Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has announced the commencement of three-shift operations at its manufacturing facility in Bidadi from the month of May 2023. The third shift has been started to meet the rising demand for its existing portfolio of products and its new launches in 2022.
Toyota said that the third shift operations commencement will boost the plant’s production output by over 30% and will help the company to meet the strong booking numbers for its entire range of product portfolio in the country. The announcement also means that the company will be generating additional employment of close to 25% including that of increased intake from Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), which is the company’s existing skill technical education facility in its Bidadi plant, with a focus to scale-up students’ skill levels on advanced technology by Toyota’s globally certified expert trainers.
Commenting on the company’s recent development, Mr. Sudeep Dalvi, SVP & Chief Communication Officer, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said “We are extremely thrilled to see the market responding very positively to our entire product line-up. As we remain optimistic about the market, our “customer first” philosophy will continue to manifest across all our business decisions – one of which is the start of the third shift operation which is a testimony to the overwhelming response received by our offerings thus enabling us to meet the delivery commitments to our customers. Our Team Members are our biggest asset and we are happy that the third shift brings in new members in to the Toyota family, we have ensured that all our team members feel safe and comfortable in the added shift through a series of welfare measures for overall wellbeing. As we look forward, we remain steadfast in our mission to build ever better and greener cars, contributing to India’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and sustainable mobility. Together, we strive to deliver Mass Happiness to All”.
It is reported that Toyota has an order backlog of over 1,20,000 units, which is highest ever for the carmaker since its inception in the country. The recently launched Innova Hycross MPV commands a waiting period of up to 24-30 months. The brand’s mid-sized SUV, launched in mid-2022, also commands a waiting period of up to 20 months. Both these models are available with petrol and petrol + strong hybrid powertrains.