Ro­bust PE- built tip­per trucks prove a pop­u­lar choice for FAW dealer in Tan­za­nia

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A LO­CAL FAW plant is near­ing the 100 mark in lo­cal ex­ports af­ter the PE plant built 90 units for ex­port into Africa.

Ear­lier this year, an­other 10 FAW J5 tip­pers units left the lo­cal Coega- based pro­duc­tion plant for Tan­za­nia.

A grow­ing num­ber of Africa truck deal­ers who tra­di­tion­ally placed their or­ders on FAW China con­tinue to move their or­ders to orig­i­nate out of South Africa ow­ing to the shorter lead time for de­liv­ery, the high lev­els of qual­ity from the South African plant, and the re­duced cost of sourc­ing FAW ve­hi­cles on the same con­ti­nent.

Cheng Zhang, Mar­ket­ing and Strat­egy Man­ager, and spokesper­son for FAW Ve­hi­cle Manu- fac­tur­ers SA, ex­plains: “There are many ad­van­tages of sourc­ing FAW prod­ucts from our South African base — the most im­por­tant be­ing time- to- mar­ket in the Africa coun­tries, and of course for the SADC and AU, the added ad­van­tage which comes from the im­port/ ex­port duty agree­ments,” he adds.

From the cost point of view, the African buyer can save ve­hi­cle im­port duty be­tween 25% and 40%. An­other ad­van­tage im­port­ing through FAW lo­cally is that cus­tomers can get their ve­hi­cles within 30 days of or­der; much sooner than from China, which nor­mally re­quires three months be­tween or­der place­ment and de­liv­ery.

FAW SA says it plans to sup- port sales in al­most all the right­hand drive African coun­tries. “How­ever, our plan is to as­sem­ble the left- hand drive ve­hi­cles to sup­ply to the African Union coun­tries in future, where they too can get duty ad­van­tages”.

The Tan­za­nia dealer noted that their best sellers are the FAW 6x4 truck trac­tor and FAW 6x4 15m3 tip­pers. The FAW J5 6X4 tip­per has proven to be a stal­wart prod­uct for Africa road con­di­tions.

FAW ve­hi­cles can cope eas­ily with the re­gion’s dust and dirt chal­lenges, as well as rough roads and slip­pery con­di­tions. With its high pay­load ca­pac­ity it pro­vides good re­turn on in­vest­ment for most any op­er­a­tion, such as min­ing, long haul or log- ging.

The qual­ity lev­els com­ing from the lo­cal plant en­sure that the solid chas­sis and frame con­tinue to give trans­port own­ers the ease of drive­abil­ity they have come to ex­pect from FAW trucks.

An­other ad­van­tage of the run­ning FAW trucks is that they are easy to main­tain and ser­vice, with ex­cel­lent ac­ces­si­bil­ity to spare parts if needed.

For af­ter­sales sup­port, FAW SA is al­ready sup­ply­ing parts to those African deal­ers who im­port SA- spec mod­els. Some deal­ers who im­port lo­cal spec mod­els from FAW, still source their parts stock from China di­rectly, be­cause the pur­chase process is fa­mil­iar to them and up­time in not af­fected.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The best- selling FAW trucks in Tan­za­nia are these FAW 6x4 tip­pers, as­sem­bled in PE us­ing a lo­cal body con­struc­tor.

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