MWM International Marks Production Milestone
MWM International Engines, the Brazilian-headquartered subsidiary of Navistar International Corp., recently achieved a significant milestone with the production of its 4 millionth engine.
The company, which is also marking its 60th anniversary of engine manufacturing this year, said it had the best January in its history with 10, 697 and expects the its 2013 volume to reach 140,000 engines, a 25% increase over last year. “We have the quality and the production capacity to reach this target,” said José Eduardo Luzzi, MWM CEO. “Our partners are aware of this challenge and prepared to grow with us.”
The company employs 3500 at facilities in Santo Amaro (São Paulo state) and Canoas (Rio Grande do Sul state), Brazil, and Jesús Maria, Argentina.
This year’s scheduled resumption of engine production in Jesús Maria a forms part of MWM’s investment plans for 2013. The Jesús Maria unit, which was for a time only machining engine components, will produce the 229 series, NGD 9.3 and MaxxForce 4.8/7.2 diesel engines for the local market. Initially, the plant will have capacity to produce 5000 engines a year in a single shift, MWM said.
Along with South America, MWM is active is exporting engines to other regions. It has a partnership with Daewoo Bus in South Korea for the supply of MaxxForce 3.2H engines meeting Euro 3, Euro 4 and Euro 5 emissions regulations. In Turkey, MWM MaxxForce 3.2H, Euro 5 and the MaxxForce 3.0H Euro 3 engines are being used in Otokar buses sold in Europe, North Africa and Middle East.