Broadly speaking, the commercial automotive industry is involved with the manufacturing of motors vehicles and related components, such as engines and bodies. Since its arrival on the scene in the late 1860s, when a certain number of manufacturers pioneered it with a horseless carriage, the automotive industry has surely come a long way since then.

This industry started to make its presence felt in India in the 1940s and following the country’s independence in 1947, the Government of India and the private sector initiated efforts to create an automotive-component manufacturing industry for unhindered supply to the automobile industry. In 1953, an import substitution program was launched, and the import of fully built-up cars began to be restricted that allowed local manufacturing to flourish.

In the 90s, automobile production and sales picked up with fervor and automobile became a primary mode of transit. Since then, India has become a hub of automotive and its progress is closely watched globally. With large companies such as GM, Volkswagen, M&M, Tata Motors, Force Motors, Mercedes-Benz, JCB, Cummins Engines, Kirloskar Oil Engines, Fiat, Bridgestone, Hyundai Construction Equipment, Bharat Forge, etc. becoming household names, and with a plethora of Tier-1 and Tier-2 suppliers, together with institutes like Automotive Research Association Of India (ARAI), becoming the building blocks of a strong automotive ecosystem, India quickly raced to the 5th position in the global rankings of automotive manufacturing. With a significant GDP growth and improving the road infrastructure, and an adaptive ‘Glocal’ (global and local), approach to manufacturing, wherein technology is a strong underpinning, India stands out as one of the most promising regions globally.

Trimble has aced the race for a long time now with our ‘Glocal’ approach. With the transportation and logistics business located in Pune; which is one of the largest hubs for the automotive industry in India, Trimble gets the advantage of having close communication and understanding of the industry requirements, which includes the tracking and fleet utilization (that in turns leads to cost control and JIT deliveries of products). Watch this space for more in the days ahead!

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