For over six decades, Ashok Leyland has been a technology leader in India's commercial vehicle industry, moulding the country's commercial vehicle profile by introducing technologies and product ideas that have gone on to become industry norms.
From 18 seater to 82 seater double-decker buses, from 2.5 tonne to 49 tonne in trucks, from numerous special application vehicles to diesel engines for industrial, marine and genset applications, Ashok Leyland offers a wide range of products.
Ashok Leyland buses carry over 70 million passengers a day. 700,000 Ashok Leyland vehicles keep the wheels of the economy turning.
Ashok Leyland vehicles are exported to over 30 countries worldwide. Recently, the Company has entered hitherto untapped markets - Honduras, for specially designed buses, Chile, Viet Nam and Angola. Significant presence is still maintained in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mauritius and the Middle East.
AVIA Ashok Leyland Motors in Prague (Czech Republic) is the Company's beach head in Europe which produces and markets the famous D-Line series of trucks for the European markets including Hungary, UK, Ireland, Spain and Slovakia in addition to the Czech Republic.
The 75.1% controlling stake in Optare plc., a leading bus maker in the UK, gives impetus to the Company's global bus strategy. Optare, known for its innovative, weight-optimized 'Low Carbon' range of low-floor midi and city buses, are pioneers of low-floor double-deckers in the UK. This strategic partnership now enables Ashok Leyland to accelerate technology adoption, develop new products and address new markets.
Ashok Leyland has increased its global manufacturing footprint with the setting up of an
integrated chassis and bus assembly plant in Ras-Al-Khaimah in the UAE with the capacity to produce 2000 buses annually. Strategically located, this plant will feed the growing demands of the GCC and African markets.
In the realm of design and engineering services, under the brand name 'Defiance' Ashok Leyland offers end-to-end solutions in the space of design, development, prototyping, testing and validation. In the US, the Company's Defiance Testing & Engineering provides high-end testing capabilities and Defiance Tech offers integrated Engineering Manufacturing Enterprise (EME) solutions.
Albonair GmbH: was established to be a complete solution provider for reducing automotive emissions and has, in the short period since inception, developed the complete solution for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Urea Dosing System (UDS) conforming to Euro 4, 5 and 6 emission standards for commercial as well as passenger vehicles. Albonair has also succeeded in securing orders from Global OEMs and is gearing to develop and deliver the same.
Growth is sought through diversification, capitalizing opportunities afforded by adjacencies.
A significant development has been Ashok Leyland's entry into the high-growth Light Commercial Vehicle segment in partnership with Nissan Motor Company making Ashok Leyland a full range commercial vehicle player. The partnership has three separate companies for vehicle manufacturing, powertrain manufacturing and technology development. DOST, the first product from this partnership has hit the Indian market in October, 2011.
The 50/50 joint venture with John Deere marks the company's foray into the high-potential construction equipment business. The first product from this combine – the 435 Backhoe Loader has just hit the Indian market. Soon to follow will be a full range of 4-wheel loaders and excavators which will start rolling out from Leyland Deere’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Goomdipoondi, near Chennai.
Ashok Leyland has also entered into a 50:50 Joint Venture with the Alteams Group, Finland, for the manufacture of High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) extruded aluminum products pre-dominantly for telecommunication and automotive sectors. Another 50:50 Joint Venture, forged with Continental AG (that also includes Siemens VDO) is for the design, development and adaptation of Infotronic products and services for the transportation sector.