28 October 2014 SAMCO Displays its Technical Expertise and Innovative Manufacturing capabilities at MAN xKD Customer Days Competition
MAN Truck & Bus, the international leader in truck manufacturing with its assemblies all over the world today announced that SAMCO (Saudi Automotive Manufacturing Company), its truck assembly partner in Saudi Arabia won the first place in a global best practice competition for securing quality and increasing efficiency of its assembly plant. SAMCO secured this award at the xKD Customer Days 2014 competition which took place recently in the MAN Truck Forum in Munich. xKD stands for any level of decomposition (Completely-Knocked-Down/ Breakdown-level or Semi-Knocked-Down) of a truck in the assembly process and describes different truck assembly kits such as TiB (Truck-in-the-Box) or CiB (Chassis-in-the-Box).
The SAMCO Jeddah Assembly plant, which opened at the start of 2009, has been an important pillar of MAN's Middle East growth strategy in one of the fastest growing regions for MAN across the globe. The plant has a production capacity of 3.000 units per year. The board of MAN Truck & Bus AG represented by Heinz-Jürgen Löw, Sales & Marketing and Dr. Carsten Intra, Production discussed new product development and new processes in global truck production at the MAN Truck Forum.
"The xKD business is important for the company's growth. We want to increase the quantities in the xKD countries", explained Löw to the 70 participants of the conference from numerous departments from all areas of MAN, xKD customers and importers from 13 different countries as well as representatives of the TiB / CiB-supplying plants from Salzgitter, Steyr and Pithampur. "We can proudly confirm that we have the highest premium quality standards in our production, irrespective of whether the vehicle is assembled in Europe or in the rest of the world".
He added, "SAMCO has a very passionate and committed team with a high work ethic. In their best practices, they demonstrated continuous development of the production process such as an efficient supply chain management, innovative equipment designs for the production line and a sophisticated training system for all employees for which SAMCO has been already awarded in 2013."
"To be recognized by our peers is really the highest accolade we could have ever wished for, as they all work within the same xKD arena as SAMCO, building and promoting MAN as a premium product in the many challenging, different and diverse market sectors throughout the world", said Mr. Ken McIntosh, General Manager at SAMCO.
The main benefits of the xKD Customer Days are to strengthen the global xKD-network & community, to give an overview of all xKD processes and of the xKD-product portfolio, getting an input for further development of xKD business and a know-how exchange of xKD-assembly plants.
In order to serve the customers of MAN better, the xKD supplying plants, central departments and assembly plants discussed development areas and responsibilities in the workshops and presentations. "The participants left with a lot of enthusiasm and fresh ideas to assemble the premium products of MAN even more efficiently", said Dr. Intra. The question whether MAN can create an efficient and outstanding assembly process for our premium products with our partners anywhere in the world was clearly answered: "MAN kann".
MAN Truck & Bus in Middle East
Since 2006, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East has been the regional representative of MAN Truck & Bus AG which is headquartered in Munich, Germany and the largest company of MAN Group. It is a leading provider of commercial vehicles and buses that are renowned for their robustness, reliability and adherence to high standards of driver and passenger comfort and safety.
MAN Truck & Bus Middle East operates through an extensive network of private capital dealers and importers in 14 countries namely Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The local coordination office is located in the UAE, Dubai Airport Free Zone and guarantees for efficient sales and after sales support in the Middle Eastern region.
Accommodating for the demanding operating conditions in the Middle East, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East provides full-fledged turn-key solutions for both goods and passenger transportation by road through its light (TGL) , medium (TGM) and heavy-duty (TGS WW) ranges of trucks, and MAN and NEOPLAN buses that provide basic to VIP luxury transport and travel requirements.
The Transport Efficiency Program from MAN Truck & Bus
The amount of transport and traffic on roads is rising worldwide. At the same time, the long-term dwindling of energy resources is making transport increasingly more expensive. As one of the world's leading manufacturers of buses and trucks, MAN Truck & Bus makes an important contribution to the continued improvement of transport efficiency. MAN offers a comprehensive efficiency program to reduce your total costs of ownership. Transport efficiency, consolidated in the fields of technology, service, the driver and future expertise protects the environment and is added value for our customers.
MAN Truck & Bus AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is the largest company of the MAN Group and a leading international supplier of efficient commercial vehicles and innovative transport solutions. In fiscal 2010 the enterprise, with around 31,000 employees, posted sales of more than 55,000 trucks and over 5,400 buses and bus chassis of the MAN and NEOPLAN brands worth 7.4 billion euros.
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