04 July 2020

Interaction- Miron Thoms, VP & Head of VOLVO PENTA

We will showcase our BS CEV IV engines at EXCON



Volvo Penta will use its tried and tested Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for Indian OEMs when the stringent BS (CEV/Trem) IV emission regulations come into effect in October 2020.  MIRON THOMS, VICE PRESIDENT & HEAD OF VOLVO PENTA INDIA in an exclusive interaction with CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES shares about the products to be displayed at EXCON 2019, their USP’s, the changing trends in fuel emission? norms and more.







Experts have called Industry 4.0 the next Industrial Revolution. How will Industry 4.0 bring in a revolution for the construction equipment manufacturing sector?


As an engine and component supplier we support our OEMs on their Industry 4.0 journey. Connectivity and information about the operations support a better uptime of the application.



In the recent years, IoT has had a vast impact on the manufacturing sector? How do you look at the impact of IoT for your sector?


Volvo Penta has three focus areas when it comes to the future: Connectivity, automation and electromobility. IoT is part of Volvo Penta’s future focus areas that will in turn support our customer base.



Detail us on the range of engines offered by your company, in terms of types, capacities, and applications. 


Volvo Penta shares its engine platform with the Volvo Group. It consists of 5 base engines, from 5 L, 8 L, 11 L, 13 L to 16 L displacement. The 5-liter and 8-liter engine ranging from 105 kW to 235 kW are made in Pithampur, India. 11-liter, 13-liter, and 16-liter are available from 235 kW to a maximum rating of 565 kW.


Volvo Penta is a global, world leading supplier of engines and complete power solutions for marine and industrial applications. We deliver engines and components to the industrial segment to the following applications: power generation, mining & construction, material handling, agriculture as well as special vehicles.



Are you planning to launch any new products or variants to your existing product portfolio?


We will showcase our BS CEV IV engines at EXCON and be an expert on the new emission regulations for off road application manufacturers.



What distinguishes your products vis-a-vis the competition? Cutting edge Smart Technology in your products. Please provide details on your emphasis on technology, research, design and innovation?


Looking forward to the upcoming BS CEV IV regulations,Volvo Penta’s strategy is to keep the changes as simple and minimal as possible for Indian OEMs. Volvo Penta’s proven Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology complies with BS CEV IV emission regulations without using a separate diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC).The SCR system is based on high-efficiency combustion, which reduces the fuel consumption and results in extremely low levels of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The ingenuity of the system is revealed: the exhaust NOx is converted into harmless nitrogen gas and water vapor.


The SCR system automatically injects diesel exhaust fluid/urea to the exhaust gases. The gases are then passed through a catalytic converter before it is emitted to the environment. The extremely low levels of particulate matter in the emissions also make exhaust gas filtration (DPF) unnecessary



Green environment friendly technology in your products.


We are increasing our competitiveness with stricter emission regulations that are in line with one of our core values: environmental care. To support this initiative, Volvo Penta manufactures only emission certified engines.



Tell us about your Manufacturing Base in India. Do you practise Lean Manufacturing? What is your current level on the Six Sigma (6o) scale?


The Volvo Group has its global medium duty engine platform manufacturing base in Pithampur. This facility is utilised to produce our 5L and 8L engine models upto the strictest global emission levels. This facility is the state of the art engine manufacturing factory not only in India but globally. For example the plant is air conditioned and dust free due to an over pressurized factory area. Even the strict Volvo Group global quality standards are over fulfilled in India.



Do you practice ‘Make in India and Sell Globally,’ use your India manufacturing base to supply the global market.


We are manufacturing in India for the world. The majority of our production is exported to Europe and several other Volvo Group manufacturing locations globally. Volvo Penta customers in India benefit from this locally made true global product and export their products globally with a “Made in India“ engine.



Your assessment of India’s manufacturing policy, to what extent does it foster growth of your company.


The Volvo Group believes in manufacturing close to its customers. This is also valid for India. India has a huge potential for its brand “Made in India”. I do not see anything that is not possible to manufacture in India. Today the Indian government is supporting the growth ambitions of the domestic manufacturing industry. 



Your outlook for the engines market and from your company perspective


We are looking into a bright future on the all speed engine segment like construction and mining, material handling, agriculture as well as special applications. The upcoming emission regulations are supporting our growth ambitions and at the same time help India to be greener.



As an exhibitor, what are your expectations at EXCON ’19?


We were one of the first to exhibit BS CEV IV products in previous exhibitions and received overwhelming response from OEMs as well as end customer. In EXCON we would like to further strengthen confidence of customer base in our new products and technology. We are looking forward to welcome our customers and other manufacturer to our stall OD 24 and present the latest news and discuss upcoming emission regulations.

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