Jamshedpur plant of Tata Motors, India’s leading CV maker, today produced the 2 millionth truck from its world-class manufacturing facility. The Jameshdpur manufacturing plant produces entire range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles, including the Tata Prima, both for civilian and defence applications.
Commenting on this achievement, 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.”
Tata’s Jamshedpur plant manufactures the entire range of Tata trucks that includes multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers, tippers, mixers and special application vehicles. These vehicles are also sold in South Africa, Russia, Myanmar, the SAARC region and the Middle East.
The Jamshedpur facility is Tata Motors’ first production unit and was set up in 1945, to manufacture steam locomotives. The plant began manufacturing commercial vehicles in 1954. It has been modernized through the decades, with a particularly intense scale in the last 10 years.
The plant boasts of world class Design and Engineering Centre. The centre undertakes complex digital design through 3D visualization of new truck models, including that of its features and electrical systems. The Design and Engineering Centre also houses a comprehensive facility for benchmarking, prototype planning, vehicle assembly, chassis fabrication and also has a customization unit.
The testing unit also includes engine performance testing, vehicle testing, NVH testing, durability testing and other performance related tests.
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 Truck 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 fully equipped Foundry supplies high-grade SG Iron Castings, and is rated as one of the highly automated foundries in the world. It has a technologically advanced high pressure moulding line, with a rated production capacity of 90 moulds per hour.
As one of the most modern forging set-ups in India, the forging unit produces critical forgings like, crankshafts, front axle beams and steering parts for the automobile plant. It has a capacity to forge front axle beams at 90 sec per piece and crankshafts at 120 sec per piece. The Forge has been certified as ISO 9002 and QS 9000 by the BVQI.
The facility also consists of a Cab & Cowl Factory, which is equipped with an automated centralized paint shop with a provision for metallic painting. The facility also boasts of a clean room for CRDI engines. The clean room ensures a dust-free environment for fitment of critical parts.