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Korean trucks maker Tata Daewoo in Sh2bn Mombasa assembly

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Workers at the Associated Vehicle Assemblers plant. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NMG

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Summary

  • The Daewoo Novas tipper and prime mover will be produced at the Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA) plant in Miritini, Mombasa. 
  • Tata Daewoo Commercial vehicle president and CEO Kim Kwan-Kju and Tata International executive director Nareesh Leekha attended the launch of the new assemblies.
  • Mr Leekha said the decision to assembled the vehicles in Kenya was informed by the need to meet increasing demand for Daewoo trucks.
  • He said the demand for Daewoo trucks is supported by both the construction and transport sectors.

Global automaker Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles has started assembling two new truck models in Kenya in a Sh2 billion investment.

The Daewoo Novas tipper and prime mover will be produced at the Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA) plant in Miritini, Mombasa. 

Tata Daewoo Commercial vehicle president and CEO Kim Kwan-Kju and Tata International executive director Nareesh Leekha attended the launch of the new assemblies.

Mr Leekha said the decision to assembled the vehicles in Kenya was informed by the need to meet increasing demand for Daewoo trucks.

He said the demand for Daewoo trucks is supported by both the construction and transport sectors.

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The decision, he added, was also swayed by various incentives offered by foreign firms that assemble their vehicles locally.

“This is one of our biggest investments (in Africa) after South Africa,” said Mr Leekha.

The vehicles will be available for the local market and for export to neighbouring countries.

The plant is currently assembling 54 vehicles- six tippers and 48 prime movers. 

“Our plan is to achieve 100 per cent of vehicle assembly to be here in the near future. We are currently in the process of assembling Daewoo buses and the first fleet will be out in the next six months,” said Mr Leekha. 

Mr Kwan-Kju said the launch of the assembly line marked an important turn in the company’s expansion in the Kenyan market. More than 20,000 Daewoo trucks are operating in 40 countries, with Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Algeria being the leading markets, according to the automaker.

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