Tata Motors is currently seeing a robust demand for its passenger vehicles and has announced production ramp-up plans for its Sanand, Gujarat plant in FY2019. Operating at 100 percent capacity utilisation, the Sanand plant – which has a manufacturing capacity of 1,54,000 units per annum – has thus far rolled out over 4,60,000 units since its inception in June 2010. The company is currently mapping out its modular architecture plans and will distribute passenger-vehicle manufacturing responsibilities between its Pune and Sanand facilities to meet its product expansion plans.
Speaking at the Sanand plant today, Mayank Pareek, president, Passenger Vehicle Business, 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 percent 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.”
Spread across 1,100 acres, the Sanand plant has helped develop the automotive industry in the state of Gujarat. From a single-model (Nano) plant in 2010, it has emerged as a multi-model facility and one of the most technologically advanced plants in the country today.
With a flexible assembly line, the plant currently manufactures the Nano, Tiago hatchback and Tigor sedan in 21 variants with 150 vehicle combinations. It also produces engines like the Revotron 1.2-litre Petrol (manual and automatic transmission), the Revotorq 1.05-litre Diesel, the 624cc MPFI petrol (manual and AT) and the 1.2-litre NGTC petrol (manual and AT).
The Sanand plant also produced the first electric passenger vehicle for commercial use in the form of the Tigor EV and continues to support deliveries of the EESL order.
The Sanand plant is Tata Motors’ youngest facility and leverages technology – over 190 robots and high levels of automation – to increase productivity across processes. In the past two years, the number of staffers has increased by 80 percent, to around 4,500. At present, the plant employs nearly 100 percent white collar staff from Gujarat against the mandated requirement of 85 percent.
Tata's Sanand plant is a zero-discharge plant and has a systematic hazardous waste disposal process, which led to it being awarded CII’s GreenCo Platinum Certification. The plant uses renewable energy to the scale of 30 percent of its total power consumption. The plant has commissioned 2MW of rooftop solar panels and off-site wind power mills with a 9MW capacity. The plant has a 180-acre green belt along with several other initiatives aimed at reducing the carbon footprint. With a focus on climate change, the Sanand plant has achieved a 1,300-tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) carbon-emission reduction at a monthly average in FY2018.