Archive for December, 2012

Le premier tracteur algérien Massey Ferguson


L’entreprise américaine Ferguson a lancé la réalisation d’une gamme de tracteurs avec l’entreprise algérienne publique des tracteurs de Constantine. Il s’agira de la fabrication de 5 000 par an, au bout de cinq années de production.
F.-Zohra B. – Alger (Le Soir) – Le premier tracteur algérien Massey- Ferguson sort aujourd’hui de l’usine de Constantine. Richenhagen Martin Heinrich, P-dg du groupe américain Ferguson, a été reçu hier par Cherif Rahmani, ministre de l’Industrie, de la PME et de la Promotion de l’investissement. Ainsi, une société commune a été créée à Constantine entre le groupe américain Massey-ferguson, en tant que technologie, et les entreprises algériennes de fabrication de tracteurs agricoles (Etrag) et de distribution de matériel agricole (PMA). L’entreprise devrait fabriquer une nouvelle gamme de tracteurs agricoles. La gamme est composée de trois sortes de tracteurs. La montée en cadence de la production s’effectuera sur cinq ans pour passer de 3 500 tracteurs en 2013 à 5 000 tracteurs par an, à partir de la cinquième année au vu du développement du secteur agricole. De ce fait, la société commune dénomméeAlgerian Tractors Company prévoit d’investir un montant de 35 millions de dollars US sur cinq années, selon les responsable du ministère de l’Industrie. «Nous nous lançons ainsi dans la fabrication de produits haut de gamme avec une technologie américaine et des composants algériens», a déclaré le directeur du groupe américain. Le projet permettra par ailleurs de créer 700 emplois en phase de croisière dans la production. Dans une seconde étape, l’usine pourrait exporter ses produits vers les pays africains, où, expliquera le responsable américain, se trouve la plus grande réserve mondiale de terres agricoles dont 20 % seulement sont exploitées. Dans une première phase, les exportations devraient se faire vers le Maroc, la Tunisie et la Libye. Le responsable américain a, également, déclaré que les besoins des agriculteurs algériens seront étudiés à l’avenir en vue du développement d’une gamme de produits plus puissante.

Renault to Build Auto Assembly Plant in Algeria


 Renault will sign a deal with Algeria on Wednesday to build an assembly plant near the city of Oran, giving the French automaker wider access to one of the world’s hottest car markets and a chance to further diversify beyond Europe.

The automaker will sign the pact, three years in the making, on the first day of a state visit by President François Hollande, Rochelle Chimenes, a Renault spokeswoman, said Tuesday. That will pave the way for the construction of a factory to build Renault and Dacia model cars to service a market that grew by 50 percent in the year through October.

Mr. Hollande is embarking on a two-day visit to smooth France’s tricky relations with Algeria and and expand economic ties with the petroleum-rich north African country of 37 million people. Algeria, administered as a department of France during the colonial era, won its independence in 1962 after a bloody war. France is nonetheless Algeria’s largest trading partner.

Mr. Hollande, accompanied by a legion of French government and business leaders, is scheduled to meet with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and to address a joint session of the country’s Parliament.

Algeria — the second-largest car market in Africa after South Africa — is eager to reduce its dependence on the petroleum sector, which accounts for about one third of its economy. But restrictions on foreign investment enacted after the financial crisis, along with a failure to modernize the banking system, continue to hold back Algeria’s economic development, according to the U.S. State Department.

Oliver Masetti, an economist at Deutsche Bank, estimates that, depending on the oil price, the Algerian economy will grow by up to 2.6 percent this year and as much as 3.4 percent in 2013 — modest, by developing world standards.

Renault controls about 27 percent of the Algerian market, and its sales have soared about 57 percent there this year. Its Clio supermini car is the country’s best-selling model. Renault this year opened a factory in Tangier, Morocco, to make cars for export to the European and Mediterranean markets.

Renault is better diversified on a global basis than its ailing French rival, PSA Peugeot Citroën, partly thanks to its alliance with Nissan Motor. But it is looking for growth outside the European Union, which is gripped by recession and faces the possibility that budget austerity will mean years of stagnation.

La Tribune, a French financial daily newspaper, reported Tuesday that Mr. Hollande would raise with his hosts the possibility that the Algerian government might dip into its $200 billion of foreign reserves to take a stake in Peugeot, which is undergoing a painful restructuring to stay afloat. Any such request will likely fall on deaf ears, the newspaper cited an unidentified Algerian official as saying.

Cécile Damide, a spokeswoman for PSA Peugeot Citroën, declined to comment.

Sales of new cars in the 27-nation region fell 7.6 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 from the same period a year earlier, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. Sales declined in every major market except Britain, bringing absolute sales to a level last seen in 1993.

The Algerian government will hold 51 percent of the new factory, with Renault holding the rest, the French daily newspaper Le Figaro reported Tuesday, without identifying its source. The company declined to comment on the details, but such an arrangement would be consistent with the standard foreign investment contract in Algeria. Le Figaro also said the plant would begin operation in 2014 with annual production of about 25,000 vehicles, which could grow to 75,000.

Desert Power 2050 Algeria


Algeria ignore Bougherra and Djebbour


Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Tuesday published the names of 24 players summoned to take part in the team’s final workshop ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The preparations will take place as from January 2 in South Africa.

Former Rangers centre back Madjid Bougherra and Olympiacos striker Rafik Djebbour have been dropped from the list, which will also see the removal of one more player.

Algeria will open their campaign against fellow North Africans Tunisia on January 22 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg before facing the other two members of Group D Togo and Ivory Coast.

List

Goalkeepers: Rais Mbolhi (Kryla Sovetov, Russie), Cedric Si Mohammed (JSM Bejaia), Azzeddine Doukha (USM Harrach).

Defenders : Essaid Belkalem (JS Kabylie), Carl Medjani (AC Ajaccio, France), Rafik Halliche (Académica Coimbra, Portugal), Ali Rial (JS Kabylie), Mehdi Mostefa (AC Ajaccio, France), Liassine Cadamuro (Real Sociedad, Spain), Djamel Mesbah (Milan AC, Italy), Faouzi Ghoulam (Saint-Etienne, France).

Midfielders : Adlene Guedioura (Nottingham Forest, England), Medhi Lacen (Getafe, Spain), Khaled Lemmouchia (Club Africain, Tunisia), Saad Tedjar (USM Alger), Hameur Bouazza (Santander, Spain), Ryad Boudebouz (Sochaux, France), Foued Kadir (Valenciennes, France), Sofiane Feghouli (Valence, Spain), Djamel Abdoun (Olympiakos, Greece).

Attackers: Hilal Soudani (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Islam Slimani (CR Belouizdad), Mohamed Amine Aoudia (ES Setif), Ishak Belfodil (Parma, Italy).

Islam: Iran creates smallest Koran in the world


”The smallest Koran in the world” has seen the light of day, reports the Iranian news agency Mehr, noting that the miniature measures ”7 millimetres by 3 micrometers” and was etched onto a silicon surface in the south-eastern Iranian province of Hamedan. The text was written by Rohollah Sharifi using ”laser technology”, according to the agency. It noted that the micro-Koran is 633 pages long with the holy verses legible only via a microscope. (ANSAmed).

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All of the world’s aircraft carriers


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