This new lot consists of 320 Sprinter buses, trucks and utility vehicles for the benefit of the DND Central Materiel Branch, which will be used for troop transport, light repairs, water and fuel tanks and than snow-hunting operations.
The remaining 188 vehicles are destined for local, public and private economic enterprises.
This is the Urban and Suburban Transportation Company of Algiers (Etusa), National Company of marketing and distribution of petroleum products (Naftal, Sonatrach subsidiary), Company of exceptional transport and handling of equipment industrial and electrical (Transmex, subsidiary of Sonelgaz), Cosider Construction (subsidiary of the Cosider group), the National Company of large oil works (ENGTP, Sonatrach subsidiary), Manbaa El Goléa, Union of cereals cooperatives of Oran (UCC Oran) and the Hachlaf Abdelghani enterprise
These vehicles were produced in the factories of the Algerian Society for the Production of Mercedes-Benz Heavy Trucks (SAPPL-MB Spa) of Rouiba (Algiers) and of the Algerian Vehicle Manufacturing Company (Safav Spa) installed in Bouchakif (Tiaret).
"This operation has just completed a long journey that has produced more than 4,700 vehicles so far thanks to our 660 employees," said SAPPL-MB Spa's Managing Director, Youcef Bouali, noting that this company "Was essentially aimed at satisfying the needs of the national market for heavy goods vehicles and thereby contributing to the densification of the national industrial fabric".
Speaker at the delivery ceremony, the representative of the Central Directorate of Equipment at the Ministry of National Defense, Colonel Redaoui Touhami, said that these delivery operations are part of the "implementation of the General's instructions. of National Army Corps, Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chief of Staff of the National People's Army (ANP), Ahmed Gaid Salah, relating to increasing the capabilities of the ANP units by developing the various military industries, in accordance with the economic policy initiated by the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, aimed at revitalizing and encouraging national production. "
According to him, "these efforts affirm the great steps taken by the ANP thanks to the considerable achievements at the scientific, equipment, armament, training and preparation levels, which allowed to acquire more maturity and modernize and continue to activate all the factors necessary to achieve the necessary strength and operational efficiency throughout the national territory. "
The delivery ceremony was also marked by the delivery of the IATF 16949 certification of conformity by the German Certification Body DQS to SAPPL-MB.
The awarding of this certification, relating to quality management in the field of the automotive industry, comes following an evaluation audit conducted last August by the DQS experts.
SAPPL-MB thus becomes the first Algerian company to have this "very demanding" certification, which was created in 2016 to succeed the ISO 9001 standards, according to the explanations of the head of department of international development within DQS, Dietler Stadler.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, several new Mercedes-Benz models made in Algeria were presented.
This is the Actros 3341 model, five new Accelo 915 models and three Sprinter 311 models.
These new models, "still being improved", will be marketed from the end of 2018, according to statements by the Chairman of the Board of SAFAV-MB, General Smaïl Krikrou, showing the availability of Algerian factories to produce other models according to the technical specifications requested by customers.