By the Editor, December 2, 2019
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The Chinese Belt and Road project is shaking up the global flow of goods and people. For Volvo CE, it represents a significant manna.
The Kazakh steppe is known to be vast. The people who once lived there were nomads who depended on their horses for transportation. Today, a neglected road and mosaic of asphalt and potholes serve as main transportation routes. The situation changes with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project.
Currently, more than 60 Volvo machines are distributed on the site, which stretches between Usharal and Taldykorgan. In total, more than 400 Volvo machines work on 24 BIS projects.
"Since China launched this project in 2013, infrastructure is expanding in Asia. More and more Chinese subcontractors are working abroad, offering many business opportunities to Volvo CE China and other commercial regions", said Jawin Huang, Acting President of China Region for Volvo CE.
BRI projects are indeed one of the main engines of Volvo sales in the China region. Over the last five years, Chinese companies, mostly major Volvo CE customers, have purchased more than 400 machines including excavators, wheel loaders and pavers. The various construction sites will also welcome Volvo mini excavators and electric compact loaders.
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