Daimler India Commercial
Vehicles (DICV) celebrated the next important milestone in its export business
by surpassing the 10,000 units mark. Less than four years after the kick-off,
the 10,000th exports vehicle rolled onto the ship at Kamarajar Port near Chennai.
The milestone vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz 40-ton heavy- duty tractor for a
customer in Indonesia, is part of a batch of about 250 trucks on the way to
various markets in South-East Asia.
DICV’s export product range,
manufactured on the same production lines as its domestic BharatBenz portfolio
according to global Daimler standards, features medium-duty (9-16 tonnes) and
heavy-duty (16-49 tonnes) trucks. Developed and rigorously tested to meet the
diverse requirements of the target markets in Asia, the Middle East, Africa,
and Latin America, they are opening additional growth opportunities for Daimler
Trucks - the world’s leading truck manufacturer with a global reach.
Marc Llistosella, President
and CEO of MFTBC and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia: “10,000 trucks exported are
only a start. We are leveraging additional potentials in growth markets with
reliable, efficient high-quality trucks built at our Indian manufacturing
plant. There will be continuous significant growth in this business for our
FUSO and Mercedes-Benz brands.”
Erich Nesselhauf, Managing
Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles said: “Our exports business
has been developing extremely well. Since the launch in 2013, we have doubled
our figures each year, and we aim for further significant growth as we will
expand to serve more than 40 markets on three continents by the end of the
Beyond completely built
trucks, DICV has already exported more than 1,000 bus chassis produced at its
bus plant and is ramping up volumes of its Mercedes-Benz school bus which has
been launched in the Middle East. The company has also been supplying FUSO
truck CKD kits to Kenya for local assembly by a FUSO partner in Kenya since
March 2016, and to Daimler Truck’s production plant in East London/South
Africa, where local assembly just began in May 2017.
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