Established in countries such as Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Senegal and China, Salvador Caetano Group was founded thanks to the will and courage of a man - Salvador Fernandes Caetano - its founder, whose motto could be summed up as: "Always Present in building the Future."
The Salvador Caetano Group began its activity in 1946, and was founded thanks to the will, courage and entrepreneurial vision of its founder - Salvador Fernandes Caetano - whose motto could be summed up as "Always Present in building the Future." Since its origin as a bus and coach manufacturer, it has come a long way and has now become a business Group with strong and deep roots. This made it possible to expand its activity to other business activities and to grow across borders. Currently, it has more than 100 companies located in Europe, Asia and Africa, and distributed over five business areas: industry, distribution, retail, energy and services; with 1.9 billion euros of aggregated sales and employing more than 6,000 employees.
Business Areas Industry Ever since its foundation, the Salvador Caetano Group has a strong industrial vocation, which is actually part of its DNA. The Industry area aggregates the business development and manufacturing of buses and coaches, as well as sales to different markets through international subsidiaries. Besides the manufacturing unit of Vila Nova de Gaia, the Salvador Caetano Group has a plant in China for the supply of these vehicles to the Asian market.
In Portugal, the Group also has a plant in Ovar (District of Aveiro) for the production and assembly of Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series.
More recently the Salvador Caetano Group has invested in the aeronautical sector and has now a plant in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) dedicated to the manufacturing of components for the aerospace industry.
Distribution The Salvador Caetano Group started its activity in the automotive area in 1968, with the importation and representation of Toyota in Portugal, and later Lexus. Since then, the distribution has been a strategic area of business in the Group which has developed and diversified both in terms of target markets, mostly in the African market, and products and represented brands.
Retail Salvador Caetano Group is involved in multi-brand retail trading in Portuguese, Spanish and African markets. It is at present leader of the Automotive Retail industry in the Iberian Peninsula, due to the large investment it has been making in this sector. The Group continues to promote this expansion, based on a procurement plan and joint ventures at national and international level.
Energy 2007 was a landmark for the entrance of Salvador Caetano Group in the renewable energy sector and in an area of business that is nowadays a current market trend. Today, the Group has in its portfolio the production of electricity based on solar photovoltaic technology and sale of equipment and systems in the field of renewable energy and engineering services.
Services This business area includes investment areas that provide services to different sectors, such as the automotive, industry, information technology, communication and advertising.