SANAND, India — When Ford began construction of the US$1 billion assembly plant in Sanand, India, the Vehicle Operations Manufacturing team showed true One Ford spirit.
When sourcing the conveyor supplier for the Trim, Chassis, and Final area of the Sanand plant, the VOME team, led by Rajapandian Vinayagam, chose to leverage the experience gained from the recent Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) project.
At FTM, the conveyor project was won by Hyundai Rotem, a South Korean conveyor supplier.
While Rotem have significant experience working with other manufacturers in Asia Pacific, the company had never worked with Ford in this region before. Despite this, the Rotem team did an outstanding job at FTM, meeting all deadlines and producing excellent-quality facilities.
“Rotem did an excellent job here in FTM. Their team was very professional and hard-working. Their facility designs were very robust, and the quality of their workmanship exceeded our expectations,” said Senthil Murugan, Facilities Manager, VOME-FAE
Based on this feedback, and the desire to use the experience and lessons learned from the FTM project, it was decided to source the Ford India Sanand conveyors with Rotem – as long as Rotem’s price was within budget.
Despite the inevitable increases in raw material costs in the two years since the FTM project was awarded, Rotem maintained their cost structure for the Sanand conveyors, and were awarded the contract in February this year. Design work for the several kilometres of conveyors has kicked off in earnest, using many of the same designs that were used successfully in FTM.
“It makes our job a lot easier working with a team that understands the Ford disciplines and requirements,” said Rajapandian. “We are looking forward to continuing our constructive relationship with Rotem, and we’re enjoying working with a team that embodies the Go Further attitude!”
Rotem Min Sunkyoo, Project Manager described the opportunity as “a great chance and honour for us to work for Ford, a world renowned automotive company with a distinguished history. We have faced many kinds of difficulties and challenges – sometimes expected, sometimes not expected – but we have overcome and are still overcoming them under the help of Ford,” he said.
Senthil Murugan, Facilities Manager, VOME-FAE, was full of praise for the job South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem did at FTM, with the quality of their workmanship exceeding expectations.
The VOME team, led by Rajapandian Vinayagam, is looking forward to continuing its constructive relationship with Rotem.