HANNOVER, Germany – Anhui Hualing Automobile Co., Ltd. (CAMC Hualing), China’s 8th largest heavy-duty truck maker, now exports about 10 percent of its truck sales, according to Ray Fang, director of the company’s overseas operations.
Fang spoke to CBU/CAR on the sidelines of the biennial IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany in September, where the company exhibited for the third consecutive time.
“Export destinations of CAMC Hualing now include Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia,” said Fang. “The IAA Commercial Vehicles is a very good platform for CAMC Hualing to meet potential dealers, partners and suppliers.”
Fang indicated that his company now owns dealers in more than 60 countries including Russia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Ecuador and Chile.
CAMC Hualing brought five truck models to the show – Hanma loader, Hanma 6×4 trailer, Xingkaima 6×4 trailer, Hanma 6×4 dump truck and Xingkaima 6×4 concrete mixing truck – on a display space of more than 600 square meters, twice the size in 2012. It also showcased independently developed CM6D18 and CM6D28 engines as well as transmissions and axles at the show.
Fang admitted though that the company’s sales and export performance has been affected so far this year and may not see any rebound in the remainder of the year, as most of CAMC Hualing’s products are special-purpose vehicles such as cement mixing trucks, which have been heavily affected by the slowdown of the real estate market. It is unlikely to achieve its annual sales target, according to Fang.
“We are considering setting up plants outside China but since many conditions still need to be fulfilled, we are still working on it,” said Fang.
Similar to Gary Huang, president of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd., which appeared at the show for the first time, Fang also believes that government stimulus packages such as ¥4 trillion in 2009 and 2010 will not occur again, and the heavy-duty truck market will see steady development and structural transformation and upgrading. CAMC Hualing is well-prepared for the upcoming implementation of the State-IV emissions standards starting from January 1, 2015 since most of its export products are already State-IV compliant.
Fang also disclosed that the company is undertaking cooperation negotiations with several overseas companies but declined to provide specific details.