FAW starts own body shop
FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA has started the new year with another milestone added to its already remarkable track record.
The truck manufacturer has officially started up its own body shop facility, adjacent to the Coega- based assembly plant, in order to build its own truck bodies.
Yusheng Zhang, CEO of FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, said the plant came on stream only six months ago. “Now we are also building our first tipper bodies from SKD packs imported from our parent plant in China.”
While the first FAW “full- bodied” tippers roll off the assembly plant and body shop, the production team are already assessing the viability of producing drop- side bodies for their range of robust and durable vehicles spanning the medium, heavy and extra- heavy commercial vehicle ranges on offer in Southern Africa.
Other bodies, such as mixer drums, may also be assessed and considered in the future.
The layout of the truck body- building facility has been designed in accordance with environmental recommendations and standards.
The build and logistics flow is highly efficient and cost- effective.
The ergonomics for employees are such that much of the work is done standing upright, as unnecessary bending or crouching has been avoided wherever possible.
Once the tipper body is carefully fitted, the completed vehicle is prepared for the paint shop. With the all the required hydraulics and the body fitment complete the FAW vehicle is primed, painted and finished through the impressive paint shop, and parked in the drying and final inspection lanes.
FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA is one of few local OEMS to have built a large- scale truck body- building shop, together with an appropriate paint shop facility on this magnitude.
It is equipped using the latest and best global technology for long- lasting truck body paint and finish.
High on the list of priorities are the SHEQ principles — Safety, Health, Environment and Quality — and FAW allows no compromise on any of these, as skilled employees in this region of the Eastern Cape are a prime consideration.
“Keeping our employees safe and comfortable are key to our retention programme and important as we invest in their training and up- skilling,” affirmed Zhang. At present the company projects that it will build approximately 100 tipper bodies in the first quarter of 2015. — Supplied.
The first ‘ full- bodied’ tippers built at FAW’s body shop facility, next to the Coega- based assembly plant.