MAN Retail has decided to reinforce its footprint in Port Elizabeth by setting up a wholly owned operation in this important Garden Route city so as to offer full support to its clients. The facility was previously operated as a private capital location.
More good news from the MAN Truck & Bus stable is that with MAN Automotive having seen a significant increase in sales and market share, it has – as a consequence – announced plans which will enable the expansion of assembly operations in Pinetown by approximately 50% compared to 2016.
“As of April 1, 2018, the assembly plant will cater for end-of-line PDI checks (Pre-Delivery Inspection) which are normally done at the various dealer points around the country. By definition, this means that MAN is able to offer ready-to-go solutions from a centralised point enabling improved consistency in quality and uniformity of standards,” says Markus Geyer, managing director of MAN Automotive South Africa.
Having such a central point also enables MAN customers to collect their trucks directly from the assembly plant which is similar to how the brand operates globally. MAN’s ProfiDrive driver training will be provided as a standard service to such customers.
An enabler to this move is the use of the MAN branch facility adjacent to the Pinetown plant. Supporting the network optimisation strategy which is taking place simultaneously, the normal MAN Retail operations will cease operations from this site effective from April 1st, 2018.
“We’re confident that the remaining six dealers within KwaZulu-Natal will continue to offer customers a variety of options to support their operations without any compromise to service levels,” says Geyer, who sees these as exciting developments marking another milestone in MAN’s almost 60 year uninterrupted history in Pinetown.