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 MSMEs in the sector to overcome challenges related to low productivity, insufficient and inconsistent quality, as well as scalability issues resulting in MSMEs 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 Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) with the support of FIAT.
The 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 previous phase, Phase I of the renewed partnership, ran from 2014 to 2018. It assisted 152 SMEs against the initial target of 120 (27% more) in 26 clusters at various geographical locations in India that covered the main automotive production hubs in North, West, East and South regions.
The current Phase II of the UDAY-PRIDE programme which is running from 2019 and is expected to finish at the end of 2022 focuses on productivity and innovation. This phase seeks to cover 275 companies through shop-floor intervention counseling training programme along with lighter e-Learning online programme across various geographical locations in India.
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) MSMEs; Technology Experts of business support institutions; Academic institutes and R&D community; and Industry Associations
Improved productivity and innovation of automotive component manufacturers through application of world class techniques and improvement of the industry’s business support and innovation ecosystem.
Phase 1 of the project successfully implemented in 25 clusters, 152 companies across India and phase-II project aims to increase the scope and coverage of the Partnership Programme to 275 component manufacturers to provide practical services to SMEs to achieve the following inter-related outputs:
Increase the availability and applicability of productivity improvement and innovation enhancement methods and tools and capacity of ACMA counsellors for automotive component manufacturers.
Improve productivity of selected supplier companies through adoption of continuous improvement techniques through counselling (target 225 component manufacturers) and skills development through e-learning (50 component manufacturers) across all geographical locations in India.
Improve the sector ecosystem for better delivering innovation and business support to the automotive sector for automotive supply chain development and innovation.
The programme contains below-mentioned 6 core along with optional elective modules:
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