Vietnamese automaker ships buses to Philippines

By Anh Minh   December 29, 2019 | 03:46 am PT
Vietnamese automaker ships buses to Philippines
The buses, designed and manufactured by Thaco for the Philippines market. Photo by VnExpress/H. Thu
Vietnam's leading automaker and assembler Thaco shipped the first 15 buses to the Philippines on Saturday.

Tran Ba Duong, chairman of Truong Hai Auto (Thaco), said the exported buses were redesigned after seven months of testing in the Philippines. They had a localization rate of 45 percent and complied with Euro 5 emission standards.

All the buses were assembled in the Chu Lai open economic zone in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam.

Duong said a major challenge in exporting vehicles made or assembled in Vietnam was the complicated assessment process in foreign countries. For example, the process takes six months in Thailand, four to five months in the Philippines and a year in the U.S.

Thaco expected to ship 200 buses to the Philippines in 2020.

The firm exported 186 automobiles of various types to ASEAN countries and plans to export over 1,020 units next year. Thaco also exported auto parts and accessories worth $14.5 million to South Korea and Japan in 2019, and this is expected to rise to $21 million in 2020.

Thaco has been researching, manufacturing and assembling buses and continuously promoting investment in the field since 2004. To date, the company has supplied over 17,000 buses to the domestic market, holding a 65 percent market share.

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