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Zahav Motor will open a plant to produce Chinese SUV's in Cadiz, Spain:

19/06/2008 - The manufacturer of SUVs Zahav Motor will open a plant in the Bay of Cadiz that will create 540 jobs.

The counselor Andalusian innovation, Science and Business, Francisco Vallejo, announced today in Cadiz installation of a new company in the Bay, Zahav Motor dedicated to the manufacture of jeeps, which will invest in the zone and 50.7 million euros will create 540 jobs.

In press conference after chairing a meeting of the committee monitoring plan Competitive Bay, Vallejo explained that this is an international company of Chinese and Iranian capital, which has production sites in China, Iran and Russia.

According said, Zahav Motor intended locate a plant in Europe, referring to the "perfect location of Cadiz" because of its proximity to the African continent, since these vehicles are to "emerging countries, mainly in Africa."

Thus, the plant will Cadiz assembly of vehicles and added that the installation of this company, in Port Royal, on land that the Board purchased a Delphi a few years ago, will take place "immediately", he said.

On the other hand, responsible for advanced innovation that the Government of Andalusia is in "very advanced talks" with three other companies for installation in the Bay of Cadiz and hoped that the various agreements can be closed "in the coming weeks", meaning that involve a "significant development for jobs and industry" in the area.

Finally, Vallejo stated that the Programme for the Improvement of Competitiveness and Development of the Bay of Cadiz sum and ten industrial projects which are at different stages of development and to mobilize private investment in excess of 657 million and generate 3,400 jobs.
June 19, 2008 - Spain, the first country in Western Europe assemble vehicles in China.

Undoubtedly the most important news related to the picture of the engine in Spain in recent weeks. The manufacturer of Chinese-Iranian capital Zahav Motor will begin assembly of its vehicles in Cadiz, specifically on land that belonged to Delphi years ago and now are of Andalusia.

At the moment we do not know many details about it on the range of models that could be marketed in Spain, although it seems clear that its key models, and pick up the Super all-terrain will be among them. In any case, the main market for these models will be the African.

With the creation of the new company, Zahav Motor SA, will create over 540 direct jobs and invest in the area no less than 50.7 billion euros, which will undoubtedly benefit the entire Bay area Cadiz.
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Zahav Motors will invest over 92 million EUR in Spain.

Zahav Automobile has signed an agreement with the city of Jerez for the purchase of land to be built in a plant that is responsible for producing vehicles and pick ups.

According to a release from the firm, will invest in new plants and 92.3 million euros, the most important thing for the area, 800 people will work directly in the beginning until 3000 and in later stages. Zahav hopes to begin marketing its vehicles in 2011, once completed the works of new assembly lines. Initial annual production is 10-15.000 units.

In press, the company's chairman, Al-Zahawi Raal, said that Zahav Automobile will invest in the development of this project just over 92 million euros, while the expected figure was 54 million.

This budget increase will also increase the number of jobs provided, it is expected to create at an early stage about 800 direct jobs, the figure could rise to 3 thousand in later stages.

Al-Zahawi Raal has expressed his "satisfaction" with the support "unconditional" received from the Town Hall, which has enabled the company to get a plot located in the City Transport on highly concessional terms.

From now on, Zahav Automobile technicians undertake the necessary work so that the investment can be realized "as soon as possible", it is expected that in 2011 it will be possible that the plant is operating.

The deadline for the plant is operational in two years, while investment in Jerez will take place in four stages, using only the first 20 to 25 million euros.

The first production to be carried out in Jerez around 10 thousand to 15 thousand units per year.

The mayor of Jerez, Pilar Sánchez, for his part was convinced that the signing of this agreement represents a strong impetus to the industrial sector of the city ", being" the biggest investment that has taken place in history.

Sanchez understands that the agreement is "great news for everyone," recalling that "in other cities while we talk about crisis," Jerez is "investment and employment."

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Re: Zahav Motors Europe

Ah yes Laofan thank you, I should have seen a "Z" there, but how do you know it is Dadi that Zahav is doing business with?

I thought that Dadi had updated its models to the newer bodies. And that on the older models like Bliss (Fushun), they had also gone to horizontal bars in the front grille like Ford, instead of the 7 or 8 vertical bars they had previously.

The multi-bar grille here reminds me of the Tianqi Meiya and the Hebei Hongxing models.

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Zahav Motors will soon start producing first light truck at its Spanish factory in Cadiz.

Zahav Automobile International is planning to present on Thursday the first light duty truck assembly which will be held at the assembly plant Auto Zahav in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz).

As the company has progressed, the event will be held in the City Transport in the town of Jerez. Zahav Automobile International is a privately held company created to manufacture pickup trucks, vans and light trucks.

Zahav's headquarters are located in the United Kingdom and has branches in countries such as China, Egypt, Iran, Russia and Armenia and employs more than 5,000 employees in 15 countries.

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Zemex Egypt

Although the Zahav Cadiz project came to nought, a parallel establishment set up in 2008 has been running a small assembly plant since 2010 near Alexandria, Egypt. The company, Egyptian British Co. for Automobile Manufacturing (EBAM), has been assembling ZD100D pickup trucks from kits of the old Foday Lion under the brand name "Zemex", with a "Z" logo identical to Zahav's.

A recent article alerted me to the existence of this company. Apart from pickups, it has recently begun assembling a 2400 cc minivan called Zemex Star. Since I have found no pictures, I have no idea what this looks like.

According to Daily News Egypt:
June 5, 2018 - Egyptian British Automobile Manufacturing Co. (EBAM) is aiming to acquire new agency deals for minivan and pickup vehicles in Egypt and to enter the microbus market through its new vehicle, Zemex Star. Mohamed Desouky, member of EBAM’s board, said that the company aims to acquire two new dealership rights for seven-passenger minivans and pickups, most of which to be directed for export. He added that EBA dealt with many Chinese factories to manufacture the Zemex microbus before it settled on a certain factory to produce the vehicle according to high specifications. Desouky pointed out that the success of Zemex in Egypt prompted the company to establish an assembly factory, especially since the government had a view of supporting local industry. He added that the company’s share of the Egyptian pickup market reached 6% last year, and is likely to increase this year after the release of the new Zemex Star at a competitive price, at least 25% less than other models. Desouky ruled out importing electric pickups or microbuses soon because they are not popular abroad, despite the required infrastructure being available there. He said he expects local customers may be willing to buy electric cars in about three years, provided the state provide the suitable infrastructure.

EBAM, established in 2008, is an Egyptian joint stock company which started its activities by importing Chinese pickups. The company’s first imported shipment included about 1,000 vehicles of more than six different brands. EBAM established its assembly factory on an area of 35,000 sqm in the Fourth Industrial Zone, New Borg El-Arab, Alexandria in 2010. The factory has a major hangar built on an area of ​​10,000 sqm, including chassis and components assembly lines. The company built two additional hangars on an area of 5,000 sqm each, in preparation to open an assembly line of Chinese vehicles in the next year or two.

Desouky said that the company’s activities are limited to assembly lines because manufacturing requires huge investments, while the local market’s sales did not exceed 110,000 cars in 2017. He noted that China produces 30m cars, Turkey 3m, and Iran 2m annually.

EBAM’s initial production amounted to 36 pickup trucks in 2010. The factory was halted during the 2011 revolution, and then gradually resumed production in July 2011 until it reached full capacity in October 2012. The company managed to assemble more than 300 cars within about three or four months. EBAM’s car assembly reached its peak in 2013 and has maintained its regular production rate since. The factory’s production capacity is now 25,000 annually, of which 3,300 units are the Zemex brand.

Desouky pointed out that the company started a new assembly line for Zemex microbuses. The vehicle comes in three categories: the first has no luxury accessories and costs EGP 175,000, the second comes with power windows and side mirrors as well as sport rims, and the third category includes air conditioning. Through its contract with suppliers, EBAM aims to assemble 1,500 Zemex Star vehicles and 1,000 Zemex pickups between June and December this year. The Zemex Star model, which comes with a 2400cc petrol engine and 90 hp, actually simulates the engines of the famous brand Toyota through 1995, so that the Zemex owners can use the same spare parts. Meanwhile, the Zemex vehicles, which come with a 2,800cc diesel engine, are modelled on the 2005 Isuzu diesel engine. The simulation comes in the framework of a deal with Isuzu partners in China, and the company claims not to have received any complaints about the Zemex engines thus far. The company regularly produces 60-75 pickup trucks per month, and the new microbus line was launched in March with an estimated capacity of 150 cars monthly, all of which were sold.

The company faces some challenges and obstacles, most notably the Industrial Development Authority’s delay in notifying traffic departments about the company’s certificates for local production (the periodic report issued by the Ministry of Industry and distributed to traffic departments). That delay affects the company’s’ sales and risks its customers’ confidence. Another obstacle is imported vehicles. The government ordered the reduction of customs on imported cars, provided that they increase the ratio of local components. Desouky called for supporting the state direction towards promoting exports, pointing out that the company exported two shipments of Zemex Stars to Sudan and the Congo. The pound’s flotation contributed to supporting the company’s competitiveness in Africa due to the company’s 25% lower price compared to Chinese brands. He stressed the need to launch a database of reliable companies in foreign markets, especially in the African market, to avoid fraud in international deals. He said that the car market has faced a severe crisis since the flotation due to high costs and banks’ rejection of financing customers seeking to buy cars via installments, prompting some sellers to adopt direct installment system with customers to face the decline in sales. Desouky denied that the company recently halted the production of Zemex pickup vehicles, stressing that the car will continue to be released in the Egyptian market until the end of this year. He pointed out that the Chinese parent company, which produces the components, has reduced its production rate of the current model, which has been produced for more than 15 years. It intends to introduce a new model to be offered in the market by the end of 2018.

The Zemex distributor network includes five major companies, including Hussein Allam, Sayed Makkawy, and Hamada Mahrous, as well as a number of sub-distributors. There are also three maintenance centres in Alexandria, and six centres in Sixth of October and Upper Egypt.
In 2016, Zemex did import some Gonow Way microvans for sale.

Some resources:
1. The company's website is or though not updated since 2012!
2. There is a Facebook page in Arabic, last updated in 2015.
3. A gallery from 2012 on a Google Plus account.
4. An article in Arabic, from 2014.
5. A visit to the EBAM plant in 2014 (in Arabic).


Note: There is another company called Zahav Automobile Company in Nigeria assembling Chinese vehicles, owned by a different industrial group.

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"Zahav Auto"

I find it strange that there is little to no information at all about this "Zahav Auto" (the original subject of this thread) before the announcement of the proposed factory in Spain and all searches about this company always turn up results about the Spanish project. Has anybody ever found out their antecedents? Was this Zahav really a vehicle manufacturer? If so, from where did it operate, where was its original factory? If it assembled Chinese vehicles, shouldn't there have been a 'shed' somewhere?

This Zahav was described mostly as Iranian, and sometimes as Arab. This page attempts at giving a history, but still the antecedents are obscure, and it is mostly about the Spanish factory again. (There is mention of "factories in Egypt", and I am coming to that part later.)

Unfortunately, their original website (listed in the first post) has been long dead, and I never had an opportunity to visit that site. Anyway, I have discovered another site of recent origin. Here too, I find rebadged Chinese vehicles as well as a page with MAZ trucks. The 'About' page speaks of grandiose plans to expand all across Africa as well as setting up of a plant in Port Elizabeth "soon". Somehow, I find hard to accept it as a genuine business. Everything sounds "woolly" and nebulous. For a firm looking to appoint dealers and distributors all over a continent, not even an address is given: just a Skype account, email, and a couple of phone nos. which places the firm in Pretoria, South Africa. The same contact details appear in another site (Amanzi Savers), a dredging company.

Coming back to the "factories in Egypt" part that I mentioned above, is it the EBAMCo. (Zemex) company being hinted at? Was Zahav and Zemex really part of the same group, as the common "Z" logo suggests? If Zahav truly has assets in Africa, why not mention the fact in the new site for Africa? Or did Zahav start the Egyptian factory, then sell it to EBAMCo. around 2011?

P.S.: There is a partially hidden sentence on EBAMCo.'s Google Plus page which reads: "After more than 20 years of experience in the Automobile and Heavy Machinery Industry, Zahav Automobile Company was established to manufacture and market Zahav Pickups and SUV vehicles worldwide." So I suppose Zahav really did start the Egyptian operation, could not continue it somehow, and had to eventually part with it.
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