Tata Motors to Boost Production with Ford’s Sanand Plant in 12-18 Months

Tata Motors to Boost Production with Ford's Sanand Plant in 12-18 Months

Tata Motors Acquires Ford Plant in Gujarat, Plans to Commence Operations within 12-18 Months

Tata Motors, the Mumbai-based automaker, has announced plans to operationalize the Ford plant located in Gujarat. The acquisition, which was completed earlier this month via a subsidiary, was deemed a win-win for all stakeholders as Tata Motors’ manufacturing capacity was near saturation.

The Sanand plant, which has a manufacturing capacity of 3 lakh units per annum, is scalable to 4.2 lakh units per annum and is adjacent to Tata Motors’ existing manufacturing facility in Sanand.

According to Tata Motors Managing Director, Shailesh Chandra, the company is making necessary investments to reconfigure the plant to adapt to the automaker’s existing and future vehicle platforms. The company is also planning to debottleneck capacities at its two existing facilities at Pune and Sanand by an additional 10-15%.

In terms of transitioning its product range to conform to the second phase of BSVI emission norms, Chandra stated that the company is on track and ahead of the deadline. The stricter emission norms come into effect on April 1, 2023, and the company will closely evaluate the demand situation post-implementation.

Tata Motors reports 6.4% vehicle sales growth in Jan, total 81,069 units.

Tata Motors had reported a 6.4% growth in total vehicle sales, reaching 81,069 units in January 2023. Domestic vehicle sales were up 10% with passenger vehicles domestic sales, including electric vehicles, standing at 48,289 units, a 18% increase from the previous year. However, total commercial vehicles domestic sales declined 7% to 32,780 units.

Chandra expressed confidence in the company’s sales outlook, stating that with a lean inventory and improved supplies, the fourth quarter should be strong in terms of wholesales when compared to the third quarter. When asked about the company’s expected model mix by 2030, Chandra stated that the mix will be around 25-30% for CNG, 25-30% for EVs, and the rest will be gasoline with a high mix of flex-fuel.

Tata Motors is ramping up its production capacity and preparing for the rollout of stricter emission norms as it aims to make the most of a growing market. The automaker is poised for success as it invests in its manufacturing capabilities and takes a strategic approach to its sales outlook.

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