Malaysia - The first complete knocked-down (CKD) Croner has been assembled at the UD Trucks and Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE) plant in Segambut - a sub district of Kuala Lumpur. This follows a recent investment of M$4.5m (US$1.12m) in the facility.
"Croner is a versatile, reliable, safe and fuel-efficient medium-duty truck range that is developed with the Asian customers in mind," commented Filip Van den Heede, managing director, Hub Malaysia, UD Trucks. "It is a truck range designed to deliver extra productivity and superior uptime as it combined the best of three worlds, which are UD Trucks’ Japanese heritage and craftsmanship, Volvo Group’s proven technologies and TCIE’s local resourcing, expertise and market reach."
UD Trucks and TCIE have been worked together for around 40 years. In 2016, the companies invested M$1.5m in semi knock-down (SKD) assembly of the heavy-duty Quester truck at the Segambut plant. The companies hope to reach more customers with the addition of the Croner.
Sales of the Quester and Croner also recently started in Sudan, which follows shortly on from the lifting of sanctions in October 2017. UD Trucks is attempting to diversify its market base and take advantage of emerging markets in both Africa and Asia.