Toyota, ALJ to recall Yaris 2006-2010 models

Updated 12 June 2014
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Toyota, ALJ to recall Yaris 2006-2010 models

Toyota announced that it is going through its distributor Abdul Latif Jameel Co. (ALJ) to recall specific Yaris models built between 2006 and 2010 for a special maintenance campaign.
Toyota pointed out that the recall is to replace the seat track, to avoid movement of the spring that locks the seat in position in case of accidents. ALJ will announce the campaign through local newspapers very soon after completion of preparations and arrival of spare parts from Japan.
However, ALJ spokesperson stated that the recall is a preventative measure only and it is not expected that all vehicles will experience this condition. He added that owners of the models included in the campaign will be contacted as per the procedures adopted in previous similar campaigns conducted by the company.
ALJ confirmed that all tests and installations will be free of cost during the campaign, which comes in line with ALJ’s efforts to achieve continuous improvement.
ALJ has put up a site for the special service informing owners of Toyota Yaris (2006 to 2009 YM) to log on and register at http://www.toyota.com.sa/en/pcamp_yar.asp.
As the largest Toyota independent distributor worldwide, ALJ operates above 1,000 after sales service centers across the Kingdom, while delivery of spare parts has reached 98 percent.
According to Nielsen, Focal Point and the ALJ studies, customer satisfaction ranged between 82 percent and 86 percent in 2013, during which the company provided 57,000 training hours for its after-sales service staff, and provided 22 million work hours in the field of maintenance.
After sales service staff includes above 12,000 employees who secured the first position for the company through a period of 38 years. All such achievements are attributed to the outstanding performance and the valuable services that ALJ is providing and improving day after day, since 1955.


Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure

Updated 6 min 34 sec ago
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Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure

FRANKFURT: Siemens said its boss Joe Kaeser met Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday to discuss a proposal by the German company to expand the Middle East nation’s power production.
The German engineering group said it was proposing a deal to add 11 gigawatt (GW) of capacity over four years, saying this would boost the country’s capacity by nearly 50 percent.
It did not give a value, but such a contract would be worth several billion euros based on previous comparable deals.
Iraq has a wide gap between electricity consumption and supply. Peak demand in the summer, when people turn on air conditioners due to high temperatures, is about 21 GW, far exceeding the 13 GW the grid is currently provides, experts say.
Kaeser said in a statement after meeting Prime Minister Al-Abadi that they had “discussed the comprehensive Siemens roadmap to build a better future for the Iraqi people.”
“In Egypt, we have done the same and successfully built up the power infrastructure in record time with the highest efficiency,” he said.
In 2015, Siemens signed an 8 billion euro ($9.4 billion) deal with Egypt to supply gas and wind power plants to add 16.4 gigawatts of capacity to the country’s power grid, marking the group’s single biggest order.
The proposal for Iraq, first pitched in February, would include cutting Iraq’s energy losses, introducing smart grids, expanding transmission grids, upgrading existing plants and adding new capacity.
The group would also help the government secure funding from international commercial banks and export credit agencies with German government support, creating thousands of jobs in Iraq.
Siemens would donate a $60 million grant for software for Iraqi universities, it said.