Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus will introduce a partial second production shift at its plant in Resende, Brazil, by next December, hiring around 350 new workers. The announcement was made today (Oct 30) by Roberto Cortes, the brand CEO, in São Paulo city, during the visit of Andreas Renschler, CEO of the TRATON Group, and representatives of the Southern Rio Metal Workers Union. The recovery of the Brazilian market along 2018 and the good prospects for the coming year support the decision, according to the Brazilian executive.
“We are adding a production shift to the assembly of extra heavy trucks and buses chassis. To make this happen we, along with the partner companies of the Modular Consortium in our Resende plant, will contract and train new employees in the coming weeks. We will also increase the current production of other models with the help of new employees”, Cortes explains.
The CEO of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus identifies the gradual recovery of sales in 2018 and the confidence in 2019 as key factors behind the decision announced today in São Paulo. "From January to September this year, the Brazilian truck sales grew by almost 50% in comparison with the same period last year. While the local bus market increased by 22.4% over the same period. Soaring agribusiness, rising sales and good expectation on the business environment show that we are on the right track", says Cortes.
With a 28% share in the 5-ton and above truck market, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus keeps the Brazilian sales leadership for almost 15 years. In the bus segment, the brand retains its runner-up position with almost 20% market share.
Close to complete 22 years of continued operations, the Resende plant currently operates in one production shift, along with overtime and some Saturday working. With a portfolio of more than 50 different truck models and 35 bus chassis options, the factory’s two assembly lines are able to supply either the Brazilian and the international markets, exporting complete products and kits to more than 30 countries in Latin America and Africa.
The company also has a plant in Querétaro, Mexico, which assembles trucks and buses for both Volkswagen and MAN brands, and maintains production partnerships with MAN Truck & Bus in South Africa and with the Leventis Group in Nigeria.