Iveco’s new facility starts with a bang!
In last week’s video, we saw Iveco’s take on what it means to be Born in South Africa … The company isn’t only planning on roughing it on the continent, however, as it demonstrated at its inaugural event, which spanned three days, at the new Iveco South Africa Works facility.
South African dignitaries, representatives from the Italian Embassy, the French Ambassador to South Africa, local media, customers and dealers were all treated to a guided tour of the new facility – based in Rosslyn, Pretoria – as well as spin on the test track.
Fun was had in a Daily from the light range, a Eurocargo from the medium range and a Trakker from the heavy, off-road range. Adding to these was a “507 Dakar Replica” Trakker; a vehicle which competes in the world-famous Dakar rally.
In addition to commercial vehicles, products from several other CNH Industrial brands were displayed including: agricultural machinery from Case IH and New Holland Agriculture, construction equipment from Case Construction and New Holland Construction, and mining and quarry vehicles from Iveco Astra.
CNH Industrial notes that the establishment of this facility is a major step for the company in the South African market, particularly in terms of local manufacturing, employment and commercial opportunities.
Close to 1 000 South African employees are expected to be recruited for this new facility where the Iveco and Iveco Bus brands have established production assembly lines for medium, heavy-duty and extra-heavy-duty trucks, as well as front engined and low-floor city buses.
CNH Industrial says that most of these vehicles are designed and destined for the local South African market, while 20 percent will be exported. The complex also has a training centre for technicians and a product quality assurance department.