Maruti Suzuki, Toyota’s scrapping factory starts operations

A traditional junkyard

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Group’s have created the first major, scientific auto-scrapping unit in India at NOIDA near Delhi.

The factory can disassemble and recycle 24,000 vehicles per year, and has been constructed at a cost Rs 44 cr.

““Till now there was no scientific, clean and healthy way to dispose a car at its end-of-life,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, Chairman of MSTI, the recycling joint venture, and Managing Director & CEO of Maruti Suzuki India.

“MSTI uses global process methodology to address this gap.

“This is just the beginning. With our partners we are committed to set up more such modern ELV scrap and recycle centers in India,” he added.

Maruti Suzuki’s 50:50 partner in the venture, Toyota Tsusho group, has been recycling old vehicles since 1970 in Japan.

Of late, the company has expanded its operations to several countries.

The facility was inaugurated by Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who has been a champion for transitioning the auto sector to more sustainable and greener practices.

The recycling company, Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India Private Limited or MSTI, was established exactly two years ago on Oct 22, 2019 as a 50:50 joint venture between Maruti Suzuki India Limited and Toyota Tsusho Group, a part of the Toyota Group. Interestingly, Suzuki and Toyota also co-operate with each other in the production of cars as well in India.

MSTI said it shall set up more such facilities across the country, based on the demand, said the new company.

According to it, the NOIDA facility uses “modern and technologically advanced machines” to dismantle and scrap old vehicles in a scientific manner.”

“Aligning with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, all the equipment being used at the facility is manufactured in India. MSTI follows globally approved quality and environment standards. These include complete solid and liquid waste management ensuring zero discharge of liquid and gases from the vehicles,” it added.