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Jakarta Post

Mercedes’ subsidiary projects double sales growth in 2018

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 12, 2018   /   02:23 pm
Mercedes’ subsidiary projects double sales growth in 2018 Daimler Commercial Vehicles Indonesia president director Markus Villinger speaks during a media gathering on locally assembled heavy-duty truck Axor in Jakarta on Jan. 11. (JP/fny)

Daimler Commercial Vehicles Indonesia (DCVI), a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz Indonesia (MBI), expects to double the sales of its Axor heavy-duty trucks in Indonesia this year.

DCVI president director Markus Villinger said the company was upbeat about the sales growth, of which it aims to sell 1,000 to 1,500 units this year.

“We have had a great sales performance amid the rising demand from the construction sector, of which we sold 500 units last year,” said Villinger at a media gathering held in Jakarta on Thursday.

He added that the company planned to increase its use of local materials in manufacturing its products, however, it would depend on the capability of its local suppliers to meet their quality standards.

In the Axor’s production, locally sourced raw materials make up 20 to 30 percent of its total components, in the form of tires.

DCVI started the production of the heavy-duty truck Axor 2528 C with an investment worth around US$20 million to $30 million at its plant in Wanaherang, Bogor in West Java. The plant currently has an annual production capacity of 5,000 units. (fny/bbn)