HANOVER - MAN's heavy-truck business in China is changing, but CEO Klau Schubert says there is uncertainty about just what will happen.
For about 15 years MAN's subsidiary, Steyr Trucks, has been the only heavy duty truck manufacturer in China, operating in partnership with China National Heavy Duty Truck Corporation. Trucks are manufactured in five different plants across the country.
Now Volvo has a deal with the Chinese national truck company. The Volvo joint venture is mentioned in China's new, 9th Five-Year Plan. Steyr-MAN is not mentioned as a truckmaker, but is mentioned as an engine supplier.
Schubert says the Volvo contract involves the Jinan plant, one of Steyr-MAN's five plants. That plant has made Steyr Trucks and the Chinese medium truck Yellow River.