A greenfield project, the Tata Motors’ state-of-the-art plant at Dharwad was commissioned for the production of Ace Zip, the company’s trucking solution for delivery of small cargoes over short distances.
With 50 per cent of the manufacturing process being automated, the plant has built-in flexibilities to assemble large numbers and different variants in mixed mode production. It has implemented several lean manufacturing processes that help ensure quality and product reliability:
The plant became operational in March 2012 and achieved World Class Quality Level 1 certification in May 2014. The civil and plant engineering work for the facility has been sourced from Europe, the US, South Korea, Japan along with best-in-class suppliers from India.
The Dharwad facility has been constructed as per the norms specified by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and is one of the first automobile plants in the country to obtain a platinum rating. It has a wind turbine and solar panel on site and intends to source 20% renewable energy within three years. The plant is ISO 14001 certified for Environment Management System Standard and is also recommended for ISO 50001 in the Energy Management System.