Daimler Trucks Asia has started production of its FUSO trucks in Kenya for the first time.
The automobile firm, with Kenyan partners Simba Colt and Associated Vehicles Assemblers (AVA), is assembling the vehicles at the AVA assembly plant in Mombasa. Previously completed FUSO trucks were imported from India.
Further models from the range will be added to the assembly plant’s portfolio in the future.
The move follows the opening of Daimler sales and servicing centres in Kenya and South Africa in February.
Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said the start of production in Kenya underlined the company’s commitment to further developing the African market as part of its global growth strategy.
“It also marks another significant development of Daimler’s business on the continent just weeks after the grand opening of the Daimler regional centre in Nairobi, which brings us closer to our commercial vehicle customers in East, Central and West Africa,” he said.
Erich Nesselhauf, managing director and CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said: “We have been successfully exporting completely built-up all-new robust FUSO vehicles from India for almost three years, and now we enter the next stage with the assembly of vehicles in Africa, for Africa.”
MFTBC, based in Japan, sells light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the FUSO brand. Daimler has a 90% stake in the company.