FAW starts own body shop

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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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The first ‘ full- bod­ied’ tip­pers built at FAW’s body shop fa­cil­ity, next to the Coega- based as­sem­bly plant.

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