The first customers of Mercedes-Benz Actros now own 150 Actros trucks

Tuesday 05 May 2009, 00:00 AM by Satish Kalepu
  • Mr. Umapathy Reddy, Mr. Sudhakara Reddy & Mr. Raguram Reddy who are partners of M/s BGR & Co had purchased the first Mercedes-Benz Actros on June 23, 2006. The company operates the SCCL mines of Ramagundam and Kothagundam in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Mr. Thomas Witzel, Director Sales and Marketing- Commercial Vehicles, Daimler Central/Eastern Europe, Africa & Asia and Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, handed over the keys to M/s BGR’s 150th Actros.

Mumbai. May 04, 2009- Mr. Umapathy and Mr. Sudhakar Reddy were handed over the key of their 150th Actros truck at their mining site by Mr. Thomas Witzel, Director Sales and Marketing- Commercial Vehicles, Daimler Central/Eastern Europe, Africa & Asia, and Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India. The hand-over ceremony was conducted at the Ramagundam Mines 250 kilometers from Hyderabad where these Actros trucks will be put into operation. M/s BGR & Co was the first customer in India of the Mercedes-Benz Actros; they are now the first to own a fleet of 150 Mercedes-Benz trucks in India.

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Dr. Wilfried Aulbur – MD & CEO, Mercedes-benz India,. Mr. Sudhakar Reddy – Partner M/s BGR & Co, and Mr Thomas Witzel - Director Sales and Marketing- Commercial Vehicles, Daimler Central/Eastern Europe, Africa & Asia with keys to Ms BGR’s 150th Actros truck

The searing heat, the dusty and tough terrains and steep gradients of the mines are the probing grounds for the Mercedes-Benz Actros. These strenuous situations test man and machine to the limits. It is here that the Actros comes on its own. Mr. Sudhakar Reddy elaborates “The Actros is the most technologically advanced heavy-end truck in India. Its advanced technology makes the Actros a reliable and robust carrier. In the end this translates into enhanced productivity. The auto transmission, thoughtful fitments and comfort ensure low driver fatigue; the on-board maintenance system ensures optimized efficiencies while efficient on-site support from Mercedes-Benz ensures that there is minimum downtime, if any. The 12 liter engine of the Actros delivers about 400 horsepower which makes it one of the most powerful vehicles in the tipper segment in India. These make the Actros an obvious choice for my mines.”

Dr. Aulbur further commented: “Actros is the fastest growing product in its segment and has helped optimize return on investment for its customers because of its low operating costs, minimal maintenance requirements and driver-friendly technology. The sums of many small and big measures ultimately make the Actros a product that delivers optimum returns.”

With the local production of the Actros, Mercedes-Benz has ensured that they can meet the increasing demands from their customers in India. The footprint of the Actros has grown over the last 2 years and the trucks now operate across 20+ mines in 8+ states of India. The service and after-sales footprint has also kept pace with this growth: presently Mercedes-Benz has 9 after sales hubs in India to provide on-site service for its customers.

The growing economy and focus on infrastructural development has increased the scope and demand for high-tonnage applications in India.