30 PERCENT IN
SOLAR POWER PLANT STARTS
OPERATING IN AURANGABAD,
ŠKODA AUTO’S PAVEL RICHTER IS APPOINTED TECHNICAL
DIRECTOR OF INDIA 2.0 PROJECT
he INDIA 2.0 project, one of the key Richter to our team. His experience will play
elements of Strategy 2025, has been a key role in reaching our common goal,
planned out to strengthen the posi- namely to strengthen the VW Group’s potion of all VW Group brands
sition on the Indian marin the key Indian market.
ket”, said Dr. Andreas LauThe MQB platform
Roughly a year and a half
ermann, Managing Director
ago, ŠKODA AUTO was asand President of Volkswaof component
signed the task of drafting
gen India Private Ltd., restandardisation,
a successful model strategy
garding the appointment.
“Pavel Richter has been fafor the ŠKODA and Volkswaproduction processes,
gen brands on the Indian
miliar with the company
which reduces costs and
market. In June this year,
structure for many years
cuts production time.
the Czech brand was givand has extensive profesen the complex responsibilsional experience in the inity of heading local operations as part of IN- ternational automobile industry. His knowlDIA 2.0. The decision was a turning point edge will make a critical contribution to the
for ŠKODA AUTO, as it took over responsi- success of INDIA 2.0”, noted Boparai. The
bility for a specific region for the first time. VW Group will invest 1 billion EUR in the
Consequently, modification of the compe- planned project, especially between 2019
tence structure on the management level and 2021.
was necessary. Management of the project
New ŠKODA products will be locally
was assigned to Gurpratap Boparai, Manag- manufactured based on the MQB A0 plating Director of ŠKODA AUTO India Private form. The focus will initially be on India
Ltd., who is very knowledgeable about the (MQB-A0-IN), and export opportunities will
Indian automotive market. Changes to man- be tested later on. On this platform, ŠKODA
agement continued when Pavel Richter was and Volkswagen will develop various modappointed technical director of production, els, starting with an SUV in 2020. In order
which meant the ŠKODA brand occupies for the new models to meet Indian customone of the most important positions. From er needs, ŠKODA bets on maximum prox1 November, the skilled 46-year-old manager imity to the market. Technical development
will be responsible for the production of all of new products will be running primarily
in India. To facilitate this, the company is
models at the Pune plant.
“I am very happy to welcome Pavel planning to add new job positions. RED
HEAD OF VEHICLE
I recommended Pavel Richter for
production management on the INDIA 2.0
project because he has experience managing the
production of the OCTAVIA and RAPID models
and has been involved in a range of foreign
projects. I would emphasise his economic
thinking and sense of innovation in particular,
both of which have always helped him to find his
way even in a difficult environment.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF
OF INDIA 2.0 PROJECT
I joined the INDIA 2.0 project with a vision
that comprises the restructuring of
processes and the long-term development of
Indian factories. I am greatly looking forward to
the collaboration in an international team and to
the renowned Indian warm-heartedness and
team spirit, not forgetting their excellent cuisine.
Together, I believe that we can make the ‘Simply
Clever’ slogan a reality in India.
oughly a year and a half ago, ŠKODA
AUTO, along with ŠKO-ENERGO,
drew up and approved a solar power
plant construction project in Aurangabad, India. They worked with local suppliers and jointly arrived at a solution. By
covering 8,000 m2 of the parking lot for
finished cars, they were able to generate
980 kWh of electric energy. The power is
determined legally as a maximum limit
for constructing individual energy sources. Apart from producing its own energy,
the power plant protects the cars from airborne fine particles.
The alternative energy source will
cover around 30 percent of annual electric energy consumption of the Aurangabad plant. Total investment is over
700,000 EUR, and the brand expects a
return rate of three and a half years from
the start of operation. In this way, the carmaker supports the Green Future strategy in the Indian market, showing its resolve to reduce local industry’s impact on
the environment. The power plant was officially opened on 17 October directly in
the production compound. A commemorative plaque was unveiled, and the occasion was attended by Milan Hovorka,
Czech Ambassador to India, Nandakumana Ghodele, Mayor of the city of Aurangabad, Gurpratap Boparai, Executive
Manager of SAIPL, and Marek Jancák,
ŠKODA AUTO Manager of Car Production. LUBOŠ HRADECKÝ
Power plant in figures
8 000 m2
Number of panels
Number of screws used
Wind speed resistance
Pavel Richter has been with ŠKODA AUTO since 2000 and has worked on several
management positions both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
In 2011, he became head of the Kvasiny plant.
In 2014, he transferred to the MBI plant, where he oversaw production of the OCTAVIA,
RAPID and KAROQ.
ŠKODA MOBIL OCTOBER 2018
1 475 MWh/year