Rane (Madras)

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Rane (Madras) Limited
Traded as BSE532661, NSERML
Industry Automotive
Founded 1929
Founder T. R. Ganapathy Iyer
Headquarters Chennai, India
Key people
L. Ganesh (Chairman)
S. Parthasarathy(CEO)
Gowri Kailasam(President)
Products Manual Steering Gear Products and Suspension & Steering Linkage Products
67.05 billion (US$1.0 billion) (FY2012-13)
Total assets 34.102 billion (US$530 million) (2012)
Parent Rane Holding Limited
Website rane.co.in/ranemadras/ranemadras.html

Rane (Madras) Ltd is a part of the Rane Group of Companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of steering and suspension systems. The main components manufactured by the company include Manual Steering Gear Products (SGP) and Suspension & Steering Linkage Products (SSLP). The other products include tie rod assemblies, drag link assemblies, center link assemblies and gear shift ball joints.[1][2] Automobile companies that use its products include Ashok Leyland, Volvo, M&M,[3] Tafe, Tata among many others.[4] Tata motors remains its major customer and is the primary parts manufacturer for Tata's Nano.[5] The company has also set up a dedicated plant for Tata Nano in Sanand, Gujarat.[6] The company was forced to change its manufacturing facility from West Bengal to Gujarat after Tata moved out.


Rane group of companies was founded by Shri T. R. Ganapathy Iyer in the year 1929 and the group was originally named as Rane Madras (Ltd).[7] It started off as a distributor of automobiles and parts. After his death, the business was taken over by his son-in-law Lakshmana Iyer Lakshminarayan, popularly known as LLN, among friends and business circles. Under the leadership of LLN, the company was shaped into an auto-component business house. LLN remained as the founder chairman of the group for over three decades.[8]

During the early periods. Rane Madras Ltd was engaged in trading only. Later in the year 1960, they completely dropped trading and started manufacturing and it all started with the manufacture of Tie Rod ends at their plant in Velachery, Chennai. Later; as the automobile industry flourished, the business spread to the manufacturing of other suspension and steering systems. As a major turn of events, in 2005 the company was de-merged from the group and the group holding company called Rane Holding Ltd (RHL) and several other subsidiary companies were formed.[9] It was during this period that Rane (Madras) Ltd emerged as a public limited company. Later, Rane Holding Ltd made additional investment in the company, and thus Rane (Madras) Ltd became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rane Holdings Ltd.[10] It remained a major manufacturer and supplier of major OEMs in India and abroad.

Over the years Rane (Madras) Ltd has grown to be the largest in the group, both in terms of size and turnover, with five manufacturing plants in Chennai[11] and Kancheepuram[12] in Tamil Nadu, Mysore in Karnataka, Thirubuvanai in Pondicherry and Pantnagar in Uttarakhand. Each of the company's production plants addresses a specific industry segment. The production facilities in Mysore cater to the tractor and commercial vehicle segment; the Pondicherry plant to the passenger car segment; the plant in Chennai caters to the light commercial vehicle, heavy commercial vehicle and utility vehicle segment; the Kancheepuram plant to the export market and the manufacturing facility in Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) supplies gears exclusively to Tata Motors Ltd.[13] The company has also started setting up its plant in Gujarat, following the emergence of Gujarat as the new auto hub.[14] The 75-year-old company recently celebrated its platinum jubilee.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Rane (Madras) Ltd received the Japanese Deming Grand Prize in 2012.[16][17] The company also won the Deming Application Prize in 2007.[18] Rane (Madras) Limited is the only steering and suspension manufacturing company globally to win the Deming Prize and Deming Grand Prize.[19]

L. Lakshman, Executive chairman of Rane Group, received the Jamshetji Tata Award from The Indian Society of Quality (ISQ).[20] Rane (Madras) Ltd in Mysore and Pondicherry won the Gold and Silver award respectively in the Emerging Enterprises category during Frost & Sullivan's India Manufacturing Excellence Awards (IMEA) function during 2004.


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  2. ^ "Rane (Madras) Ltd varanasi plant to produce ball joints". The Hindu. 24 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "Rane's new assembly line for Mahindra Farm Equipment sector". Sulekha. 2010. 
  4. ^ "Market scope of Rane (Madras) Ltd". Autocar Professional. 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rane group to supply parts for nano". Rediff.com. 19 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Rane group's plant in Sanand for Tata Nano.". The Hindu Business Line. 20 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "The real dharma of Industry". The Hindu. 26 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chairman Emeritus of Rane group-L.L. Narayan". Access my Library. 15 January 2001. 
  9. ^ "Rane Madras demerging its manufacturing division". The Financial Express. December 2004. 
  10. ^ "Rane Madras renamed as Rane Holding Ltd". Access my library. February 2005. 
  11. ^ "Rane (Madras) Ltd's Varanasi plant". Autocar Professional. 6 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rane (Madras) Ltd's kancheepuram plant". The Hindu Business Line. 26 October 2006. 
  13. ^ "Rane Madras Ltd-Background". IndiaInfoline. 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rane Madras and other auto parts suppliers mull move to Gujarat". The Hindu Business Line. 5 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rane Madras celebrates its platinum jubilee". The SME Horizon. 2011. 
  16. ^ "2012 Deming Prize winners list". Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers. 14 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Deming Grand Prize for Rane Madras Ltd". MyDigitalFc. 10 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "2012 Deming Prize winners list". Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers. 14 November 2007. 
  19. ^ "Rane Madras joins the elite group of companies". Auto Tech Review. October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jamshetji Tata Award". MotorIndia. January 2013. 

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