In what is a red-letter day for Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), three of its automotive manufacturing plants in Chakan, Zaheerabad and Haridwar each rolled out their millionth vehicles. With this, these three plants have joined the company’s Nashik and Kandivali, Mumbai plants in achieving the million production milestone.
Commenting on the landmark, Rajan Wadhera, President - Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “This achievement is a significant moment in Mahindra’s automotive journey. It tangibly demonstrates our spirit of accepting no limits and the relentless effort put in by each of our people across the three manufacturing facilities. We are committed to the Make-in-India initiative and this millionth vehicle rollout across three different facilities is a fine example of our manufacturing excellence and operational efficiency.”
Vijay Kalra, Chief of Manufacturing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra, added: “The state-of-the-art facilities and lean manufacturing processes at Chakan, Zaheerabad and Haridwar played pivotal roles in achieving this production milestone within our planned timelines. I am sure that this achievement will be a stepping stone to many more accolades for all our plants in the future.”
The Chakan plant in Maharashtra is a 320,000 units per annum greenfield facility accredited with the latest ISO 9001, ISO 140001 and OHSAS certifications. Operating since March 2010, it manufactures a range of vehicles including SUVs, trucks and construction equipment.
The Zaheerabad plant, in Telangana state and set up in 1985, produces UVs, three-wheelers, LCVs and the Jeeto mini-truck. Cumulative plant production crossed 100,000 vehicles in 2005 and 500,000 units in 2013. After the launch of the Jeeto in 2015, volumes started growing at a faster pace and the plant crossed significant milestone of 1 million vehicles in April 2019.
The Mahindra Haridwar plant, which went on stream in December 2005, manufactures produces 4 models and 44 variants. It took the Haridwar plant 8 years to achieve the first 500,000 vehicle milestone, while the next half-a-million vehicles were produced took five years.
As is known, Mahindra is a full-range player in the automotive sector with a presence in almost every segment of the automobile industry from commercial vehicles (three-wheelers / light commercial vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles), utility vehicles, sports utility vehicles (from entry level to premium SUVs), sedans and electric vehicles. All plants are fully equipped manufacturing facilities with press shops, body shops, CED lines, paint shops and assembly lines, and many have won accolades.