NLC team visits world leading truck manufacturing facilities in Germany Joint Ventures with MAN and Mercedes – Benz discussed
Rawalpindi - 16 Apr, 2016: A high level delegation headed by Lt Gen Javed Mahmood Bukhari, Quarter Master General / Officer Incharge NLC visited Germany to explore the possibility of establishing of truck assembly lines with two of the world’s top truck manufacturing companies, MAN and Mercedes – Benz in Pakistan under a Joint Venture arrangement with National Logistics Cell.
The delegation comprised of Maj Gen Mushtaq Ahmed Faisal, DG NLC and other senior officials visited truck manufacturing factory of MAN at Munich. The delegation was briefed by Mr Franz Freiherr Von Redwitz, Vice President MAN Truck and Bus Middle East. MAN authorities acknowledged opening of vast opportunities for the truck manufacturers in wake of CPEC and the incentives offered by the Govt of Pakistan under Auto Development Policy 2016-21. The MAN authorities agreed to send a team to Pakistan in May 2016 to evaluate the proposed JV with NLC. A MAN truck will also be provided to NLC for necessary test and trials in Pakistani conditions. The delegation visited the truck manufacturing facilities of MAN and witnessed various stages of production of trucks.
The delegation also visited Mercedes-Benz truck manufacturing facility located at Worth, Karlsruhe near Frankfurt which is the biggest plant in the world having production capacity of 110,000 units annually. NLC delegation presented an overview of feasibility of assembly line in Pakistan highlighting the demand of trucks in local market and matters related to a possible Joint Venture with NLC. The Mercedes – Benz management agreed to evaluate the proposal in next meeting of their Board of Director meeting. The delegation was shown the manufacturing of trucks in the factory using latest robotic technologies.
Later, the delegation visited exhibition of world’s leading construction companies BAUMA 2016, where latest equipment and machines were displayed by renowned manufacturers at the forum. The visit provided an excellent opportunity to NLC team to analyze latest trends and use of new equipment in mega projects related to road construction, structures and building of dams.