Suzuki India commenced the celebrations of ’40 years of Suzuki’s partnership
with the people of India’. The commemorative ceremony at Mahatma Mandir,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat was graced by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
the ceremony, Modi laid the foundation stone of Suzuki Motor Gujarat electric
vehicle battery manufacturing facility at Hansalpur, Gujarat. The Prime
Minister also laid the foundation stone of Maruti Suzuki’s vehicle
manufacturing facility in Kharkhoda, Haryana via video conferencing.
part of the 40 years celebration, Suzuki Motor Corporation announced
establishment of Suzuki R&D Centre India Private Limited (SRDI). Through
SRDI, Suzuki will establish a framework to strengthen its R&D
competitiveness and capabilities. SRDI will work together with the rich
technical talent in the country to develop new technologies for India as well
as other global markets.
Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel, Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi
Suzuki, Minister of State, Government of Gujarat, Jagdishbhai Ishwarbhai
Vishwarkarma (Panchal) and Member of Parliament, C. R. Patil were present at
the ceremony. Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal and Deputy Chief Minister
of Haryana Dushyant Chautala attended the ceremony virtually from Kharkhoda,
Suzuki Motor Corporation, Osamu Suzuki, Former Chairman and Toshihiro Suzuki,
President and Maruti Suzuki leadership represented by R. C. Bhargava, Chairman;
Kenichi Ayukawa, Executive Vice Chairman and Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing
Director & CEO, hosted the guests at the ceremony.
Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited elaborated upon the success of 40 years
of Suzuki’s partnership with the people of India.
said, “This partnership has shown that the combination of Japanese and Indian
strengths results in world class competitiveness. We learnt that strong
teamwork between employees and management is possible and creates a win-win
situation for both. 98% of our workers pay income tax, and a large percentage
own cars and houses. We understood the critical role of a robust and
competitive supply chain. We have learnt how to make continuous improvements in
quality and the importance of always focussing on the customer.”
the success of Maruti Suzuki, India has become the 4th largest car manufacturer
in the world.
introduction of low cost and reliable transport led to giving women a much
greater degree of independence, participating in the job market, and promoting
economic activities. The automobile sector is one of the leading employment
creators. India has also become a large exporter of cars, with Maruti Suzuki
alone selling about a quarter million units,” he added.
also announced the setting up of Suzuki Foundation, which initially intends to
engage in activities to promote more competitive manufacturing in India.
the audience Toshihiro Suzuki, President, Suzuki Motor Corporation, said, “Over
the past forty years, Maruti Suzuki has been the prominent leader in the Indian
automobile sector. Maruti Suzuki is recognized as the most successful joint
project between India and Japan.”
about Maruti Suzuki’s increasing importance in Suzuki’s global operations, he
said, “In the last fiscal, Suzuki group produced about 28 lakh automobiles all
over the world. Out of those, more than 16 lakh units, or about 60 percent,
were produced in India.”
the new project for Research & Development in India, Mr. Toshihiro Suzuki, said,
“We aim to strengthen our R&D competitiveness and capabilities in new
fields of technologies not only for India but also for the global markets.”
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