The commercial vehicle industry may have had a slow 2019, but many industry insiders are confident that the market will bounce back in the new year. One of those insiders is Petr Novotny, managing director of Scania Commerical Vehicles India. Novotny recently spoke with Autocar Professional about his expectations going into 2020.
“Despite the market challenges, the Indian CV industry has continued to evolve holistically in 2019,” he said. “Safety, efficiency, technology, environment, driver comfort and digitalisation have been at the core of this evolution. Considering the above trends, the premium segment which is currently at a very nascent stage will continue to grow at a steady rate.”
Novotny went on to highlight Scania’s continued investment in the Indian commercial vehicle market, one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region.
“Over the last year, Scania has on multiple occasions, reinforced its commitment to the Indian market through strategic business activities,” Novotny explained. “Anticipating the tough market conditions, narrowing margins and higher productivity targets Scania proactively introduced New Truck Generation (NTG) for our Indian customers. To maximise impact and engage more closely with on-site influencers, we introduced SAMPARK, an initiative which took the NTG and Scania’s global automotive technology to the doorstep of Indian mines. Additionally, we also launched a Central Parts’ Warehouse in Nagpur, moving closer to our largest distribution partner, L&T.
“Furthermore, efforts have been taken in developing a more competent and scalable India organisation as our commitment to the market grows. The reputed Great Place To Work certification conferred to Scania India is another big indicator of our commitment to investing in our people and reinforces our strategy.”
Overall, Novotny expects the the industry to rally as global and regional demand for commercial vehicles continues to increase.
“Scania is optimistic about an uptick in CV demand for 2020 and will continue to expand in existing segments while exploring possible investment opportunities to diversify,” he said. “We will continue to enhance customer profitability and be an active partner in the Indian infrastructure growth story by offering sustainable transport solutions.”
Scania is a Sweden-based manufacturer of trucks for the long-haul, distribution and construction markets. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.