Capacity Planning at General Motors India
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Despite a major campaign and the media coverage, Spark failed to ignite GMI's fortunes, as due to capacity constraints, the Spark was offered initially only in the northern and western parts of the country. By the end of 2007, GM had recorded an annual growth of 68%, though capacity constraints still remained. To overcome the capacity constraints, the company built a facility at Talegaon in Maharashtra which became operational in 2009. As a result, the company not only overcame its capacity constraint but had excess production capacity. However, during 2010-2011, its production facilities in Gujarat were faced with labor unrest, which led to production losses. As the company faced these problems, industry observers feared that GMI may once again face capacity constraints. The case study can be ideally used for MBA/MS level courses as part of their Operations Management curriculum.
» Understand the issues and challenges in capacity planning.
Capacity planning, Determinants of effective capacity, Production, Operations, Manufacturing, Demand and supply, Capacity constraints, Network expansion, Labor unrest, Strategy, Business level strategy, Emerging markets, Indian Automobile industry, Passenger car vehicle production, Chevrolet Spark, General Motors
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