Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has reached the milestone of producing 25,000 vehicles determined for exports. The milestone vehicle, a FUSO FJ 1823R, was shipped to Saudi Arabia. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles exports business was launched in 2013. Oragadam Plant in Tamil-Nadu, India is a integral part of Daimler’s global production network for trucks and buses.
Mr Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said that “The milestone of crossing 25,000 units in exports illustrates the demand & acceptance of our products in global markets. It stands testimony to the quality and efficiency of the products that are built in India by Daimler. With new markets constantly getting added to our export fold, our Indian operations will continue to play a strategic role in Daimler’s growth story.”
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles exports increased by 8% to 7,054 trucks in 2018 (2017: 6,553 units). DICV has also been growing its parts business with over 100 million parts being exported to other Daimler entities. DICV has a warehouse capacity spread over 2,195 sqm that has monthly pallet handling capacity of 3,000 and container handling capacity of 100 at its facility. Oragadam Plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is the only location worldwide which produces engines, transmissions, trucks and buses catering to four brands BharatBenz, FUSO, Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner.
The company now supplies vehicles to 50 countries that include Africa, Ghana, Latin America, Middle East and Asia- Chile, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Rwanda, Ghana and Egypt. In July 2019, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) also received its first BS-VI readiness certifications with heavy duty tractor trailer model 5528TT. It is targeted at applications such as cement, bunkers, steel coils, heavy load transportation and tankers. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has received this homologation certificate from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).