MG Motor India rolls out 50,000th Hector with an all-women crew

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MG Motor India – the local subsidiary of China’s largest automaker SAIC – Thursday said it has manufactured its 50,000th Hector with an all-women crew in at its facility in Halol, Gujarat.

In this first-of-its-kind development, women-only teams were involved in panel-pressing of sheet metal and welding to painting jobs as well as carrying out post-production test runs.

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Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India, said, “We believe that it is something that has broadened our perspective as a brand and unlocked efficiencies in every aspect of our business operations. The rollout of our 50,000th Hector by an all-women crew comes as an honour to their contributions and hard work. It also demonstrates that glass ceilings no longer exist even in an erstwhile male-dominated industry such as automobile manufacturing. We believe that it will inspire more women to join the automotive industry in India and abroad.”

Currently, women comprise a third of the workforce at MG Motor India. The company aims to achieve 50% gender diversity in the future.

MG Motor India said since its inception the brand has worked closely with the local panchayats near its Halol manufacturing plant. Doing so has encouraged more young women to work in a safe and secure environment at the MG plant.

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Since 2018, MG has hired many female associates in its manufacturing facility via various initiatives. Today, these women are driving core areas of manufacturing at the facility. MG’s state-of-the-art Halol manufacturing facility is further equipped with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for various workshops. RPA is used by the automaker in body shop for robotic brazing, paint shop for robotic primer and top coating, and GA Shop for robotic glass glazing. If trained well, both men and women handle the machinery with equal competency, the company said.

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