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Friday, April 30, 2021

This Truck Body Builder Cut Their Production Lead Times By 80 Percent


The Philippines’ leading truck body builder, Centro has responded to the increased demand for logistics vehicles by drastically cutting their production lead times by up to 80 percent. This as they’ve integrated Japanese production technology to the manufacture of their wing, closed, and refrigerated bodies.

“Centro Manufacturing Corporation has risen to the call by developing special systems that enable us to deliver our products faster than industry standard while not sacrificing quality. By fine tuning our manufacturing process and strengthening our supply chain, we were able to drastically cut our delivery commitment time,” says Vic Belisario, Centro Senior Sales Manager.

“It all started with our brand-new wing vans, the product of our partnership with Nippon Fruehauf of Japan”, he says. “It is now the leading brand-new wing van brand in the country. And this is because by using Japanese technology, we are now able to assemble, install, and deliver a brand-new wing van body on retail basis in just five working days. But of course, for fleet or volume orders, a delivery timeline will be prepared with the first batch delivered after five working days.”

Belisario explains that five working days compared to the usual one-month importation and fabrication of wing vans means three extra weeks of earlier profitability for the logistics provider. “They make money sooner with less waiting time so everybody is happy.”

Learning from the experience, Centro has embarked on a Body Ready Program and added its premium CVan aluminum vans to its list of quick-delivered products. “It now takes only seven working days to produce and deliver on a retail basis our standard 10-footer CVans to our customers. And once this was known in the market, customers started ordering.”

“And now, the latest quick-delivered product of Centro is the Japan-quality Cooltech ref van. Now that its high-tech extruded polystyrene sandwich panels are being locally produced at the new Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech factory in Cavite, we can customize ref vans based on the body size, truck brand and model and ref system preferred by the customer. Using the Body Ready Program, we can produce, assemble and deliver on a retail basis our ref vans, all within seven working days,” Belisario concludes.

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