Swedish trucks and buses maker Scania today said it will begin exporting buses to neighboring SAARC countries by the end CY14. Scania Commercial Vehicles India (SCVI), a 100% subsidiary of Scania, recently delivered 200 buses for long distances, inter-city transport to private players and hopes to grow its volumes through exports as well.
The company has a manufacturing facility near Bangalore that assembles trucks and fully manufactures bus bodies. The facility can make 1,000 buses annually and assemble 2,500 heavy haulage trucks.
“Exports will help us add significant volumes. We’d start exporting to Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal from December this year,” said Anders Grundstromer.
Scania is also working towards introducing greener buses that will run on non-conventional fuel such as ethanol and bio gas. While the pilot is being run as of now, the commercial launch is expected to take place at the start of the FY15.
“The growing environmental concern is pushing the demand for green buses,” said Grundstromer.
The company is also hoping a revival in the mining sector to help it deliver more truck volumes in the mining space where it has 18% market share.