Navistar open major truck manufacturing plant in Brazil

Navistar International has officially opened a new commercial vehicle production facility in the city of Canoas in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

This new manufacturing facility has a production line with a capacity to build 5000 trucks per year, and with the potential to expand further, if required by local demand. It is a part of a global strategy by the maker of International and Cat Trucks to expand the organisation and truck sales in a number of markets around the world, like Australia, South Africa and South America.

The new facility covers 40,000 m² and is a development on the site of a MWM-International engine facility, supplying engines into global markets for trucks, agricultural machinery, industrial applications and marine. The company have invested over $200 million in manufacturing operations, research and development in the last three years. The Brazilian truck market has undergone an emissions change in recent times with exhaust emissions rules jumping from Euro 3 to Euro 5.

“Our business in Brazil has served as a great model for our global growth efforts,” said Eric Tech, President Navistar Global Truck and Engine. “Our ongoing investment in the Brazilian truck market, one of the largest commercial truck markets in the world, is a logical next step in our strategy.

“Our Brazilian business is having a strong year and their success is an important part of the great progress we're making in our company's turnaround strategy. While we remain focused on improving our core North American business, we continue to look for smart strategic ways to invest in select global markets and our investment in Brazil is just one example of that approach.”

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