Can it be the Tata Nano? The car has passed all the tormenting safety tests more than once, but we all know that the recent fire incident has put it back in the hot seat. The matter is still under investigation. This award, however, is not for the safest car; it’s for the safest plant. Guess who won the award! It was GM India last year, and if you’re thinking of GM winning it once again, you are absolutely right.
Thanks to GM’s Halol plant, General Motors India has won itself the esteemed National Safety Award in the Motor Vehicles category for the second year in a row. The plant has received the recognition it deserves for its best safety systems pertaining to two critical areas. The Halol plant has been considered safest in the industry under the categories of Lowest Average Frequency Rate and Highest Man-Hours for Accident Free Year.
Directorate General of the Factory Advice Service & Labour Institute (DGFASLI), the country’s premier institution for safety, with the support of Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, bestows this award. It was GM India’s turn for the second time in a row.
Commenting on this, Mr P Balendran, Vice-President, General Motors India said, “The award demonstrates General Motors’ commitment to safety and security measures at its plants. We have maintained a continued focus on encouraging accident prevention and implementing safety procedures across all our processes and management.
This award is very significant, as it comes against stiff competition from automobile manufacturers in India. Winning this award for the second year in a row reiterates our commitment to the high safety and security standards and we will continue raising the bar for safety in all our operations.”
Back in 1965, the Government of India had introduced the National Safety Awards in order to recognize, reward and motivate phenomenal safety performance on the part of industrial establishments. The second motive was to support accident prevention and safety promotion programmes.
This year, there was stiff competition. However, it was GM India that managed to grab the award endorsed by Directorate of Industrial Safety & Health for the automobiles category. This award seems to be adding a feather in the auto maker’s cap. It’s celebration time for GM India which is celebrating seven years of a successful journey in the Indian car industry. GM’s Talegaon plant in Maharashtra is celebrating its two-year presence.
The Talegaon plant has a capacity of 145,000 while the Halol plant has a net installed capacity of 85,000 units in 3 shifts. Earlier, GM was operating in a single shift at the Halol plant. It then started a second shift and plans to have a third one. GM India president and managing director Karl Slym calls the Halol plant flexible and feels it is capable of manufacturing all the models of GM India. GM currently sells the Aveo, Aveo U-VA, Beat, Captiva, Cruze, Optra Magnum, Optra SRV, Spark and Tavera under the Chevrolet brand in India.
Of the company’s last year’s production, less than 40,000 units were produced at Talegaon and the rest at Halol. A total of around 70,000 units were sold. Talegaon currently produces only Spark.