Weapons to be Built in Brazil
Caracal International has brought its range of weapons to LAAD 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, seeing Latin America as presenting a wealth of opportunities for the company.
The Aby Dhabi-based company is a first-time exhibitor at LAAD, but has already agreed to build a manufacturing plant in Anápolis in Goiás state in 2018, firmly establishing its presence in Latin American markets. Visitors to the company’s exhibit at LAAD will see the entire range of firearms, including the ENHANCED F pistol, CAR816 tactical rifle and CSR308 precision rifle.
“For us, introducing Caracal to Brazil at LAAD is to start the business in the best place for this segment. Our expectation is to open a channel of communication with representatives of the Brazilian government and authorities from other countries, in order to show all that Caracal Brazil has to offer in terms of quality, reliability, variety and competitive cost,” Paulo Humberto Barbosa, the Goian businessman who, along with Augusto de Jesus Delgado Júnior, is one of the partners in the project that brings the company to the country, announced.
Caracal plans to start operations in Anápolis within 12 months. The initial investment will be in the range of BRL100 million and could rise to 500 million (U$32-160 million), generating some 600 new jobs during the implementation and start-up phases of the project. The forecast is that about 1,250 direct and indirect jobs will be created throughout the process. Production lines will be focused on rifles and pistols and sales campaigns will focus primarily on public security and the armed forces. The main objective is to supply the Brazilian market, although exports to countries in South and Central America is also planned.
“Caracal intends to bring to Brazil the high quality and reliability that is the trademark of Caracal International, offering products that meet or exceed international quality standards,” Theo-Peter Wiecha, Caracal International Sales and Marketing Manager, stated.
Caracal is represented worldwide by its subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Africa.