At a ceremony on Tuesday, National Hardware (Guyana) Limited Group of Companies officially launched its new line of vehicles that are currently manufactured and assembled in China. These vehicles are both fuel efficient and economical.
The Chinese vehicles, under the brands JAC, FUDI AUTO and ZOTYE AUTO, include single and double-cab pickups, Sports Utility Vehicles and freight trucks fitted with engines manufactured by Mitsubishi and Isuzu.
The launch attracted an audience which included Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Manniram Prashad; representatives from the Chinese Embassy; Chairman of the Guyana/China Business Development Council, Captain Gerald Gouveia; and Managing Director of National Hardware, Eddie Boyer.
Boyer detailed how he and his company came up with the idea of importing vehicles from China. He said that the vehicles of the same brand are taking markets all over the world by storm. These vehicles, he noted, are being sold with great success in Colombia, India, China, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados.
Boyer added that spares for these vehicles are readily available, and that National Hardware was already in discussion to bring mechanics and body work specialists from China to help service and maintain these vehicles.
Minister Prashad described Boyer’s plan as nothing short of genius. The minister said that he was very proud and happy to be associated with the launch of these vehicles in Guyana. He added that this is the first time in Guyana that brand new vehicles could be purchased for such a cheap price.
The minister called the importation of vehicles from China a ‘breakthrough’ and described it as one of the contributions the private sector was making to Guyana.
Prime Minister Hinds said that Guyana, as a nation, does not have as much money as other nations; and with this in mind, it was important for Guyanese to search the world for the best value for their money.
This, he said, is what Boyer and National Hardware are doing by importing these vehicles from China.
The Prime Minister spoke about people in the hinterland regions of Guyana who probably could not afford a vehicle. He encouraged National Hardware to keep these people in mind.
After the speeches, the dignitaries and those gathered took a tour to view the different vehicles.
National Hardware expressed its feelings that, with the impending completion of the Berbice river bridge and the already completed Takutu river bridge, there would be an increase in the need for transportation, to transport both people and goods.
Chairman of the Guyana/China Business Development Council, Captain Gerry Gouveia, said that there will be a boom in the transport industry. With this in mind, National Hardware feels that it will significantly benefit from the projected growth in the transportation industry if they provide ‘high quality vehicles with readily available parts and after-sales service from trained technicians at affordable prices and reasonable terms.’
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