Developed in collaboration between the engineering teams from Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery of Japan and Mahindra Research Valley, India, the K2 series aims to create a light-weight tractor programme. This will be for both the domestic and the international markets, including the US, Japan, and South East Asia, a company release said.
According to M&M, the new series will enable the company to introduce products across four new tractor platforms, in the sub-compact, compact, small utility and large utility tractor categories, covering 37 models across various HP points.
Rajesh Jejurikar, executive director, Automotive and Farm Equipment Sector, M&M, said, “As the world’s largest tractor manufacturer by volume, Mahindra is on an exciting path of developing the K2 series, one of our most ambitious tractor programmes. This project is focused on diversity and scalability, to meet the varied expectations and different regional requirements of customers and markets across the world. Our Zaheerabad facility, which has always received tremendous support from the government of Telangana, is very well equipped to meet this challenge.”
The company hopes to improve employment opportunities through this project, he said.
Established in 2012, Zaheerabad is M&M’s youngest and largest tractor manufacturing plant in terms of capacity. The facility also manufactures the company’s next-generation range of Yuvo and Jivo tractors, including the recently launched Plus Series.
The company claims to be the only tractor manufacturer in Telangana and has invested close to INR 1,087 crore at its facility in Zaheerabad. The Farm equipment manufacturing unit employs over 1,500 workers, with a capacity of over 100,000 tractors annually on a 2-shift basis.
The Zaheerabad plant is technologically advanced, with the flexibility to roll-out over 330 different tractor variants ranging from 30 to 100 HP. The plant has adopted the TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) philosophy and culture since inception, with around 65% of Zaheerabad’s tractor production being exported globally.
The plant also produces Mahindra’s Rice Transplanters and Tractor Mounted Combine Harvesters. Besides manufacturing farm equipment, Mahindra’s automotive division also manufactures a wide range of cargo and passenger vehicles at the Zaheerabad plant giving the company a significant presence in the state.