Škoda Group partners with TATA AutoComp Systems to produce components for Indian railway

Strengthening its position on foreign markets and expanding its presence outside Europe – this is one of the goals of the Škoda Group’s business strategy.

Therefore, Škoda Group, a leading European manufacturer of components and vehicles for public transport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding („MoU“) with TATA AutoComp Systems, Indian provider of the products and services to the automotive original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. This agreement sets the framework for a strategic joint venture aimed at producing components for the growing Indian railway and public mobility market. India, with its vast and rising market, presents huge opportunity for growth and expansion. Through the partnership with a traditional and well-known Indian company, Škoda Group seeks to tap into India’s potential to deliver shared benefits and accelerate business development.

The MoU marks the first step towards a comprehensive feasibility study that will outline the scope of investment, expected scale of business, and other key considerations. By combining the expertise and knowledge of both companies, the joint venture aims to create a strong foundation for long-term success in the Indian railway sector.

“Our collaboration with TATA AutoComp Systems represents an exciting opportunity to enter the Indian railway and bus public mobility market,” says Petr Novotný, President Components & Bus Mobility at Škoda Group and adds: “India’s great potential, coupled with the skilled workforce and market demand, aligns perfectly with our group’s growth strategy. Together, we will explore new opportunity and create innovative solutions to meet the developing needs of the Indian railway industry. In line with this, we particularly have on top of our mind the Make in India initiative, under which we will work together to support the growth of the industry in response to dynamic market demands.”

“Tata AutoComp has always been a pioneer in introducing cutting edge technology to its customers. This association with Škoda Group will further strengthen our presence by bringing the latest electrical equipment and components for Indian Railway & Metro & Bus market. We take pride in our partnership with Škoda Group, a company steadfastly dedicated to serving global markets with its diverse range of Railway Components,” stated Arvind Goel, Chairman at Tata AutoComp

The development and production of electrical equipment and components is one of the strong foundations of Škoda Group. In addition to supplying its own products, Škoda aims to significantly increase the volume of orders from external customers in the rail and urban transport sectors. Škoda Group designs and manufactures the components to meet key requirements such as high reliability, safety, efficiency, low energy consumption, robustness, low lifecycle costs and maximum environmental friendliness.

By joining forces with a respected Indian partner, the group aims to build a strong position in the Indian railway market, encouraging economic growth, job creation, and technological advancements. “The integration of local skills, knowledge, and resources with our proven products and know-how will contribute to the realization of a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership,” adds Petr Novotný.

TATA AutoComp Systems Limited (TATA AutoComp), a leading auto-component conglomerate, provides products and services to the Indian and Global automotive OEMs as well as Tier 1 suppliers. TATA AutoComp through its various Business Units, manufactures multiple components, systems and aggregates for the Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles, Two and Three Wheelers, Farm and Off-road Equipment as well as certain Industrial Segments. These products span across the vehicle right from Exteriors, Interiors, Powertrain, Electrification, Electronics and Suspension systems.

Škoda Group produces a range of rail machinery and components, including low floor trams, electric locomotives, suburban train units, metro sets, electric buses and trolleybuses, and control and drive systems for transport systems. Škoda Group employs 8,000 people at several production sites in the Czech Republic and Finland. The Group also has business units in Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine. In 2022, the group achieved revenues of EUR 763.7 million and adjusted EBITDA of EUR 50.2 million. Škoda Group is a part of PPF Group.

PPF Group is an international investment company operating in 25 countries and multiple sectors, including telecommunications, media, e-commerce, and financial services. PPF’s geographic footprint spans from Europe to North America and across Asia, owning assets to the value of EUR 40 billion and employing 61,000 people globally (31 December 2022).

Media contact:
Jan Švehla
Škoda Group Communications Manager
+420 723 788 682; jan.svehla@skodagroup.com

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