Chinese Auto Co Opens First Plant in Africa

Chinese Auto Co. Opens First Plant in Africa

July 17, 2014
The manufacturing hub has an annual capacity of three-thousand vehicles.

Foton East Africa Ltd., earlier this week, announced production of its VIEW CS2 vans, made in the company’s hub in Kenya, has begun.

Last year the company, a subsidiary of Foton Motor Group, invested $30 million for the completion of phase one of its manufacturing hub in Nairobi.

The manufacturing hub has an annual capacity of three-thousand vehicles.

Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd., established in, 1996, and headquartered in Beijing, manufactures medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, light-duty trucks, vans, SUVs, pickup trucks, passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as passenger busses.

Foton is the largest Chinese manufacturer of vans.

Two strategic alliances have brought in new technologies to Foton’s line of vehicles. In 2008, Foton Motor Group, in collaboration with Cummins Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of engines, established the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Co., Ltd, which is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of light-duty diesel engines. 

And in 2010, Beijing Foton Daimler Motor Co., Ltd., established the production of heavy-duty trucks, all of which meet or exceed Euro V emissions standards.

Foton Daimler’s manufacturing facility, which is fully automated, has the capacity to produce 200,000 vehicles annually. Foton Daimler also has over 700,000 customers, 57 authorized global resellers and an expansive global distribution network.

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Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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