Carmart (Pvt) Ltd has successfully delivered new Sinotruk port tractors to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
Marking the first time that these vehicles have been used by the SLPA, these trucks will now join the heavy machine fleet at the port to aid in its rapidly expanding operations. Financing and procurement for this contract were facilitated by China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd as part of the Hambantota Port Development Project (Phase 2).
China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd is an engineering contractor and a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). It is a leading provider of full services in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction industries. Its core business is providing infrastructure construction, such as marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, road and bridge, railways, airports and plant construction. It is the second largest dredging company in the world, carrying out substantial projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) has over 60 overseas branch offices or subsidiaries serving clients in over 80 countries around the world.
Sinotruk had been attempting to break into the port market in Sri Lanka for several years, but had been unsuccessful until recently partnering with Carmart, which has had extensive experience with supplying port equipment through a former group company, Fairfield Trading Company Ltd., the then distributor for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (forklifts), Kato Cranes, Mafi and Capacity RoRo tractors and other material handling equipment. Leveraging its past experience, Carmart was able to open the door for Sinotruk’s debut into Sri Lankan port operations.
Sinotruk is currently China’s largest export manufacturer of heavy vehicles. It was founded as Jinan Automobile Works in 1935, and started developing heavy-duty trucks in 1956. In 2009, Sinotruk formally signed a co-operation agreement with German truck manufacturer MAN, launching a strategic cooperation between both parties. With this agreement, MAN acquired a 25 percent stake in Sinotruk, which in turn gained licensed use of several MAN technologies as well as comprehensive multi-level help from MAN experts.
With overwhelming superiority in technology and in export market share, Sinotruk has achieved substantial success around the world, with its products exported to 90 countries. Currently Sinotruk designs, develops, produces and sells a wide range of heavy duty trucks, buses, special trucks, engines and generator sets, parts and special chassis.
Founded in 1948, Carmart is one of the pioneers of Sri Lanka’s auto industry. A family-led business, Carmart is the authorised importer, repairer and spare parts distributor for Peugeot and Mazda. Carmart has now expanded its product offering by solidifying its ties with Sinotruk Group and is well on its way to positioning itself among industry giants.
“This is a historic moment, marking the debut of the Sinotruk brand to the public sector in Sri Lanka. We are certain the brand has a bright future in Sri Lanka”, said Carmart CEO YasendraAmerasinghe.