Tata Motors rolled out the 2 millionth truck from its world-class manufacturing facility at Jamshedpur. The plant manufactures Tata Motors’ entire range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles, including the Tata Prima, both for civilian and defence applications.
Commenting on this milestone, Mr. Karl Slym, Managing Director, Tata Motors, said, “We are proud that the mother plant of the company, from where our operations started, has today released its 2 millionth truck. We have modernised the plant through the years, which today produces our most technologically rich and high performing civilian and defence products, catering to customers across the world.”
With the plant manufacturing over 200 truck variants, ranging from multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers, tippers, mixers and special application vehicles, the Jamshedpur facility has led the company’s evolution into a manufacturer of global repute. Besides India, these vehicles are sold in South Africa, Russia, Myanmar, the SAARC region and the Middle East.
The Jamshedpur facility was Tata Motors’ first, set up in 1945, to manufacture steam locomotives. It led the company’s foray into commercial vehicles in 1954. It has been modernized through the decades, with a particularly intense scale in the last 10 years. The plant houses a world class Design and Engineering Centre. The centre is responsible for the conceptualisation and integration of Tata Motors’ current and future truck range. The centre undertakes complex digital design through 3D visualization of new truck models, including that of its features and electrical systems. It also houses a comprehensive facility for benchmarking, prototype planning, vehicle assembly, chassis fabrication and a customisation unit. The testing unit also includes engine performance testing, indoor and outdoor vehicle testing, NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) testing, durability testing and other performance related developments.
The state-of-the-art engine assembly shop manufactures the Tata 697/497 naturally aspirated and turbo charged engines, with a capacity of supplying upto 200 engines per day. The factory’s main assembly line rolls out one truck every 5 minutes. The other line is dedicated to special purpose vehicles and for meeting the requirements of the defence sector. The world-class facility incorporates a flexible approach to manufacturing, such that it is ready to respond rapidly to changing customer needs.
The facility also houses a Cab & Cowl Factory, which is equipped with an automated centralized paint shop with a provision for metallic painting. Centralized Trim Lines lead to improvement in logistics flow and a Shower testing facility in the vehicle dispatch area. The facility is also equipped with a clean room for CRDI engines, to ensure a dust-free environment for fitment of critical parts, a Training Division and Driver Training centre, with the latest technologies.
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