Sri City, January 28, 2014
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, the Japanese automobile maker, today held the ground breaking ceremony and Bhoomi Puja for its new manufacturing facility at Sri City, TADA, Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh. The Bhoomi Puja was performed in presence of Mr Pradeep Chandra, Principal Secretary to Government, A. P. & Commissioner for Industrial Promotion, Mr Haruki Mizutani, Director of the Board, and Senior Executive Officer, Isuzu Motors Limited, Mr. Kazuhiko Ito, Director of the Board, and Senior Executive Officer, Isuzu Motors Limited, Mr. Makoto Kawahara, President, Isuzu Motors Co. (Thailand), Mr. Takao Kuragaki, Senior Vice President, Division COO, Mitsubishi Corporation & Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, President & Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India. On this special and auspicious occasion, Isuzu Motors, with an objective to enhance technical skills in Indians, donated a ‘Motor vehicle Training kit” and the Training program to Industrial Training Institute (I.T.I.)
Looking at the growing demand of skilled workforce in the automobile industry, Isuzu’s Motor vehicle Training kit was presented to Mr. G. Balasubramanyam, Regional Deputy Director, Department of Employment & Training, ITI, Tirupati, A.P. The training kit consists of an engine assembly, chassis, transmission and steering systems to give practical automobile learning to aspiring students. Keeping in mind the increasing demand for diesel cars in the country and the need for skilled manpower for diesel-engine technology, Isuzu will also be conducting advanced automobile diesel engine training at ITI Tirupati for ITI technical staff.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, President & Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India said, “It is an important and exciting day for us since we have broken ground at Sri City. India is a key region in Isuzu’s global growth strategy for its emerging markets and as an important manufacturing hub in the future. Our focus is to accelerate our business and establish Isuzu as an important player in the pickup trucks and utility vehicles market in India.”
He further added, “We have always aimed at increasing the number of skilled workforce in the automobile industry. Today we are delighted to donate the Car Demo training kit of MU7 to Industrial Training institute for advanced and specialized training and research. We would also be undertaking a training session with the ITI personnel to ensure precise training.”
The manufacturing plant will have a production capacity of 120,000 units, once it is fully operational. State of the art Painting Booth & Oven, Water tester, Combination Tester and Spot welding machines would be used to ensure that the India manufacturing facility is at par with Isuzu’s Global Operating Standards. To ensure environmental compliance, Isuzu is expected to develop the best available sustainable and energy efficiency practices including ZLD (Zero Liquid Discharge) facility and ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) process.
By the end of March 2014, Isuzu will have presence in nine Cities with exclusive dealerships in Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Cochin, Bangalore, Tirupati, Vishakapatnam, Madurai and Delhi.
Isuzu Motors Limited, Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan is a global manufacturer of light commercial vehicles, commercial vehicles, utility vehicles and diesel engines. With operations in 25 countries with its vehicle sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, the company is a leader in pickups and pickup based derivatives in many markets worldwide along with leadership in light commercial vehicles. The company manufactures and sells close to 6 lakh units annually across the world, and is a leader in pickup trucks & derivatives and light commercial vehicles in most of the key markets that it operates in.
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan was established in August 2012. The company started its India operations by bringing in limited volume of completely built units (CBUs) for the purpose of test marketing and developing a better understanding of the Indian customers. Isuzu Motors, in the next phase of its project has started the assembly of CKD units in contract manufacturing with Hindustan Motors Limited. This is an intermediate stage of the company’s project in India, before the start full fledge localized manufacturing at its own plant at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh expected by 2016.
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