Volvo Group subsidiary Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. (SDLG) has begun excavator production in Brazil. The machines will be built in a $10 million purpose-built assembly hall within the Volvo Group facility in Pederneiras in the state of São Paulo.
Initially, there will be four SDLG crawler excavator models produced—the LG6150E, LG6210E, LG6225E and LG6250E models—covering weight classes from 13.8 to 24.3 tons. The machines will be sold to companies working in a variety of industries, but in particular in the construction, forestry, agricultural, mining and extraction sectors.
This factory will be the first SDLG production facility outside China, but will mirror the manufacturing processes in place at its main facility in Linyi, China.
“Localized production will help SDLG be more flexible and responsive to its customers and dealers in the region,” said Pat Olney, president and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment. “We’re taking advantage of The Volvo Group’s long history in Brazil to introduce an exciting new initiative with these locally built SDLG excavators.”
The Volvo Group holds a 70 percent shareholding interest of Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. The Volvo Group facility at Pederneiras is also home to a Volvo Construction Equipment factory that manufactures wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders, articulated haulers and compactors.