Tata Motors on Friday said that the company opened its assembly plant in South Africa at Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
The opening was inaugurated by Rob Davies, South Africa’s minister of trade and industry, in the presence of top dignitaries from South Africa and India. The plant is capable to assemble semi knocked-down (SKD) kits, light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles ranging from 4 tons to 50 tons, with an annualized capacity of 3,650 vehicles. The capacity can be further expanded as required.
Built over a period of 18 months, the plant is spread over an area of 34,500 square metres. In line with the latest world-class manufacturing practices, the plant has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment following lean manufacturing principles.
It has built-in flexibilities to assemble large numbers and different variants in mixed mode production, to meet the requirements of the South African market.
The entire capital outlay, encompassing civil and plant engineering work for the facility, has been sourced from and carried out by South African suppliers and companies. In addition, all major equipment, like heavy-duty cranes, inversion mechanisms and paint booth, have also been sourced from South African vendors. The entire workforce of the plant is from South Africa.