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Mahindra Logistics partners with Indian Vehicle Carriers

India Blooms News Service | | 30 Oct 2014, 11:08 pm
Mumbai/Kolkata, Oct 30 (IBNS): Mahindra Logistics Ltd. (MLL), on Thursday announced a partnership with Indian Vehicle Carriers Pvt Ltd. (IVC), to be branded as 2x2 Logistics, aimed at launching assetized operations in outbound automotive logistics.
Mahindra Logistics will have a majority stake in ‘2x2 Logistics’, the new entity, which will initially invest in 100 specially designed car carriers to serve automobile and two-wheeler OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).   
This partnership will allow MLL and IVC to further develop and expand their transportation networks, linking the North, West, South and East clusters of production and consumption of automobiles.
“This is the first time we will be significantlyassetizing our business by investing in 100 car carriers to begin with, and then ramping up capacity.It will help strengthen our operatingcapabilities in automotivelogistics, ourlargest target industry vertical, with a clear focus on technology, quality and corporate governance.Forming such partnerships with our business associates will be an important part of our growth and success,” said Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahindra Logistics.
“As OEMs expand their product lines in India, we see a significant potential for car carriers which are specially designed to meet a variety of needs, both in terms of dimensions of the vehicles being carried as well as special handling requirements.We will have a very specific focus on design innovation in car carriers in 2x2 Logistics. We are already one of the largest automotive logistics service providers in India and this joint venture will allow us to directly operate assets and serve our customers with a greater degree of predictability and control,” explained Sushil Rathi, Senior VP, Mahindra Logistics.
“This is a proud moment for all of us as this JV has the potential to change the landscape of theIndian automobile logistics industry.Having been in the automotive logistics industry for more than 30 years, I can say without doubt that this new entity will have all the capabilities to become a one stop solution for outbound logistics. We hope to leverage each other’s strengths and offer the highest level of quality and service to our customers,” said KS Singhal,Founder & Owner, Indian Vehicle Carriers.
“Our objective at Mahindra Partners is to nurture and grow the businesses of tomorrow. We follow a unique model of fostering innovation, creative business models and mutually beneficial partnerships. 2x2 Logistics will allow MLL to build a significant asset base and enhance its pan-India transportation network, leading us that much closer to an IPO by 2017," said Parag Shah, Managing Partner, Mahindra Partners.