French automaker to build assembly plant in Namibia


France’s leading car manufacturer PSA on Monday announced a joint venture agreement with Namibia Development Corporation to start up an assembly plant in the Southern African country to sell more cars in the region.

“This investment in Namibia is part of the long term strategy of Groupe PSA to increase its sales in Africa and the Middle East, consistent with our target to sell one million vehicles by 2025 (in these regions),” Jean-Christophe Quemard, executive vice president for Middle East and Africa Region at PSA said in a press release.

Under the deal, the French group would start to produce OPEL Grandland X and Peugeot 3008 in the second half of 2018 at the assembly plant in Walvis Bay, a western port city in Namibia.

“Other products will follow to meet customer demand. This agreement is part of the strategic profitable growth plan … aiming to satisfy customer expectations in all the regions in which the group operates,” said the automaker.

PSA also targeted a volume of 5, 000 units by 2020 to meet market demand of the Southern African Countries Union which includes South Africa, Namibia, Bostwana, Lesotho and Swaziland./


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