Mercedes-Benz Trucks and the Chinese construction machinery manufacturer Zoomlion Heavy Industry are intensifying their cooperation. To this end, the partners have signed a letter of intent for a delivery of over 2,500 Mercedes-Benz trucks. The letter of intent includes heavy-duty truck models of the types Mercedes-Benz Actros 3341 and 4141. In the picture: The letter of intent was signed by Chen Xiaofei (left), Vice President of Zoomlion Heavy Industry and General Director of the Concrete Construction Machinery division, and Robert Veit (right ), Head of Daimler Trucks China.

According to a statement from the Stuttgart-based automobile company, the large Chinese company will purchase the vehicles in the course of the year. The 2,500 Mercedes-Benz Actros are manufactured in the Wörth truck plant and adapted for Zoomlion’s special applications in the concrete pump sector.

Daimler claims to have sold just under 5,800 trucks with the three-pointed star in China in 2011. This means that the company is also the market leader among European competitors in the import segment in China. The People’s Republic is now the sixth largest sales market for Mercedes-Benz trucks.

Above all, the disproportionately high growth in the Chinese construction sector calls for premium trucks that are tailored for special applications. According to current plans, China plans to invest around seven trillion RMB (equivalent to more than 800 billion euros) in the development and expansion of the urban infrastructure between 2011 and 2015.

Hubertus Troska, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and responsible for Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide, emphasizes: “We are very pleased that our Chinese business partner is relying on trucks from Mercedes-Benz for its demanding applications in the construction sector. This letter of intent consolidates our partnership with Zoomlion. It confirms the good image of our Mercedes-Benz trucks and the high performance of our still young Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales organization in China, which helps us to expand our market presence. “

Daimler’s trucks are pursuing two strategic directions for the Chinese market. In addition to selling the high-quality Mercedes-Benz trucks for the premium segment, the company will also participate in the promising volume market in the future: A good week ago, the Stuttgart-based company announced the start of the BFDA joint venture with the Chinese truck manufacturer Foton. In this joint venture, Daimler has a 50 percent stake in Foton’s business with medium and heavy trucks of the Auman brand. After the ramp-up phase, BFDA’s production capacity will be 160,000 units.

The market volume for medium and heavy trucks has doubled in the past five years, so that over a million trucks in this segment are now sold in China. Last year, the Chinese market made up around 40 percent of the entire world market for medium and heavy trucks.

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