Pretoria, March 12, 2018: Tata Motors South Africa (Pty.) Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, today rolled out the 5000th Commercial Vehicle from its automobile assembly facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria. The Tata Prima Tipper 2528.K, was handed over to the customer at a grand ceremony held here, today.
The event inaugurated by Her Excellency Madam Ruchira Kamboj, the High Commissioner of India to South Africa, marks yet another milestone in Tata Motors’ journey in the country. During the event, an entire range of trucks from Tata Motors, including the recently launched Ultra platform, was showcased.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Rudrarup Maitra, Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, International Business, Tata Motors, said, “This milestone of the 5000th truck roll-out from Tata Motors’ state-of-the-art facility in Rosslyn, is testament to our successful journey in South Africa. We sincerely thank each employee for their commitment in making this aspiration a reality. With the introduction of our new generation platforms like the Prima and the Ultra, we are reiterating our commitment to the country and investing to be a part of its future. It is quite befitting that Tata Motors South Africa has achieved this important landmark in the year when the Tata Group is celebrating its 150th anniversary since its establishment.”
Mr. Len Brand, Executive Director & Head Distribution Vertical of Tata Africa Holdings, said, “As the distribution partner of Tata Motors in Africa, this is a proud moment for us. From starting operations in Zambia in 1977 to having setups across 12 African countries, we have been an integral part of the Africa’s growth story. We look forward to achieving further milestones along with Tata Motors by investing in the continent.”
Mr. Pranab Ghosh, CEO, Tata Motors (SA) said, “We are proud and humbled to celebrate the 5000th vehicle rollout from our plant today. This feat has been enabled because of the combined effort and commitment of all employees of the plant. We hope to complete the roll-out of the 10000th vehicle in half the time by expanding our footprints to the neighboring countries, as well. Moreover, as is the tradition at the Tata Group, we are working towards developing the local community and empowering them through skill development.”
The ISO 9001/2015 certified vehicle assembly plant, in Rosslyn, is capable of assembling vehicles from 8 to 49 tons payload, across various wheel base range from 3800 mm to 5200 mm. Currently employing around 70 people, the facility has started exporting to Mozambique & Zimbabwe, and is looking to expand its operations by exporting to other neighboring countries in the region. In continuation of the Tata Group tradition of empowering the local community, the plant has carried out various skill development programs for its employees. Furthermore, the company is also exploring an association with the Automotive Industries Development Council (AIDC) for skill development initiatives to help develop employability potential in the local community.
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