The only company assembling cars in Mozambique cars, Matchedje Motor, on Thursday sold the first vehicle rolled off the production line, the Mozambican press reported.
The delivery of the first car came a week after the factory was opened by Mozambique’s President, and the first 100 double cabin Matchedje vehicles, valued at 720,000 meticals per unit, will be sold for 595,000 meticals (US$19,600) as part of a promotional campaign.
Founded around three years ago in the town of Machava on the outskirts of the Mozambican capital, Maputo, Matchedje Motor is the result of investment by China Tong Jian Investment Co., Ltd. In this initial phase it is operating with two assembly lines, a painting area and an inspection area, with an annual production capacity of 30,000 vehicles.
At the 20,000-hectare complex, where a park of state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) was previously set up, a testing track has also been set up as well as an area for the company’s offices.
The company is preparing a network of distributors in Mozambique, as well as dealers, in order to reach its annual sales target of 30,000 vehicles, but the directors also plan to expand into the rest of Africa.
In the second phase, planned for 2016-2017, the factory’s production capacity will increase to 100,000 vehicles per year, after which it should be increased to about 500,000 vehicles.
Currently, Matchedje Motor is focused on producing all-terrain vans, buses and electric scooters, but with the expansion of the Machava unit expects to expand its range to other types of vehicles. (macauhub/MZ)