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Major order for MAN Nutzfahrzeuge from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian building contractor Mohammed A. Al Swailem Co. orders 386 MAN trucks.

The order comprises 300 MAN TGA-WW 40.400 6x4 tippers and water tankers, to be delivered as CKD (completely knocked down) kits and assembled in the new MAN assembly plant in Jeddah. A further 60 TGA-WW 41.400 8x4 are complete vehicles with 12-cubic-metre mixer bodies. In addition, MASCO has ordered 26 MAN TGM all-wheel drive vehicles for construction site operation. All the MAN vehicles will be deployed on the construction of the new high-speed railway line between Mecca and Medina.

The MAN TGA-WW series vehicles were designed especially to meet the requirements of regions in the Middle East. It was only in January 2009 that MAN and Haji Husein Alireza & Co. Ltd. opened an assembly plant for MAN TGA-WW trucks and tractors for the Gulf market. MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has been represented in Saudi Arabia for 25 years already by the importer Haji Husein Alireza & Co. Ltd. (HHA) and has a countrywide Sales and Service network for MAN vehicles. In 2008, MAN's share of the market for European manufacturers of trucks over 16 tonnes was 23%.

Construction work on Saudi Railways Organization's "Haramain High Speed Rail Project" will run for approximately three years. The 444 km long train journey between Mecca and Medina will then take just two hours, considerably easing the transport problems during the annual pilgrimage between these two cities.