Centro launches four new products at PIMS 2018
Centro Manufacturing Corporation, the country’s leading truck body builder, is showcasing four new products at the Philippine International Motor Show 2018 ending tomorrow at the World Trade Center.
Rommel Juan, Centro VP for Sales & Marketing reveals that three of them are the results of Centro’s fruitful partnership with Nippon Fruehauf of Japan while the fourth one is one of its modern PUV versions participating in the government’s PUV Modernization Program. “We are going to formally introduce a 20-footer version of the NF wing van, a 7-footer reefer van mounted on a pickup truck, a 10-footer reefer van on a light truck and our Modern PUV Class 2, Gen 2. For PIMS 2018, they are all mounted on Isuzu platforms. Needless to say, all four are pace-setting Japanese products that our company will locally manufacture and assemble using Japanese materials, technology, process and quality standards.”
Hiroyasu Hiruma, President of Nippon Fruehauf Japan adds that Nippon Fruehauf is bullish about the domestic logistics industry as it is projected to grow by 12.3% from 2015 to 2020. “Centro and Nippon Fruehauf are ready to support this growth with vehicle solutions. And when the Duterte Administration finishes the various bridges that will interconnect Luzon to Visayas to Mindanao, that will further spur the overland transport of goods using either cargo vans, wing vans or refrigerated vans”.
He adds that Nippon Fruehauf is so optimistic about business prospects in the Philippines that on October 24, 2018, they signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the two companies to create a joint venture company to locally manufacture the insulated sandwich panels and locally assemble and install the ref van body itself on local truck platforms.
Juan reveals that the initial investment will be P100 million for the first year to put up the basic plant with manufacturing facilities and the assembly line for ref van assembly and installation. “But with the projected plant expansions and new products, we expect to spend a total of five hundred million pesos P500 million over the next five years.”
The 20-footer NF wing van will be the shorter version of the 32-footer wing van, the most popular wing van in Japan. It will be ultralight as it will be made of 100% aluminum panels. It will be powered by a hydraulic system, also from Japan and was originally designed to fit an Isuzu FRR truck platform.
The two ref van versions will have insulated sandwich panels using aluminum composite panels for the outer and inner skins but instead of the usual injected polyurethane insulation, it will use the new extruded polystyrene insulation.
In the area of mass transport, Juan is excited that Centro is participating in the government’s PUV Modernization Program with various modern PUV versions for the different truck platform suppliers. “It is a captive market with some 200,000 PUJs going to be upgraded during the next six years. And Centro is ready for it. We have on display at PIMS 2018 our version of the Modern PUV Class 2, Gen 2 using the Isuzu QKR light truck platform to show for it.”