Towards the end of the 2014, Tata Motors invited us to Jamshedpur to celebrate the 60th birthday of its manufacturing facility in the state of Jharkhand. Being the first vehicle manufacturing unit of Tata, set up in 1945, it was initially intended to make steam locomotives – but soon began manufacturing trucks too.
In 1954, it brought the latest global trucking technology of the time to India in partnership with Mercedes-Benz to indigenously produce high quality trucks for the Indian market. And since then they’ve never looked back. The state-of-the-art technology of today means that a new truck rolls off the assembly line every five minutes. This assembly line produces over 200 Tata Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles – which cater not only to millions of Indians, but also to the needs of the Indian army.
The Jamshedpur plant also features a private testing facility, where these vehicles go through rigorous testing before they’re delivered to customers. It’s this sustained level of dedication which has ensured that the two millionth vehicle from this facility rolled out in 2013.
The plant also acts as Tata Motors’ development and manufacturing hub for large vehicles, which specialises in carrying out complex vehicle design. Moreover, the manufacturing unit develops complex intelligent electronic control systems for the next-generation trucks, multi-axle trucks, tractors, trailers and tippers. The facility is also capable of manufacturing trucks that comply with Euro VI or BS VI norms.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr.Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director - Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We, at Tata Motors, are proud to have achieved yet another trucking milestone of 60 years of manufacturing excellence at our plant here in Jamshedpur. From the very beginning, Tata Motors Jamshedpur has led the transformation in the Indian commercial vehicles space – setting benchmarks through the introduction of class-leading trucks – with the most relevant global technologies, incorporating flexibility to develop and manage our current and future portfolio, with speed and in-line with varied market requirements. With world-class quality manufacturing and engineering programs here in Jamshedpur, it is in our continuous endeavour to remain the most preferred trucking brand.”