- MG Group signs Cooperation Agreement with Scania to design and manufacture Coaches and Buses
India, July 2017: MG Group, India’s largest privately owned Bus Building Company, today announced it’s partnership with Scania India at the inauguration ceremony of Prawaas 2017 at CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai. Under this partnership, MG Group will be responsible for designing and manufacturing of Coaches and Buses for Scania India.
The announcement was made in the presence of Honorable Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, and the senior management of the two companies.
Mr. Mikael Benje, Managing Director, Scania India said , “India is a fast evolving market and Scania’s strategy in India is to stay at the forefront of the Bus and Coach industry with new and sustainable product offerings keeping with the current market dynamics. MG Group, a leading and established Bus Body Building company, fits well into the Scania strategy giving us the required bandwidth, speed and flexibility for us to achieve our business objectives. We look forward to this association which we are sure will ultimately benefit our customers and the market as a whole”
Scania began their India operations in 2012 and has cemented its leadership position in the India market by continuously evolving its product offerings and always staying ahead of the competition.
Mr. Anil M. Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group said, “MG Group has been at the forefront of introducing new designs and products in the Indian Bus industry. In sync with our vision to be the largest bus building company in India, we are pleased and honored to partner with the globally renowned commercial vehicle giant, Scania who will be an integral part of our journey”.
“Through this partnership with Scania we look forward to the opportunity of building world class coaches and buses for the dynamically evolving indian market ” he further added. Production is slated to start at the beginning of 2018.
MG Group is a Total Solutions Provider for the bus business being fully backward integrated from Mass manufacturing to Design & Engineering, composite parts manufacturing and now rapidly evolving its capabilities in the bus seating systems and bus electronics industry.
About MG Group’s Bus Business
MG Automotives Pvt. Ltd.
MG Group made a foray into bus building in 1996 with MG Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Zaheerabad, Telangana, spread over 21,000 sq. metres with an annual installed capacity of 12,000 buses. The company employs over 1100 people and its esteemed clients are Mahindra & Mahindra (Truck and Bus Division) Ltd., Ashok Leyland Ltd., Tata Motors, APSRTC, TSRTC and other institutional clients and today are one of the leading privately owned Bus Building group of companies in India.
MG Automotives (Bus & Coach) Pvt. Ltd. (formerly known as Alma Motors Pvt. Ltd.)
To further the Vision and Mission of MG Group, MG Automotives (Bus & Coach) Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Alma Motors Pvt. Ltd.) was established in 2004, at Belgaum, Karnataka. It is spread over 18,000 sq. metres having an annual capacity of 4,500 buses. The company employs 800 people and its esteemed clients and partners are Ashok Leyland Ltd. (Domestic and Export), Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd., Tata Motors and MAN apart from various leading Fleet Operators, Schools and Institutional clients.
The MG Group has produced over 100,000 buses since its inception.
Vision: ’To be the Largest Bus Building Company in India’
Mission: To be highly competent and recognized as the most viable TOTAL SOLUTIONS PROVIDER encompassing all activities involving Concept, Design & Development of contemporary vehicles and further Engineering of the same for efficient, high quality and cost effective Mass Production primarily to cater to OEMs, STUs and Fleet Operators’.
Design & Engineering Services: West & Deccan
West & Deccan is an MG Group Enterprise that provides complete Design & Engineering Solutions for the bus industry. It has a strong and experienced team of 55 Artists, Industrial Design Professionals, Structural Design Engineers and Finite Element Analysts. In addition to the design aesthetics, the team also takes particular care in analyzing and styling vehicles keeping viability and efficiency in mind with the help of state-of-the-art hardware and software packages.
Bus Seating Systems Manufacturing: MG Leather & Trim LLP (formerly known as Alcom Products LLP)
Seats form a very critical component for buses and to ensure ergonomically comfortable and cost-effective seating solutions, MG Leather & Trim (formerly known as Alcom Products) was established in 2004 to manufacture seats and various sub-assemblies required for the Company’s built buses encompassing school buses, staff buses, city buses etc. The company has since grown and is currently developing high end luxury seating for introduction in the domestic and export markets.
Composites Manufacturing: MG Composites LLP
With the increasing needs of composites in the Indian Bus Industry, MG Group established MG Composites in 2014 to further its mission to be a ‘Total Bus Solutions Provider’. The company manufactures Fibre Glass parts required for its Group’s bus building companies and is an end-to-end solutions provider from concept to mass manufacturing with a fully equipped pattern and mould making shop and a full-fledged tool room which designs and manufactures tooling required for bus body manufacturing. The company has a panel of International Experts as its Technical Partners and prides itself of the exclusive VPI Technology for the Bus Industry in India. MG Composites, spread over 6,000 sq. metres and an annual production capacity of 3000 tonnes has set up a state-of-the-art ‘Centre of Excellence’ with a focus on R&D in composites with highly sophisticated equipments for pattern and mould making, testing and design.
Bus Electronics Solutions: MG Grey Engine LLP
Understanding the emerging need in the Indian Bus industry for cutting edge technology and quality to match the global standards in the domain of bus electronics and the business opportunities associated with it, MG Group strategically planned to add this vertical into its fold under the name MG Grey Engine LLP. Products include bus wiring harnesses, LED Destination boards and its patented products such as Back-lit destination boards and public address systems. Bus audio and video systems and complete ITS solutions are also very much in the pipeline at MG Grey Engine.
About Scania India:
Scania, which is celebrating 126 years of global innovation, is a leading manufacturer of premium commercial vehicles – heavy trucks, buses and coaches, as well as industrial and marine engines. The company offers a world-class service network and dealership in the markets and sells a broad range of service-related products and financial services.
In India, Scania has made its presence felt in the mining and construction segments since 2007 through its partnership with Larsen & Toubro (L&T). In 2011, Scania established the company, Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd., to strengthen its presence in the segment for buses, trucks and engines.
Scania has two manufacturing facilities in India – one for trucks, and one for buses. Scania has more than 1,700 trucks and over 600 buses registered in the Indian market. The company has a current production capacity of 2,500 trucks and 1,000 buses.
Social, environmental and economic sustainability is at the core of Scania’s offerings. All Scania vehicles have the capability to run on alternate fuels. Scania has world-class experience in mobility solutions, which run on biofuels, and the company has brought this unique offer to India. Scania handed over the first ethanol-run Green Bus in India to the city of Nagpur in August 2014.Scania sees itself as a. partner to the Indian Government’s ambition of building sustainable urban mobility solutions for Smart Cities.