Michelin India awarded ISO/TS 16949 certification

a320b710-2fdb-4dae-adcc-37b5e65be9f5_TempSmallMichelin India’s manufacturing plant at Chennai has been awarded the ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 Quality Management System Certification by UTAC (Technical Union for the Automobile, Motorcycle and Cycle Industries). The ISO TS 16949:2009 certification encompasses development of a quality management system, which delves upon the plant demonstrating continual improvement, emphasising defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste.
The ISO TS 16949:2009 certification denotes that the organization meets the needs of the customers and other stakeholders, while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to the product. A wide range of tyres are manufactured at the Michelin plant at Chennai. A big chunk of the tyres includes commercial vehicle radials. Claiming to invent radial tyre technology, Michelin does not manufacture bias-ply tyres; neither in India. Said Atul Renavikar, Director, Michelin India Manufacturing plant, “Our commitment to quality, innovation and technical performance is relentless and continuous. The ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 certification demonstrates strict adherence to highest quality standards that Michelin is synonymous with across the world.”

Indian tyre industry revenues expected to grow by 7% to 8% in FY16

Inc1a3c884-6836-48a5-ac09-1e17a1f39f1b_TempSmalldian tyre industry is expected to perform well in the financial year 2015-16. The credit metrics of the industry is likely to remain strong according to ICRA analysts. While the industry-wide revenues are estimated to grow by 7 to 8 per cent during FY16, up from 5.8 per cent during the 2014-15 financial year, ICRA analysts are of the opinion that the demand for tyres is expected to grow on the back of recovery seen in the Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicle (M&HCV) segment. Drawing attention to the growth in domestic tyre demand by 10 to 12 per cent during 2014-15, supported by 7 to 7.5 per cent growth in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) segment, and a 12 to 15 per cent growth in the replacement segment, ICRA analysts claimed that the demand growth was partly affected by the sharp rise in tyre imports (up 19 per cent YoY) and falling exports (down 3 to 6 per cent YoY) in 2014-15. While the recovery in M&HCV segment is expected to continue, stability in passenger vehicle segment and strong prospects for the scooter segment are also expected to drive tyre industry growth during FY16. Expecting domestic tyre demand growth in the region of 4 to 8 per cent over the next three financial years, ICRA analysts reasoned that export challenges are due to subdued global demand conditions. They also drew attention to profit margins reaching all-time highs in the recent quarter ending March 2015 as softer Natural Rubber (NR) and crude oil prices continued to favour the domestic tyre industry during 2014-15. Many tyre companies invested in capex to stay competitive and achieve product diversification. Companies are expected to continue investing, converting under utilised bias-ply capacities to radials and speciality tyres. Some correction in profit margins is expected in favour of a sustainable long-term conduct with contraction in NR supply gap (due to higher consumption) and demand driven inflation.

JCB introduces the latest telematics technology “Livelink” in its range of machines

JCB India Ltd., India’s leading manufacturer of construction equipment unveiled JCB Livelink –an innovative technology which allows the user to remotely monitor the machine.

“JCB Livelink is a feature which has the potential to change the way Indian Construction Machinery Customer operates. JCB Livelink is an advanced telematics system which provides information on Service, Operation and Security of machines. The manufacturers, customers and dealers will now have a better control on their equipment usage.” said Mr. VipinSondhi, Managing Director & CEO, JCB India Ltd.

JCB Livelink provides alerts on real time location, maintenance alerts, machine and fleet hours etc. putting the user in entire control of the machine from any location. It can assist in ensuring that the machines are operated at correct times and helps to protect them from theft.

The following Livelink elements are the key to maximize the machine productivity:

  • Service – Accurate Hours Monitoring leads to improved maintenance planning as machines can be maintainedat the most convenient time for your operation
  • Operation – The Fuel Reporting System enables operators to see actual fuel consumption, improving control of fuel stocks and planning of fuel orders
  • Security – enables the user to track the location and also receive the tow away alerts
  • Remotely monitor machine health for any malfunction
  • Identify and remove wasteful idle time, improving utilization and cutting fuel costs

The user can monitor the machine through SMS, Email or by visiting the JCB Livelink



Tata Motors inaugurates new CV dealership at Pune

Tata Motors has appointed a new commercial vehicle dealer at Pune called Excel Vehicles. Situated at Tathawade (on Pune-Bangalore highway), the dealer will provide sales, service and spares (3s) under one roof. One of the six dealerships that will come up in this fiscal, the dealership has 24 workshop bays, and is staffed by professionally trained technicians. It has the capacity to handle 100 vehicles a day, and is equipped with amenities like dedicated express service bays, overnight driver and technicians’ rest rooms, environmental friendly water conversation equipment treatment plant (ETP), Wi-Fi connectivity, electronic and bio-metric attendance systems, service parking and specialised reserved vehicle display areas. Apart from the Tathawade facility, Excel Vehicles is also in the process of starting another 3s facility for Tata’s SCVs (Small Commercial Vehicles) at Tathawade as well as Loni. Loni is near Chakan on the Pune-Nashik highway. Averred R. Ramakrishnan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, “With an understanding of the retail distribution business, after-sales services, customer care and new markets, across sectors, we are happy to have on board Excel Vehicles, a leading player in the automobile retail business here in Pune.” Ajay Garg, CEO and Director, Excel Vehicles, said “We at Excel Vehicles would offer all the products and solutions available in the Tata Motors commercial vehicle range, with highly skilled, trained and qualified professionals working for our organisation.” For the record, the entire sales team at this dealership has been trained under Tata Motors’ ‘Drona’ training module.b2ea1c9e-cfde-46ec-8b4f-16d83c98a531_LstSmallImg

Tata Motors to commence a new Full Range Commercial Vehicle Dealership with Prerana Motors Regio

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Tata Motors India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, today inaugurated a new dealership with PRERANA MOTORS REGIO, by establishing a state-of-the-art commercial vehicle 3S facility in Tumkur, providing customers with a complete experience of Sales, Service and Spares, all under one roof.  Two more 3S facilities are developed in Davangere and Chitradurga, with each of these facilities strategically located, ably managed by highly trained manpower and sophisticated tools and equipment for faster turnaround. While the Tumkur facility is spread over 6,800 Square Meters, the facility in Davangere is spread over 7,500 Square Meters, with the yet to be opened Chitradurga facility, being 4,000 Square Meters.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Mukund Krishnamurthy, Regional Manager – South, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said “With an aggressive plan, we at Tata Motors are delighted to partner PRERANA MOTORS REGIO to ensure a robust and comprehensive experience for our customers here in Karnataka, ably supported by three new 3S facilities. Through initiatives like this, we hope to proactively take steps, for better delivery of our products and services, not only in Karnataka, but across the country, based on Tata Motors customer centric approach of better anticipating customer requirements. With well-planned facilities, complementing an unmatched commercial vehicles range, we are better placed at building strong, lasting relationships with our customers.”
Mr Premanand Shenoy, Managing Director, Prerana Motors Regio, “Having been associated with Tata Motors for over 25 years, we at Prerana Motors are happy to extend our partnership with the opening of three more state-of-the-art facilities here in Karnataka. With a staff of over 1600 people, operating from over 70 locations, we at Prerana Motors are geared-up to offer all-inclusive services of sales, after-sales and spare parts, all under one roof, with highly trained personnel, ensuring superior levels of customer service. With these new introductions, we hope to grow the Tata Motors brand name here, ensuring effective services for the ever discerning customer.”
Having recently celebrated 60 years of truck manufacturing at its first manufacturing and engineering facility in Jamshedpur, Tata Motors is the leader in the Indian commercial vehicle space, with the most comprehensive line-up of commercial vehicles, ranging from the 0.5 tonne Magic Iris and Ace Zip to the 49 tonne PRIMA Heavy Commercial Vehicle, including a defence range.
This new showroom in Tumkur, offers a contemporary-styled, single-point hub for Sales, Service and Spare Parts and is spacious, for a comfortable buying experience. The service facility can attend up to 50 vehicles a day, with about 22 bays.
At this new dealership, customers can also avail of Tata Motors innovative service offerings for its medium & heavy commercial vehicle range like Tata Alert, Tata Fleetman, Triple Benefit Insurance, Tata Motors 4 year warranty and Extended Service Intervals. Furthermore customers can also avail of financing options, loyalty programs, including full service contracts for an enhanced service experience. The dealership is equipped with mobile workshops for 24X7 customer support.
To ensure best service experience, the entire sales team at these new facilities is be trained under Tata Motors coveted DRONA training module, which comprises of rich training content rendered by specialists.

Veerangana Express with eight Tata Magic IRIS, commences in Gwalior

Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer has partnered with LaxmibaiMahilaNagrikSahakari Bank and SGS Motorsin Gwalior to launch the Veerangana Express – an affordable, comfortable, convenient and safe cab service for women, by womenin Gwalior. The Veerangana Express will use Tata Motors’ most acclaimed last mile passenger transport solution – the Tata Magic IRIS, a stylish, safe and comfortable alternative for commuters who depend on three-wheelers.
The Veerangana Express cab service managed by a group of Ladies, will plywithin Municipal limits in Gwalior. This programme has been funded by LaxmibaiMahilaSahakari Bank and is being supported by the District Collector and Transport Department. This serviceis being assisted by the District Industrial center by way of 30% subsidy (on-road price) under “MukhyaMantriSwarojgarYojana” which is an initiative by the Hon. Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh.
Speaking on this initiative,Mr. K Sanjeeva Rao, Ragional Sales Manager, SCV- Passenger, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, “We are delighted to associate with Veerangana Express, a uniquecustomer focused service aimed at supporting women commuters by women operators with one of our best solutions in last mile public transport-the Tata Magic IRIS. It will not only provide a safe, comfortable and convenient commuting option for all women customers but with its car-like easy driving dynamics, women will find it very easy to maneovour. It comes with several features and offers best-in-class operator economics, thus generating high savings and profits for the vehicle owners.”
Mrs. Alka Srivastava, Founder, LaxmibaiMahilaNagrikSahakari Bank, said,“Women Empowerment has been our organisation’s sole focus and through ‘Veerangana Express’ we will come closer to our vision of seeing more self-independent women in our society. We are glad that all government authorities and Tata Motors through its channel partner, SGS, Motors, are supporting this initiative. We hope the Veerangana Pink Cabs, which is for the women, by the women, will further encourage women, without having to worry about their commuting woes. Mrs. Alka Srivastava also spoke about the GPS (Vehicle tracking system) feature available in the Veerangana Express, which makes the women commuting safer in comparison to other vehicles in auto-rickshaw category.
VeeranganaExpress has been provided auto-rickshaw permits by Transport Department on girls school & college, girls hosteletc., within Municipal limits in Gwalior. Initially, total of eight, diesel-powered, Tata Magic IRIS auto-rickshaws have been introduced under this scheme which is expected to increase over a period of time. These auto-rickshaws, pink and white in colour, will be driven by women drivers, trained by M/S SGS Motors, an authorised dealer of Tata Motors as per the guidelines of Bank and District Administration.
Tata Motors has also partnered with a customer in Bhopal to run a similar service called, Shakti Express with 10 Tata Magic IRIS. The Company is also in discussion with Authorities in Indore to introduce this vehicle, under the programme, Ahilya Express service.b1bfc756-b8fa-4360-ba4a-a136c3da379d_TempSmall

Tata Motors awarded contract for 1239 nos. of 6 X 6 high-mobility multi-axle vehicles, from the Indian Army

Tata Motors has bagged an order to supply around 1200 nos. of its high-mobility 6X6 multi-axle trucks, from the Indian Army – the single largest order awarded to an Indian private OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in land systems under the DPP by the Indian army. The order for 6X6 vehicles is for ‘Material Handling Cranes’ for the loading-unloading and transportation of ammunition pallets, spares and other operational equipment.


Developed indigenously, the Tata 6X6 high mobility all-terrain all-wheel drive vehicle, has completed a total trial duration of 25 months, demonstrating maximum performance in the most demanding conditions. Designed to cope with extreme on or off-road loads, these vehicle have gone through trials like water-fording, on cross country terrains and plains and at VRDE’s (Vehicle Research & Development Establishment) torture track.


The Tata 6X6 is designed for easy operability. The vehicle is easy to maintain, due to accessibility to its aggregates. The vehicle is fitted with central tire inflation system (CTIS) for mobility in soft sand desert conditions. The CTIS allows the driver to adjust the tyre pressure from his seat. The system provides the vehicle with better traction on different types of surfaces, especially when carrying vital and heavy loads. The Self-Recovery Winch assists in extraction of the vehicle (including other vehicles in the convoy) during operations. The vehicles cabin is modular with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and is fully-ready for up-armoring. High ground clearance enables better negotiation of gradients, sand dunes, off-road terrains, trenches with higher water & mud fording capabilities, whilst carrying designated military payloads. The vehicle is also capable of achieving sustained speeds of 40 kmph, on severe cross country terrains.


Mr. Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, “We at Tata Motors are extremely proud to have bagged the single largest order, among Indian OEM’s from the Indian army, for the most technologically advanced High Mobility Load Carrier system ever built here in India. The order is a validation of our strategy and growth potential, for our durable and extensive range of defence vehicles, designed and developed with our evolving customers, including that of security forces across the world. As leading suppliers of mobility solutions to the country’s security forces, we will shortly commence delivery of these high-mobility vehicles”.


The Tata Motors 6X6 High-Mobility MAV can be customised for a wide range of applications such as –


  • CGT (Common Gun Tower)
  • MBRL (Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher)
  • MFU (Missile Firing Unit)
  • MSV (Missile Service Vehicle)
  • FSV (Field Service Vehicle)
  • SRSAM (Short Range Surface to Air Missile)
  • QRSAM (Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile) vehicle
  • LLQRM (Low Level Quick Reaction Missile) vehicle
  • MRV (Medium Recovery Vehicle)

Tata Motors offers its defence customers with a wide range of vehicles, in the light, medium and heavy category, having created a focused division to design and develop defence technologies and products, at its manufacturing facilities in Jamshedpur and Pune. Tata Motors also has a dedicated service team and network for defence products, across the length and breadth of the country. Through HORIZONEXT, Tata Motors four-pronged customer-focused strategy, we have adopted a customer centric approach in the design and development of our mobile defence land solutions, that are reliable, offer optimum usability, and are easily serviceable, with technology at the forefront.




For self-reliance in the area of Combat Vehicles & Engineering, Tata Motors has laid emphasis on the development of Combat Vehicle Technologies and systems, with the aim of empowering our defence forces, with breakthrough technologies. The idea is to ensure high mobility, fire power and protection to troops during military operations, with world-class Armoured Fighting Vehicles. Hence Tata Motors is strategically moving from a logistics support provider, to a combat vehicle player.


In combat vehicles, Tata Motors has designed and developed indigenously, the Wheeled Armored Platform (WHAP), an Indian Armoured Personnel Carrier, designed for optimized survivability, all terrain performance and increased lethality. Tata Motors has also developed a Light Armoured Multi-role Vehicle (LAMV), a reconnaissance vehicle, combining vital operational pre requisites of mobility, protection and firepower. Equipped with modern observation, surveillance and communication equipment, the vehicle will provide our armed forces with a technological edge necessary to achieve superiority on the battlefield.