Iveco geared in more ways than one
Iveco is geared for 2015 in more ways than one. Late last year the company officially opened its massive R800-million truck manufacturing facility at Rosslyn, just outside of Pretoria. CNH Industrial, Iveco ’s holding company, held the first of a series of public and customer engagement events at the new Iveco SA Works facility at the end of last year.
The three-day event treated guests – including South African dignitaries, representatives from the Italian Embassy, the French Ambassador to South Africa, local media, customers and dealers – to a 3600 CNH Industrial experience.
50 000m2 Iveco plant is set within a 180 000m2 premises, with capacity of 5 000 trucks and 1 000 buses per year
The new 50 000m2 Iveco plant is set within a 180 000m2 premises, and has an installed capacity of 5 000 trucks and 1 000 buses per year.
The Rosslyn facility will also act as an industrial site for CNH Industrial and includes a training centre for its agriculture and construction equipment brands.
The Mayor of Pretoria, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, delivered a speech to mark the event and, in addition to guided tours of the new facility, CNH Industrial hosted guests on the site’s test track.
Guests were given the chance to drive 4×4 ‘Tested by Dakar’ vehicles: a Daily from the light range, a Eurocargo from the medium range and a Trakker from the heavy, off-road range.
A showpiece was definitely the 507 Dakar Replica Trakker, a vehicle that competes in the gruelling off-road Dakar Rally, where Iveco has been a long-time sponsor of one of its most popular teams: Petronas De Rooy Iveco.
In addition to commercial vehicles, products from several other CNH Industrial brands were displayed on site: 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.
According to CNH Industrial, the establishment of the new Iveco plant in Rosslyn is a major step for the company, particularly in terms of local manufacturing, employment and commercial opportunities; and is the result of a successful partnership between the company’s commercial vehicles brand, Iveco, and a leading South African public transport operator and bus bodybuilder, the Larimar Group.
Currently the facility has a staff complement of 300 people, but close to 1 000 SA employees are expected to be recruited for this new location where the Iveco and Iveco Bus brands have established production assembly lines for medium, heavy-duty and extra heavy-duty trucks, and front-engined and low-floor city buses. Production started in July 2014 and is now ramping up at a fast pace.
The majority of vehicles produced at the facility are designed and destined for the local South African market, with a view to export 20%.
The facility also includes a training centre for technicians and a product quality assurance department.