INDIA Scania has entered the Indian bus and coach market for the first time coupled with an appearance at the Busworld India exhibition in Mumbai. A new bus and coach range, branded Scania Metrolink, was launched at the event. It is being manufactured at Scania’s industrial facility in Bengaluru.
Scania entered the Indian market in 2007, in partnership with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for sales of trucks to the mining industry. In 2011, Scania established its own company in India to boost its presence in additional segments of the Indian CV market. In late 2012, a range of trucks for heavy road haulage was launched.
In 2012, the company also began construction of the Scania Regional Product Centre – in an industrial area 40 km east of Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka state, investing a total of about SEK 300m in the facility, which will also be the centre for the company’s commercial operations in the country.
The industrial operations encompass final assembly of truck and bus chassis as well as bodywork and fitting out of complete vehicles. The head office of Scania’s Indian company, complete with a service workshop and a central parts warehouse, is also being built at the same site.