We took a tour of the Hyundai Motor’s car manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai to witness the manufacturing process live. The Korean auto giant has invested more than 2.7 billion US$ along with vendor investment of 1.2 billion US$ in Tamil Nadu, becoming the largest investor in the region.
The Chennai plant in present times is an example of highest level of development with advance production process, quality and testing know-how. Scattered over an area of 535 acres, the two production plant inside the facility are capable of producing 6,80,000 units where Plant 1 produces 3,30,000 units while other manages 3,50,000 units annually. Both the plant together has a workforce of 9,500 people.
The global brand value of the company has reached at 9 billion US$ while the current growth rate is estimated at around 20.5%. For the past eight years in a row, Hyundai Motors India Limited has been the no.1 exporter. In FY 2013, Hyundai managed to sell 3,80,000 units in the domestic market while exporting 1,10,000 units. In first quarter of 2014, Hyundai sold a total of 1,37,661 vehicles while export figures were 56,187 units in the same time-span.
There are 119 Korean and Indian vendors working with the company which forms the 66 percent of the total component supply chain. The remaining 34 percent components are produced by the company itself. Out of 119 companies, 42 are Korean vendors which are responsible for providing engine parts, body parts, headlamps, AC and seats. The rest 77 are Indian vendors who provides battery, muffler, steel wheel, accelerator and the alternator for the vehicles.
Being one of the largest autos manufacturing plant in India, the Chennai Hyundai plant has an eco-friendly environment which focuses on conserving resources and reducing pollution level as much as possible. It recycles 100 percent of the waste water and the treated water is reused for other processes in the plant. The treated sewage water is utilized in the landscape. Moreover, the leftover paint sludge is processed once again and is sent to cement industries for co-processing. The eco-friendly nature is best seen on the 56 acre green belt where rain water harvesting is done on a mass scale with a collection of 2.75 lakh kilo liters of water via 4 ponds. The green belt area has lawn, flowering shrubs, a large cluster of 20,666 trees and about 35,000 saplings. Furthermore, the wood that is left over by