Michelin India TamilNadu Tyres Pvt. Ltd. (MITTPL)03.29.2011
The manufacturing facility:
Michelin Group and Tamil Nadu government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Michelin’s tyre manufacturing plant, 50 km north of Chennai at Thervoy Kandigai in Thiruvallur district. With a commitment of an investment of Rs. 4,000 crores in 7 years the plant will be spread over an area of 290 acres and will absorb, minimum, 1,500 workers.
With the accelerating development of road and highways infrastructure and the number of ongoing road development projects, India is on course to offer customers the opportunity to extract the full value from radial tyres. The Company believes that India holds tremendous potential for the Michelin Group in terms of establishing a world class manufacturing facility.
The manufacturing facility will focus first on a range of Radial Truck/Bus tyres. The plant will start operations in 2012 and will focus on the growing Indian market.
From Europe to the Americas to Asia, every Michelin manufacturing plant around the world follows the same uncompromising code of quality. Michelin is a major player in the area of better mobility and is known for its spirit of innovation.
Project Progress update:
As on 30th May, 2011, 313 employees are recruited. 107 are undergoing training in Michelin facilities situated across the globe. Additionally, all junior staff are undergoing training at CPAT-TVS polytechnic at Vanagaram, Chennai.
The construction of the boundary wall and fence around the site is complete and the leveling of the ground has commenced. The Michelin Training Centre, the first building to be operational on the site, was launched on 30th May, 2011. The main focus of this training facility is to offer training to both: Michelin employees and the local community surrounding the site. Apart from technical and language training to its own staff, the facility will conduct training in soft and technical skills to help improve employment opportunities of the villagers, in general. English language training, the first program designed for the community, will commence in the 3rd week of June, 2011. The other training programs being planned are computer skills, accounting, and other vocational courses like plumbing and carpentry.
Since August 2010, from the start of construction of the site boundary wall and fence, Michelin engaged the villagers who contributed about 1, 60,000 man-hours. Additionally, for all other support services, the company is employing more than 100 locals.
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility):
Michelin was one of the sponsors for the household socio-economic survey conducted by FORRAD (Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development) in 31 villages on the periphery of the site. The survey collected empirical data on education, occupation, skills, income, expenditure, indebtedness and other indicators of socio-economic well being.
The preliminary findings are now available on FORRAD’s website http://www.forrad.org. The survey findings have been translated into Tamil as well and uploaded on FORRAD’s website. Based on these findings, Michelin is devising its mid term and long term strategy for CSR.
Michelin, in association with State Highways Department, is all set to implement Road Safety initiatives along SH51 (State Highway 51). Work in this direction has already commenced with the Company installing 4 reflective road safety boards at the village panchayat cross roads in the vicinity of the factory site.
This initiative will not only help in safe travel but also aim at increasing awareness and visbility on safety while traveling on these roads.
Michelin will also soon start Education programs for the community/villages near the manufacturing plant. Michelin strongly believes in community development and will now work on education for the community also. More details on the program will be updated soon.
Health Care :
Responding to requests from the local people and as a first step in the direction of addressing the health care requirements of the local people – Michelin has initiated health camps. These camps will cover paediatrics, gynaecology, general health care and eye care. The eye camps are being undertaken in cooperation with Sankara Nethralaya (http://www.supportsankaranethralaya.org/Updates.html ) and the rest are being administered by Lifeline Hospitals (http://www.lifelinehospitals.com/corporate.php) and Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute. These camps will serve to map out the health status of the local people and assist with a long term plan.
Lachivakkam eye camp:
Lachivakkam, a village in Gummidipundi Taluk of Thiruvallur District, is located 42 km from Chennai. On Saturday, 28th May, Michelin in partnership with Sankara Nethralaya conducted an eye camp. The initiative was well received with the participation of 210 locals. 19 villagers were identified for cataract surgeries, 3 for retina evaluation and 107 were given spectacles.
Other eye camps in the surrounding villages:
Six eye screening camps have been conducted since September 2010. One each in Mukarambakkam and Palavakkam, two each in Sengarai and Karadiputhur. A total of 1713 persons from 8 villages registered for these camps and 121 persons successfully underwent cataract operations. An additional 258 people were prescribed, and received, spectacles.
Paediatrics, Gynaecology and General Health Camps
The first of these camps was conducted in February 2011. 224 people participated and 205 patients were prescribed medicines that were also funded by Michelin. On 7th May, the 2nd General Health camp, in association with Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, was conducted in Annavaram village. 310 locals participated of which 77 were identified for further treatment.
Michelin Training Centre inaugurated on 30th May, 2011 Centre to impart training to both internal employees and local community
Health camp in Annavaram village
Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Intensification
Committed to conserving and enhancing the natural resource base of the region and to improving the productivity and profitability of traditional livelihoods, Michelin has taken the first step in that direction in partnership with two national NGOs, the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development (FORRAD) and Action for Food Production (AFPRO).
Agriculture in the region surrounding its site is fed by large rain-fed lakes and a preliminary survey by AFPRO revealed that most of the lakes and the far end of the irrigation channels were silted up. The former reduced the storage capacity of the lakes and the latter cut off the water supply of farmers living on the far end of the lake.
Starting, with the de-silting of the irrigation channels, work has been completed in Karadiputhur, Mukarampakkam and Kannankottai. 18 kms of channel have been de-silted involving around 2,700 man days of work.
Desilting of irrigation channels have now begun off the Sengarari lake. 4 km off channels have been desilted providing 500 mandays of work.
Michelin Health Camps in the surrounding villages
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