Volvo Takes Truck Assembly Plant To Kenya
Swedish truck maker, AB Volvo will not be bringing its truck assembly to Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.
Instead it will start assembling vehicles in Kenya, the company said on Thursday.
Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, said in a statement that the move is part of a series of investments aimed at boosting the company’s presence in the African region.
Nilsson said Volvo would also open an office in Kenya to serve East Africa while opening 20 workshops around the region.
He said it is partnering with local firm NECST on the plan which will create about 300 direct jobs.
“There is a significant potential for the premium truck business as regional economies grow, infrastructure investments expand and the business environment remains investment friendly,” Nilsson said.
Like Nigeria, the East African nation undermined what was a thriving local assembly industry in the 1990s with policies that encouraged cheap second hand imports.
It is now seeking to attract manufacturers back to help create jobs and support growth.
Volvo is the latest vehicle maker to announce plans in recent months to start assembling locally, following moves by Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot and CNH Industrial’s Iveco.