Paccar Opens Second China Office.

US-based OEMs have been somewhat reticent on the subject of China. But that now looks about to change, with the announcement by Paccar of the establishment of a second Chinese office in Shanghai. Paccar has maintained a sales office in Beijing for the past 15 years.But what is the Seattle-based manufacturer going to do with its new facility? Interestingly, the press release speaks only of a growing ‘demand for high-quality, reliable commercial vehicles’. As to whether or not DAF, Peterbilt or Kenworth would meet such a demand remains to be seen.

We take a dim view of China. Many of the more recent deals there seem to have been struck more out of vanity than anything else – vid DaimlerChrysler and Beiqi Foton. But Paccar obviously believes in the place, and seems ready to bump up its purchasing operations within the country. Granted, there was a rather odd looking China-bound, Kenworth-badged 8x4 at the Mid America Show this year, but we struggle to see much by way of potential for a Chinese Paccar on-highway product at present. India - where Paccar is rumoured to be sniffing around a piece of Ashok Leyland - is an altogether different matter. But, in the meantime, at least Paccar shareholders can comfort themselves with the knowledge that there’s no mention of JV or technology transfer - as yet.

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