4 April 2008
Nissan Diesel South Africa opened its new R10.9-million production and warehouse facilities at Rosslyn outside Pretoria last week, in a ceremony that also marked the completion of the first Quon extra heavy commercial vehicle to be assembled at the plant.
Nissan Diesel South Africa vice president Johan Richards said in a statement that the company currently employed a total of more than 330 people, with some 185 of them working on the plant’s assembly line.
“These new facilities form part of Nissan Diesel’s ongoing commitment to assemble and deliver trucks of the highest standards and quality to customers,” Richards said.
Nissan Diesel South Africa is currently the third biggest seller of trucks in South Africa, and the facility upgrade will enable the company to increase its production of trucks from the current 4 500 units per year to a possible 9 000 units per year.
The self-funded investment by Nissan Diesel South Africa was used to expand the physical truck assembly building, as well as to install additional equipment, including a “chassis turn-over machine” to make assembly easier for the operators by having the chassis upside down during the early stages of the build process.
On a global front, Nissan Diesel South Africa retained its number one position as Nissan Diesel’s top market and largest export hub outside of Japan in 2007.
“With the benefit of increased production capability and the launch of our new flagship model range this week, we are intent on strengthening our position even further,” said Nissan Diesel South Africa CEO Hiroshi Yokofujita.
“Nissan Diesel South Africa remains a dedicated truck company that aims to provide profitable transport solutions to its customers by adopting a ‘Nissan Diesel for life’.”
According to the company, which started South African operations in 1962, it has produced over 59 000 units since its inception, with some 38 000 of them still on the country’s roads.
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