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Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts commences construction of new plant at Bidadi Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Friday, 25 February 2011
Bangalore: Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Pvt Ltd (TKAP) held a groundbreaking ceremony here today to mark the commencement of construction of its new engine plant and the expansion of its existing transmission plant at Bidadi.

At the plant, TKAP plans to produce approximately 100,000 engines per year starting in the third quarter of 2012 and approximately 240,000 transmissions per year starting in early 2013, increasing local content of the made-in-India "Etios" compact car.

The new production at the plant, representing an investment of approximately Rs. 5 billion, was one of the projects cleared by the State High Level Clearance Committee, Government of Karnataka, at its meeting held on the 24-Jan-2011.

"This project will help generate additional employment for more than 500 members at TKAP. It will also additionally, create opportunities for indirect employment in our supplier fraternity. TKAP, an EOU will now contribute towards localization and will get an opportunity to serve customers in India," said Hisashi Suzuki, Managing Director,TKAP.

TKAP currently produces manual transmissions for the "Fortuner" manufactured in India, Thailand and Argentina. It also produces axles and propeller shafts for the "Innova", manufactured in India.

This development is a part  of the unit localization project. The unit localization project for Etios involves setting up a new engine plant and expanding the  existing transmission plant, also an EOU.

Vikram Kirloskar conveyed the key role played by TKAP in the Unit Localization Project for ETIOS car and stated that "Indian operations play a very important role in Toyota’s global strategy. Making of Etios exclusively for the Indian market and the localization of engine and transmission marks an important milestone in the growth of Toyota in India. Production of engines and transmissions for the Etios will further localize parts production.With the production of these critical parts, the localization ratio for Etios, currently around 70%, is expected to cross 90%."

The existing TKAP plant at Bidadi employs approximately 800 people and  produces Front and rear axles (52,000 units/year); propeller shafts (52,000 units/year); R type manual transmissions (170,000 units/year)

Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Pvt Ltd (TKAP) is a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan (TMC), Toyota Industries Corporation, Japan (TICO) and Kirloskar Systems Limited, Bangalore.

The ceremony was held at its current plant at Bidadi, on the outskirts of Bangalore. Hisashi Suzuki, Managing Director,TKAP unveiled the foundation stone in the presence of V P Baligar, Principal Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industry and Takahiro Iwase, Senior Managing Director, TMC and Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, TKM.

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