Production of SDLG-branded crawler excavators from has begun in a $10 million purpose-built assembly hall within the Volvo Group facility in Pederneiras, Brazil. This will be Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co.'s first production facility outside China, but will mirror the manufacturing processes in place at its main facility in Linyi, China.
Initial production runs will include four models in the 13.8 to 24.3 tonne range – the LG6150E, LG6210E, LG6225E and LG6250E models.
The SDLG excavators will be manufactured in line with brand’s core values, with a focus on robust and reliable design in a cost-effective package.
Volvo says timing for the launch of Brazil-built SDLG excavators is good as there is strong demand in the country for cost-effective machines. The company has been selling SDLG machines in Brazil for longer than four years.
“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.
Production of SDLG excavators in Brazil will further increase the brand’s competitiveness by speeding up delivery times and opening up more favorable financing options for customers. SDLG will continue to operate in Brazil through its own branded organization with its dedicated distribution network and sales force with customer support.
The Volvo Group holds 70 percent of Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., manufacturer of SDLG machines and one of the world’s three largest wheel loader manufacturers. 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.