Aug 10: Tata’s manufacturing unit at Sanand, in Gujarat, has been going through an eventful ride ever since its inception. In fact, Sanand was not even in the radar as its initial plans for a dedicated plant to roll out Nano revolved around Singur in West Bengal. Wide protests had however pushed the unit to where it is now, but Tata never had to look back ever since.
It’s no secret that Nano’s production has come down due to lack of demand. The unit will only be manufacturing Nano if there arises a demand for the vehicle in addition to the available stock across the country.
However, the case is different for the manufacturing unit at Sanand, as Tata has been pushing in more and more expansions to the unit. In fact, the Sanand unit is now the fastly expanding plant under Tata’s banner. Over 4.5 lakh vehicles have already been rolled out from the company courtesy of the commencement of production of vehicles under Tata’s new-gen portfolio like Tiago and Tigor.
Setup at on an area of 1100 acres of land, the Sanand Facility manufactures both the internal combustion version of Tigor and its electric version. The latter is being supplied to the government under the EESL acquisition deal. The Tiago EV is also being lined up for being manufactured at Sanand. Despite having only three models under its kitty, the Sanand unit rolls out 21 variants with close to 150 vehicle combinations.
The Sanand Unit has also grabbed the CII’s GreenCo Platinum Certification in June 2018 courtesy of the systematic hazardous waste disposal process deployed in the unit. Besides, Tata also makes use of green energy, and 35% of its power requirements are met by renewable sources like rooftop solar panels and wind power mills.
Modular architecture plans are now being mapped out for the unit, which will see more influx of production demands in the coming days owing to Tata’s decision of distributing its passenger vehicle manufacturing between Pune and Sanand. The decision has been made on the background of the demand for Tata’s new-age cars and SUVs hitting record high.