Some time back, we were invited by Honda for a visit to their Tapukara plant in Alwar, Rajasthan. This is the second manufacturing plant of Honda in India after their first plant in Greater Noida. The plant is operational since 2008 and in the initial phase only body panels and engine components were manufactured here. From 2014, the phase II started and that is when Honda started assembly lines for their cars here. Currently Honda uses Tapukara plant for manufacturing of City, WR-V, Jazz and BR-V models. The Tapukara plant is spread over 400acre and has a total manpower of 5901.
As of now, the plant produces 490 cars daily with an annual production capacity of 120,000 in two shifts. This production can be increased to 180,000 depending upon the market demand. Within a time span of around 3 years since its phase II operations, Honda has manufactured 323519 cars at this plant. This plant has major key functions such as forging, engine components, press shop, weld shop, paint shop, plastic moulding, engine assembly, frame assembly etc. The plant is also equipped with global standard testing facilities.
Not only this, the Tapukara is the largest diesel engine manufacturing plant of Honda globally as it produces around 1.8 lakh engines annually. Honda uses this plant to export diesel engines as well and in future, this plant is set to produce the more powerful 1.6L diesel engine which will power the upcoming models of Honda which includes Civic, CR-V, Accord. The Tapukara plant is also the largest manufacturer of Manual transmission and export hub for Honda globally. The visit helped us to know in detail all the qualitative measures which are taken to manufacture every Honda car and surely it seems Honda does not compromise on quality and is a major contributor to the make in India initiative.