MG Motor India’s all-women crew manufactures 50,000th Hector SUV

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 25 Feb 2021


MG Motor India has achieved a unique milestone as part of its gender parity across workplaces initiative. The milestone 50,000th Hector SUV was manufactured with an all-women crew at the Halol plant in Gujarat.

The company says the initiative has created a new benchmark celebrating diversity – one of the core pillars of the automaker – as women led the end-to-end production. In this first-of-its-kind development, women-only teams were involved in panel-pressing of sheet metal and welding to painting jobs as well as carrying out post-production test runs.

MG Motor India has 33 percent women workforce at its facility, wherein female professionals work shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts across all business functions.

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Speaking on the development, Rajeev Chaba, president and MD, MG Motor India said, “MG has always been a progressive brand with diversity, community, innovation, and experiences as our cornerstones. We believe that it is something that has broadened our perspective as a brand and unlocked efficiencies in every aspect of our business operations. The rollout of our 50,000th Hector by an all-women crew comes as an honour to their contributions and hard work. It also demonstrates that glass ceilings no longer exist even in an erstwhile male-dominated industry such as automobile manufacturing. We believe that it will inspire more women to join the automotive industry in India and abroad.”

MG aims to achieve 50 percent gender diversity in its organisation in the future and pave the way for a balanced workforce. Since its inception, as its core focus area, the brand has worked closely with the local panchayats near its Halol manufacturing plant.

Since 2018, MG says it has hired many female associates in its manufacturing facility via various initiatives. These women are driving core areas of manufacturing at the facility.

MG’s state-of-the-art Halol manufacturing facility is further equipped with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for various workshops. RPA is used by the automaker in Body Shop for Robotic Brazing, Paint Shop for Robotic Primer and Top Coating, and GA Shop for Robotic Glass Glazing.