DICV’s new bus plant in Oragadam, Chennai has been built at an investment of INR 425 crores. Constructed on the company’s existing premises (from where they also manufacture trucks), the total area is at about 27.91 acres. DICV bus plant will have initial capacity of 1,500 units which will be increased to 4,000 units in due course.
L->R: Marc Llistosella, President & CEO of MFTBC and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses, Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses and
CEO EvoBus GmbH and Mark Nodder, Chairman and CEO, Wrights Group Ltd.
Buses under the BharatBenz and Mercedes Benz brands will be produced from this plant. BharatBenz buses to be produced at the DICV bus plant in Oragadam will be front engined buses used for plying over shorter distances and ideally targeting school and tourist segments. Rear engine Mercedes Benz buses in the 9, 16 and above 16 tonne range will be ideal for inter city transportation and will also be manufactured at this new plant.
Markus Villinger, Managing Director of Daimler Buses India has confirmed that the new plant will add 1,300 new job opportunities out of which 300 will be created at DICV while 1,000 additional jobs will be at Wrightbus International.
Apart from the new buses, DICV also introduced BharatBenz 3143 local deep mining truck and 4940 heavy duty tractor. BharatBenz 3143 is a local deep mining truck based on the existing Daimler Heavy Duty Truck platform. It will be powered by an OM 457 Mercedes Benz engine producing 430 HP power. To be offered in two variants, 19.5Cu.M rock body and 32Cu.M coal carrier, BharatBenz 3143 will be ideally suited to take on the most challenging of terrains.
L->R: Mark Nodder, Chairman and CEO, Wrights Group Ltd., Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses and CEO EvoBus GmbH and Markus Villinger, Managing Director, Daimler Buses India
BharatBenz 4940TT is suited to transport of heavy lift cargo catering to areas of construction and infrastructure projects which include turbines, heat exchangers, windmill propellers and allied industrial equipments. Launch is planned for later this year.
DICV has also been expanding its dealership base in the country. As on date the company has over 80 dealerships encompassing 85% of the country with more dealerships and service networks planned in the future.