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Scania inaugurates first manufacturing facility in India

OD Newsdesk  | Updated: October 30, 2013, 02:11 PM IST

Scania Commercial Vehicles India on Tuesday officially inaugurated its facility in Narasapura, Karnataka, and announced plans to manufacture about 2,500 heavy haulage trucks besides 1,000 inter-city buses and coaches annually.

The facility will serve as company's head office and centre for all commercial operations pan-India. The operations will consist of final assembly of trucks with bodywork and building of complete coaches along with a service workshop and a central parts warehouse for timely service.

The Narasapura plant will house two manufacturing units, one for truck assembly and another for busesThe Narasapura plant will house two manufacturing units, one for truck assembly and another for buses

The Narasapura plant will house two manufacturing units, one for truck assembly and another for buses. Scania started production of trucks at the new Narasapura facility during June and production trials have started for mining and off-road trucks. Production of on-road trucks will start soon and the bus rollout is planned for the first quarter of 2014.

Currently, the localisation is 18 per cent for trucks and 100 per cent for bus bodies. Scania claims that it will also employ over 800 people at this facility within five years. At an investment of Rs 250 crore, the facility was inaugurated by Karnataka CM S Siddaramaiah, Union Minister for Road and Transportation Oscar Fernandes and Scania Global CEO Martin Lundstedt.

"Today's ceremony is extremely significant to us. It illustrates our willingness to meet commitments and our ambition to provide sustainable transport solutions. I am sure this production line along with our total operating economy concept will create great quality vehicles and will be a strong witness of the Made in India label globally," said Anders Grundstromer, MD,  Scania Commercial Vehicle India.

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