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Published on : Apr 01, 2015

Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Ltd, the Indian wing of the Swedish automotive manufacturer Scania Group, opened its bus manufacturing plant today, in Narasapura near Bangalore. In the presence of  President and CEO of Scania Commercial Vehicles Mr. Martin Lundstedt, Managing Director of Scania India Mr. Anders Grundstromer and Senior Vice President Buses & Coaches, Scania Group, Mr. Klas Dahlberg, the bus manufacturing facility was officially inaugurated by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Mr Nitin Gadkari. 

The manufacturing capacity of the plant is about 1,000 units per year and during the first year, it will recruit 300 employees. President and CEO of Scania Commercial Vehicles, Mr Martin Lundstedt mentioned that the plant will act as a hub for exports to other markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa. 

Scania already has a truck manufacturing plant, which was started in October 2013 in Narasapura. The truck manufacturing plant has a capacity of 2,500 trucks per year. In the next five years, Scania aims to increase the plant capacity, reaching a target of 2,500 units of buses and 5000 units of trucks. By the end of 2017, with the increase in production capacity, it would employ about 800 people. Scania has been promoting sustainable transport solutions and hence, the manufacturing plant will house a bio-gas production unit which will help in producing alternative fuels. 
Managing Director of Scania India, Mr Anders Grundstromer added that the Indian government’s Make in India campaign will help in rapid growth of the manufacturing sectors across the country and will attract international manufacturing players to set up their plants in India.