Paccar begins DAF production in Brazil
Mark Pigott, PACCAR chairman and chief executive officer, says the 300,000-square-foot assembly facility, which rests on 569 acres, is a high-technology, environmentally friendly plant that will assemble DAF XF, CF and LF vehicles.
The factory will build DAF trucks for Brazil and the South American market.
“We are proud to be able to drive the first DAF truck made in Brazil,” Paraná Governor, Beto Richa said. “The $320 million investment by PACCAR reinforces Paraná’s commitment to attract high-quality jobs to the state. This DAF facility will stimulate economic growth and contribute to an improved quality of life in the region.”
Ron Armstrong, Paccar president says DAF is the European leader in on-highway tractors with a marketshare of 15.8 percent in the above 16-ton segment this year.
“The above six tons truck market in Brazil is projected to be over 140,000 units in 2013, with further growth expected in future years,” says Bob Christensen, Paccar executive vice president and chief financial officer. “The largest and fastest growing segment of the Brazilian truck market is the premium segment where DAF has launched its flagship model XF-105 vehicle.”
The DAF independent dealer network in Brazil consists of 20 service locations in 2013 and will expand to 40 locations in 2014. The first DAF model produced in this plant is the premium DAF XF-105, designed for long-haul applications. In the future, the factory will also produce the CF and LF models.