Scania Commercial Vehicles’s newly appointed Managing Director, Petr Novotny has said that the Swedish truck maker is committed to India and wants to participate in the country’s growth story. The announcement dismisses speculations that Scania would follow MAN Trucks and exit India.
According to reports, Petr is set to follow the strategy implemented during his time in Africa. He aims to focus on building a sustainable business operation by utilizing the bus maker’s existing capacity of 1,200 units in one shift.
Over the next five years, Petr will ramp up the off-road mining segment with new products and the on-road truck division with new applications, sources in the know suggested.
Last year, Scania wound up its bus-body building plant owing to a miscalculation in demand, according to Petr. However, the company sees high end off-road mining and on-road trucks to be its mainstay in the years to come, he said.
Petr aims to leverage this by focusing on value selling to create a long-term partnership with its customers. To this effect, Scania is assuring buy-back to its potential customers to build confidence in them.
Prior to joining Scania, Petr had worked with Philip Morris International, Coca-Cola and Deloitte in various leadership capacities.