Colombiabus Newsroom – El Expreso TV
NEW INVESTMENTS FOR THE SANTA FE PLANT
Metalsur Carrocerías is an Argentine manufacturer that began activities in 1989, thanks to the efforts of engineer Miguel Maestú, who managed with a lot of work to make his company go from being a family organization to one with international projection in the manufacture of bus bodies.
From its facilities in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, in the Rosario city of Santa Fé, with an area of 85,000 square meters, it has developed models of pleasant remembrance. Among them, we can mention the Zeppelin, which reminds us of the mythical COX2000 «Coche Bala» that Autobuses Olímpica developed in our country, or the different evolutions of its Starbus road model that roll in Argentina in single and double-decker configurations.
In 2012, Metalpar from Chile and Marcopolo arrived to join the Argentine builder, with a view to making it the largest manufacturer of its kind in the country, with models that gave it its own distinctive personality. In 2019, the Brazilian giant increases the bet and makes an acquisition for an additional 49%, keeping the shares of the Maestú family that founded the company and assuming control of Metalsur’s destinations, having 70% of its ownership.
Now comes one of the most important transformations of the company in its history, because thanks to a visit from the Argentine Ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli, details of a Marcopolo project to manufacture road buses at the Santa Fe facilities were revealed, where until now they served the Torino urban line.
The diplomat met with Marcopolo CEO James Bellini, where an investment of close to 20 million dollars was announced in Argentina and the increase in Metalsur’s staff, which will go from 600 to 1,000 employees. Additionally, they will seek to increase the local integration of suppliers to reach 90% as of the second half of 2021 and as a noteworthy fact, the Santa Fe plant would be the first outside of Brazil to manufacture Paradiso model double-decker buses.
Another important fact after this investment is that the Metalsur name ceases to exist, and will be renamed Marcopolo Argentina.