Hero MotoCorp has attained yet another milestone, this time at its Haridwar manufacturing facility. The company has surpassed 25 million (2.5 crore) units in cumulative production here.
Hero MotoCorp Haridwar facility is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturing plant with an installed capacity to produce 9,500 vehicles per day. Commissioned in April 2008 the feat has taken just 11 years of operation, which is an industry record.
Vikram Kasbekar, Executive Director (Operations) and Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp said, “This is a significant milestone for not just our Haridwar manufacturing plant, but also the entire organization.
The manufacturing practices that we follow at Hero MotoCorp have always set new benchmarks in the industry. The production of 25 million two-wheelers at our Haridwar plant in such a short period of time since its commencement of operation bears testimony to the dedication and competency of the team. We are grateful to all our valued customers, partners, investors, the state government of Uttarakhand and all other stakeholders for their continued support and faith in us.”
Hero Haridwar manufacturing facility sustains the world’s largest green-roof, spread over 4500 sq. mtr. It’s green economy game is strong with production of 1.95 MW of solar power, zero liquid discharge, and a lake for rain water harvesting. The plant manufcatures HF Deluxe, Splendor+, Splendor iSmart 110, Passion Pro and Passion 110. 75 percent (in value) of parts are sourced from industries within Uttarakhand.
Globally, Hero MotoCorp operates seven manufacturing facilities – five in India (Gurugram and Dharuhera in Haryana, Neemrana in Rajasthan, Halol in Gujarat and Haridwar), and one each in Bangladesh and Colombia. An eighth manufacturing facility is being setup in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. At present, combined installed annual production capacity is at around nine million units (90 lakh) per annum.
For the quarter gone by, Hero has said its retail sales for the festive season have been quite steady, keeping in mind new launches, and innovative schemes for customers. The company launched five new products – including three new premium motorcycles and two scooters in the first five months of FY20. In the backdrop of slowdown, manufacturers have had to rethink strategy and have held back on new product launches and investments. Hero says initial response to XPulse twins, Xtreme 200S, Maestro Edge 125 FI and Pleasure+ 110 scooter has been quite encouraging.