There has been a massive boom in the automotive industry in India with the country emerging as one of the largest vehicle markets globally. The changing landscape is largely a result of the increasing disposable income, extended government focus to facilitate long term growth, and most importantly on making India a manufacturing hub. In this regard, aluminium components will play a key role in supporting OEMs to meet their consumers' expectations. This is why capacity expansion is a major goal of Sundaram-Clayton Ltd. (SCL), a member of the TVS Group. The company is currently aiming for the light-weighting of their customers' vehicles, both with R&D capability and a responsive supply chain.
New foundry inaugurated
To facilitate the growth of the auto component market, Sundaram-Clayton Ltd has recently inaugurated its new foundry at Oragadam, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu on 11th October. The new facility was inaugurated by Mr. Young Key Koo, Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai Motor India Limited. The Oragadam plant has been set up with an investment of over Rs. 150 Crores. This major capacity expansion aims to meet the rapidly growing demand for its products from the automotive industry and will primarily serve Hyundai Motor India Limited. With a capacity of 8000 tonnes, the plant will produce machined castings ranging from 1.9 kgs to 7.2 kgs
Catering to automotive needs
As a leading manufacturer of ma chined aluminium castings, SCL produces more than 50,000 tonnes of castings annually for the passenger car, commercial vehicle and two-wheeler segments, supplying to key customers like Hyundai Motor Company India Ltd., Cummins, Volvo, Daimler, PACCAR, BMW, Honda, Ford, HANON, WABCO, ZF and TVS Motor Company. SCL is known for its industry leading quality practices and its best practices in manufacturing, driven by Total Quality Management (TQM), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and lean manufacturing.
Enabling enhanced consumer convenience
"At SCL we are committed to work as closely with the customer as possible,'' said Dr. Lakshmi Venu, the Joint Managing Director of SCL. "This facility reinforces our drive to serve our customers by cutting down supply times because of the proximity to their factories and gives us a competitive edge. This is a critical advantage given the lean inventory management of our customers who want the supply chain to be agile."
SCL is a part of the conglome rate TVS Group, which was established in 1911 in India. The TVS Group operates in multiple geographies and in various sectors worldwide ranging from automotive components and two-wheelers to finance and logistics.
Supporting passenger car, commercial vehicle and two-wheeler industries in India and globally.
Over the years, SCL has been a leading manufacturer of machined aluminum die-castings, producing over 50,000 tonnes of castings for the passenger car, commercial vehicle and twowheeler industries in India and globally.
SCL currently has facilities in Padi, Oragadam and Mahindra World City near Chennai, and one plant in Hosur, producing a turnover of over Rs. 1767 crores in 2017-18. Its key customers include Hyundai Motor Company India Ltd., Cummins, Volvo, Daimler, PACCAR, BMW, Honda, Ford, HANON, WABCO, ZF and TVS Motor Company.