‘Scania’, Swedish automaker rearranges top-level management in India

NEW DELHI: ‘Scania’, Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer declared top-level management changes in India with Mikael Benje adopting as the new Managing Director.

In Addition, Stefan Palskog has been assigned President of the Indian operations.

Benje has replaced in place of Anders Grundstromer, who is moving back to the parent organization with the experience for three years in heading the Indian unit. The company, which presently has a production capacity of 2,500 trucks and 1,000 buses, plans to make it twice the capacity by 2020.

“We aim to double production capacity by 2020 with a target of selling 5,000 trucks and 2,500 buses annually,” outgoing MD Grundstromer, according to the sources.

Additionally, Scania decides to expand employees to 1,200 at the manufacturing plant near Bengaluru, he told. When asked about the investment on doubling the capacity, Grundstromer stated the company is yet to finalize the details.

The company has been started in India since 2007. It launched its first manufacturing facility in the country in Narasapura, Bengaluru at an investment of Rs 300 crore in 2013. Scania accepted the government’s decision to advance the timelines for BS VI emission norms in the country.

As Scania has been present in the Indian market since 2007. In 2011, Scania founded the company Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. to strengthen its presence through sales to additional segments of the Indian commercial vehicle market and to increase its offer of Sustainable Transport Solutions. Scania has declared a range of on-road haulage truck models especially made for the Indian market, India’s most robust puller the R 580 V8 6×4, the G 460 6×4 and the G 410 6×2 and also the off-road P 410 8×4 Mining and Coal Tipper. Scania has a partnership with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in the Mining segment.