While the Indian CV Industry races to 1 Mil+ sale, it is time to pay attention to small details for the Safety & Comfort of the CV Drivers
Monitoring the growth of Commercial Vehicles (CVs) is a good way to judge the growth of any economy. Despite contending with a combination of headwinds such as the lurking BSVI/Euro VI, revised axel norms and NBFC crisis, the overall commercial vehicle sales showed a robust 27.28 per cent growth in the domestic market in the calendar year 2018. In terms of market share, Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, and Ashok Leyland remained the top three contenders in CY 18 holding over 86 per cent of the market.
M & HCVs witnessed a growth of 22.97 per cent while LCVs grew by 30.16 per cent during the period under review. The CV industry in India saw peak sales of 1 Mil. vehicles, but the CV to Driver ratio was 1:0.6 showing an alarming condition in the state of safety, health, comfort and overall perception of this profession.
Indian CV Drivers are driving up to 20,000 km/year with poor ventilation, fatigue, poor visibility and low-quality interiors posing a risk not only to their safety but also to all the Passenger Vehicles (PVs) driving on the same roads as these CVs. As we read this article, while there are 8.5 Mil. Trucks on the roads in India, 2 Mil trucks are lying idle due to lack of drivers.
In a country obsessed by mileage, will India speak about providing better environment for the driver? - an interesting open question by Mr Vinod Sahay, M&M Trucking Division at the Commercial Vehicle Forum (CVF) 2019 at Pune.
While the OEMs invest in research and developments of Cabin for CVs, the truck drivers still prefer the age-old method to purchase only the cowl and get the cabin manufactured locally by a garage shop to suit their needs - spending months to get a sub-optimal product.
What do the drivers of the CVs really need in the Cabins? Comfort and Safety, it is quite simple honestly. Company FRIMO has quite some technologies that the CV industry in India can use to provide drivers with a much safer and comfortable cabin.
One such technology is called Vacuum Lamination Technology, in a nutshell, the technology is used to laminate a special soft feel TPO / PVC material with adhesive in the back to be laminated over the hard injection moulded part - giving it a soft feel.
FRIMO displayed a soft-feel IP made on FRIMO machines and tool for a program for MAN Trucks at the CVF 2019 at Pune. The advantage of using such soft feel materials is that it provides good haptics, higher safety due to soft head impact, reduction in glare due to sunlight and the part which is laminated remains rather cool even in extreme hot climate.
These four advantages make it worth for the OEMs to consider some parts of the interior of the CV - Instrument Panel, Arm Rest or the Door Panel to be considered for lamination by emailing me on email@example.com or sending out a LinkedIn message - we would be happy to provide a feasibility analysis along with budgetary costs of investment in tools, machines and material required to make the part laminated with premium material.
Let’s collaborate for driving the future of Commercial Vehicles in India - increase the comfort and safety in the cabins of the drivers - one “part” at a time. Thanks, Rohit Dewanfor organising the CVF2019 at Pune and helping us introduce FRIMO technologies to the Indian CV industry.