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  Business   Companies  07 Nov 2019  Toyota, Suzuki eye cash for clunker policy, float JV

Toyota, Suzuki eye cash for clunker policy, float JV

THE ASIAN AGE. | MICHAEL GONSALVES
Published : Nov 7, 2019, 5:48 am IST
Updated : Nov 7, 2019, 5:48 am IST

As per the government, an estimated 28 million end-of-life vehicles across categories will be ready to be scrapped by April 2020.

 The joint venture will subsequently have similar scrapyards in different parts of the country.
  The joint venture will subsequently have similar scrapyards in different parts of the country.

Pune: Japanese giant automakers Suzuki Motor Corp and Toyota Motor Corp will foray into the vehicle dismantling and recycling business in India through their joint venture called Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India Private Limited (MSTI).

The equal joint venture between Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki’s Indian arm, and Toyota Tsusho India, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp, will set up the first vehicle-dismantling unit in Noida with a capacity to handle 2,000 vehicles per month.

The joint venture will subsequently have similar scrapyards in different parts of the country.

The Wednesday announcement from the Japanese behemoths comes close on the heels of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways having started working on its policy for vehicle scrapping to reduce the number of old vehicles on Indian roads.

As per the government, an estimated 28 million end-of-life vehicles across categories will be ready to be scrapped by April 2020.

Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India, which will be headquartered in New Delhi, will set up the vehicle dismantling and recycling unit in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in FY2021.

MSTI will procure and dismantle end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). The process will include complete solid and liquid waste management as per the Indian laws and globally approved quality & environment standards.

The facility in Noida will be the first unit by MSTI and the JV will add more such units across India. The Noida unit will have an initial capacity to dismantle around 2,000 vehicles per month, and MSTI will source vehicles from dealers and also directly from customers, a statement from the joint partners said.

“Maruti Suzuki strongly believes in responsible recycling of vehicles after end of its useful life. Through this joint venture, we aim to promote recycling and support in resource optimisation and conservation while using environment-friendly systems and processes,” Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO at Maruti Suzuki India, said.

He said scrapping of older vehicles in a scientific and environment-friendly manner will help to reduce pollution and also make the roads safer.

“A team of experts at MSTI will dismantle the vehicles using international technology and global standards,” Ayukawa pointed out.

Naoji Saito, CEO (metal division) at Toyota Tsusho Corporation, said, “Toyota Tsusho has started ELV recycling since the 1970s in Japan. We believe that we will be able to contribute to Indian society through our knowledge and experience for ELV business. The first vehicle dismantling and recycling unit of MSTI is just the initial step and we are eager to expand to an all-India base with Maruti Suzuki.”

With this move, Maruti Suzuki India becomes the second company in the country to set up a vehicle dismantling facility.

In December 2018, Mahindra Accelo and MSTC (a government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Steel) had formed a JV called Mahindra Cero, the country's first authorised recycler for motor vehicles, with the first plant also being in Noida.

Mahindra Cero has a capacity to process 25,000-30,000 vehicles per annum.

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