Tata Motors and ASDC certify first batch of trainees in Sanand for skills in automotive assembly

The collaborative skill development program was introduced in 2016 through an MoU between both parties

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Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Operations, Tata Motors, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors and Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) at the certification ceremony of the first batch of trainees in Sanand, graduating from the collaborative skills development and certification program.

Key Highlights:

  • Tata Motors has partnered with ASDC (Automotive Skills Development Council), NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation) and NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme), for various skill development programs in the automotive sectors
  • 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) at Sanand plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills and similar assessments are being conducted in Tata Motors Sanand Plant. We would be certifying around 1500+ trainees in next 3 years at Sanand plant.
  • Tata Motors plans to skill 40,000 people in next 3 to 4 years across all plants, subsidiaries and dealer network

As part of a unique initiative to promote “Skill India Mission”, Tata Motors and Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) certified the first batch of trainees under their collaborative skills development and certification program. Introduced in 2016, the program is currently training around 4000 apprentices, out of which 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) with over 90% success ratio at Sanand Plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills. The trainees, after completion of their first-year training at Tata Motors’ Skill Development Center were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees that successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at the certificates award ceremony in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors, ASDC and NEEM partners at Sanand.

The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in presence of Mr. Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Motors, Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer, ASDC and Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President – Operations, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today indeed is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors, as the first batch of ASDC certified trainees, enrolled under the NEEM program, graduate from the Sanand plant Skill Development Center. This program has been diligently put together by Tata Motors’ Skills Development Center, in association with NEEM service provider and ASDC. It’s a matter of great satisfaction to see a large batch of trainees, both girls and boys, mostly from rural areas and small towns who were inducted through the “Earn & Learn” mode under the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM)’ that’s part of Government’s Skill India mission. With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for skilled workforce will continue to increase exponentially, with a huge potential to generate large-scale employment opportunities. However, for the youth to be able to take up these opportunities, it is important they have the mindset of quality, productivity, safety and discipline coupled with right technical skills, which our Skills Development Center as well NEEM partner, imparted very systematically during the program duration. Sowing the seeds of learning has short, mid and long-term benefits, and we at Tata Motors foresee this as the foundation to prepare them as well the Indian Automotive Industry for future growth.”

Adding to this, Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), said, “The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development of the automotive industry by creating 200 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 363 Unique National Occupational Standards (NOS) and total 946 NOS related to automotive sector. Tata Motors’ partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curriculums and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.”

Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower for being future ready.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

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Tata Motors inaugurates its 22nd commercial vehicle dealership in Maharashtra State – Ujwal Automotives Pvt Ltd in Nashik

Tata Motors’ newly inaugurated commercial vehicle dealership, Ujwal Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Nashik
  • Tata Motors today inaugurated its 22nd commercial vehicle dealership in the State of Maharashtra through Ujwal Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Nashik
  • With this new facility at Nashik, Tata Motors has 55 such 3S facility in the state of Maharashtra with Sales, Service and Spare parts

Tata Motors today inaugurated its 22nd commercial vehicle dealership in the State of Maharashtra through Ujwal Automotives Pvt. Ltd. in Nashik. The new state-of-the-art dealership facility has been developed on over 41,000 sq.ft of land, providing customers with a complete sale, service and spares experience, for Tata Motors’ complete range of commercial vehicles.

Located at Mumbai Agra highway, the new 3S facility’s after-sales service arrangement has a capacity to cater to 36 vehicles a day. Equipped with 14 bays staffed by professionally trained technicians, it also offers amenities such as an advanced full range wheel alignment unit, an air-conditioned customer lounge, driver’ restrooms etc.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Girish Wagh, President, Tata Motors CVBU, said, “Tata Motors is continuously enhancing the coverage and capacity of our network to cater to the increasing needs of our ever-growing customer base. We are happy to extend the responsibility of Nashik territory to our existing dealer of Dhule – M/S Ujwal Automotives to expand our services on the busy Mumbai – Agra National highway at Nashik, a very key market in Maharashtra. With a very encouraging demand for our commercial vehicles, this facility being inaugurated today, will help create long-term value for the Tata Motors brand. Ujwal Automotives is a Full range dealer and will be catering to both Cargo and Passenger segments of commercial vehicles in Nashik District. Qualified and skilled staff members will make the whole experience of purchasing and owning a Tata Motors commercial vehicle a truly beneficial. With this new facility, Maharashtra state has the highest number of 55 such 3S dealership facilities for sales, service and spare parts in addition to the 93 Tata Authorized Service stations (TASS), totaling 148 service facilities to be able to serve our growing base of customers and their vehicles”.

Mr. Ashish Kishor Patil, Managing Director, Ujwal Automotives said, “We are extremely delighted and privileged to continue our partnership with Tata Motors and now happy to be present in Nashik as well. At our new state-of-the-art dealership, customers can experience a host of primary and value-added services for Tata Motors entire range of commercial vehicles, through trained personnel. The new facility in Nashik, offers a contemporary-styled hub for Sales, Service and Spare Parts and is spacious, for a comfortable purchase and service experience.”

The inauguration of a new dealership is part of Tata Motors’ strategy to leverage the substantial demand of commercial vehicles in Maharashtra. It also helps the company retain its distinction of being the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer with the largest sales and services network for commercial vehicles in India.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

Nikola Motor Company To manufacture at Buckeye,Arizona

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Fully electric hydrogen powered sleeper semi truck

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Nikola Motor Company today announced the company has selected Buckeye, Arizona for its Nikola Motor Company hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility. The new 500 acre, one million square foot facility will be located on the west side of Phoenix and will bring more than $1 billion in capital investment to the region by 2024.
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Fully electric hydrogen powered day semi truck

“After 12 months, nine states and 30 site locations, Arizona, Governor Ducey, Sandra Watson and Chris Camacho were the clear front runners. Arizona has the workforce to support our growth and a governor that was an entrepreneur himself. They understood what 2,000 jobs would mean to their cities and state,” said Trevor Milton, CEO and founder, Nikola Motor Company. “We will begin transferring our R&D and headquarters to Arizona immediately and hope to have the transition completed by October 2018. We have already begun planning the construction for our new zero emission manufacturing facility in Buckeye, which we expect to have underway by the end of 2019.”

Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems and hydrogen stations. The company is bringing the nation’s most advanced semi-trucks to market with over 8,000 trucks on preorder.

Nikola Motor Company selected Buckeye, Arizona due to numerous factors including the state’s pro-business environment, engineering schools, educated workforce and geographic location that provides direct access to major markets.

“Nikola Motor Company’s selection of Arizona demonstrates that we are leading the charge when it comes to attracting innovative, industry-disrupting companies,” said Governor Ducey. “This incredible new technology will revolutionize transportation, and we’re very proud it will be engineered right here in Arizona. I thank Nikola’s CEO Trevor Milton and his entire team for this significant investment in our state.”

Development of the one-million square foot manufacturing plant on a 500-acre parcel at Sun Valley Parkway and the future Wintersburg Parkway is projected to begin by the end of 2019. The site is at one of the entrances to Douglas Ranch/Trillium, a new master planned community being developed by El Dorado Holdings and JDM Partners; this community is projected to ultimately be home to more than 300,000 residents.

“I’ve worked on many economic development issues in my career, but being part of this team that brings Nikola Motors to Arizona is very satisfying,” said Mike Ingram, Founder & Chairman of El Dorado Partners. “We look forward to announcing additional partners who will join Nikola at Douglas Ranch in the near future as we start to build momentum and unlock its full economic power.”

“Conceived as the prototype “Smart City,” Trillium at Douglas Ranch aligns well with Nikola Motors groundbreaking technology,” said Jerry Colangelo, Co-Founder & Partner with David Eaton and Mel Shultz of JDM Partners. “We look forward to working with everyone here to bring Nikola’s innovative products and their 2,000 professionals into this city of the future, creating a tremendous economic opportunity for Arizona.”

“This is a great day not only for Arizona, but for Buckeye residents,” said Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, a Buckeye native and one of its elected officials for more than 20 years. “As the seventh fastest growing city in the country, Nikola Motor Company is a huge asset which will help us achieve our goal of providing a place where Buckeye residents can live, work and play. Additionally, I wish to thank our partners, El Dorado Holdings, Inc. and JDM Partners from Douglas Ranch/Trillium, who were instrumental in putting this deal together. I look forward to continued success together.”

“It was an absolute honor to help bring together a great company and a great state,” said Tom Stringer, BDO’s Managing Director and Practice Leader for Site Selection and Incentives. Nikola is poised to implement revolutionary solutions to energy independence and environmental sustainability across the transportation spectrum, while Arizona is the perfect partner-location focused on building the energy and tech industries of the future.”

“Arizona continues to prove that our talent, operating environment and quality of life are exactly what business leaders are seeking,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO. “The Nikola Motor Company project will be transformative for the West Valley and further advances Arizona’s leadership position in the innovation economy. I thank the Nikola team for their commitment to our state, as well Governor Ducey for his leadership and our many partners who helped make this project a reality.”

“The Greater Phoenix region is elevating its brand as a hub for innovation, and companies such as Nikola have taken notice,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “There were a number of factors that made the region stand out, including a large, skilled talent pipeline that will fulfill the manufacturing and R&D jobs Nikola is adding to the market. I want to thank Buckeye Mayor Meck and his team, as well as our partners at the state, and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. I look forward to seeing Nikola’s growth in Greater Phoenix.”

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Scania and Haylion Technologies partner in developing autonomous and electrified vehicles

Scania will collaborate with Haylion Technologies, which focuses on solutions for the Chinese transport industry in the areas of autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity.top-832399b261e2bdba-org-1760x770

“For Scania, this partnership provides unique opportunities to contribute to as well as to learn from the rapid technology development now taking place in China in these strategic areas. We look forward to combining our knowledge and global perspective with the expertise and ambitions of Haylion Technologies,“ says Mats Harborn, Executive Director of Scania China Strategic Office.

Scania and Haylion Technologies will join forces in the field of non-fossil fuel powered, mainly electrified, vehicles, autonomous driving and urban bus transport. The common aim is to expedite the commercialisation of autonomous driving applications and sustainable transport.

“Gaining excellence in skills through collaboration has always been our principle. We recognise Scania’s leading position in the world’s commercial vehicle industry. I believe that our cooperation will further promote and accelerate China’s development of intelligent vehicles and the Internet of Vehicle (IoV),” says Dr Jimmy Hu Jianping, founder and Chairman of Haylion Technologies.

Haylion Technologies has together with Gortune Investment Co. Ltd established a team of specialists in artificial intelligence, automotive manufacturing, communications and public transport. This team focuses on autonomous driving technology, concept verification and its industrialisation. Haylion Techonologies’ main focus is developing comprehensive solutions for public transport by electrified, autonomous and connected buses.

Since the end of 2017, Haylion Technologies conducts trials with intelligent buses on public roads together with the Shenzhen Bus Group named ‘AlphaBa’, which is seen as industry breakthrough.

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Scania to use rail transport to ship cabs from Oskarshamn

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Scania’s cab factory in Oskarshamn has signed a letter of intent with its host municipality to increasingly utilise rail transport. The cabs produced there are shipped to Scania’s chassis assembly centres in Angers, France, Södertälje, Sweden, and Zwolle in the Netherlands.

Scania in 2016 inaugurated its state-of-the-art new cab production facilities in Oskarshamn, fully equipped with nearly 300 industrial robots for manufacturing cabs for the new generation Scania trucks that have been introduced in 2016–2017.

With 2016 as base year, Scania’s target is to halve its carbon emissions by 2025. Scania wishes the be perceived as the benchmark in sustainable transport and therefore cannot solely rely on road transport and is examining multimodal approaches. “To reach the target, Scania regards rail transport as the basis for establishing a world-class intermodal system making use of several means of transport,” according to the agreement signed with Oskarshamn Municipality.

Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn. Photo: Gustav Lindh 2016

Although Scania is not directly involved in establishing the local rail combi terminal, it supports the idea as the basis for enabling a great share of transport on tracks. “Our intention is to utilise capacity at the planned rail combi terminal for receiving material from suppliers as well as shipping produced cabs to assembly plants in Europe.”

In parallel, Scania has underlined the importance of upgrading the road infrastructure to and from the cab factory and logistics centre. “The infrastructure as a whole is inadequate for our production volume and especially as we foresee increasing production,” says Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn.

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Ashok Leyland November 2017 sales snapshot

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Ashok Leyland sales this November grew by 51%, Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle sales grew by 54% while Light Commercial Vehicle sales grew by 44%.

Valeo joins hands with Pyeong HWA Group to create Valeo-Kapec

On February 6, 2017, Valeo announced that it had signed an agreement with its long­standing South Korean partner, PHC Group, to create a joint venture set to become the world leader in torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions.

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Having obtained the necessary regulatory approvals, Valeo and its partner PHC Group today confirmed that the transaction has been completed.

The company will employ approximately 3,150 people and will be controlled and fully consolidated by Valeo. It is forecast to generate sales of around 1 billion euros on an annual basis and will be accretive to Valeo’s operating margin from its first fiscal year.

Valeo-Kapec will capitalize on the two partners’ strong geographic, product and business complementarity to create purchasing, manufacturing and, above all, R&D synergies.

“By strengthening our ties with our long-standing South Korean partner and creating this joint venture, we will double our sales of torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions and become the world leader in this high-technology product line,” said Jacques Aschenbroich, Valeo’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “And by stepping up our presence in South Korea and increasing sales to Hyundai-Kia, we expect our sales in Asia to increase by around 500 million euros.”

Via: Valeo