Tata Motors Pantnagar plant crosses 50,000 units BS6 vehicle production mark
Published On Oct 30, 2020
A manufacturing hub for its popular Ace mini-truck platform, the Pantnagar plant rolls out Ace and Intra trucks. The higher production number underlines the sharp recovery in the small and light commercial vehicle sales post nationwide lockdown compared to the HCVs.
The overall Indian commercial vehicle industry struggles to recover from the pandemic, as trucks' sales remain on the slower-lane. However, the demand for last-mile delivery in cities and towns has accelerated small and light commercial vehicles' sales. Riding on the higher demand for its mini trucks, Tata Motors recorded 50,000 units of BS6 mini trucks from the Pantnagar plant as the company rolled out a new Intra V30 variant as its 50,000th vehicle from the plant.
The Pantnagar is a production hub for the popular Tata Ace - the one-tonne truck and its variants including Intra V10 and V30. After a complete shutdown of plants between April and June, the company has successfully ramp-up the production to cater to the pent-up demand after the country started to unlock in the second half of June. This demonstrates a stronger demand for Ace mini trucks as consumption starts to pick up across urban and rural India that spurred demand for truck that used in the last-mile cargo logistics transportation.
In the last few months, trucks' sales point a sharp recovery in the small, light and intermediate commercial vehicles back by consumption-driven demand. In contrast, at the same time, the medium and heavy commercial vehicle truck sales drag in the larger economy's view continues to grapple with the pandemic-related disruptions. The muted replacement demand and lower freight rates have damped the sprite of the larger organized fleet operators. Meanwhile, some customers are now aiming to place a replacement order as the demand for cargo movement grows in certain parts of the country. A full recovery in the HCVs likely to take a little more time before it reaches pre-pandemic levels.
Modern Integrated Plant
Tata Motors Pantnagar plant spreads across 1,000 acres in Uttarakhand's State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDCUL). A modern plant has been helping Tata Motors to retain its leadership in the vital mini-truck segment.
The integrated plant comprises weld shops, paint shops, engine and gearbox shops, Assembly lines, a well-established training centre, and a service training centre. The production capacities of 1440 vehicles per day employ 4000 employees, 2000+ contractual workforce (including service providers), and 8000+ employment through Vendor park. The plant is a world-class project and spread across 591 acres in Uttarakhand's State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDCUL).
The plant also has an integrated vendor park, which occupies 361 acres. The 62 vendors based here account for nearly 65% percent of the items supplied to the plant, and 70% of the ACE parts come from within Uttarakhand.