06 September, 2017
Tata Group has been a great driving force behind our country’s growth, both before and after independence. Tata Motors, the automotive arm of the group, has been actively involved in nation building since its inception in 1945. Our plant in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand is where it all started. Beginning with just 443 indigenously developed commercial vehicles (CVs) in 1954, we have rolled out millions of trucks that are today traveling the roads of many different countries around the world.
A brief history of Tata Motors' Jamshedpur plant
We began as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (Telco) in 1945 with a factory in Jamshedpur to manufacture steam locomotives. This plant was also where we developed armoured vehicles, CVs, steam road rollers, excavators, forklifts, and diesel shunters - all vehicles that played a vital part in building our nation. Our first truck for commercial use rolled out from Jamshedpur in 1954. Ever since, we have been transforming the Indian CV industry by achieving several industry-first accomplishments.
Featured below are some of the important milestones in the life of our Jamshedpur plant:
Current capabilities of Tata Motors' Jamshedpur plant
Our state-of-the-art Jamshedpur plant has the capability to manufacture diverse range of CVs that are suitable for use in various industries. They include trucks; from 7T to 49T range, hailing from SFC to Prima series, featuring 2 to 6 axles, adhering to BS-I to BS-V norms, with 130 to 380 HP, incorporating 6 to 9 speed transmission, and more. We also produce troop carriers, weapon systems carriers, and other vehicles, used by the Indian Armed Forces.
Evolution of the Jamshedpur plant over the decades
Our Jamshedpur plant has been at the forefront of innovation since its inception, initially making it possible to introduce versatile CVs. Over the decades, we have incorporated cutting-edge technologies for manufacturing of cabs, engines, long members, tools, dies, axels, and transmissions. New and advanced technologies have also been introduced for cab painting, foundry shop, assembly of vehicles, and their testing. These technologies enable us to produce dependable CVs that are safe, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and long-lasting.
Technical training facilities at Tata Motors' Jamshedpur plant
Incorporation of cutting-edge technologies has made it possible for us to become one of the leading producers of CVs in the world. To continue this into the future, we have technical training facilities in our Jamshedpur plant that impart knowledge to 150 to 200 full term apprentices annually. To enable diversity, we also ensure that 20 to 25 percent of these apprentices are women. Established in 1954, these technical training facilities have won the ‘Best Establishment Award’ from The Directorate General of Training (DGET) and the Government of India on several occasions.
So, what do you think about our Jamshedpur plant that has been at the heart of India’s truck industry since 1954? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.