UzAuto Motors intends to launch production of Chevrolet Tracker and Onix
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- In March 2021, UzAuto Motors introduced a modern enterprise management system SAP S / 4HANA.
This system is intended for large enterprises, which is a software package for resource planning. The transition to the new system will increase the company's flexibility, efficiency and cost savings, as well as optimize the supply chain.
Affecting almost all business processes of the company, the system is able to get rid of repetitive tasks, optimize complex business processes and provide complete automation of processes at all levels, including the processes of car production, supply and logistics of components, and the sale of finished products.
Along with the previously implemented program for automating the distribution of queues for cars, SAP S / 4HANA raises this process to a completely new level - it completely eliminates the human factor and allows the company to offer customers even better service.
In order to identify consumer preferences, during 2020-2021, in addition to the Spark, Nexia, Cobalt and Lacetti models, Uzauto Motors provides its customers with the opportunity to purchase other Chevrolet cars. As a result of such studies, it was determined that there is a stable demand in the B and SUV-B segment, the production of which can be mastered in Uzbekistan. New models of these segments were shown to the guests, namely Chevrolet Tracker and Onix.
The estimated volume of investments for the development of these models is US$500 million, including the localization of engine production on the basis of UzAuto Motors Powertrain. As part of the implementation of these projects, the development of the production of a new generation gasoline engine (1.2l / 1.2l Turbo with a capacity of 131 hp) is also being considered. This engine is one of the most economical, environmentally friendly and powerful engines and is widely used in the production of GM models around the world.
At the same time, new colors of cars were presented to the guests, as well as new options planned for implementation for current models that will be available in the near future.
Along with this, work continues to reduce costs and increase the localization of manufactured models. In this direction, the company is already carrying out a large-scale work on the transfer of equipment from Korea to Uzbekistan. The transfer (transfer) will allow this year to localize more than 200 items of component parts and reduce the cost of production by US$100 million per year.
The increased demand for various gadgets and electronic equipment during the pandemic has caused a significant shortage of semiconductors all over the world. Interruptions in the supply of chips and disruption of supply chains have already caused the closure of a number of car factories, which reduced the purchase of microprocessors as much as possible in early 2020 at the dawn of coronavirus lockdowns.
Most modern cars use dozens of microcircuits, and in some cases their number can go up to 150. Chips are responsible for almost everything - from the engine operating mode to navigation systems. Unfortunately, the global problem also affected the company UzAuto Motors, in particular, the production plans for the second quarter of 2021.
Christian Sommer, GM President and Managing Director for Strategic Markets, Alliances and Distributors, also commented on the situation:
“GM's Global Supply Chain Management is working closely with suppliers to find solutions to their semiconductor requirements and mitigate the impact on GM and our partners, including UzAuto Motors,” he stressed. - Our intention is to make up for as large production losses as possible at each enterprise. At the moment, we are confident that the situation will stabilize in the second half of this year. "
At the same time, the press service of the company noted that since the main stage of the SAP system has been completed, Uzauto Motors JSC resumes contracting for Spark, Nexia, Cobalt and Lacetti cars from 3 of March, sales of which were suspended on 12 February.
However, taking into account the available information about the time constraints in the full satisfaction of the global automotive industry in semiconductor components, the delivery time for the cars produced is planned to be shifted by 1-2 months.
Commenting on this situation, the management of the Asaka automobile plant noted that:
“The situation in semiconductors is under the control of the management of UzAuto Motors JSC and General Motors, which will allow us to get out of the situation of a global shortage of microcircuits with minimal losses, as well as fulfill all obligations to customers under already concluded contracts.
The company is doing everything possible to mitigate the consequences of the global crisis for our consumers. The funds received under the new contracts will be used to purchase raw materials and components to ensure the continuous production of cars; no plant shutdown is planned. At the same time, parts made from semiconductors will be supplied by air and, as they become available, will be installed on already manufactured cars. "
News on the development of the situation with the supply of microprocessors will be regularly covered on the official resources of UzAuto Motors.