New FAW33.420_3000th truck off the lineFAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA recently celebrated the production of its 3000th locally built vehicle.

The milestone, according to the manufacturer, is a testament to how FAW has stepped up its expansion plans for the South African market.

“FAW SA has made a major commitment in the last four years amounting to over $100 million in local plant, infrastructure, job creation and training,” the manufacturer says.

The Coega-based plant and body-building facility has only been in full operation for just over three years. The Coega plant has become renowned for its built quality since it first opened in July 2014.

Subsequently it has increased production to include almost all FAW commercial vehicles sold in the local and Southern African regions. Customer demand specifically for locally built FAW trucks has increased exponentially in the last three years.

Leading the way

Jianyu Hao, CEO of FAW SA adds; “What is most gratifying is that many of our units being bought by sub-Saharan customers are now 2nd and 3rd generation repurchases. This affirms our commitment for service and support into the African regions.”

The Coega-plant has also been the bedrock for further investments in the Eastern Cape region as a number of China-based industrial giants have visited Coega to see first-hand what the region can offer in infrastructure, logistics and labour.

“The FAW SA plant was the first large scale investment by a China-based company in the Eastern Cape region. A number of China-based companies are considering following suit, based on FAW SA’s successes,” the company concludes.