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Sep 12, 2018

On September 10, 2018, UD Trucks celebrated its remarkable business achievement of the total output of 15,000 trucks for the heavy-duty Quester model made at its plant in Samut Prakan province. This highlights its unwavering commitment of "Going the Extra Mile" to customers' businesses and the region. With SEA's trade volumes set to increase by 130% in 2023 especially with the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community, demand for local and cross-border land transportation is expected to grow.
For the past 40 years, Volvo Group has invested THB 2 billion with the aim of expanding UD Trucks at Samutprakarn plant to 20,000 units of UD Trucks per annum.
Being the first completely built-up production facility for UD Trucks outside of Japan, the plant's significant production of 15,000 Quester units aligns with its vision of supporting markets worldwide and furthering SEA as an economically competitive region.
Since the introduction of Quester, it has earned the recognition of global logistics companies who have established cross-market accounts for the Quester line.
President of UD Trucks Thailand believes that this achievement highlights the importance of the Thailand market to UD Trucks’s parent company, Volvo Group. The company is positive to carry on this legacy with the local engineers to benefit and support the Thailand economy and global market.
(From an article of Newswit on September 10, 2018 and an article of Bangkok Post on September 11, 2018)

Jun 29, 2018

On June 29, UD Trucks announced that it has launched Quester heavy duty truck developed for growth markets in Pakistan. The Quester launch in Pakistan is targeted at customers in the petroleum products transportation sector, where demand for high-output engines is foreseen.
Quester is offered in three models: 6 x 4 tractor (rear-wheel two-axle drive); 6 x 2 tractor (rear wheel, single-axle drive), and 6 x 4 rigid (single vehicle). Its 370 hp engine delivers high power as well as excellent safety performance.
Quester is built at UD Trucks’ plant in Bangkok. Under a new contract, VPL Limited will be responsible for import, sales and service of Quester through three sales and service locations in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Plans are in place to expand the sales and service network.
UD Trucks press release

Jun 25, 2018

UD Trucks and Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdb Bhd (TCIE), an importer and distributor in Malaysia, rolled out the world’s first CKD Croner in Malaysia. This achievement made Malaysia the first market in the world to locally assembly Croner and roll out successfully.
UD Trucks and TCIE have started CKD production of the Croner PKE and LKE. The Croner PKD is fitted with a high output engine for regional and long haul, while the Croner LKE is a multi-purpose model for efficient in-city and city-to-city distribution.
Since 2016 it has invested MYR 1.5 million in SKD (semi knock-down) production of the heavy-duty Quester, and has now shifted to CKD production. The production assembly is carried out at its Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn Bhd (TCMA), where it has recently invested a further MYR 4.5 million to expand the production capacity to include CKD Croner.
(From UD Trucks press release on June 22, 2018)