Daimler Trucks records 150,000th Auman branded truck production in China
World’s second largest truck manufacturer, Daimler AG announced today that they have recorded a production milestone in China, in association with their local partner Foton Motor. Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (BFDA), a 50:50 JV between Daimler and Foton, saw the 150,000th Auman branded truck rolling off the production line from their plant.
The production of 150,000th truck came in a record time, considering that the first truck rolled off from their plant in a suburb near Beijing back in July 2012. In less than 2 years, the Daimler – Foton JV has manufactured their 150,000th truck. 2013 was a big year for them which saw 103,300 units sales, equalling 34% yoy growth.
“As the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles, being right at home in the world’s largest truck market is extremely important for us,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses. “The production anniversary underlines that Daimler Trucks is successfully under way in China. Together with our local partner Foton, we are going to focus on offering the Chinese customers the best trucks possible for their purposes.”
“In a highly regional diversified industry, BFDA’s strong figures and market position prove that we are on the right track,” noted Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for China, and Chairman and CEO of Daimler Greater China. “Backed up by Daimler’s full commitment and the trust that our Chinese customers have in our products and services, we will continue to drive BFDA’s business into new heights.”
Future plans for BFDA includes expansion of production facility and pumping in new investments in China. At the BFDA plant, later this year Mercedes Benz, another Daimler company, will start production of their OM457 engines. These engines will then be installed in the Auman products which will further increase the port-folio of BFDA products on offer in China.