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

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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Nikola Motor Company To manufacture at Buckeye,Arizona

Nikola One

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.
Nikola Two

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.”


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.


Scania to use rail transport to ship cabs from Oskarshamn


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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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.


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

Cummins Inc launches parts.cummins.com , an online parts catalog


COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2017– Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today announced the launch of parts.cummins.com, an innovative approach to its online parts catalog. The new site allows users to search for parts information using any serial or part number available on their Cummins engine or component including Holset® turbochargers, Onan generators, aftertreatment solutions and Fleetguard® filtration solutions. Customers no longer need to visit multiple sites to research Cummins associated parts.

“Never before have you seen a consolidated open access parts catalog like this from Cummins. Parts.cummins.com was built to empower our customer’s success by finding the right part the first time, every time,” said Mike Champlin, Director of Aftermarket Information Management for Cummins.

Parts.cummins.com has been designed with Cummins customers in mind. Customers now have the ability to quickly identify the correct parts and create a pick list that they can share with any Cummins distribution partner, who can then accurately quote and fulfill their order through the Cummins global network of central warehouses and regional distribution centers. By providing customers the ability to accurately identify parts and having stock of those parts closer to the point of use; Cummins is helping get customers back to work as fast as possible.

Parts.cummins.com offers unique part details including engine system, sub-system, and individual part graphics. Part detail pages will also include part dimensions, alternative part options including supersessions, and applicable part related kits to ensure customers get all the parts they need the first time. Additionally, parts.cummins.com is mobile device ready for a responsive experience and easy navigation. The site is available globally at no charge and with no registration required.

In the coming months, additional features will be released including language translations and the capability to search by unique part attributes like dimension, saleability, voltage, flywheel rotation, thread pitch and more.

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016

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Meritor Announces Acquisition of Product Portfolio and Technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. — Press Releases: allnewsitems

Item Date: 9/5/2017 Date: Sep 05 2017 Body: Expands Portfolio for Specialty, Defense and Off-Highway Customers Globally TROY, Mich. – (Sept. 5, 2017) – Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced that it has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. (“Fabco”) and its subsidiaries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.…

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