To further meet growing demand
for its new generation passenger vehicles, Tata Motors announced its ramp up
plans for the Sanand plant. Operating at 100% capacity utilisation currently,
the plant has so far rolled out over 4,50,000 units, since inception and is
among fastest expanding plants of Tata Motors. The Company is currently mapping
out its modular architecture plans and will distribute its Passenger Vehicle
manufacturing between Pune and Sanand to meet its product expansion plans.
Spread over 1100 acres of
land, the Tata Motors’ Sanand plant has played an important role in the
development of the automobile industry in the state of Gujarat. From a single
model plant in 2010, the plant today has emerged as a multi-model facility,
becoming one of the most technologically advanced plants. With a flexible
assembly line, the plant today manufactures Nano, Tiago and Tigor models spread
across 21 variants with 150 vehicle combinations. It is also producing engines
- Revotron 1.2L – Petrol (Manual & Auto Transmission), Revotorq 1.05L –
Diesel, 624 CC, MPFI – Petrol (Manual & Auto Transmission) and 1.2 NGTC –
Petrol (Manual & Auto Transmission).
Keeping up with the Government
of India’s vision to bring Electric Vehicles in India, the Sanand plant
produced the first electric passenger vehicle for commercial use in the form of
Tigor EV and continues to support deliveries of the EESL order. Additionally,
the plant is gearing up for more in the future.
Being the youngest plant of
Tata Motors, this facility leverages technology with over 190 robots, with high
levels of automation to increase productivity across processes. In last two
years, the number of employees has increased by 80% at 4,500. As of today, the
plant has employed, close to 100% blue collar from Gujarat against the mandated
requirement of 85%.
The Sanand plant has been
awarded CII’s GreenCo Platinum Certification in June 2018. It is a zero
discharge plant and has a systematic hazardous waste disposal process. The
plant is using 30-35% of renewable energy from total power consumption. The
plant has commissioned 2MW of roof top solar panels and off-site wind power
mills with capacity of 9MW. The plant has 180 acres of green belt created and
nurtured out of waste water. Several initiatives have been taken with an aim to
reduce carbon footprint. With a focus on climate change, Sanand plant achieved
1,300-tCO2e (Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) reduction in Carbon Emission
on an average per month in FY18.
In the last few years, Tata
Motors has witnessed strong growth in the market owing to its turnaround
strategy. This has been largely possible because of the many initiatives that
have been taken with respect to optimizing all business functions in the most
effective manner possible. With the revamped structure in effect at the range of
plants owned by Company, the Sanand facility is being used to the fullest of
its capacity, thereby vastly helping the Company to bring products faster to
With the team committed to
achieving par excellence performance, the Sanand plant is well on its way to
transforming itself into a Center of Manufacturing Excellence and establishing the
brand - Tiago / Tigor!
Mayank Pareek, President,
Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We, at Tata Motors, have
been working aggressively towards our core strategy of Turnaround 2.0, aiming
to ‘Win sustainably in PVs’. A lean manufacturing process plays a key role in
our growth strategy enabling the Sanand plant to contribute around 60% of the
overall PV production. The plant has evolved to become a modern,
state-of-the-art facility and is playing a vital role meeting aspirations of
Tiago and Tigor customers. The plant has already achieved WCQ 3 level in
quality standards and we are extremely proud of this achievement”
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