A culmination of Volvo Group’s global processes and world class technology and Eicher’s frugal engineering and deep knowledge of developing markets.
The industrial town of Pithampur, near Indore (Madhya Pradesh), is the manufacturing facility of EICHER TRUCKS AND BUSES. In 1986, it was the first commercial vehicle manufacturing plant to be set up in Central India. Spread over just 83 acres (340,000 sq. m.) of land, this compact plant has an integrated facility for the assembly of trucks and bus chassis. It houses all that is required to design, test, produce and service a commercial vehicle.
The facility has been well equipped with Product Development and Designing, and Research & Development centres. For quality assurance each vehicle goes through - Castor & Camber setting, turning radius setting, Final Vehicle Inspection and End of Line Dynamometer Testing (EOLT). Pre delivery audits are conducted at the ETB plant through the Customer Satisfaction Vehicle Evaluation System (CSVES). A state-of-the-art Training School for dealer mechanics has also been stationed at the Pithampur plant.
The plant in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh houses technologically advanced machines and equipments which includes a battery of CNC Hobbing & Shaving Machines, Shaping Machines, Reishauer Gear Grinder RZ400, Gleason CWP Cutting Machines, Gleason Conifex Machines for Straight Bevel Gear, state-of-the-art Continuous Gas Carburising Furnace (from Aichelin) with fully PLC controlled with robotics for Press Quenching and PLC Controlled Sealed Quench Furnaces (with hot oil quenching for reduced distortions) and Shaving Cutter Re-sharpening machine from Gleason Hurth. The advanced technology available at this plant ensures that the transmission gears and shafts manufactured here are of the highest quality.
In recent years, the group has continually invested in innovation, technology and expansion. As a result, the units continue to expand their capacities and efficiency, while adhering to their core principal of quality and manufacturing excellence.
Commemorating successful completion of five years of partnership between Volvo Group and Eicher Motors in, VE Commercial Vehicles Limited announced start of commercial production at the technologically most advanced engine manufacturing plant in India in July 2013. The plant has been set up at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India with an initial capacity of 25,000 units per annum in Phase 1 at an investment of Rs 375 crores. The capacity will increase step by step to 100,000 units per annum as per the market requirements with an additional investment of around Rs 125 crores.
The engine facility will be a global hub for meeting the medium-duty automotive engine requirements of Volvo Group globally for five- and eight-litre engines. The Euro 6-compliant diesel base engines will be supplied to Volvo Group plant in Venissieux, France where these engines will be assembled for the Volvo Group Euro 6 requirements. The same platform will be adapted to Euro 3 and 4 engine (BS3/BS4) technologies to meet the VECV requirements and other Volvo Group requirements for this type of engines in Asia.