The Detailed SWOT Analysis of Ashok Leyland – 2nd Highest Manufacturer of Commercial Vehicles in India

Updated on: Nov 22, 2021
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The last time we guided you on the business model of Tata, in this blog, we will do a detailed SWOT analysis of Ashok Leyland.

Ashok Leyland is the 2nd highest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India. A footprint that extends across 50 countries has 9 manufacturing plants across the globe and launched India’s first electric bus.

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In this blog, we will look at the SWOT analysis of Ashok Leyland but first, let’s know more about the company before starting with the SWOT analysis of Ashok Leyland. 

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About Ashok Leyland

Ashok Motors was founded in 1948 by Ragunandan Saran.The company started its business operations in 1948 for Austin’s Motors Company. In 1950 another British company named Leyland Motors started assembling their trucks in India and approached Ashok Motors for manufacturing.

They made a deal, and Mr Raghunandan Saran realised India was moving towards development. Ashok Leyland featured innovative updates on technology for the first time in power steering and full air brakes.

In 1954 Ashok Motors, with the help of the Madras State Government, did a partnership with Leyland Motors, and they made a deal to supply commercial vehicles in Indian markets. And that’s how Ashok Motors got a new name, Ashok Leyland.

SWOT Analysis of Ashok Leyland - 70 Years of Ashok Leyland

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          Quick Stats About Ashok Leyland

Founder Mr Raghunandan Saran
Year Founded 1948
Origin Chennai
No. of Employees 11,463 (2020)
Company Type Public
Market Cap Rs 42,770.63 Crore (2021)
Annual Revenue Rs 22,059 Crore (2020)
Net Income/ Profit Rs 456 Crore (2020)


Products of Ashok Leyland 

  • Trucks
  • Buses
  • Light Vehicles
  • Power Solutions
  • Defence Vehicles¬†
  • Spares¬†

Competitor of Ashok Leyland

  • Tata Motors
  • Eicher Motors
  • Mitsubishi¬†
  • Volvo
  • Mahindra¬†

Since we have a wider perspective about the organization’s key products & market, let’s go ahead and observe the SWOT Analysis of Ashok Leyland.

SWOT Analysis of Ashok Leyland

Ashok Leyland has been a Dominant pillar in the Indian economy. We shall do a thorough SWOT Analysis of Ashok Leyland Company to gain insights into the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

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Now, from the SWOT Analysis of Ashok Leyland, let us first begin by exploring the strengths of Ashok Leyland.

Strengths of Ashok Leyland 

  • Spare Parts: Ashok Leyland provides services like spare parts, which ensure their customers have additional benefits for their vehicle maintenance, which increases the company‚Äôs sales.
  • Bus Segment: Ashok Leyland for bus sales globally comes under 3rd position. Company buses sales most part comes from State Transport Undertakings biddings because of this reason there is good growth in the company‚Äôs bus business.
  • Persistent Product Portfolio: The company‚Äôs significant revenue comes from medium and heavy commercial vehicles like trucks, light commercial vehicles, and buses from export. Other than these segments, the company supplies defensive vehicles to the Indian Army.
  • Strong Manufacturing Capability: The strong manufacturing facilities of Ashok Leyland have spread all over India. It also has amenities in the UK, Czech Republic, and the UAE. It helps the company to maintain economies of scale.

Weakness of Ashok Leyland

  • Interest Rates on Loans: Ashok Leyland has its subsidiary ‚ÄėHinduja Leyland Finance‚Äô provide loans to their customers. High interest rates lower commercial vehicle sales because people avoid buying big commercial vehicles.¬†
  • Financial Analysis: Company borrowings have seen a significant increase from the financial year 2019 to 2020. Company EBITDA faced a downfall due to a decrease in sales from 2019 to 2020 causing net profit to decrease.
  • Market Share: Ashok Leyland strategy is straightforward. They stick to the same plan and do it very well, but Ashok Leyland‚Äôs problem is that their market share is not as substantial as TATA Motors, so they need to improve their market share. That is the first big thing.

Opportunities for Ashok Leyland

  • Economic Condition: Good economic conditions will increase the demand for goods and commercial vehicles because commercial vehicles are used for transportation. Thus, Ashok Leyland has opportunities to increase its sales.
  • Capital Incentives: Ashok Leyland is a capital intensive company. They have to spend so much wealth for expansion. Ten years forward, the company‚Äôs situation can become very strong.
  • International Markets: Ashok Leyland must capture the global markets adequately. They do not have solid international markets near borders. Once they start making their demands or making their needs strong at this pace, their sales will increase rapidly.
  • Electric Vehicles: Ashok Leyland company should start focussing on manufacturing electric vehicles because Delhi Government has observed that in the next 6-7 years, public transports will be electric vehicles. If this happens, Ashok Leyland will take a significant advantage because they are Delhi‚Äôs top-selling commercial and shared vehicles. And that is how they will improve their books.

Threats for Ashok Leyland

  • Economic Condition: The rise in diesel prices and lockdown due to Covid 19 affected India‚Äôs economy, which led to a decrease in demand for goods and commercial vehicles and hence a decline in the growth of the retail sector.
  • Government Norms Affecting Sales: In the financial year, 2020, a 54% drop in domestic sales was observed because of an adverse effect due to changes in standards by the government, e.g. vehicles can increase load capacity, so it also affects sales.
  • Government Rules: According to government rules, companies need to follow BS6 emission norms which lead Ashok Leyland to sell all their old BS4 vehicle inventories. Ashok Leyland offered significant discounts to sell their BS4 stocks.¬†
  • Competitors: Tata motors has outstanding market shares in the truck, LCV and Bus segments in the domestic market. Because of which the company Tata Motors give tough competition to Ashok Leyland.

This ends our detailed SWOT analysis of Ashok Leyland. Let us conclude our learnings below.

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To Conclude

Ashok Leyland is a leading company in automotive manufacturing and has a well-diversified portfolio across the automobile industry. If the company lowers their interest rates, it will result in higher commercial vehicle sales hence beneficial for the company and their shareholders.

The company has a bright future ahead in the commercial vehicle industry and this company has already made plans according to future requirements and demands of the customers. They are also creating new models and designs according to a new trend that will prevail over the markets across the world.

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