2019 | Quarter 1

Northport And PROTON form

Strategic Collaboration

Northport (Malaysia) Bhd (Northport), a member of MMC Group, and Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (PROTON) formed a collaboration through the signing of a strategic collaboration and services agreement at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur, Glenmarie.

The agreement was signed by Northport's Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Azman Shah Mohd Yusof and PROTON’s Chief Procurement Officer, Mr Lim Meng Jin. Also present during the signing ceremony were Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Group Managing Director of MMC Corporation Berhad, Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PROTON, Mr Ian James, Group Chief Executive Officer of    MMC Port Holdings Sdn Bhd (MMC Ports), and representatives from the Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) shipping industry players.

The strategic collaboration includes the port services provided by Northport to PROTON which covers vehicle storage as well as to manage the handling of PROTON vehicles at the terminal. Northport’s Vehicle Transit Centre offers 8,100 slots for vehicle storage in which 4,500 slots are allocated for PROTON. Annually, Northport has the capacity to handle 150,000 units of vehicles at its terminal.

PROTON started using Northport for its port and shipment related activities since 1989. Their first compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), the PROTON X70 is currently using Northport as its discharging port. To date, Northport has handled close to 9,000 units of the SUV and are expected to continue to handle the remainder of the units before local production begins at the end of 2019.

“Northport's RoRo Terminal is poised to facilitate PROTON’s demand for comprehensive port services. We are capable of providing end-to-end automotive logistics services with our state-of-the-art port facilities,” said Dato' Azman during the event.

While commenting on behalf of PROTON, Dato’ Radzaif said, “PROTON is pleased to extend its business collaboration with Northport in our efforts to rebuild the brand both locally and abroad. Growing export markets is a key component of our future expansion and Northport is a vital strategic partner for us to achieve our aims.”

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