Pawan Goenka suggests make-in-India methods for cars, bikes: Aims to reduce China imports

The Mahindra and Mahindra managing director took to Twitter to appeal to SIAM, ACMA and other governing bodies to think over this proposal and perhaps start implementing it.

By:June 22, 2020 2:16 PM

In these trying times, when the anti-China sentiment both on personal as well as professional fronts is rampant, importing Chinese products seems like a harakiri. While it is a not so well-populated fact, however most of our automotive tools or even components are manufactured in China. Sadly enough, there seems to be little or no time to start making these tools here. While we say slogans or become keyboard warriors and raise anti-China awareness, the sad fact remains that we still haven’t been able to boycott products from Beijing. For example, a recent Chinese smartphone that had gone on sale was sold out in less than a couple of hours. How we will remove the dependence on China is something that needs to be analysed at the higher levels. For now, Mahindra and Mahindra MD, Pawan Goenka tweeted that if all auto OEMs and tier 1 suppliers come together and reduce tooling as well as component imports by half in just three years, it will work wonders.

Goenka continued and told that in this fashion, the value addition in this entire process will be 75,000 more cars. These will be made in India completely as well. However, certain Twitter users said that it is hard to get Chinese goods out of our system. This includes the fact that such tool rooms will require more space and if big companies like Mahindra support them, it will be viable. Many wanted the government to step in as well.

Goenka’s plea seems valid enough as in India when we start making tools as well as reduce import costs, the overall price of the cars will go down too. This in turn will benefit the customer sentiment and manufacturers might not have to resort to discounts to sell the cars. It definitely is food for thought!

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