Toyota India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) in the country. The Japanese brand's training arm Toyota Learning and Development India (TLDI) will share its best practices like people development and lean management principles with the industry members of ACMA. It will be beneficial to all the stakeholders including employees, suppliers, and industry peers to help them achieve their fullest potential in the ever-evolving skilling landscape.
Toyota will start 131 training programs focusing on principles of lean manufacturing, automobile and electrified vehicle technologies, industrial safety, environmental management systems, quality and supply chain management and trades such as automobile welding, car painting, mechatronics, automation and robotics. They will be conducted either at the manufacturing plant of Toyota or at the premises of the ACMA member companies. It will deploy trainers who are certified by the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan and Toyota’s Asia-Pacific Global Production Center (AP-GPC), Thailand. For those asking, ACMA is the apex body, representing the Indian Auto Component Industry.
Commenting on the joint initiative, Mr. Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA, said, “The MoU between ACMA and Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) for people’s development is a step in the right direction to prepare our human resources for the future. It will not only benefit ACMA member companies but will also help India to become a world-class automotive manufacturing hub through the deployment of efficient, agile, and best-in-class practices. Further, the pandemic has led to realigning the shop floors to ensure sustainable manufacturing with safety. Auto components manufacturers who will undergo skilling under this joint TKM-ACMA initiative, will be endowed with skills and knowledge for creating a manufacturing ecosystem that can overcome the challenges of disruptions and ensure business continuity.”