As part of creating a sustainable growth environment, two-wheeler major Hero MotoCorp has built a eco-friendly “Garden Factory” in Rajasthan. The manufacturing plant of Hero MotoCorp Ltd at Neemrana in the Northern Indian state of Rajasthan has gone on stream, in keeping with the company’s vision to surpass 100 million units in cumulative production by year 2020.
Hero’s garden factory is based on the core principle of sustainable development as the company remains committed to maintain the highest ecological standards. From efficient building envelope, to the Big Foot air handlers, to water and energy optimisation – the Garden Factory demonstrates HMCL’s environmental aspirations.
Speaking about this new manufacturing unit, Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp Limited said, “It is a momentous occasion for us as we synergise environment and cutting-edge technology to unveil our fourth manufacturing unit, which is a garden of health and productivity, where we don’t only manufacture products but also nurture life. We believe in giving back to the environment as much as we take from it. And that is why Hero has kept the ‘green concept’ in focus while building this ‘Garden Factory’.”
He further added, “As leaders in the automotive industry, we fully realise our responsibility as an opinion leader in the fast changing industrial environment. With the knowledge that a cleaner, pollution-free environment is the only way forward, we are ushering in an era of change. Today, we are living up to that commitment by unveiling the first of our ‘Green Concept’ manufacturing unit which will serve as a template for our upcoming production facilities to replicate.”
With the launch of this facility, Hero MotoCorp now has four globally-benchmarked manufacturing units in India – Haridwar in the hill state of Uttarakhand, Gurgaon and Dharuhera in the northern state of Haryana, and Neemrana. The combined installed production capacity of the company has now risen-up to 7.65 million per annum – well in course to achieve the stated objective of 12 million annual capacity by Year 2020.
HMCL has injected a sum of Rs 1050 Crore (US$ 175 million) as initial investment to build this sustainable manufacturing unit balancing nature, business and mankind.
The new plant will manufacture HMCL’s range of motorcycles and scooters. Going forward, the company has plans to develop high-end two-wheelers from this facility. The current production capacity of the plant is 750,000 units per annum which is likely to go up with rising demand.
Hero MotoCorp is also set to commence construction of its fifth & sixth manufacturing plants in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh respectively. When operational, all these plants – including the ones in Colombia and Bangladesh – will take the total installed capacity of Hero MotoCorp to 12 million units of two-wheelers.
Speaking about the upcoming manufacturing plants, Minjal said, “Augmenting our capabilities, HMCL’s highly-automated Global Parts Centre is our big stride in building self-sufficiency. We have lined up total investment of over Rs 5000 Cr (US$ 800 Million) across the globe, including the manufacturing plants in Colombia and Bangladesh, and the new plants coming up at Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and the Hero Global Centre for Research & Design at Kukas in Rajasthan.”
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