MAZ, a truck and machinery manufacturer from Belarus, is preparing to enter the heavy-duty segment of the southern African market and will have two units on display at the Futuroad truck and bus expo at Automechanika at the Expo Centre, Nasrec, from September 18-21 2019.
Valery Tarasenko, representing the truckmaker in South Africa, told The Corner in a media release: ”We’ve been preparing to enter the African right-hand drive market for two years and have completed homologation on several models – including the two to be on display on our stand at Expo Centre – a MAZ-656587 (8×4) 27-ton tipper and a truck tractor MAZ-646087 capable of hauling 60 tons on a dumper semi-trailer.”
MAZ, The Corner was told, has been assembling trucks at its plant in Minsk in the former Soviet Union since 1944 and has a very comprehensive range with a focus on heavy-duty operations and special applications. The right-hand drive units will be assembled at a factory in Richards Bay for sale in East and South Africa.
MAZ is also a regular competitor in the annual Dakar Rally.
OTHER BRANDS, TOO
There will be five other truck launches at Futuroad: UD Trucks, Everstar Industries (Powerstar trucks), Daewoo, (marketed by Tata in South Africa), MCC, Raw Industries, Next Group, Volvo, and Tata itself.
This the second Futuroad is the only international trade fair of its kind on the African continent and targets a visitor audience from across sub-Saharan Africa. Besides those companies doing launches, visitors can also expect to see JMC, FAW and FCA Group products at the exhibition.