Since 1928, when the first Volvo truck rolled off the line, Volvo Trucks has built a reputation for durability, quality, safety and care for the environment that has identified the Volvo brand for the past 80 years. Volvo Trucks has since become one of the largest manufacturers of heavy trucks in the world, continuing to play a leading role in the development of new vehicles and transport solutions.
In 1980, Volvo Trucks, which had sold trucks in Saudi Arabia since 1962, strengthened its presence in the country by appointing Zahid Tractor its exclusive distributor in the Kingdom. Through Zahid Tractor’s efforts in the market place and continuous investment in facilities and services to support the Volvo brand, Volvo trucks have become a fixture for roads and highways throughout the Kingdom.
In 1998, to meet the dynamic growth of Volvo’s truck sales in the Region, Zahid Tractor and Volvo Trucks formed Arabian Vehicles and Trucks Industry (AVI). A new ergonomically designed and tooled plant was built at Zahid’s Kilo 14 Complex on the outskirts of Jeddah. From the start a high proportion of the staff has been Saudi nationals, and today the company leads the way with 86% Saudiization including special needs.
The first Volvo FH truck rolled off the assembly line in the autumn of 1999. AVI became ISO 9002 certified in April 2000, and re-certified to ISO 9000:2000 as of April 2003.
AVI operates according to the highest international quality standards. Standards that are not only rigorously maintained by AVI management, but also by a team of Volvo Truck’s auditors who are sent around the world to inspect every aspect of manufacturing in Volvo factories.