SDLG Excavator Factory Opens in Brazil
Excavator production has started in Brazil from Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. The SDLG-branded machines will be built in a $10 million purpose-built assembly hall within the Volvo Group facility in Pederneiras, in the state São Paulo.
Four SDLG crawler excavator models will initially be built – the LG6150E, LG6210E, LG6225E and LG6250E models, covering weight classes from 13.8 tonnes to 24.3 tonnes. The machines will be sold in a variety of industries, especially the construction, forestry, agricultural, mining and extraction sectors.
Volvo said this will be the first SDLG production facility outside China, but will mirror the manufacturing processes in place at its main facility in Linyi, China. SDLG machines have been sold in Brazil for a little over four years.
“Localized production will help SDLG be more flexible and responsive to its customers and dealers in the region,” said Pat Olney, president and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment. “We’re taking advantage of The Volvo Group’s long history in Brazil to introduce an exciting new initiative with these locally built SDLG excavators.”
The production of SDLG excavators in Brazil will further increase the brand’s competitiveness by speeding up delivery times and opening up more favorable financing options for customers, Volvo said. SDLG will continue to operate in Brazil through its own branded organization with its dedicated distribution network and sales force with customer support.
The Volvo Group holds a 70% share of Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., manufacturer of the SDLG machines. The Volvo Group facility at Pederneiras is also home to a Volvo Construction Equipment factory that manufactures wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders, articulated haulers and compactors.