GEFCO Creates New Partnership with Foton Motors in Brazil to Assemble Utility Trucks

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Source: GEFCO, 2020-06-09

In April, GEFCO Indústria do Brasil, part of GEFCO, a leader in multimodal supply chain solutions and a leading player in automotive logistics, started assembly of utility trucks in Guaíba, Brazil for Foton Motor Group, a world-leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

GEFCO Indústria do Brasil first discussed cooperation with Foton in 2013, when the car manufacturer unveiled plans to build a new truck factory in Guaíba. Foton’s project was postponed and GEFCO acquired a unit in the area, aiming to become the logistics and sub-assembly provider for Foton and other potential customers. Currently GEFCO Indústria do Brasil is assembling a first consignment of utility trucks for Foton in its facility in Guaíba.

Alex Feijolo, Director of GEFCO Indústria do Brasil, commented: “Our long-term relationship with Foton reflects GEFCO’s mission to be “Partners, unlimited” for our customers. At the end of 2019 we pursued our discussions to identify how GEFCO could help Foton maintain its truck production in Brazil, even at low volumes. We’re delighted that Foton has chosen us to assemble trucks.”

GEFCO delivered its first vehicle for Foton at the end of April, in line with the manufacturers’ robust quality requirements. GEFCO’s goal is to increase our production capacity to meet the needs of Foton and its dealer network, while proving the feasibility of its platform in Guaíba.

Alessandro Luz, Operations Coordinator, GEFCO Brazil, explained: “Assembling a vehicle with approximately 1,500 parts is a complex task that requires solid expertise. This partnership demonstrates our ability to manage complex assemblies, even at low volumes, and we hope will lead to further opportunities in the future.”

GEFCO Indústria do Brasil’s headquarters are based in San Paulo, providing used-vehicle remarketing and other value-added industrial services.


Present in Brazil in 2010, Foton Caminhões produces, imports and distributes Foton branded trucks in the country. In addition, the company supplies auto parts and all after-sales services, including checkups and maintenance. In China, Foton Motor Group, founded in 1996 in the Changping district of Beijing, has established joint ventures with major companies such as Cummins, ZF and Daimler, and has been named as one of the largest and most valuable Chinese companies. Currently, Foton sells around 600,000 vehicles per year globally, 90% of which are commercial vehicles, exported to +100 countries with volumes that exceed 60,000 units. Worldwide, the company has 40,000 employees, 2,000 dealerships and last year had sales of $7.5bn. The Brazilian subsidiary is Foton's fifth industrial unit outside China. The brand has factories in Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya and Algeria under construction. For more information, visit:

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