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20,000 BharatBenz trucks: DICV reaches Sales Milestone in India

Mar 20, 2015

Production milestone at Daimler India Commercial Vehicles: 20,000 trucks produced at Oragadam plant
  • Milestone achieved only two and a half years after start of production
  • Erich Nesselhauf: "With crossing the production mark of 20,000 trucks, we achieved the next milestone of our DICV success story."

Oragadam/Chennai: Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV) the 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG today crossed the milestone of the 20,000th locally produced trucks from its plant at Oragadam.

Only two and a half years after start of production of the first BharatBenz heavy-duty truck, the 20,000th locally produced truck, a BharatBenz 2523C tipper, has rolled off the production lines at DICVs plant in Oragadam. About half of these 20,000 trucks have been manufactured just within 2014, highlighting the rapid growth that the production site has recently experienced.

"By crossing the production mark of 20,000 trucks, we achieved the next milestone of our DICV success story", stated Erich Nesselhauf, CEO and Managing Director, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles. "We have transformed the Indian truck industry with our modern trucks. That's confirmed by our customers and proven by a high acceptance in the market due to excellent Quality of our products as well as best Sales and After Sales experiences."

"20,000 trucks made at the Oragadam plant according to our Daimler top quality standards is something that our production team can rightly be proud of", added Sven Graeble, Head of Operations and Manufacturing Engineering, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles.

About DICV production in Oragadam

The DICV plant in Oragadam produces trucks and engines of the three brands BharatBenz, FUSO and Mercedes-Benz. Since the start of production of heavy-duty trucks in June 2012, DICV raised the production volume monthly. The product portfolio grew by several variants of heavy-duty trucks followed by medium-duty trucks in the last months. Along with the trucks presented in January 2014, three tractor trailers and one truck for construction-mining purposes, BharatBenz now offers vehicles in the range from 9t to 49t. In addition DICV assembles the Mercedes-Benz Actros from CKD (completely knocked down) kits in Oragadam.

Since May 2013, DICV has also added FUSO trucks to its production portfolio in Oragadam. They are determined for the Asian and African growth markets; with Indonesia and Uganda being recently launched. Under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, the company works closely together with the Japanese subsidiary of Daimler, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC).

Next to trucks, BharatBenz- and Mercedes-Benz Buses will roll off at the new bus manufacturing plant which is constructed within the existing premises of DICV. The bus plant is spread across an area of 27.91 acres and will be completed by the second quarter of 2015. An investment of INR 425 Cr has been earmarked for the bus project for an installed capacity of 1500 units in the initial phase. The capacity can be further expanded to 4000 units subsequently. The DICV plant will thus be the only Daimler Truck plant worldwide, that manufactures three brands of trucks and buses under one roof.

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