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Toyota Kirloskar Motor Inaugurates its 20th Center of Excellence at Udupi, Karnataka

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Emphasizing its commitment towards the creation of a world-class skill pool including nurturing a mind-set for excellence in quality, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the setting up of a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Nitte Mahalinga Adyantaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT), Udupi, its 20th CoE in the State of Karnataka. Aimed at offering the students hands on experience about engines and powertrains and its functioning, the center will also provide the students with the opportunity to learn about advanced technologies and its applications thereby providing the much-needed practical exposure and knowledge enhancement.

The inauguration was graced by Shri. N. Vinaya Hegde, Chancellor,  Dr. M.S Moodithaya, Pro- Vice Chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University) and Dr. Niranjan N. Chiplunkar, Principal, NMAMIT and Mr. Sudeep S Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Director & Chief Communication Officer, TKM along with other senior officials.

Drawing inspiration from Toyota’s aim of enhancing skill-levels of students and provide trained and competent work force for the automotive industry through holistic learning, the institute will have a robust curriculum to impart high quality skill education, by providing expert trainers, facilities, and equipment. The CoE set up within the campus will feature a Toyota engine, transmission, and powertrain as cut section and do-it-yourself models.

Commenting on Toyota’s support in developing world-class infrastructure and skill programs, Shri. N. Vinaya Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University) said, “The initiative of Toyota of bridging the gap between industry and academia by providing hands-on experience is highly commendable. A collaboration between a corporate like Toyota and an institute like NMAMIT would be mutually beneficial as both organisations can contribute to the development of newer technologies understanding the current industrial needs. I would like to congratulate Toyota Kirloskar Motor for taking such an initiative to make the current engineering students industry-ready. Nitte management is happy to extend all the support in further strengthening of this collaboration.”

Sharing his thoughts, Mr. Sudeep S Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Director & Chief Communication OfficerTKM said, “As an organization, we understand the emerging skill landscape and the gaps that exist in the formal training. Through this initiative our efforts are to plug the skill gap in the most practical way by giving hands on experience, which in turn will ensure the availability of skilled engineering resources to cater to the needs of the growing auto industry. In addition, the Center of Excellence will aim to foster experiential learning so that students can develop a better understanding of concepts and advanced technologies. We are happy to collaborate with NMAMIT and we hope that through this initiative we can create more learning opportunities for the students.”

Over its 25 years of existence in In India, TKM has been passionate about creating a scalable and sustainable skill initiatives focused to bridge the gap underlying India’s rapidly growing manufacturing sector with evolving technologies and skilled manpower. These efforts also will ensure contribution to the country’s vision of achieving self-reliance through ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’. The company had last year announced Phase II of Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) which involved major enhancement of skilling infrastructure, with a goal to skill a larger number of students from rural backgrounds in advanced automotive technologies, thereby making them industry ready and employable.

Overview of TKM

Equity participationToyota Motor Corporation: 89%, Kirloskar Systems Limited : 11%
Number of employeesApprox. 6,000
Land areaApprox. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacityUp to 3,10,000 units

Overview of TKM 1st Plant:

EstablishedOctober 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
ProductsInnova HyCross , Innova Crysta , Fortuner manufactured in India.
Installed Production capacityUp to 1,00,000 units

Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of ProductionDecember 2010
LocationOn the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
ProductsToyota Camry Hybrid, Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Hilux
Installed Production capacityUp to 2,10,000 units
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