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Thaco transfers bus manufacturing technology to Kazakhstan

Released at: 15:26, 24/04/2018 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Thaco transfers bus manufacturing technology to Kazakhstan

Thaco’s main jigs are completely assembled in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Photo: Thaco)

Vietnamese automaker sends eleven engineers to central Asian country in March to transfer technology and provide training in assembly and quality control.

by My Van

Leading Vietnamese automaker Thaco has transferred the technology for manufacturing Thaco HB73S buses to its partner HTA in Kazakhstan, under a contract signed by the two sides in February 2017.

Thaco engineers worked at HTA during all of March to complete the task following the Vietnamese company’s bus component shipment to HTA last August. The demand for public transport in central Asian countries is reported to be rising quickly but transport production by regional countries is yet to meet demand. HTA therefore decided to cooperate with Thaco to import full bus components. Fifty more sets for 29-seat HB73S buses will be shipped to the country this year.

To assist its partner in producing Thaco HB73S buses under IATF 16949 international quality management standards, Thaco sent eleven engineers to work at the HTA factory in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In addition to technology transfer, the team provided training on assembly and quality control.

Such training covered all assembly and manufacturing work, including body finishing, the painting process, and turning out the completed buses.

Thaco HB73S bus components have been researched, designed, manufactured and tested by Thaco engineers and offered at competitive prices compared to similar products from South Korea.

The technology transfer to HTA marks an initial success in Thaco mastering manufacturing technologies, quality testing, and exporting buses.

In recent years it has invested in manufacturing expansion, research, and the application of modern technologies and automation in manufacturing vehicles and components and increasing technological content and localization rates, gradually implementing its plans to join global value chains.

Thaco’s exports of components amounted to $3.8 million last year and it continues to work on researching and expanding markets and diversifying export products.

With a manufacturing capacity of 20,000 units per year, Thaco’s bus manufacturing plant is the largest in Southeast Asia. The facility boasts various bus lineups meeting Euro 4, 5 and 6 emission standards, including a Vietnamese bus lineup with a localization rate of 60 per cent that meets requirements for export to ASEAN countries.

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