Robust PE- built tipper trucks prove a popular choice for FAW dealer in Tanzania
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.
The best- selling FAW trucks in Tanzania are these FAW 6x4 tippers, assembled in PE using a local body constructor.