News: German commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN's subsidiary MAN Truck & Bus intends to open a new integrated service and showroom facility in Kuwait by end-2013. The new facility will offer MAN customers enhanced service capabilities and access to a range of MAN trucks. The new showroom will include a warehouse for all major fast-moving parts, along with a workshop that will have latest technology to serve up to ten trucks at a time.
BMI View: Improvements to public services and infrastructure as part of the government's efforts to shore up support have created opportunities for related sectors, however, and we expect CV sales to benefit. In addition to the deal with Kuwait Municipality, MAN has reported two other deals in the country, to supply 22 units under one and 18 units for the other. According to Asghar, MAN's service network gives the company an edge in terms of supplying government departments, which supports BMI 's view on the growing importance of value-added services in the markets of the Gulf Co-operation Council.