With Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd. planning expansion of its unit at Belur Industrial Area near Dharwad, more suppliers (vendors) of spare parts in the twin cities are likely to benefit.
Chief Executive Officer of the company Vinay Pathak told presspersons here on Monday that at present, around 130 vendors were supplying spare parts to the company, which was likely to increase in the coming days.
Mr. Pathak admitted that in the initial days, the company faced a problem of getting quality products from local vendors, but it was subsequently solved after the company, in association with District Industries Centre (DIC) and associations of industries, provided the required design, technology and assistance to produce quality goods.
Training for vendors
He said that the company had formed three clusters in Hubli-Dharwad and provided training to vendors so that the products could be improved.
He said that a team of experts from Brazil was also invited to guide the local vendors so that they could improve their standards and directly export their products. The exercise was also aimed at pointing out the lacunae in their system so that they could take remedial steps, he said.
Mr. Pathak said that following the exercise, 23 vendors from across India had been shortlisted. Two vendors from Hubli-Dharwad were among them and now they would be able to export their products directly.
President of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA) Prakash Raikar said that vendors of north Karnataka region, especially Hubli-Dharwad, had benefited a lot, especially with the opening of Tata Marcopolo Motors in Dharwad.