Tirupati, 14, July 2015
The government of Andhra Pradesh inaugurated a new Automobile Skill Training Centre (ASTC) at Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Tirupati, today. The ASTC, supported by Isuzu Motors India and Mitsubishi Corporation India, will impart training on best practices in the areas of automobile engineering and technology, enabling employment opportunities for the youth in the region. The inauguration of the ASTC comes a day ahead of the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) – the flagship scheme by the central government to impart skill training to the youth in the country.
The training centre aims to align supply with demand, bridging existing skill gaps, promoting industry engagement, operationalise quality assurance framework and leverage technology in the automobile industry.
The Automobile Skill Training Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Ghanta Subbarao IAS, Secretary Department of Skill Development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, CEO & MD, A.P
State Skill Development Corporation and Dr. K. Lakshminarayana, IAS, Founder Director, A.P State Skill Development Corporation. The occasion was presided over by Mr. Siddharth Jain, IAS, Collector & District Magistrate, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh in the presence of key management officials from Isuzu Motors India, Mitsubishi Corporation India and senior staff from ITI Tirupati.
Speaking at the inauguration, Dr. Ghanta Subbarao IAS, Secretary Department of Skill Development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, CEO & MD, A.P State Skill Development Corporation, said, “We are extremely happy to inaugurate the new Automobile Skill Training Centre at ITI Tirupati. The state government of Andhra Pradesh is taking proactive steps in development of skilled workforce in line with the proposed ‘Skilled India’ initiative. With the support of the two companies, Isuzu Motors India and Mitsubishi Corporation India, we intend to provide industry’s best technical education for the youth in the region. The state government is keen and focussed in developing such skill development centres across the state and we do hope this will benefit the society at large”
Mr. Shigeru Wakabayashi, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, said, “We are extremely happy to be actively partnering with the government’s ‘Skilled India’ initiative as we believe it will certainly provide impetus to the automobile sector in the country and also ensure greater efficiency levels across all areas. Isuzu is known for its manufacturing prowess and we intend to strengthen our commitment to India with more such activities.”
“On the other hand, I also would like to share that ‘ISUZU’, named after the holy Isuzu River in Japan, has been successfully producing good vehicles and human resource for decades to serve the people all over the world, with the blessings of the holy ISE Shrine. Similarly, with the blessings of Lord Venkateswara, our manufacturing plant in Sri City near Tirupati will soon begin its operations and Isuzu Motors India will steadily become a strong and leading vehicle producer in the Indian market.” Mr. Wakabayashi added.
Mr. Tomoyuki Masuda, Chief Regional Officer, Mitsubishi Corporation India, said, “The need for training-based knowledge is becoming very essential in every industry. Mitsubishi Corporation India is proud to be associated with the government of Andhra Pradesh for being able to contribute to the benefit of the automobile industry.”
The centre will be equipped with key automobile components such as Chassis model, Engine and Transmission donated by Isuzu Motors India to offer practical training for the ITI students. The training will have various course modules in automobile engineering and technology and will be trained by the staff personnel of Isuzu Motors India.
Isuzu Motors India which is setting-up its manufacturing facility at Sri City in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, has been associated with ITI Tirupati for the last two years in providing technical training for the trainers and students. The company had acquired 107 Acres of land in 2013 after signing a 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 and is expected to create 2000-3000 jobs when it is fully operational.
Isuzu Motors Limited, Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan is a global manufacturer of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, utility vehicles and diesel engines. With operations in 25 countries, selling in more than 100 countries worldwide, the company is a leader in pickups and pickup based derivatives in many markets. The company manufactures and sells over 6 lakh units annually across the world.
Isuzu Motors India Private Limited (IMI), a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan, was established in August 2012 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Headquartered in Chennai, Isuzu currently has a contract manufacturing agreement with Hindustan Motors (HML) under which HML is 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 District, Andhra Pradesh, in January 2014. The company had acquired 107 Acres of land in 2013 after signing a 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 in the future, with the accumulated investment of Rs. 3,000 Crore, and is expected to generate 2000 – 3000 jobs. The company has plans to open 60 dealership outlets across the country by 2016 and aims to have 160 by 2020.
Isuzu Motors India plans to achieve 100% percent localisation within three years of commencing production in 2016. It is an exemplary showcase of Isuzu’s long term commitment to the Indian market.