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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Truck hailing app Manbang said to get $1.9bn backing from SoftBank, Alphabet and others

Manbang, often described as China’s “Uber for trucks”, runs an app that allows shippers to connect with truck drivers

<p>Container trucks at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the&nbsp;Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Chinese truck hailer Manbang has raised almost $2bn for development, it has been reported. Carlos Barria/Reuters</p>
<p>Container trucks at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the&nbsp;Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Chinese truck hailer Manbang has raised almost $2bn for development, it has been reported. Carlos Barria/Reuters</p>

Japan’s Softbank Group and Alphabet’s venture capital fund CapitalG are among investors pouring $1.9 billion into a truck hailing service platform Manbang, the Chinese company said on Tuesday.

Manbang, formally known as Full Truck Alliance Group, said the investment was led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund – which counts Apple, Foxconn and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund among its backers.

Investors also include state-backed private equity firm China Reform Fund and Hong Kong-based investment firm Ward Ferry, said Manbang.

The investment will help Manbang develop new business areas and markets, the company said. Around 5.2 million out of China’s 7 million trunk line trucks are members of the Full Truck Alliance, Manbang added.

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Manbang, often described as China’s “Uber for trucks”, runs an app that allows shippers to connect with truck drivers, tapping into demand for haulage in one of the world’s busiest markets for goods transport.

The investment was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, who said the fund raising would put the company’s valuation north of $6bn.

Manbang chief executive Wang Gang said the firm would use much of the funds “to recruit talent”, which when necessary could include making acquisitions.

“The deal has brought Manbang’s development into a new stage,” Mr Wang said, adding it would help the firm “become the world’s largest platform in terms of transportation capacity".