Daimler India inaugurates Oragadam-Chennai manufacturing plant

Article by Anita Panait, on April 20, 2012

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, has completed the construction of its new state-of-the-art production plant in Oragadam-Chennai, India, after 24 months of non-stop building.  DICV inaugurated today its newest manufacturing plant, in the presence of members of the Daimler AG board of management as well as J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the state Tamil Nadu in South India. The 160-hectare manufacturing site comes with an integrated research and development center and a state-of-the-art test track.

The Oragadam-Chennai plant is one of only three Daimler truck sites around the world that combines truck assembly and components production at one manufacturing location. DICV spent over INR44 billion, equivalent to more than EUR700 million, to complete the Oragadam-Chennai plant, as well as the manufacturing site for BharatBenz brand trucks and research and development.

The site is scheduled to commence production of the BharatBenz heavy-duty trucks in the 3rd quarter of 2012. In his speech during the inauguration, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, revealed that Oragadam-Chennai plant is the only Daimler site that houses products that combine Indian engineering with German and Japanese DNA under a single roof.

Zetsche expressed confidence that the site will help Daimler position itself in India, which is one of the world’s strongest and fastest-growing truck markets. The Oragadam-Chennai will be home for the BharatBenz product range targeted for the Indian volume market.  Some BharatBenz truck models are built on the Mercedes-Benz Axor platform, while others are based on the Fuso Canter series. The site has an initial annual production capacity of 36,000 units, and could increase its capacity to more than 70,000 commercial vehicles.

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