Honda Cars India Limited, leading auto maker of premium cars in the country today commenced production of cars from its new plant located at Tapukara in District Alwar in Rajasthan. According to a company statement, Honda Amaze is the first car to roll out from the new factory. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Yasuhisa Kawamura, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in India jointly were present the event. The event also witnessed the attendance of Senior officials from Government of Rajasthan, Honda senior management and their business partners.
Raman Kumar Sharma, Hiroyuki kachi, Hironori Kanyama, Yushiyuki Matsumoto, Shigeru Yamazaki and Rajeev Wasan at the first car roll out from Honda’s second plant.
First plant in Rajasthan
HCIL plant in Tapukara is the first car manufacturing plant in the state of Rajasthan. Spread over an area of 450 acres, the facility is an integrated manufacturing unit including all functions of Forging, Press Shop, Powertrain shop, Weld shop, Paint shop, Plastic Moulding, Engine assembly, Frame assembly and Engine Testing facility. This plant is the culmination of the best manufacturing know-how and practices gathered from Honda’s global operations. It employs optimum automation, latest equipment and best layout for achieving high quality, best ergonomics, improved operational efficiency and safety. The plant is highly focused on conservation of the environment and efficient use of energy and other natural resources. With a cumulative investment of Rs 3526 crore, Tapukara plant currently employs about more than 3200 associates. The Tapukara plant is the seccond plant of HCIL which started its Phase I operations in September 2008 with Press Shop and Power Train Unit for engine components. With the start of production of cars in the second plant, HCIL’s total installed production capacity has been increased to 240,000 units per annum in India. During the current fiscal year 2013-14, HCIL set a new record of crossing 100,000 unit sales for the first time in a financial year by selling 101,370 units in April 2013– January 14 period registering a growth of 78 percent over same period last year which is the highest growth among other brands in the industry. Speaking on the occasion Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co Ltd, Japan and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia and Oceania Region said: “India is an important market for Honda and with the beginning of car production at Tapukara plant, we are advancing our commitment to expand Honda’s business in India. We are thankful to the Government of Rajasthan for extending all the support to participate in the industrialisation of the state. Through our products and operations, our goal is to make Honda a company that society wants to exist”. Hironori Kanayama, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd said: “The beginning of car production from our second plant is a significant milestone for HCIL. With overwhelming response to our current models like Honda Amaze and all-new City and promising future line-up, we are ready to cater to the strong demand for Honda cars from our customers in India”.
About Tapukara Plant :
· Location – Tapukara Industrial Area, Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan,
· Area – 450 acres
· Installed production capacity – 1,20,000 units per annum
· Employment – Around 3200 associates
· Cumulative Investment – Rs 3526