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Chinese Truckmaker Expanding In Brazil

Posted on January 25, 2013

JAC Motors begins sales of light commercial trucks, will produce in Brazil in 2014 China’s JAC Motors has begun sales of its T140 light commercial truck in Brazil and said it will begin producing the vehicle locally in 2014. The move is part of a plan to expand its business into several countries around the region. JAC Motors in Brazil is a joint venture between the Chinese Anhui Jianghuai Automobile and the Brazilian group SHC.

JAC is building an industrial complex in Camaçari city, Bahia State, Brazil, where the trucks will be manufactured. The project is estimated to cost $50 million, which is the first part of an expected $500 million investment planned.

"We are planning to manufacture vehicles up to 6 or 8 tons or smaller, which is the physical limit of the painting (system’s) use," said Sergio Habib, JAC’s president in Brazil. At capacity, the plant will manufacture up to 10,000 T140 trucks per year.

Ultimately, the industrial complex will have a technology development center, style and design center, acoustic’s and emissions control labs, tests tracks, and the traditional manufacturing areas, including stamping, welding, painting, assembling and final test. The factory will also have stamping area for components.

Construction of the complex started in November 2012 and it is expected to be ready at the end of 2014.