On November 19, 2014 Tata Motors celebrated 60 years of
truck manufacturing at its first manufacturing and engineering facility in
Jamshedpur. Not many would know, but the Tata Motors plant set up in 1945
started with manufacturing steam locomotives. Later it forayed into truck
manufacturing, bringing global trucking technology to India in 1954.
According to a company release, since then, Tata Motors’
Jamshedpur plant has been modernised consistently, with a particularly intense
scale in the last 10 years, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and
assembly lines to produce a truck every five minutes. The facility assembles
over 200 Tata Motors Medium and Heavy Commercial (M&HCV) models, for varied
movement of equipment, raw materials, goods and services, across distances,
catering to millions of Indians every day. Jamshedpur also houses engineering
centres to conduct truck testing for operatability in various climatic
conditions and varied surfaces, including dense urban centres, all of which
operate under distinct set of rules and regulations, governing commercial
vehicles operations. The facility rolled out its two-millionth commercial
vehicle, in 2013.
As a development and manufacturing hub for Tata Motors
M&HCVs, Tata Motors’ Jamshedpur’s engineering research centre is capable of
carrying out complex vehicle design and integration of Tata Motors current and
future trucks, also developing complex intelligent electronic control systems
of next-generation trucks, cabins, multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers and
tippers and special application vehicles (like mixers and tankers), for both
civilian and defence customers. The facility is also capable of manufacturing
trucks compliant right up to Euro VI or BS VI (Bharat Stage VI), emission
Tata Motors Jamshedpur also conducts driver training
programmes that impart knowledge of truck operations, for better road safety
and overall vehicle performance.
Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director Commercial Vehicles
Business Unit, Tata Motors, noted that from the very beginning Tata Motors
Jamshedpur has lead the transformation in the Indian commercial vehicles space,
setting benchmarks through the introduction of class-leading trucks, with the
most relevant global technologies, incorporating flexibility to develop and
manage its current and future portfolio, with speed and in-line with varied
market requirements. Dr. AK Jindal,
Head, ERC (Engineering Research Centre), Commercial Vehicles Business Unit,
Tata Motors said the engineering teams at Tata Motors work closely with all
stakeholders, in developing and successfully deploying various technologies for
broad spectrum of commercial vehicles,
that enable connectivity, safety, better fuel economy, along with
optimal vehicle performance. “As Tata Motors products touches the lives of a
large number of people beyond the businesses we cater to, we have developed the
widest product portfolio of alternate fuel vehicles, hybrids as well as
electric vehicles contributing to improving the environment as well as class leading
products like Prima and Ultra family improving driver comfort and safety, ” he
“Having led technological shifts in the Indian commercial
vehicle space, like standardising radial tyres and offering automatic
transmission in tippers, we at Tata Motors have embarked on a journey of Horizonext,
a four pronged customer-focused strategy, aimed at providing the best customer
experience -- from best vehicle experience to superlative purchase experience,
followed by technology-intense after-market service support,” Jindal said.
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