Tata Motors SA reaches a production milestone of 1,000 trucks
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Tata Motors South Africa has recently completed assembling 1,000 trucks at the company’s plant in Rosslyn, South Africa.
The assembly plant was inaugurated in July last year and is the first major assembly plant for Tata Motors outside India. The plant is currently assembling SKD (Semi Knocked Down) kits of Tata commercial vehicles.
Mr. Raman Dhawan, Managing Director of Tata Africa thanked the employees for achieving the milestone while complying with the stringent ISO 9001 quality standards. He also urged the workers to assemble a targeted 10,000 trucks in the next two years.
The target for next two years would mean that the Rosslyn plant could have a capacity expansion which right now has a capacity of 3,650 trucks annually. Mr.Dhawan also said that apart from assembling the trucks, the plant should also focus on becoming a full fledged manufacturing unit with locally sourced components. This should come with time, as it has been done before in many manufacturing plants that had humble beginnings.
Tata is assembling 6 truck models in South Africa and has plans to add 4 more trucks to the list in this financial year.
Tata Motors have been present in South Africa since 1998. The company sells its range of passenger cars, pickups and commercial vehicles through a network of 32 dealerships across South Africa. Recently Tata Motors introduced the Manza in South Africa to take on the Toyota Etios.
Tata Motors’ Rosslyn plant could play a key role in the company’s global expansion strategy.