Bellevue-based Paccar on Wednesday unveiled the first truck built at its new factory in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, which it hopes to use to break into the growing South American market.
Located in Brazil’s Paraná state, the 300,000-square-foot facility will produce Paccar’s largest, heavy-duty truck model — the DAF-XF 105. With 100 workers now, the plant will eventually have up to 500 employees.
Paccar Treasurer Robin Easton said the factory, capable of producing 10,000 trucks a year, will likely build the company’s smaller CF and LF models as well. But for now, heavy-duty trucks are “the largest and fastest-growing [market] in Brazil,” he said.
The XF is meant for long-distance hauls, where the smaller XF and LF models target construction work and “urban delivery,” DAF Brazil President Marco Davila said in a statement.
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The factory is Paccar’s first for the DAF brand outside Europe.
Paccar has factories for its other lines, including Kenworth and Peterbilt, throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Paccar will work with a network of independent Brazilian dealers, and trucks will be made as they are ordered.
So far, the factory has “a few hundred” orders on backlog and will gradually increase production from one truck per day, said Easton.
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