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Bend it like Hyundai: 652 robots, global tech for Indian cars, and the art of devising flexibility

One out of six Hyundai cars worldwide are made in Chennai. On a single assembly line, it can make diesel and petrol engines simultaneously. Then there is a robust communication system to keep the supply chain up to speed and an in-house Industry 4.0 solution. Second part of a series on how companies improve their operational efficiency to stay ahead.
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Hyundai India's Chennai plant; image credit: courtesy of Hyundai India
Hyundai India's Chennai plant; image credit: courtesy of Hyundai India
The relief in Tarun Garg’s voice was evident as Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) recently revealed its August numbers – there was 19.9% rise in domestic sales at 45,809 units, against 38,205 units in the same period last year. “Good response to the all-new Creta, Verna, Tucson, Nios, Aura, and recently launched India’s First iMT powertrain – Hyundai Venue, has resulted
close coordination. They are connected to the automaker’s production system through Intranet. As soon as production of a model starts, the relevant sub-assemblies are made by the vendor, saving inventory-carrying costs. Clearly, Hyundai has found an answer to automobile’s one of the most critical puzzles – keeping the supply chain up to speed. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
The relief in Tarun Garg’s voice was evident as Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) recently revealed its August numbers – there was 19.9% rise in domestic sales at 45,809 units, against 38,205 units in the same period last year. “Good response to the all-new Creta, Verna, Tucson, Nios, Aura, and recently launched India’s First iMT powertrain – Hyundai Venue, has resulted close coordination. They are connected to the automaker’s production system through Intranet. As soon as production of a model starts, the relevant sub-assemblies are made by the vendor, saving inventory-carrying costs. Clearly, Hyundai has found an answer to automobile’s one of the most critical puzzles – keeping the supply chain up to speed. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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