The Indian Commercial Vehicles segment harbors one of the biggest growth opportunities for the automobile manufacturers. Due to rising demand from around the country, the segment is attracting significant amount of attention from domestic and international manufacturers. Considering the vast scope in the segment, numerous companies are looking forward to expand their participation in the market, while many are planning entrance into the segment.
The India Commercial Vehicle Summit brought together the key players in the commercial vehicle sector along with senior representatives from the major OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in India to discuss the current commercial vehicle market scenario and future prospects for the industry.
Mr. Naresh T Raisinghani, CEO, BMGI India, who also served as the chairman for the summit began Day 1. His opening presentation dealt with 3 new paradigm shifts in the Commercial Vehicle Market: India and China establishing themselves as major global sourcing and consumption hubs, potential disruptions in the market towards high performance, highly flexible, near nil emissions and lower and lower inventories throughout the supply chains and less than 100ppm defectives in the supply.
Presenting the current scenario of the Commercial Vehicle market, Mr. Nitin Seth, Executive Director, LCV, Ashok Leyland identified the change in the market and hinted that the future growth of the market included a mix of the LCV and the HCV segment.
Another key speaker was Mr. Robert Zhang, Leader, Medium Commercial Vehicle Department, JAC Motors. His presentation introduced the company to the delegates present and revealed the expansion plans of JAC Motors into the Indian market.
Another eminent speaker, Mr. Akshay Sangwan, Head, Corporate Strategy and Marketing, International Cars & Motors dealt with the concept of hybridization of vehicles. Keeping in mind the current trend and demand for hybrid vehicles in the market, his presentation focused on assessing the feasibility of Hybrid vehicles within the Commercial Vehicle segment, speaking about the need to quickly identify how to keep the hybrid/electrical Commercial Vehicles charged, keeping in mind the growing fuel prices.
Mr. Nandakumar Khandare, VP, Engineering and development for Mahindra Navistar Automotive Ltd. Spoke gave the delegates the inside story of the development of the ‘HCV of the year’. He also spoke about how the needs of the drivers have been ignored while designing Commercial Vehicles and gave a few examples of how the designers at Mahindra Navistar have overcome this.
Mr. Christian Kellner, Head, Truck Operating Systems, Daimler India took the delegates through Daimler’s Truck Operating system and also shared the importance of standardizing operations in the shop floor through Daimler’s journey in adopting best practices across geographies.
Mr. Alok Trigunyat, Head of Business, Ecocat, shared the emission reduction strategies for diesel vehicles through effective flow through filters. He pointed out that a technology based on an optimized combination of appropriate substrate and efficient chemistry was required in order to meet the challenges faced today, owing to the emission regulations.
Keeping with the theme of emission regulations, Mr. Kenneth Smith, Medium Duty Systems manager, Delphi Diesel systems spoke about the challenges being faced owing to the strict regulations. His presentation dealt with emission reduction strategies through exhaust gas after-treatment.
On Day 2, Mr. Nirmalya Banerjee, Business Head, BMGI spoke about the need for linking results with execution, which he felt was critical for any CV player to establish itself and gain a higher market share. His presentation dealt with the need for higher power vehicles driving competition to raise the bar that requires organizations to invest towards capitalizing the growth potential.
Another eminent speaker on day 2, Mr. Rajesh Mittal, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations, spoke about utilizing the Indian Intellect in bringing engineering to India and modifying features to suit the Indian context while preserving the quality of the product as a key step to grow in the Commercial Vehicle market in India. He also spoke about Eicher before the JV with Volvo and spoke about how the JV has provided for learning opportunities and improved the branding of the product.
Mr. Pradip Parode, Head of Excellence, John Deere, demonstrated the possibility to add capacity with zero cost. He shared John Deere’s journey that resulted in augmenting capacity by 15% with savings of INR 5 Crores within 6 months at zero cost.
Noppen would like to thank our sponsors Tulsi Castings & Machining Ltd., Roop Automotive, Ecocat, Madras Engineering Ltd, Delphi Automotive, Delphi TVS, Fleetguard Filters Pvt. Ltd. Ansys Software Pvt. Ltd, Osram India Pvt. Ltd., Alpha Drives, Mutual Industries, Deltronix, Horton, Kalra & Weber, Actia and CVG for participating in our event and making it a success. We would also like to thank all our eminent speakers and delegates who contributed to making this event productive and fruitful for everyone.