Gurgaon has become a nightmare for Suzuki as the company continues to face troubles from the labor unions.
The company has already decided to open a plant in Gujarat. This is probably just the beginning of the end of Maruti’s presence in the city of Gurgaon.
Maruti has indicated that they hope to start production at their Gujarat plant by 2015.
They have also restarted production at their plant in Manesar which has been the primary spot of trouble with labor. Maruti is taking it slow right now manufacturing only a few units per day hoping for things to smoothen out in the near future.
The company indicated that the latest round of problems with labor unions have already cost them production of 30,000 units.
This include some of their best-selling models like the Suzuki DZire which has a long waiting list in the market.
We have already seen US President Barack Obama and other dignitaries hanging out with common people on Google Plus.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi would join the list later this month.
The official website of Narendra Modi announced that they would be organizing a Google+ Hangout on August 31.
Interesting folks are being asked to submit their questions and queries.
The announcement said:
The Google+ Hangout with Shri Narendra Modi is scheduled to happen on 31st August 2012, the 5th Friday of August 2012. This initiative is organized by the Vivekananda Cell, Sports, Youth & Cultural Activities Department, Gujarat & Google is the official partner of this initiative.
Maruti Suzuki India has announced that they are planning to invest around Rs. 4000 on their new plant in the state of Gujarat.
The company said:
This land purchase by the company is in line with long term management view on expansion of its manufacturing facilities in India to meet future market demand.
Maruti already has two manufacturing units in Gurgaon and Manesar. This new plant would initially have a manufacturing capacity of 2.5 lakh units per annum. Maruti aims to expand the production in a phased manner. With this the company would totally have a capacity of 20 lakh units per year.
This one is going to hurt Haryana tax collection a lot.
Maruti Suzuki India has revealed plans to gradually move their car production facilities from Gurgaon to Gujarat.
The company aims to convert their plant in India from car manufacturing to engine manufacturing.
Maruti said: “Gurgaon is just too congested to have a car assembly plant. It’s no longer an industrial area … with residential and corporate offices coming up; the massive traffic movement due to large-scale manufacturing of cars often creates huge hindrances. Based on the observations of Osamu Suzuki, chairman of Suzuki Motor Corp (Maruti’s parent company), we plan to gradually convert it into an engine and components-making hub.”
Tata was also forced to abandon their manufacturing plant in West Bengal and they also decided to move to Gujarat.
Hero Honda planning their fourth manufacturing unit in India
Hero Honda already has three operational plants in India. They are now working on details for a fourth one.
Industry sources say that the company is considering locations in Gujarat and Karnataka for this new plant.
The company said: “For 2012-13, we will certainly need a fourth plant. In the next few weeks or months, we will be talking about the fourth plant. We will announce everything when the final decision is taken… We are in the final stages of the process.”
Hero Honda is also in the process of renaming the company Hero MotoCorp.
Dhanji Damor: Latest victim of a knockoff phone made in China
Here is good reason for not buying cheap knockoff phones manufactured in Chinese factories…
An individual named Dhanji Damor based in Panchmahal district of Gujarat, India suffered a major electrical shock while using a phone on charging.
The shock was so severe that he had to be taken to the hospital. Doctors pronounced him dead due to electrocution.
There is very little regulation that checks for safety on these smuggled Chinese mobile phones. We have seen similar incidents in the past where people suffered burns and even death while using knockoffs of popular mobile models.
Saving a couple of thousand rupees is not really worth it. Buy a genuine branded mobile phone. It is definitely worth the extra money you pay for it.
Maruti Suzuki India considering establishing a manufacturing unit in Gujarat
Maruti Suzuki India is the largest automaker in the Indian market. The company has all of their manufacturing units located in the state of Haryana.
But this could soon change. The company is considering establishing their latest unit in the state of Gujarat.
A Gujarat government representative spoke about their ongoing talks with Maruti: “So far three rounds of talks have taken place between the two parties. We have offered them land at three different locations in the state.”
Sources say that Maruti has been given options to pick a location from Sanand, Halol and Dholera.
Haryana government on the other hand seems to be totally unaware of these talks.
Tata Nano can be purchased in more cities on immediate basis
Tata continues to expand the availability of their small car Nano in more cities.
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are the new states where Nano is now available off the shelf.
It is already available on sale in these markets: Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
The company said: “Customers in these states that have not booked a Nano so far can now purchase the Nano directly from showrooms.”
Tata is working with a variety of financial institutions to offer quick loans to customers looking to buy a Nano to make the purchase even more easy.
BSNL finally accepting bill payments through credit cards
BSNL has announced a new initiative which would allow customers to pay their bills online using credit cards.
The company said that this Billpay service is currently available in limited regions: Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
They aim to expand it to other markets in the coming months.
Interested customers would have to make a one time registration to activate their credit cards on the BSNL system and they can then pay all their bills online.
The company is also working on other modes of payments to make bill paying an easy task for their customers.
Tata Nano price hike could be announced later this year
Tata Motors has finally started manufacturing Nano at their new plant in Sanand.
The company is expected to start offering Nano from their showroom in a couple of months.
However, it might come with an increased price tag as the company could no longer afford to sell them at the originally stated price.
Tata had promised that the initial one lakh customers would pay the original price they had promised.
After they go through the initial bookings, Tata is likely to hike the price of the Nano small car.
Industry insiders believe that the price hike could range between Rs. 5000-15000 depending upon the variant.