The Tata Magic IRIS is a four-wheel, small passenger car that can accommodate 3-4 passengers. It is a safe, stylish and comfortable substitute of the three-wheelers. The Ace Zip is a technologically superior micro truck which can handle load of 600 kg for deep penetration door-to-door goods movement. Both of them were launched in May 2011.
Mr. P. M. Telang, Managing Director – India Operations, Tata Motors said, “We are very delighted to commence manufacturing operations in Dharwad and further expand our operations in the country. This move is integral to Tata Motors’ dominant presence in the Commercial Vehicles market.”
The plant has been constructed following the norms specified by Indian Green Building Council (IGBI). The 900 crore plant is spreaded across an area of 405 acres. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment following lean manufacturing principles. There are built-in flexibilities to assemble large numbers and different variants in mixed mode production. The plant has been recommended for ISO 14001, Environment Management System Standard. The US, Europe, South Korea and Japan have provided major capital outlay including civil and plant engineering work and the plant also has best-in-class suppliers from India.
The capacity of the plant is 90,000 units per year. Currently, the plant has employed 350 individuals. Tata Motors is efficient in training, skill transfer and development of local workforce.