Chinese bus manufacturer and assembler Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd. has produced its 15,000th bus to be delivered to Africa at its factory in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Yutong buses are not new to African roads and are a common feature both in government and private sector.
Tahmeed Buses which ferry passengers from Nairobi to Mombasa use Yutong models. During the Africa athletics Championship held in Nairobi last year, Kenya sourced over 30 buses for the event. The buses are also commonly used by the National Youth Service (NYS).
A cabinet minister from Ethiopia and representatives from over 30 African countries’ embassies, including South Africa, Nigeria and Congo, visited the plant to witness the bus rolling out of the factory and evaluate Yutong Bus for its support of transportation development across the continent.
The bus to be delivered to Africa is one of Yutong Bus‘ most recent models, the ZK6122H9. Since entering the market in 2004, Yutong Bus has been the top Chinese bus exporter to Africa. Over the past three years, the Company’s exports to Africa have accounted for 45 percent of China’s total bus exports to the continent.
“15,000 buses is a huge milestone for us and for the African markets that we serve,” said Hu Huaiban, General Manager for overseas markets at Yutong Bus.
“As a major Chinese firm, one of our top priorities as we expand overseas has been localizing our strategies to help drive local employment.”
The Company has established a comprehensive sales and service network in nearly 50 African countries including South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Angola, Ghana and Algeria.
It also supports factories in Nigeria and Ethiopia, bringing technical and talent support to local workers, providing a foundation for the local automotive industry and helping diversify economic development.
In 2017, Yutong saw a total sale of 67,568 large- and medium-sized buses including 24,865 new-energy buses. It has become the world-leading new-energy bus maker with international recognition, successfully entering the markets in the United Kingdom, France, Chile, Bulgaria, Iceland and Macao in China.