TVS Motor Company
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|Traded as||BSE: 532343, NSE: TVSMOTOR|
|Founder||T. V. Sundaram Iyengar|
Number of locations
|4 two wheeler and 1 three wheeler plants|
(Chairman & MD)
|Products||Motorcycles, scooters, three-wheeler vehicles and spare parts|
|Revenue||₹115.16 billion (US$1.7 billion) (2016)|
|₹4.44 billion (US$66 million) (2016)|
|Profit||₹3.28 billion (US$49 million) (2016)|
|Total assets||₹49.22 billion (US$730 million) (2016)|
|Total equity||₹15.83 billion (US$240 million) (2016)|
|Parent||Sundaram - Clayton Limited|
TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, with a revenue of Rs.11,516 Cr ($1.7 billion) in 2015-16. It is the flagship company of the Rs. 40,000 Cr ($6 billion, in 2014-15) TVS Group. The company has an annual sales of 2.5 million units and an annual capacity of over 3 million vehicles. TVS Motor Company is also the 2nd largest exporter in India with exports to over 60 Countries.
TVS Motor Company Ltd (TVS Motor), member of the TVS Group, is the largest company of the group in terms of size and turnover, with more than 2.8 crore customers riding a TVS bike.
TVS was established by T. V. Sundaram Iyengar. Sundaram Iyengar was born in 1877 in Thirukkurungudi in the Tirunelveli district of Madras Presidency, British India. He began with Madurai's first bus service in 1911 and founded T.V.Sundaram Iyengar and Sons Limited, a company in the transportation business with a large fleet of trucks and buses under the name of Southern Roadways Limited. When he died in 1955, his sons took the company ahead with several forays in the automobile sector, including finance, insurance, manufacture of two-wheelers, tyres and components. The group has managed to run 97 companies that account for a combined turnover of nearly $6 billion.
- Early years 100
Sundaram Clayton was founded in 1962 in collaboration with Clayton Dewandre Holdings, United Kingdom. It manufactured brakes, exhausts, compressors and various other automotive parts. The company set up a plant at Hosur in 1978, to manufacture mopeds as part of their new division. In 1980, TVS 50, India's first two-seater moped rolled out of the factory at Hosur in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. A technical collaboration with the Japanese auto giant Suzuki Ltd. resulted in the joint-venture between Sundaram Clayton Ltd and Suzuki Motor Corporation, in 1982. Commercial production of motorcycles began in 1984.
- Suzuki relationship
TVS and Suzuki shared a 19-year-long relationship that was aimed at technology transfer, to enable design and manufacture of two-wheelers specifically for the Indian market. Re-christened TVS-Suzuki, the company brought out several models such as the Suzuki Samurai, Suzuki Shogun and Suzuki Fiero. In 2001, after separating ways with Suzuki, the company was renamed TVS Motor, relinquishing its rights to use the Suzuki name. There was also a 30-month moratorium period during which Suzuki promised not to enter the Indian market with competing two-wheelers. 
Recent Launches include RTR 200, TVS Victor and TVS XL 100. TVS has recently won 4 top awards at J.D. Power Asia Pacific Awards 2016, 3 top awards at J.D. Power Asia Pacific Awards 2015 & Two-Wheeler Manufacturer of the Year at NDTV Car & Bike Awards (2014–15)
In early 2015, TVS Racing became the first Indian factory team to take part in the Dakar rally, which is the longest and most dangerous rally in the world. TVS Racing partnered with French motorcycle manufacturer Sherco for the Dakar rally, and named the team Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team . TVS Racing also won the Raid de Himalaya and the FOX Hill Super Cross held at Sri Lanka. In three decades of its racing history, the team has won more than 90% of the races.
Characteristics of TVS Motor
TVS Motor was the first Indian company to deploy a catalytic converter in a 100 cc motorcycle and the first to indigenously produce a four stroke 150cc motorcycle. The list of firsts from TVS: "India’s first 2-seater moped – TVS 50", "India’s first indigenous scooterette - Scooty", "India’s first Digital Ignition - TVS Champ", "India’s first fully indigenous motorcycle - Victor", "First Indian company to launch ABS in a motorcycle - Apache", "India’s first scooter with Body-Balance Technology – Wego", "Indonesia’s first dual-tone exhaust noise technology – Tormax" & "India's first oil-cooled chamber construct with Ram-Air assist- TVS Apache RTR 200 4V"
TVS Motor currently manufactures a wide range of two-wheelers including: Motorcycles (Apache RTR Series, Phoenix 125, Victor, Star City+, Sport, Max4R); Scooters (Jupiter, Wego, Scooty Zest 110, Scooty Streak, Scooty Pep+); Mopeds (XL 100, XL Super, XL Super Heavy Duty).
- Manufacturing Capability
TVS Motor has a production capacity of over 3 million Vehicles a year. The company has four manufacturing plants - three located in India (Hosur, Tamil Nadu; Mysore, Karnataka and Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh) and one in Indonesia (Karawang).
Today, TVS Motor functions through a nationwide network of more than 4000 touch points across all the states in India.
In the same year, the work done for the TVS Victor motorcycle won TVS Motor the National Award for successful commercialization of indigenous technology from the Technology Development Board, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. In 2004, TVS Scooty Pep won the 'Outstanding Design Excellence Award' from BusinessWorld magazine and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
The effective implementation of Total Productivity Maintenance practices won TVS Motor the TPM Excellence Award given by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance in 2008.
TVS Motor has won several management awards, notable among them being the Emerging Corporate Giant in the Private Sector awarded by The Economic Times and the Harvard Business School Association of India. Business Today magazine awarded TVS Motor the Best Managed Company and the Most Investor Friendly Company awards. Its advertising practices won it the Good Advertising Award by Auto India Best Brand Awards, 2009.
The University of Warwick, United Kingdom, gave him an honorary Doctorate of Science degree while the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian distinctions.
Innovative implementation of Information Technology has won TVS Motor the Ace Award for Most Innovative NetWeaver Implementation in 2007, awarded by technology major SAP AGand the Team Tech 2007 Award of Excellence for Integrated use of Computer-aided engineering Technologies.
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- When he died in 1955, his sons took the company ahead with several forays in the automobile sector, including finance, insurance, two-wheelers/ three wheelers, tyres and components, housing, aviation, logistics etc.. The group has managed to run 97 companies that account for a combined turnover of nearly $6 billion.
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- The company also got over a period of labour unrest that required Chairman Venu Srinivasan to take tough measures to resurrect a company that was in a state of turmoil. He went on to invest in new technology, nurture in-house design and implement Toyota-style quality programs.
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