A new Chinese-Brazilian joint venture company called Shacman do Brasil has outlined a schedule for when it will begin producing civilian and military trucks in Brazil, as part of the firm’s increasing investment in the Latin American automobile industry.

The company is a joint venture between Metro-Shacman and the Chinese truck manufacturer Shaanxi Automobile Group.

It is displaying several products for the first time at this year’s LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in the hope of attracting potential sales from commercial and military customers.

‘The Brazilian armed forces use adapted trucks, Shacman trucks are originally military trucks,’ said Reinaldo Vieira, marketing director for Shacman do Brasil. ‘They are the same trucks that equip China’s People’s Liberation Army.’

Vieira said the company’s facility in Tatura, in São Paulo, will begin manufacturing civilian trucks next year and will have the capacity to build 10,000 trucks annually. The facility, which plans to employ around 300 people, will then begin building military trucks in 2017.

The company has already sold 100 trucks but they have had to be imported from China while a new assembly plant comes online. Despite this, Vieira said the trucks made in Brazil will utilise as many Brazilian parts as possible.

‘Our next step is to localise and find all the local partners,’ explained Vieira. ‘We will benefit a lot from what we have already done with the civilian trucks, all the suppliers could be the same because many of the components are the same.’

On display at this year’s LAAD exhibition were three trucks; one painted in UN colours fitted with a hydraulic crane, another 10 tonne truck painted in standard army green, and another 6×6 with independent suspension. Vieira confirmed all three trucks had been imported from China for the show.

Shacman do Brasil are not just looking at Brazil as a potential customer but also militaries within the Latin America region and further afield in West Africa.

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