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Volvo inaugurates new bus body plant in Bangalore, India Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Tuesday, 05 February 2008
Bangalore: On Thursday, Volvo Buses inaugurated a new body plant in Bangalore, India joined by 300 guests. This means that the company gains a base for production of complete buses for India and other strongly growing markets in Asia.

Since the first introduction in India in 2001, Volvo Buses has manufactured chassis together with Volvo Trucks in an own plant in Bangalore. The bodies were produced by an external body builder, Jaico Automobiles.

volvo bangaloreNow, when Volvo Buses takes the step to start its own body plant adjacent to the chassis plant, it is to increase flexibility with regard to production capacity and to further improve quality.

The body plant is being operated in a new joint-venture company with the cooperation partner Jaico Automobiles. The company is named Volvo Bus Body Technologies India and Volvo Buses holds a 70% ownership interest.

The new plant has a capacity of 1,000 buses annually, with projected production this year of 450 buses. The company expects to have about 600 employees at the end of this year.

The plant will primarily build Volvo Buses for the Indian market, but the company expects to be able to export complete buses to other markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

volvo bangaloreThe inauguration was a festive occasion, in which part of Volvo Buses company management attended, led by President Håkan Karlsson. The nine first buses produced in the plant were turned over to the customer and the new design of the Volvo 9400 coach was showcased for the first time.

“The traffic situation in the steadily growing cities in the area is an increasingly greater problem,” says Håkan Karlsson, President of Volvo Buses. “This increases the demand for modern buses and efficient bus-based mass transit systems.”

Volvo Buses is the market leader in India with regard to luxury, air-conditioned coaches. In conjunction with the inauguration of the plant, the company is launching an updated version of the Volvo 9400 coach. The Volvo B7RLE city bus is also sold in India.

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