Volvo to make Shah Alam plant ex­port hub for Asean mart

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR: Volvo Car Man­u­fac­tur­ing Malaysia Sdn Bhd is look­ing at mak­ing its Shah Alam pro­duc­tion plant an ex­port hub for the Asean mar­ket.

“We have been ex­port­ing Volvo cars to north­ern Thai­land for nine years. In se­quence, there will be more coun­tries in the Asean re­gion tak­ing cars from our Shah Alam plant,” said man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Len­nart Stegland at a press con­fer­ence, here, af­ter the launch of the new Volvo S90 and V90.

The Shah Alam pro­duc­tion plant was es­tab­lished in 1967 and, over the years, it has pro­duced close to 65,000 ve­hi­cles.

Stegland added that the Shah Alam plant was its only com­pletely-knocked-down plant in the world.

“We once had it in Thai­land and In­done­sia. Now, the only re­main­ing spot is in Malaysia. We are look­ing at the con­text of Asean trade agree­ment and we have an ad­van­tage of be­ing in Malaysia,” said Stegland.

The plant was run­ning slightly be­low 50 per cent of its pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, he said.

The max­i­mum pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of the Shah Alam plant is 7,000 units.

“The plant is cur­rently pro­duc­ing about 3,000 units. We plan to in­crease pro­duc­tion by mak­ing the plant a hub for Asean coun­tries. We are look­ing at ex­port­ing to Viet­nam, Myan­mar, the Philip­pines and In­done­sia,” he said.

Stegland is pos­i­tive on this year’s out­look, af­ter it recorded a growth of al­most 50 per cent

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