Foton signs agreement to build an auto plant in Brazil next year

According to foreign media reports, Foton Motors recently signed an agreement with Brazil to establish an auto factory in Brazil in 2013 with a total investment of US$300 million.

On December 15, both parties formally signed a contract and an announcement was issued on the 20th. In the picture, the executives of the contracted parties are from left to right. They are Marcio Vita, president of Brazil Foton Omac, Orlando Merluzzi, vice president, Li Xingxing, head of Futian Automotive Overseas Division, and Jiang Feng, president of Futian South America.

On September 7 this year, Foton Motors do Brazil, a Brazilian subsidiary of Foton Motors, signed a memorandum with the government of Bahia, Brazil, to establish a factory in the city of Camaari, Bahia. Futian expects that the new plant will be put into production by the end of 2013 and that by 2017 it will have a capacity of 30,000 vehicles per year, employing about 1,000 people. According to the letter of intent, the factory will cover an area of ​​1 million square meters and is expected to produce two commercial vehicles, including a light truck and a micro-surface.

In the early stage, Foton will be assembled from Brazil to domestic transportation components, that is, all parts will be assembled with CKD. Afterwards, Foton will gradually increase the localization rate of parts and parts, and it will reach 65% or more before 2017. This is also Brazil's requirement for exemption from high industrial product tax IPI requirements for automotive products. Beginning in 2013, Fukuda will establish 130 dealerships in Brazil during the four years with an additional investment of US$2 billion.

Foton Motors officially began selling automobiles in Brazil through three Sao Paulo dealerships in January this year. The products include three light trucks with load capacities of 3.5 tons, 6.5 tons and 8.5 tons respectively.

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