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Demand for Tata Motors vehicles increasing: AB Lall

Jamshedpur, Dec 17: Tata Motors Jamshedpur Plant has completed 60 years of excellent business. The plant which had started manufacturing in 1954 has been the back bone of Indian auto industry.

The company is looking forward for a boom in automobile industry as compared to last year. Leading auto manufacturer is also in the process of developing vehicles for the defence sector, which are capable of carrying weapons. Selling of medium and heavy vehicles the company has noticed growth of around 30 per cent.

The company is supplying vehicles for defence sector and altogether 585 vehicles will be sent to United Nations for its Minusma mission in Middle East countries, said Plant Head AB Lall, talking about the 60 years of Tata Motors’ Jamshedpur plant journey, here on Wednesday.

AB Lal said that the company has found 35 to 40 percent increase and vehicle supply to defense sector has big credit into it. The World truck ‘Prima’ has huge domestic and foreign market, he added.

Lal said that huge demand in defense sector is on pipeline. The company has made successful test for sending heavy vehicles to India and foreign countries but it will take little time in supplying such products as armies also go for its own testing before purchasing, he added.

“We are looking progressive market. Presently around 270 trucks of 200 models are being manufactured daily and the company has capacity to increase upto 500. Around 400 vehicles will be sent to UN from Jamshedpur plant. It is a big achievement, and the company is looking for more demands to be fulfilled in defence sector”, the plant head said.

Being asked about share of ancillary units from Adityapur, in supplying products to Tata Motors, the plant head said that Tata Motors purchases products from any units if it fulfills quality bench mark Tata Motors.

“We are in the market and go for minimum cost with quality products. Tata Motors will continue to purchase quality products for manufacturing best vehicles. In the age of Global village, it is baseless to talk about purchasing only local products and not from outside the state.

The company began with manufacturing steam locomotives, later foraying into trucks. Currently, the facility assembles over 200 Medium and Heavy Commercial (M&HCV) models for varied movement of equipment, raw materials, goods and services. Referring to the scenario in the auto segment, Lall admitted here was improvement in market sentiments and demand for commercial vehicles had enhanced, but not to the company’s expectations.

Tata Motors was celebrating 60 years of truck manufacturing at its first manufacturing and engineering facility in Jamshedpur, set up in 1945.At the event Tata Motors officials including Ranjeet Dhar, Sumant Sinha, K Mohan Kumar, BN Singh, Ravi Shankar, Amrita Singh and Sanjay Prasad were present.

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