Pavel Richter has been appointed as Production Technical Director of the Skoda led INDIA 2.0 project of the Volkswagen Group. He will be assuming the new role from 1 November 2018. The 46-year-old will be responsible for the production of all the models at the Indian plant in Pune. The personnel restructuring is part of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project. Under Gurpratap Boparai’s leadership, ŠKODA is responsible for the Volkswagen Group’s model campaign on the Indian market. The first Skoda model based on the MQB A0-IN platform will be launched as early as 2020 in the Indian market.
Dr. Andreas Lauermann, Managing Director and President of Volkswagen India Private Ltd. says: “I am delighted to welcome Pavel Richter to our team in Pune. With his experience, he will play a crucial role in achieving our common goal of further strengthening the Volkswagen Group’s position in the strategically important Indian market.” As part of ‘INDIA 2.0’, ŠKODA will be responsible for the Volkswagen Group’s planned model campaign on the Indian market, for which one billion euros will be invested between 2019 and 2021. ŠKODA is manufacturing the new products locally based on the subcompact platform MQB A0, initially focusing on India (MQB-A0-IN). With the appointment of Pavel Richter to the position of Production Technical Director, Skoda has now filled one of the key positions at an early stage.
Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director of ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. and Head of ‘INDIA 2.0’ emphasizes: “Pavel Richter has known the company’s structures for many years and has considerable expertise in the international automotive industry. With his capabilities, he will play a key role in making the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project successful.” The second step will involve the company investigating the possibility of exporting the vehicles manufactured in India. ŠKODA and Volkswagen plan to develop various models on this platform. The technical development of the new products will take place primarily in India. In this context, the car manufacturer plans to gradually create new jobs locally.