Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11 Jan – Motorcycle company Traxx Moticicletas do Brasil, a subsidiary of Chinese group, China Jialing Industrial, Monday opened a factory in the Manaus duty free area, in northern Brazil.
“With a total are of 50,000 square meters and 200 direct jobs, the total production capacity of the new factory will be 100,000 motorcycles per year,” said the general director of Jialing’s distribution company in Brazil – Mot Traxx Ltda, Zhou Yu.
However, the factory expects to produce 24,000 units in the first year, he added.
Moto Traxx, which has been based in the north-eastern town of Fortaleza since March 2000, is responsible for the import and distribution of the manufacturer’s motorcycles in Brazil and in Mercosur.
Since 2003, Moto Traxx has set up a network of 115 active retailers all over Brazil.
In 2006, 10,175 units were sold by the network, and from January to November of 2007, that figure totalled 18,000 units.
Jialing was the first motorcycle factory in China. It began producing motorcycles in 1979, and after 20 years of development, the group reached a production capacity of 2 million units per year, with models of 10 different engine sizes (from 35 cc to 600 cc) and over 200 models.
The China Jialing Industrial Company posts annual turnover of US$5 billion from the Jialing brand of motorcycles, scooters and engines.
China exported 7.27 million motorcycles in the first 11 months of 2007, a rise of 22.84 percent against the same period of 2006, according to the Association of Chinese Car Manufacturers (AFAC). (macauhub)