Volkswagen-owned company Scania Commercial Vehicles India will be investing Rs 150 crore in the coming year to set up a plant in Narasapura Industrial Area, Bangalore, the company said today.
This plant will serve as a complete knock down (CKD) assembly unit for truck and bus chassis during phase 1 of operations. Bus body building of city buses and coaches and service workshops for trucks and buses will also be part of this facility at a later point of time.
Scania plans to employ upto 800 people in this facility over the next five years. The company had last year announced its plans for India.
The Swedish firm envisages around 2,000 heavy haulage trucks and 1,000 inter-city buses and coaches to be rolled out from this plant within five years.
Besides these vehicles, Scania is also preparing to sell engines to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. These engines are more compact, resulting in lesser fuel consumption, leading to lower emissions, the release added.
Henrik Fagrenius, Managing Director, Scania, said, “This investment furthers Scania’s committed to the Indian market and this is the right moment for us. With the commercial vehicles segment likely to register a higher volume growth of 8-10% this year, the outlook for the industry is very promising.”
“This unit will enable us to shorten our lead times and enhance service levels to our customers. This will also go a long way in sourcing of components locally from India”, he added.