Fleet management provider Fleet Logistics has gone live in Latin and Central America with global agri-business Syngenta, managing a fleet of around 1,600 vehicles in eight countries across the region.
This is being done in two ways. Firstly, the fleet management provider, which has more than 150,000 vehicles under management world-wide, is managing a fleet of 800 Syngenta cars in Brazil.
These will be managed directly from the hub operation that Fleet Logistics has created in São Paulo, offering the same portfolio of fleet management services that it offers throughout Europe.
This range of services will also be available for other fleet clients in a variety of different South American countries.
The Sao Paolo hub was set up using the footprint of parent company, international certification provider TÜV SÜD Group, to take advantage of local infrastructure, facilities and staffing.
Secondly, Fleet Logistics will be responsible for overseeing the management of an additional 800 Syngenta vehicles in a further seven countries across Latin and Central America – namely Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama, Guatemala and Mexico.
These vehicles will be managed through an assortment of local suppliers with Fleet Logistics responsible for the management and co-ordination of suppliers to bring a series of standardised processes and efficiencies from the customer perspective.
Fleet Logistics began the implementation of the LATAM project with Syngenta at the end of last year, with a go-live in July, overseen by business development director, Marcus Hennecke.
He said: "The go-live went very smoothly and we now have three full-time staff working in our São Paulo hub. We expect to grow that number further very quickly.
“We are now live in eight LATAM countries and we will see a second wave of a further 10 countries come on-stream in the region in September.
"We are already seeing interest from other international fleet clients in supporting their fleets in the region, but our initial ambition will be to stabilise our operations in Syngenta before taking on any further commitments."
The LATAM project further expands the relationship with Syngenta as Fleet Logistics also manages the Syngenta fleet of 1,700 vehicles in 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, through the hub it created specially in Singapore last year.
Fleet Logistics also manages the Syngenta fleet in Europe with 2,400 vehicles in 20 markets at the moment and with the target to expand to 3,600 vehicles by the end of 2016 with a full coverage of the EAME region.