Volvo Eicher takes over the Volvo Buses India business
Published On Aug 13, 2020
VECV- a truck joint venture between India’s Eicher Group and Volvo AG formed in 2008, takes another step to integrate the bus business for greater synergy. As part of this streategy a definitive agreement signed for the transfer of Volvo Bus India to VE Commercial Vehicles.
Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle announced the integration of Volvo Buses business to itself, strengthening Volvo and Eicher's bus position in India through synergies in product development, purchasing, and manufacturing. Definitive agreements have been signed for the integration of Volvo Buses India business into VECV. They will cover the manufacture, assembly, distribution, and sale of the Volvo Buses in India, and other rights forming part of the business. Consequently, the bus manufacturing facility at Hosakote, Bengaluru, and all employees of Volvo Bus India (VBI) will be transferred to VECV. Volvo Bus India is currently a division of Volvo Group India.
Post the completion of the transaction, VECV and VBI will consolidate their bus businesses into a newly formed bus division within VECV. This division will offer Volvo and Eicher branded buses and will maximize synergies to capitalize on market opportunities. This strategy will be extended to exports, wherein the new bus division will offer products and services that are complementary with Volvo Buses’ core product portfolio in select international markets.
Speaking on the announcement, Siddhartha Lal, Chairman, VECV, said, “This is a momentous occasion and testimony to a very strong relationship between Eicher Motors and Volvo Group. Over a period of time, the Volvo brand for buses in India has become synonymous with safety and comfort in both inter-city and intra-city public transportation, and we are extremely proud to have this iconic brand in our joint venture. With the integration of Volvo Buses India into VECV, we aim to shape the Indian bus industry's future by offering the widest range of transport solutions to our customers.
“We are pleased with this development of Volvo Buses in India and see it as an opportunity to further build upon the successful JV company – VECV. By consolidating the operations of Volvo Buses India into VECV, we aim to further develop our bus business and strengthen our position in the Indian bus market. The new bus division will offer a full range of modern buses covering customer needs for heavy, medium and light duty buses”, says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Bus Corporation.
Speaking on the announcement, Vinod Aggarwal, Managing Director, and CEO, VECV, said, “VECV’s strong presence in the Indian bus market with Eicher branded buses will be complemented by Volvo Buses’ prominent position in the premium bus segment. With this integration, VECV will be able to leverage synergies in the areas of product development, purchasing and manufacturing with access to Volvo Group’s world class technology in buses.”.
“The Volvo Bus is a flag bearer of the Volvo Brand in India and we expect going forward this will be re-inforced even further by our JV partner – VE Commercial Vehicles.” added Kamal Bali, President & MD, VGIPL
“Going forward, customers and partners can expect the same high level of customer care and world-class products from both Volvo and Eicher brands. The new division will also engage further in the dynamic Indian market driven by megatrends such as urbanization, e-mobility and connectivity,” says Akash Passey, Senior Vice President, Volvo Bus Corporation. Akash Passey will join as President of the newly formed VECV Bus Division. He will repatriate to India for this role and report to Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO VECV.
The transaction will be completed once the conditions under the agreements are fulfilled, and the final business transfer is expected to be closed within the next two months.