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Expansion with Dispersal

Expansion with Dispersal Hansavivek TATA ENGINEERING AND LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY (TELCO) has received the government's permission to increase overall capacity which will enable it to produce 87,000 vehicles in a year. Steps are being taken to implement the expansion programme. As the company keeps on expanding, it needs to create facilities in other parts of the country. To start with, it proposes to set up operations in UP where it sells a large number of vehicles. Thereafter, it will consider another plant in Karnataka. During the year ended March 1983, Jamshedpur plant produced 27,001 vehicles against 29,064 in the previous year, Production at the Pune plant was marginally higher at 17.253 vehicles against 17,176. Output at both plants could have been substantially higher but for slackening of demand in first eight months of the year. Excavator production increased to 131 machines from 120 in previous year. The company has made its own designs for two models of hydraulic excavators for shovel and back-hoe up- plications, Various alternatives for introducing new technology are being evaluated and a final decision is likely to be taken shortly. The company is considering a proposal to make a substantial increase in capacity for manufacturing earth moving equipment. Availability of power at Jamshedpur was not a major constraint last year, but situation in the current year has worsened. Although 15 MW in-house generating capacity is helping the company face power cuts and sporadic fluctuations, operations are being pampered for want of steady power supply. In order to keep all capital expenditure to the minimum, the company lowered production programmes Of machine tool and production engineering divisions. Number of special purpose machines produced for own use dropped from previous year's 41 to 26 and general purpose machines from 16 to 10. New fourth-generation Burroughs Computer Systems became fully operational both at Jamshedpur and Pune. Not only did they enable the company to onload computer work, which had to be farmed out previously lot want of capacity, hut immediately assisted production and materials managers in bringing down inventories of raw materials and components. The company has applied for a licence to significantly expand and upgrade them. The latest product of the company's design and development activity

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