The Business Year

Despite the difficulties of the last few years, road transport in Angola remains a bright spot for transportation companies given the opportunities still available across the country to provide connectivity.

João Vaz

CEO, Auto Sueco Angola

Angola represents the first international expansion of our group, Nors group, outside Portugal 30 years ago. The company has experienced significant growth here, since Angola saw high demand for trucks and cars until 2014, when the crisis started. Despite all that, Auto Sueco maintains its commitment to the country, having more five companies from Nors group operating in this market. We have a strong presence in the mining sector, which mainly uses Volvo trucks. In distribution, we have relevant players in the market, which runs all the fleets of Volvo trucks, as well as a maintenance service contract. In construction, we have strong presence between the main companies of the country. It is easy to find Volvo trucks in a wide range of sectors. They are extremely popular and are our most developed business line, in a moment where we are launching a new generation of the Volvo Trucks in Angola. We have been in Angola for 30 years, and our plan is to stay. Now that the market is recovering, we will handle upcoming opportunities and put more Volvo products on the roads.

Jorge Neves

General Manager, IVECAR

In 2014, when the market was bigger, we had a large customer list to reduce the risks of having many units in a single customer. We used to sell a large number to small companies, though IVECAR also has strong ties with the public sector. We have collaborated with ministries, we sell fire trucks, and we also supply special vehicles to local airports. Today, we still have several big clients, though most smaller clients have left due to the crisis. Due to the reduction in sales, the relevance of the Angolan market for IVECO has fallen. When we used to lead the market, Angola was one of the most important markets in Africa. We were able to gain a solid positioning of the brand in the market and customer following. Vehicles were offered at offered at competitive prices, and we managed to attract a specific target and follow up with those customers. At that time, Angola was extremely important for Iveco. Currently, the country is still important, though with a vision for the future. For Iveco and any manufacturer with a long-term perspective, Angola’s strategic importance is high.

Luis Máquina

CEO, Luis Máquina

We are present in Angola, DRC and Namibia, and today our main partners are Yashi, a Chinese company that has delivered more than 1,000 buses to Macon. Yutong, also a Chinese company, has already sold 105 buses to us. Aigen, Marco Polo – Volkswagen, from Brazil, from whom we have bought close to 50 buses, and Mercedes, which provides us with special deliveries. Today, our operative fleet comprises 680 buses. Most of our fleet is Yashi, followed by Yutong, and Volkswagen. Marco Polo responsible for body work, entered into partnership Maacon to purchase from Mercedes and Volkswagen. In Angola our goal is to improve our services and evaluate the market at the inter-municipal level, meaning those lines that connect towns to their respective province capitals, increasing mobility facilitating public movement. Within Angola, our fleet travels to 18 provinces. Our road network is limited, there some lines are less lucrative. That said, companies have a social responsibility to link those provinces. Managing a business in Angola means you must be flexible and adaptable; it is business synergy that supports the changes taking place on a daily basis.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

You may also be interested in...

Uirá Ribeiro, CEO of Biocom

ANGOLA - Agriculture

Uirá Ribeiro

Interview

CEO, Biocom

AO23_IT_Africell_pic_ChristopherLundh

ANGOLA - Telecoms & IT

Christopher Lundh

Interview

CEO, Africell

Asif Jaffer

ANGOLA - Industry

Asif Jaffer

Interview

Founder, Adinova

View All interviews