As was scheduled, Honda Cars India has started production from its brand new plant at Tapukara Industrial Area in Alwar, Rajasthan. The ceremony was attended by Ms. Vasundhara Raje, CM, Rajasthan and Mr. Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, Honda Cars India, among others.
About Tapukara Plant:
- Area – 450 acres
- Installed production capacity – 1,20,000 units/annum
- Employment – Approximately 3200 associates
- Cumulative Investment – Rs. 3526 crores
The Tapukara plant is the second plant of Honda Cars in India. The Phase I of the plant started operations in September 2008 with press shop and powertrain unit for engine components. With this second plant, Honda’s total installed production capacity has been increased to 240,000 units/annum in the country. The new integrated manufacturing unit includes all functions of forging, press shop, powertrain shop, weld shop, paint shop, plastic molding, engine assembly, frame assembly and engine testing facility.
According to Honda, Tapukara plant boasts of optimum automation, latest equipment and best layout for achieving high quality, best ergonomics, improved operational efficiency and safety as well as it is environment and energy friendly.
Honda plans to produce Brio, Amaze and upcoming Mobilio MPV from this facility. It had been speculated that a Brio-based SUV will also be produced from this new facility.
With this new plant, Honda has just doubled its production capacity and can now produce 20,000 units per month. In the short term you can expect waiting period of high selling Honda models such as the new City, Amaze to come down. This also means that Honda is better prepared to handle the demand after they launch the new Mobilio MPV, New Jazz & the Brio based Compact SUV in India, all of which are high-volume products.
Honda will start launching these products from mid of this year starting with the Mobilio, continuing with the Jazz and ending the onslaught with the EcoSport rivalling compact SUV sometime next year.
We also had a one-on-one interview with Honda’s Vice President Jnaneshwar Sen recently including questions on this Tapukara plant, Civic, Mobilio, Acura, compact SUV etc. Check out what he has to say here.
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