step in continuing our global growth path. Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment.”

Nissan is the world’s second-biggest 1-ton pickup truck maker and has been building and selling 1-ton pickups for more than 80 years. Since 1933, more than 14 million Nissan 1-ton pickup trucks have been used to transport people and cargo, sometimes in the toughest circumstances. The NP300, sold under the name NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier (depending on the market), was launched in June 2014 and is currently produced in Thailand and Mexico.

The Mercedes-Benz 1-ton pickup truck will be built by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan NP300 and a Renault 1-ton truck, for Latin America. The three trucks will also be built in the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, for other markets, excluding North America. Production of the trucks at the two plants will start by the end of the decade.

Click here for the full press release.

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Florian Martens, Daimler AG
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Thomas Frohlich, Daimler AG
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Mia Nielsen, Renault-Nissan Alliance
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Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel emphasizes the importance of his Strategy 2020 as it takes root across the region

Taiwan provides a good platform for further growth of the DHL businesses

SINGAPORE, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading mail and logistics company is on path to execute the group’s Strategy 2020 across the region. The Group just announced its FY2014 results. Globally, compared to FY2013, revenues rose by 3.1 percent to EUR 56.6 billion (2013: EUR 54.9 billion) with all four of the company’s operating divisions contributing to this improvement.

During Appel’s visit to Taiwan, he explained the Group’s “Strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow.” — which outlines the Group’s strategic priorities for the coming years and underscores its goal to become the company that defines the logistics industry. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “This year we begin executing Strategy 2020 in each of our divisions. The leading growth drivers in our business are — and will remain — the booming E-Commerce business and the dynamic growth of emerging markets. At present, emerging market revenues contribute just over 20 percent of the Group’s revenues; by 2020, we expect this figure to climb to 30 percent. This means a substantial increase in absolute revenue growth in the emerging market countries.”

Addressing the country’s challenges in the logistics industry he continued: “Taiwan is ideally located in the Asia Pacific region, with good infrastructure and reliable growth rates. There are a number of factors to remain successful — Taiwan needs to continue to attract and retain workforce talent to ensure sustainable economic development, drive technology refresh in view of the declining hi-tech sectors focused on PCs, notebooks and smartphones and above all, maintain a commitment to foster free trade and global connectedness.”

Frank Appel took the occasion to review all business operations across the Group’s divisions operating in Taiwan. DHL Express was the first international Express provider to establish a presence in Taiwan back in 1973. Over the years, the company has grown in tandem with the local economy, supporting local small and medium sized enterprises to grow their international footprint. The company’s efforts to raise the bar in the Express industry still continue — this year, DHL Express has become the first and only express company exporting directly out of Kaohsiung International Airport.

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics arm of the group, has established itself as a market leader in Taiwan with a strong focus on the Technology, Retail, Life Science & Healthcare sectors. The division has developed an extensive warehousing footprint across the country with operations strategically located in the Great Taipei Area, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, and the Free Trade Zone (FTZ); which are supported by a robust domestic transport network. A new Spare Parts Logistics Strategic Centre was recently established in Hsinchu bringing significant benefits to the local semi-conductor industry as it enables components to be delivered across the region with an enhanced time-definite service agreement.

DHL Global Forwarding offers an unprecedented level of service: it is the first global logistics provider in Taiwan to be certified as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) by the Directorate General of Customs, Ministry of Finance. This certification, a part of the World Customs Organization (WCO)’s “Safe Framework of Standards” program, authorizes speedier customs processes that increase the cost-effectiveness and competitiveness for companies of all sizes. Taiwan is only the third country in Asia-Pacific where DHL has achieved AEO status, following accreditation in Hong Kong and Japan.

“We have a very strong portfolio of divisions. We are well exposed to the major trends, emerging markets and e-commerce. Over the past several years we have demonstrated what we are capable of,” said CEO Frank Appel. “Now we will accelerate our organic growth and continue to pursue a clear vision: we want Deutsche Post DHL to be not only the most global company in our industry, but also the clear leader in quality and customer orientation.”

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http://www.dhl.com/en/press.html

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

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Enterprise Acquires City Car Club

LONDON, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Reinforces position as leading UK mobility provider

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the world’s largest vehicle rental business, today announced the acquisition of City Car Club, Britain’s biggest independent car sharing company. The purchase reinforces Enterprise’s capabilities as one of the UK’s leading providers of mobility solutions to individuals and businesses that require a vehicle for an hour, a day or for longer periods.

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Already one of the UK’s largest ‘car sharing’ providers to the public sector under the Enterprise CarShare brand, the acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, strengthens Enterprise’s position as a leading player in the UK’s sharing economy.

Enterprise CarShare is currently operational across public sector organisations throughout the UK. With City Car Club being aimed at private and corporate renters, Enterprise will utilise the acquisition to support fast-growing demand for car sharing and mobility services amongst businesses as well as for leisure motoring.

The agreement covers all of City Car Club’s assets, including its 800+ vehicles, 45 employees and 30,000 members. Its vehicles are available to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 17 cities around the UK.

In the immediate short-term, the Enterprise CarShare and City Car Club businesses will continue to operate as two separate brands, with a view to creating a combined entity in the future.

Enterprise vice-president, Brian Swallow, said: “This is an exciting time for mobility businesses such as Enterprise. We see the acquisition of City Car Club as a way of extending our service to business and private motorists looking for flexible travel options.

“As a privately owned business City Car Club already shares many of our values – in particular, our enthusiasm for innovation that genuinely drives customer service and delivers against customer needs. City Car Club even uses the same type of in-car technology as Enterprise CarShare.

“Beyond the government’s stated aim to enhance the sharing economy, people and businesses are turning to rental as a simple and environmentally-responsible way of making journeys. Enterprise aims to provide all varieties of mobility and car sharing is an increasingly important part of the mix, particularly in cities.

“Currently the Enterprise CarShare service is targeted at business users and our data shows that this is as important a market for car sharing in the UK as demand from city dwellers. However, the acquisition of City Car Club allows us to offer that same level of service, flexibility and convenience to private renters as well.”

Enterprise brings extensive experience of private user car sharing from the US, where its membership-based Enterprise CarShare programme currently operates in universities, businesses and for individuals in cities across the country.

About Enterprise Rent-A-Car 

In the UK, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a specialist in providing replacement vehicles and courtesy cars, which are relied upon in the event of an accident. Enterprise, with more than 7,000 offices in the UK, Germany, Ireland, France, Spain, the United States and Canada, also offers daily and weekend rental for private or business use.

St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental service provider in the world, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand through its regional subsidiaries. Enterprise started in the UK in 1994 and has rapidly expanded. Currently operating more than 370 locations across the UK, with over 4,000 employees, three quarters of the UK population are within five miles of an Enterprise location. 

For more information about Enterprise, visit http://www.enterprise.co.uk. For more information about Enterprise’s environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of its business, visit http://www.drivingfutures.co.uk.

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‘Leading Edge Consumers’ Leaning Towards Connected Cars

NUREMBERG, Germany, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • ‘Ultra safe’ car concept most popular across all drivers, followed by ‘data tracker’ – a car that runs diagnostics, checks repair costs and automatically records accident data
  • Emergency braking, pre-incident preparation and sense & communicate key data are most appealing safety features
  • Leading edge consumers prefer ‘in-car voice recognition’, while general consumers go for ‘point of interest search’, such as parking spots.

In a survey across Brazil, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US and China, GfK asked 5,800 consumers to rate the appeal of different types of connected car concepts. A segment that GfK identifies as ‘leading edge consumers’ (LEC) consistently showed higher numbers rating all these concepts as very or extremely appealing, compared to general consumers.

Frank Hartl, Global Lead for Automotive at GfK, comments, “Leading edge consumers are doubly valuable to the automotive industry. They are a clear ‘hot opportunity’ for sales of connected cars – and they also give early indicators of where the rest of the market might follow, as the idea of connected cars becomes more embedded and popular.”

For both LECs and general consumers, the two most appealing concepts are ultra-safe, a car that makes driving as safe as possible through connectivity with other cars and integrated cameras (96 and 87 percent respectively), followed by data tracker, a car that tracks usage, runs diagnostics, checks repair costs and automatically records accident data (91 and 79 percent respectively).  

Third place is split, with LECs preferring a car that knows their entertainment preferences (90 percent) and general consumers opting for ‘self-sufficient’ – a strong but light electric car (73 percent).

The last-placed car concept for both groups is an autonomous car – but, despite coming below the other concepts offered, this still shows high levels of appeal, standing at well over three-quarters of LECs (81 percent) and two-thirds of general consumers (66 percent).

Entertainment and connectivity appeal 

Entertainment and connectivity options scored very highly with LECs, with in-car voice recognition having the most appeal (86 percent), following by in-car wi-fi hotspots and in-car video and event recorders (both 84 percent) and point-of-interest search, such as parking spots (83 percent). In-car entertainment came last, but still with an impressive 79 percent saying it appeals to them.

This level of appeal is particularly interesting when compared to general consumers. In this group, point of interest search was the most popular facility but still only has 57 percent saying it appeals to them. This is followed by in-car voice recognition, in-car wi-fi hotspots and in-car video and event recorders, all with 56 percent. And in-car entertainment again came last, with under half showing interest (47 percent).

View the infographic: http://www.gfk.com/Documents/GfK_ConnectedCar_Infographic.pdf

About the survey 

GfK interviewed 5,800 consumers aged 16 and over, who hold a driving license, in Brazil, Germany, Russia, UK, US and China. Fieldwork was conducted up to November 2014. To qualify as a leading edge consumer, people must meet at least two of three specific criteria: early adopter, influential and passionate about shopping.

Contact: Frank Hartl, Global Lead for Automotive, GfK – frank.haertl@gfk.com , +49-911-395-3772.

Frost & Sullivan Applauds Novacom for its End-to-end Connected Trailer Solution, Trailermatics

– Novacom’s dedication to addressing evolving customer needs has helped it double its installation base within just four years

LONDON, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the connected trailer market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Novacom Europe B.V. (Novacom) with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Novacom has quickly entrenched itself in the connected trailer market with its robust trailer telematics solution, Trailermatics. Its stratified pricing model, coupled with a modular structure, offers unmatched flexibility and a fulfilling user experience to customers.

2015 European Connected Trailer Customer Value Leadership Award

2015 European Connected Trailer Customer Value Leadership Award

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Trailermatics is aimed primarily at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), logistics, and cargo companies. The hardware unit of the solution, the DG200 terminal, is a mobile telematics modem connected to the electronic braking system (EBS). It comprises numerous solutions including fleet management, cold chain monitoring, security enhancement, carrier management, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and truck id.

One of the primary product benefits of Trailermatics is its EBS-enabled ability to measure tonnes per kilometre. This feature ensures fuel efficiency by accurately understanding the mileage, and eventually ensuring timely delivery. Meanwhile, its cold chain package assists fleets servicing pharmaceuticals and foods, and its security package aids transport companies by monitoring assets 24/7 through sensors for locks, radio-frequency identification (RFID), EBS cable-connected control, and secured personal identification number (PIN) access.

Novacom also provides an effective tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) technology that facilitates fuel savings, improves steering control, and decreases downtime. Its Truck Id solution creates added value by identifying the match-up of trucks and trailers.

“The Trailermatics is a comprehensive and scalable solution, which can be used by any asset type,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Sathyanarayana Kabirdas. “Although the upfront hardware costs are relatively low, for price-sensitive customers, there are leasing options.”

Furthermore, Trailermatics follows a modular architecture, which gives customers the flexibility to select individual service modules based on their specific requirements, and add modules as and when required. It is a hardware-neutral solution and therefore, allows for the easy integration of Trailermatics packages with customers’ existing hardware.

“Besides having a comprehensive range of packages, Novacom focusses on presenting it customers with superior services such as periodic training on the proper usage of its solutions,” noted Kabirdas. “While many in the industry offer a 36-month warranty period, Novacom customers enjoy a warranty period spanning the entire contract term, which is typically 60 months. It also guarantees total replacement of the product in case it breaks down due to technical defects.”

The company boasts a Europe-wide service network workshop, which includes more than 200 (Transport International Pool, Inc. (TIP)) Trailer Services certified workshops and more than 100 roadside assistance vans. Its strong presence and reach in the European market, along with its outstanding technical capabilities, helps it render swift and efficient service at all times.

Impressively, the company almost doubled its installed base from 17,000 in 2010 to 30,000 in 2014. This can be attributed to its extensive product portfolio, backed by its top-notch support service and operational efficiency.

The company has attained a dominant position in the European market, with maximum penetration recorded in the Nordic countries, Benelux, and France. Having established itself in Europe, it is looking to expand its footprint in the global market by foraying into the US and the Australian markets.

Acknowledging the role played by Novacom’s sharp customer-centric strategies in its rise to the top, Krishna Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan remarks, “The key to the long-term success of any company is its ability to continuously nurture and enhance the value of its products and services for its customers. As such, Frost & Sullivan is excited to recognise Novacom for its industry-leading focus on improving customer experience in the connected trailer market.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on enhancing the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognises the company’s inordinate focus on augmenting the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Novacom Europe B.V.

Novacom Europe is a joint venture formed by combining the expertise of Novacom Services and TIP Trailer Services in 2010. TIP Trailer Services provides transportation and logistics customers with leasing, rental, and maintenance of trailers all over Europe. Novacom Services S.A. has been a key partner for the Trailermatics telematics solution since its launch and is owned by world-class technology company CLS. Combining more than 25 years of expertise in remote monitoring and 40 years of operating and servicing commercial vehicles, Novacom delivers valuable intelligence to trailers and their load with the expertise of industry-leading partners. The company’s ability to constantly monitor and provide protection, safety and cost reduction by increasing efficiency of remote assets has helped it to emerge as a market leader in the trailer telematics space in Europe. The company’s Trailermatics solutions provide real-time critical data which has empowered many fleets to take direct control of their operating costs. 

Novacom Europe was awarded the 2011 Market Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan, recognizing the innovative product offering and partnership strategy.

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Rob du Breuil – Product & Marketing Manager
rob.du.breuil@novacom-europe.com

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Demand is Surging for Mid-tier and High-end Telematics Services in South African Commercial Vehicles, Says Frost & Sullivan

– Currently, aftermarket participants dominate the telematics space with very little contribution from vehicle OEMs

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Automotive production in South Africa has been steadily increasing. The parallel focus on fuel efficiency and low cost of ownership is expected to bolster the adoption of telematics in South African commercial vehicles (CVs). Post 2017, the enforcement of relevant regulations and the entry of vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) through partnerships and acquisitions is expected to augment the deployment of telematics in CVs.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Outlook in South Africa (https://www.frost.com/ne85), finds that the installed base of CV telematics in South Africa stood at approximately 600,000 in 2014 and estimates this to reach around 840,000 by 2017. Features for driver behavior, maintenance, productivity and utilisation will be in demand, along with traditional safety and security capabilities.

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Aftermarket suppliers dominate the overall telematics market in South Africa, with OEMs only recently kicking off in-house telematics fitments. Joint ventures, mergers and major acquisitions among vehicle OEMs and aftermarket vendors are likely to gain momentum, making room for entrants.

“The emergence of new business cases, such as pay-per-service as well as higher awareness on mid-tier solutions, will unlock opportunities in the South African CV telematics space,” explained Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Research Analyst Gokulnath Raghavan. “Major OEMs are looking to provide factory installed telematics, especially in light CVs since more than 90 percent of this segment remains untapped.”

However, the lack of policies and standardisation will present a daunting challenge for new participants. Strategic pricing will be vital to succeed in the price-sensitive and highly competitive market.

“To improve their service relationships, telematics vendors must train fleet operators on the use of information gleaned from telematics,” suggested Raghavan. “Greater awareness on technology and the aggressive involvement of vehicle OEMs as well as third-party vendors will facilitate the shift to higher-end services and establish telematics as a requisite in the South African CV domain.”

Analysis of the Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Outlook in South Africa is a Strategic Insight that is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. This Insight discusses market trends in telematics for specific segments such as light commercial vehicles, medium commercial vehicles, and heavy and extra heavy commercial vehicles. The study highlights market drivers and restraints for fleet management systems, and offers an opportunity analysis by segment, application, business model and province.

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Analysis of the Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Outlook in South Africa
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