By launching two 16-litre CPCB II diesel engines, Volvo Penta wants to leverage local strengths, reports Bhushan Mhapralkar.
With the CPCB Stage II emission norms coming into force, Volvo Penta has launched two 16-litre diesel engines for generators in the 600 kVA and 650 kVA range. These engines add to the company´s range of CPCB II compliant engines that include a 7-litre, 250 kVA diesel engine. The engines find use with equipment makers.
With 70 per cent of Volvo Penta´s business in India coming from gensets, it is easy to understand that the company is also keen to stress upon its commitment for the Indian market. The smallest company in the Volvo Group, which is rather known for its commercial vehicles spread across five brands, Volvo Penta contributed 30 per cent to the group´s sales at $ 1.2 billion. The Asia-Pacific region contributed 27 per cent. Structured under two business segments - marine and industrial û the interests of the company, apart from gensets, includes the supply of marine engines and related solutions to commercial craft manufacturers.
The company also caters to the off-highway segment. The two new engines - TWD 1652GE and TWD 1653GE - are sourced from Volvo´s Skovde engine plant in Sweden, and claim to be durable and robust for optimum uptime. Claimed to offer low fuel consumption, and therefore low cost of ownership, the engines promise high power density and a smaller footprint. A partner rather than a supplier according to Bjorn Ingemanson, President, Volvo Penta, the need of the time in India is to increase competitiveness. ´This calls for a need to source locally,´ opined Ingemanson. Having visited the group´s new engine manufacturing plant at Pithampur, he and his team are keen to leverage the opportunity. They are keen to make the 5-litre (MD5) and 8-litre (MD8) engines made at Pithampur. The plant already makes these engines for the group´s local and international needs. The engines are however commercial vehicles oriented. Unable to add a time-line to the start of local roll out of MD5 and MD8 engines, Ingemanson expressed that the currency rate makes production in India extremely favourable for those outside of India.
Committed towards building engines with clean combustion and less emissions, which would also help enhance fuel efficiency, the two new diesel engines sport two-stage turbocharging. Subject to using locally sourced components, which involves local consumption as well as supply of components to Volvo´s global destinations, the two engines could include aluminium cast parts sourced from India. Starting to source components (articles) from India in 2011, much later than Volvo Trucks´ effort to sources components from India, Volvo Penta is seeking aluminium castings according to Lars Ljungqvist, Senior Vice President - Planning, Product Development & Purchasing. ´Starting with aluminium castings, we are looking at sourcing heat exchangers (radiators) and turbochargers from India,´ averred Ljungqvist.
Aiming at the power-generators market, estimated to be 24,000 units, as a premium player according to S Prabhakaran, Vice President, Indus¡trial & Marine Power Systems, Volvo Penta (India), the need is to address a 30,000 MW power deficit. This will ensure smooth availability of power to diverse industrial sectors including mining, industries, automotive and equipment manufacturers. Volvo Penta is keen to do all that it takes to stay competitive; leverage opportunities like local sourcing and offer what the market needs. The introduction of two 16-litre CPCB Stage II compliant engines is indicative of Volvo Penta´s commitment to India as well as its future course of journey in the country.