On January 10, 2024, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility commenced the production of passenger vehicles at its new facility located in the GIDC hub of Sanand, Gujarat. This milestone coincided precisely with the completion of Tata Motors’ acquisition of the former Ford India plant, thereby establishing the facility as the second manufacturing plant in Gujarat for the home-grown automaker, capable of producing both ICE and electric vehicles.
Tata Motors accomplished the retooling of the 300,000-units-per-annum plant within a mere 12 months following its acquisition, showcasing a remarkable achievement. The refurbished Sanand plant boasts a scalable manufacturing capacity of up to 420,000 units per annum, equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
Tata Technologies, a global leader in product engineering and digital services and a Tata Group entity, played a pivotal role in the swift refurbishment of the manufacturing facility. They deployed a smart manufacturing solution that seamlessly integrates ERP, PLM, MES, and IoT systems, contributing significantly to the accelerated commissioning process.
Warren Harris, CEO and MD of Tata Technologies, highlighted their role during a recent industry conference call, emphasizing how their solution enabled Tata Motors to expand its annual production capacity by 300,000 units within an industry-leading timeline, facilitating the commencement of production on January 10, 2024.
Spanning across 460 acres, Tata Motors’ new Sanand plant features four main shops – stamping, body construction, paint, and final assembly shop – all equipped with advanced automation and cutting-edge technology to ensure precision manufacturing.
The expedited commissioning of the new Sanand plant unlocks additional manufacturing capacity for Tata Motors’ passenger vehicle division, addressing the robust demand witnessed over the past two years for both IC engine and electric vehicles, and nearing maximum capacity utilization at its existing plants.