Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Company Ltd is one of the leading designers and manufacturers in India of vehicle bodies for commercial vehicles with an extensive portfolio of product offerings. The company produces vehicle and locomotive bodies for diverse applications for road and railways transportation. They also conduct refurbishment of railway wagons as well as manufacturing of components for railway wagons, coaches and locomotives.
The company's business comprises of manufacturing vehicle bodies for commercial vehicles, refurbishment of railway wagons and manufacture of components for railway wagons, coaches and locomotives. The company operates in five factories, in which four of their factories are located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the fifth is located in the state of Jharkhand.
The company's products in the commercial vehicles division cater to the needs of a broad spectrum of industries and sectors, including mining, road construction, goods transportation, solid waste management, municipal applications and the Indian Defense. Their current range of product and service offerings in the railways division comprises of refurbishment of BOXN Wagons and the manufacture of components for wagons, coaches and locomotives.
Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Company Ltd was incorporated on September 28, 1979 as a private limited company with the name Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Company Pvt Ltd. In the year 1979, the company commenced their business activities. In January 29, 1996, the company executed an agreement with Madhya Pradesh Windfarm Ltd for the setting up of a single wind electricity generating unit.
During the year 2005-06, the company commenced commercial production at the Mandla Factory, then leased from Kailash Auto Builders. They entered into Technical Know-How Agreement with a Thai company called Cho Thavee Dollasien Co Ltd for the production of bodies for heavy vehicles such as tippers, dumpers and trailers under the combined trademark 'CTVCEBBCO'.
In August 18, 2008, as per the scheme of arrangement, the Mandla Factory was de-merged from Kailash Auto Builders Pvt Ltd and transferred to the company with effect from March 31, 2007. During the year 2007-08, the company began expansion and modernization of the Richhai Factory I and the Mandla Factory.
During the year 2008-09, the company commenced activities in the railways division. They commissioned robotic welding lines at Richhai Factory I. Also, the company accorded ISO/TS 16949:2002 accreditation by TUV SUD Management Service GmbH. In November 2008, the company commenced commercial production at the Indore Factory. They received their fist order for supply of trailers from Asia MotorWorks Ltd.
In December 12, 2008, the company obtained their first purchase order from the Indian Railways for supply of 290 Side-Walls and End-Walls. In February 6, 2009, they received their first order for supply of refrigerated containers from Hino Motors Sales India Pvt Ltd, a group company of the Toyota Group. In March 22, 2009, they commenced commercial production at Richhai Factory II.
In April 27, 2009, the company received a purchase order for supply of 'long hood structures' from Diesel Locomotive Works. In May 27, 2009, they entered into a Technical Know-How Agreement with a French company by the name of Le Capitaine for the manufacture of refrigerated bodies for vehicles fitted with refrigerated bodies and refrigerated containers. In August 10, 2009, the company obtained an order from the Indian Railways for the upgradation of 250 BOXN wagons.
In September 2, 2009, the company obtained an order from the Indian Railways for supply of 200 Side-Walls and End-Walls. In September 23, 2009, they received performance certificate from Wagon Repair Shop, Kota for successfully supplying Side-Walls, End-Walls within the due date of delivery and in accordance with specifications. In September 28, 2009, the company entered into the Joint Project Agreement with Mithila Motors for operation of the Jamshedpur Factory.
In November 6, 2006, the company obtained an order from the Indian Railways for the upgradation of 200 BOXN wagons. They entered into a power purchase and wheeling agreement with M P Power Trading Co Ltd and M P Wind Farms Ltd for captive use of the energy generated from their wind electricity generating unit of 225 KW located at Jamgodrani, District Dewas.
In December 2009, the company commenced commercial production at the Jamshedpur Factory. They set up refrigerated van manufacturing facility at the Richhai Factory II. Also, they received approval for their Quality Assurance Plan from the RDSO for fabrication of End -Walls, Side-Walls and flap doors of BOXNR Wagons. In January 18, 2010, they received their first order for supply of tippers from Man Force Trucks Pvt Ltd.
In March 25, 2010, the company was converted into a public limited company and the name was changed to Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Company Ltd. In April 2010, the company received an award at the 'Supplier Conference 2010' held at Indore from the Eicher group for their outstanding contribution to the supply chain management. In June 2, 2010, the company entered into an agreement with Bouvier Resources Ltd for supply of panels and components for railway wagons.
The company intends to set up a new factory near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh with facilities for the manufacture of wagons and EMU Coaches (Railway Project). The total cost of the Railway Project is approximately Rs 1,303.06 million. The Railway Project will have a manufacturing capacity of 1,200 wagons and 150 EMU coaches per annum and the first phase is expected to go on-stream in March 2011.
The company is also considering a strategic and technical collaboration with ZAO Vagonmash, a Russian company. ZAO Vagonmash is one of the market leaders in technology for the manufacture of railway wagons and coaches in Russia. They propose to obtain technical assistance from ZAO Vagonmash in the execution of their railway orders.