u-blox expands production capacity to South America
LEON GSM module production started in Brazil for automatic vehicle location applications(PresseBox) (Thalwil, Switzerland, )
"The Brazilian government has mandated that new automobiles sold in Brazil must have an AVL tracking device builtin", said Nikolaos Papadopoulos, President of ublox America. "As LEON is a critical component for AVL systems, we have commissioned a largescale production line in Brazil to accelerate our response to our AVL customers, lower costs and simplify logistics."
In 2007 there were over 3 million new vehicles sold in Brazil. In the same year, there were over 380,000 stolen cars with only an estimated 50% recovery rate (source: GPD consulting). In addition to AVL installed in new cars, there is also an aftermarket sector of over 18.5 million existing vehicles in Brazil. AVL is intended to deter vehicle theft, prevent roadtax fraud, and lower insurance costs.
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