Honda Rajasthan Plant
We witness detailed processes of car manufacturing at Honda’s Tapukara plant
Right from the forging of engine camshafts to the final quality check of a complete Honda, the Tapukara facility can do it all. Not only does it cater to the domestic market, the Rajasthan facility churns out huge volumes of car sets for the export market as well. Honda’s first plant in India was set up in 1998 in Greater Noida. The Tapukara plant in Rajasthan is their second factory that commenced operations in 2008. Their installed production capacity is 1,20,000 units per annum on two shift basis that can be expanded to 1,80,000 units per annum as per market demand.
It was the first car manufacturing plant in Rajasthan which is spread over 400 acres of land. The Japanese automaker has made a cumulative investment of Rs. 5441 crores till 31st March 2017. As of now, they have a manpower of 5901 and have produced 3,23,519 cars until May 2017 since the commencement of operations in Tapukara. Honda produces 490 cars every day in this plant and total time taken to produce one car is approximately 20 hours. The current model lineup being produced in this facility is City, WR-V, Jazz and BR-V.
The automated process makes for a peaceful environment
Initially, when Honda had set up the plant in 2008, they only provided body panels and engine components. However, their second phase of operations that commenced in 2014 involves detailed production of vehicles. First up is the forging plant that consists of 35 machines, 9 robots and one massive 4500 tonne press machine that forges multiple billets to camshafts. The forging plant churns out 4255 car sets a day.
Next up are the powertrain lines that include heat treatment area, crankshaft lines and connecting rod lines. Here, they do the finishing of these components before they’re assembled in the engine. Both combined, around 6000 components of these are churned out each day. There are separate lines for cylinder blocks and engine heads that are later put together. There is a separate line for transmission case too and around 2000 units of these are produced each day.