Visakhapatnam, November 17, 2014
Further to Isuzu’s commitment to social responsibility, Isuzu Motors India today donated 5 DMAX pickup trucks to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The keys to the 5 DMAX vehicles were handed over by Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India to Shri. N Chandrababu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, at the Collectorate of Vishakapatnam.
While receiving the keys to the D-MAX, Shri. N Chandrababu Naidu noted, “It is heartening to see Corporates reaching out to support us during these difficult times. Isuzu is the first Automobile manufacturer to set-up their manufacturing plant in AP and they are also the first corporate house to donate vehicles which will be used for relief efforts. I sincerely appreciate and encourage all responsible corporate citizens to come forward in rebuilding Vishakapatnam”
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India said, “Isuzu has always placed its corporate social responsibility as a top priority in areas of environmental preservation, educational promotion and livelihood assistance. Whether it was Flooding in Australia (2011), the Earthquake in Japan (2011) or Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines (2013), Isuzu has been among the first to reach out and help the local community in terms of manpower support or material requirements. ”
Mr. Shigeru Wakabayashi, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India said, “Words cannot express our sympathies for the people who have been affected by the cyclone Hudhud. In our humble way, Isuzu Motors India would like to extend its support and assistance to the people of Vishakapatnam as they re-build their lives. The Andhra Pradesh Government has worked proactively and very quickly in helping reduce the damage from the cyclone and we’re very happy to partner with them in this initiative”.
Isuzu aims at contributing to sustainable development of local communities by partnering with them for environmental initiatives, quality improvement and social support. Last year, Isuzu Motors India donated a vehicle training kit to ITI, Tirupati and also helped organize an intensive 3 day training course through Japanese trainers. This was to provide advanced automobile knowledge transfer to ITI staff, with the objective of developing a talented manpower pool locally.
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 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Headquartered in Chennai, Isuzu has a regional office in New Delhi. At present, Isuzu has a contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors (HML) under which HML is contract assembling CKD kits of Isuzu’s sports utility vehicle MU-7 and pick-up truck D-Max, at its Thiruvallur, Chennai plant.
Isuzu began civil works on its proposed manufacturing plant site in SriCity, TADA, Chitoor, AP. The company had acquired 107 Acres of land in 2013 after signing MoU with the Andhra Pradesh State Government in order to start automobile manufacturing operation in India. This new facility is likely to commence commercial operations by early 2016, with the initial production capacity at 50,000 units/ year. Isuzu will scale up the production capacity to 120,000 units/ year, with the cumulative investment of Rs. 3,000 Crore, and is expected to generate 2000~3000 jobs. Isuzu Motors India plans to achieve 100% percent localization within three years of commencing production in 2016. It is an exemplary showcase of Isuzu’s long term commitment to the Indian market.
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