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Mercedes-Benz do Brasil is Latin
America’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles
São Bernardo do Campo –
Mercedes-Benz do Brasil reached a record of more than 1,600,000
commercial vehicles produced in Brazil. The biggest manufacturer
of commercial vehicles in Latin America started its activities
in the country in 1956. “We are very proud of the market
position we reached in Brazil with the production of 1,140,000
trucks and 500,000 buses. This is an unprecedented volume among
manufacturers of commercial vehicles in the country”, says Gero
Herrmann, Company president.
With nearly 28,000 Mercedes-Benz
trucks sold in Brazil in 2007. The brand with the star is the
market leader with a market share of 29% in the heavy-duty
segment. In total, 50% of the circulating truck fleet in Brazil
are produced in São Bernardo do Campo.
A high level of Mercedes-Benz’s
participation is also noticed in the Brazilian circulating bus
fleet, currently with 70%.
Last year, the company registered
a sales volume of more than 12,600 units in Brazil, which
represents a share of 52%, market leader in the segment. The
quality of the products manufactured by Mercedes-Benz do Brasil
is recognized internationally. Trucks and buses are sold in
Latin America and in several other continents. Among the major
markets are Argentina, Chile, Peru, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa
The company is also the biggest
exporter of commercial vehicles in Latin America. In total,
around 180,000 Mercedes-Benz trucks produced in Brazil were
exported since 1965. Recently, the brand surpassed the milestone
of 150,000 buses exported since 1961.
Today, the plant in São Bernardo do Campo
has around 12,000 employees and produces daily 260 vehicles between
trucks and buses. It is a world competence center of Daimler AG for the
development and production of bus chassis of the Mercedes-Benz brand.
The exclusive assembly line of bus chassis is a benchmark for other
group companies worldwide, due to the implementation of production
optimization programs, as just in time and improvement as kaizen.
In its unit of São Bernardo do Campo,
Mercedes-Benz do Brasil counts with the biggest Technological
Development Center – CDT of Daimler AG outside Germany, where it
develops and tests the products and the technologies applied to buses,
trucks and aggregates. A pioneering activity center in Brazil, this CDT
is also the biggest in Latin America among all manufacturers of
(May 29, 2008)