MERCEDES-BENZ BRAZIL WINS 500-BUS AFRICAN EXPORT ORDER

By: Fabian Cotter


IN WHAT MARKS its largest order in the past 10 years, the Mercedes-Benz factory in Brazil has announced a huge order of 500 locally built buses to the West African nation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it’s reported recently.

MERCEDES-BENZ BRAZIL WINS 500-BUS AFRICAN EXPORT ORDER
Roberto Leoncini, vice president of Sales and Marketing Trucks and Buses of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil stands proudly outside one of the 500 export buses.

According to Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, the first 200 of the total 500 buses will be exported as soon as the end of August, 2018, and will be operated on the streets in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

All buses – which will be used for urban passenger transport - will be delivered to the Coscharis Group by the end of the year, the company reports.

Roberto Leoncini, vice president Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, says he’s very pleased about the large order to the most populous country in Africa and the export strength of the Brazilian Daimler subsidiary.

Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, which is defined as a separate market within Latin America, exports buses and trucks to around 50 countries on different continents, including markets in Africa and the Middle East.

Based in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, its staff capacity numbers 1,014 employees and the plant itself was founded in 1956, where it actually assembles its Mercedes-Benz chassis.

Official Daimler documentation indicates Mercedes-Benz do Brazil increased bus unit sales of 4,937 in 2016 to 7,201 in 2017 – which places it first in the order of the most important markets of Daimler Buses, it’s stated.

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Inaugurated on September 28, 1956, the Mercedes-Benz do Brasil plant in São Bernardo do Campo (SP) was the starting point of the company's operations in the country, it’s stated.

It is the largest Daimler plant outside Germany for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and is the only one to produce trucks, bus chassis, cabins and "aggregates" in one place, such as engines, gears and axles. 

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil also has an advanced Technological Development Centre in the same São Paulo ABC plant. With more than 20 years of activity, it is the largest in Brazil and the largest in Daimler outside Germany for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles.

The Brazilian unit is one of the hubs of the worldwide development network of Daimler Trucks, the world's largest truck manufacturer, it’s stated. It is also Daimler's global competence centre for bus chassis development and production, and is a pioneer in testing alternative fuels such as cane diesel and biodiesel.

In São Bernardo do Campo factory, the company also houses the Vocational Training Centre for apprentices, a partnership of more than 50 years with SENAI, it states.

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