SOUTH AFRICA: Electro-Motive Diesel and plant, automotive and handling product distributor Barloworld have formed Electro-Motive Diesel Africa, a joint venture which will assemble locomotives in South Africa for the wider southern African market.

'Africa is an important market for us and the joint venture with an established company, like Barloworld in southern Africa, will position us well to support the needs of existing and new customers in South Africa and the region', said Billy Ainsworth, Chief Executive of EMD's parent company Progress Rail. 'Our commitment to support the customer base and build a customer-focused business that will increase local procurement of parts is a key objective.'