Ashok Leyland starts bus production at its new Vijayawada plant

By | February 20, 2021

Ashok Leyland begins bus manufacturing at its new Vijayawada plant

ALL had, in November 2020, integrated an entirely owned subsidiary Vishwa Buses and Coaches (VBCL) with a paid-up share capital of Rs 60 crore to hold on the enterprise of bus physique and coach-building.

Flagship Hinduja firm Ashok Leyland (ALL) on Friday introduced that it has commenced industrial manufacturing of the buses on the plant arrange at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

ALL had performed the bottom breaking ceremony for its greenfield bus manufacturing facility – its first plant in Andhra Pradesh- in March 2018. Located at Mannequin Industrial Park, Mallavalli village in Krishna district, the plant is unfold over 75 acres and consists of newest applied sciences to ship the prime quality requirements of the Ashok Leyland model.
The plant, with a capability to provide 4,800 buses each year, would even have a state-of-the-art studying centre and a sophisticated service coaching centre, ALL had stated on the time of ground-breaking ceremony.The corporate has invested `135 crore on the challenge.

The plant can have the potential to make use of over 5,000 workers. Whereas it is going to have the aptitude to make the complete vary of buses of the Ashok Leyland model, the ability may even embody an electrical automobile improvement centre, comprising of a conveyor line, pilot meeting line and prototype improvement. It will likely be a whole inexperienced facility, with rooftop photo voltaic panels, LED lighting, battery operated automobiles for in-plant motion, constructive water steadiness and 0 discharge, it had stated.

ALL had, in February 2020, introduced that it had achieved the worldwide No 3 rank within the MHCV bus makers record for the calendar 12 months 2019, based mostly on experiences launched by Siam, OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Vehicles), and IHS Markit.

Gopal Mahadevan, chief monetary officer, ALL not too long ago stated that whereas the bus volumes continued to lag, these are anticipated to recuperate with the opening up of restrictions. Bus transportation is the lifeblood of transportation in any state. The corporate sees main and alternative demand for buses coming from state transport items subsequent 12 months. “Additionally with college and workplaces opening up, issues will additional enhance,” he stated.

ALL reported a 69% drop in bus gross sales throughout the month of January 2021 to 820 items as in comparison with 2,682 items within the 12 months in the past interval. The bus phase continues to be beneath strain since STUs and faculties segments had not opened up but absolutely. Through the third quarter, the overall trade volumes for buses dropped by round 84% to 1,700 items from 11,000 items a 12 months in the past.

ALL had, in November 2020, integrated an entirely owned subsidiary Vishwa Buses and Coaches (VBCL) with a paid-up share capital of Rs 60 crore to hold on the enterprise of bus physique and coach-building.

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