PACCAR Inc – the third largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks in the world held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new DAF assembly plant in Ponta Grossa, Brasil on January 9, 2012.
Brazil’s truck industry is one of the world’s most promising. New vehicle registrations of locally made and imported heavy trucks rose 2.2 per cent last year compared with a year earlier and up to 16.9 per cent for semi-heavy and lighter vehicles.
PACCAR chairman Mark Pigott said this new DAF assembly facility is a strategically important development for PACCAR.
“The high-technology and environmentally friendly facility is designed to assemble the premium quality DAF XF, CF and LF vehicles and the industry-leading PACCAR MX engine,” Pigott said.
Construction will begin immediately and is due to be completed in 2013. It will produce DAF trucks for Brasil and the entire Latin American market. The DAF trucks will be distributed through a network of independent DAF dealers, the company said in a statement.
PACCAR Inc has 21,800 employees worldwide.