Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, which is celebrating its 20th year of operations in India, is now giving a greater attention to environmental aspects in the automotive sector in line with its Vision 2050. As a major step in this direction, it is focusing on recycling of its vehicles.
The success of its initial effort, started in 2017, is evidenced from the fact that it has already disassembled over 207 of its vehicles equivalent to 282 tons of material for recycling.
The company initiated its new venture by setting up a recycling centre at its manufacturing unit in Bidadi near the IT capital.
It is working in four key areas namely, making greater use of eco-friendly materials; designing and using longer-lasting parts; developing more effective and thorough recycling technologies besides using more of the materials recovered when a vehicle is disposed of to make new ones.
Importantly, its own test models apart, the recycling unit of the company also receives damaged vehicles from its dealers. The company hopes to spread its recycling idea to its dealers and affiliates in the days to come, going by the encouraging response to the exercise.
The effectiveness of the recycling process can be gauged from the fact that in the case of an Innova vehicle alone for example, 44 categories of materials are eased out during the dismantling process. The materials are segregated and disfigured before being giving to the authorised vendors for recycling.