New range called 'AMW Defence'
New Delhi: India's third largest heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Asia MotorWorks (AMW) unveiled its new range of military vehicles called 'AMW Defence' at the 6th International Land and Naval Systems Exhibition, also called the Defence Expo 2012. The show began today at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi and will run till April 1, 2012.
The 'AMW Defence' range on display at the show includes a 4X4 General Service / Logistics truck, which can be offered with engines ranging from 180bhp to 270bhp. It offers greater mobility over difficult terrain and has a permanent all-wheel drive system for improved traction. In addition, its tilt-able cabin is air-conditioned to enhance comfort.
The second vehicle on display is a Firefighting Truck which meets stringent defence specifications. This vehicle has been developed to control any fire incidence at vital installations and can be offered with engine options ranging from 180bhp to 270bhp.
Finally, AMW is also showing a 6X4 Heavy Duty Recovery Vehicle, which would also be available in 6X6 configuration. This vehicle offers a state of the art hydraulic recovery solution to the Armed Forces. Its unique features include an under-lift and move operation, lighter mounted equipment with high lift capacity and a 210 degree rotation for ease of recovery in challenging terrain.
AMW has decided to enter the military trucks market in India given the growing demand for defence vehicles in the country. The Indian Army, which is the third largest in the world currently has a fleet of more than 150,000 vehicles and buys around 7,000 new trucks every year. The 'AMW Defence' range which was developed over a two year period would be made at the company's Bhuj plant.
The AMW team that developed the new range of military vehicles is led by John Begg, who has extensive experience in both Europe and Asia in the development of military vehicles including logistics vehicles and armoured vehicles.
AMW is keen on participating in various vehicle programs for the Indian Defence Forces and has the necessary infrastructure at its Bhuj plant, including facilities for product manufacturing, testing and prototyping of bespoke vehicle applications.
Asia MotorWorks (AMW) is India's third largest manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles and has achieved a unique position in India's transportation sector through innovative engineering and customer orientation.
Rolling out its trucks in 2008, AMW has increased its presence in a competitive market place through its products and wide service network. AMW is an intrinsic part of India's largest infrastructure and construction projects including the Golden Quadrilateral.
AMW is also the fastest growing truck brand in India with an annual volume growth of over 100% for the last three years. In addition AMW has a dominant presence in the fast growing Tipper segment. Its vehicles are the preferred choice in the mining, construction and infrastructure sectors, where they operate under very arduous road and load conditions.
The company has a widespread and growing dealer and service network across India with 113 dealerships and over 1,500 touch points. This network includes sales and service centres, authorized service outlets, mobile vans, workshops and a 24X7 helpline called 'AMW Seva' which ensures a rapid response to customer needs.
Wide Product Range
AMW offers trucks ranging from 16 to 49 tons and has pioneered several segments in the Indian CV market. The AMW 49 ton model created the segment and was India's largest tractor trailer at launch. In addition, AMW also created the construction and mining segments in the Indian CV market with its range of tippers.
AMW won the 'Truck of the Year' award from NDTV in January 2008. In addition, it also got the coveted 'CV Innovation of the Year 2009-10' award for its 3123 model. AMW CV Applications was given the 'Truck Application Builder of the Year-2010' award for its Tranztar brand of fully built vehicles.
State of the Art Plant at Bhuj
AMW's fully integrated manufacturing facility in Bhuj, Gujarat, has a planned capacity of 50,000 commercial vehicles per annum. It currently employs about 1,200 people and uses state of the art production processes to build world class trucks for the Indian market.
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