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Written by Arjun   
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Volvo Buses to establish Consultancy Services amidst a positive outlook for 2009
 
Banbalore : Volvo Buses India Private Limited has communicated a strong foundation for modern buses, backed by repeat order bookings of over 150 inter-city buses from major State Road Transport Corporations. To meet current orders as well as plan for emerging need for modern city buses, Volvo Buses will be increasing its production capacity by 25%.

The need for modern bus transport system is fast maturing and Volvo Buses aims to tap into this growing opportunity by introducing its Consultancy Services in India.

Mr. Akash Passey, MD, Volvo Buses India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The sustainable business model that modern Volvo Buses offer its customers, allow us to remain positive even in a downturn. The culture of bus transport is changing in India. Long-term impact on a city, mobility and life cycle costs are key criteria in city bus planning. Central and State governments are committed to build transport solutions that meet growing urbanization demands. We are well poised to partner with various civic authorities in building transport infrastructure to bring in tomorrow’s solutions today.”

Speaking about the company's manufacturing plants he said "We have South Asia’s most modern bus building plant in terms of facilities and most importantly in terms of Processes. Despite tough times we are satisfied with ourselves because we have kept our plants running day in and day out during the period of recession. There has never been an occasion where we have worked less number of days or we have closed the plant. The new plant is being setup to serve the export as well as the domestic market. Our aim is that, 3 years from now, about 25 to 30 percent of our volume will be exported, mainly to Middle East and Africa. From the new plant we will only start exports by the end of next year."
 
The current inter-city order booking does not yet include the potential from the city segment which is now strongly backed by Central government initiatives. These new initiatives will provide a further fillip to the industry in 2009.
 
“This year we will strategically focus on city segment through various long and short-term initiatives. We today have the most intense city transport model in Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai and Pune – which will support the city planning process where de-congestion remains No. 1 priority. As the market leader globally, we have the expertise and the products to support this development and are now ready to bring it into India in a focused manner through a separate Consultancy Services,” added Mr. Passey.
 
Commencement of Volvo Buses Consultancy Support
 
Consultancy Services will bring together Volvo Buses experience and expertise from across the globe in creating projects that will provide sustainable solutions customized for a city’s transportation needs. The team will create modern vehicle and transport management system so State Road Transport Corporations can streamline operations, reduce costs and provide passengers better service. The service will partner with various stakeholders in the process besides the customer Organisation.
 
The Service will include manpower based in Sweden and in India who will operate on project basis with customers and also partner with allied local agencies in the development. Projects on this account are already on the anvil.
 
Rapid urbanization creates an enormous challenge for civic authorities and the cost in terms of fuel, lack of business mobility, and safety are enormous. Volvo Buses has created high-efficiency bus-based transport systems that make it far more attractive to travel by public transport. Volvo has delivered more buses for BRT Systems than any other supplier in the world. A few of the cities Volvo works with on mass bus transport systems include: Bogotá in Colombia, Mexico City in Mexico, Göteborg in Sweden, York in Britain and Curitiba in Brazil.
 
Mass Transport Bus Systems in the world over are largely subsidy-free – in principle they generate a profit from day one. Today there are about 50 cities with various degrees of implementation, and about 100 cities that are planning for BRT.

 
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