In 1999, UNIDO initiated a supplier development programme aiming to support small and medium-sized manufacturers in the automotive component industry in India. In specific, the programme facilitated SMEs in the sector to overcome challenges related to low productivity, insufficient and inconsistent quality, as well as scalability issues resulting in SMEs to become more efficient, reliable and cost-effective suppliers.
The programme, which was funded by the Government of India, was jointly developed and implemented by UNIDO and the Indian Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA) with the support of FIAT.
UDAY-PRIDE (UNIDO-DHI-ACMA Yojana – Professionalism, Responsibility & Innovation in Driving Excellence) came into existence after the success of its predecessor projects which started in 1999 and ran until 2010, and most recently, after the successful completion of Phase 1 of the new advanced subsidized training and counselling programme UNIDO-ACMA-DHI Partnership Programme Phase-I (2014-18).
The project aims to strengthen the capability/competency of Indian small and medium-sized automotive component and other allied manufacturers to meet the stringent quality, delivery and cost requirements of OEM/Tier-1s. Focus is also on enhancing their productivity and operational performance levels so as to facilitate their inclusion into domestic as well as the global supply chains.
Indigenous automotive component suppliers and other (lower tier) SMEs; Technology Experts of business support institutions; Academic institutes & R&D community; and Industry Associations
Phase 1 of the project successfully implemented in 25 clusters, 152 companies across India.