Microlise, the market leading transport management systems provider based in Eastwood, has welcomed delegation of senior management from Indian company Tata Motors, one of the world’s leading truck manufacturers.
The visit follows the recent announcement of a partnership between the two companies which will see Microlise power a Tata telematics system, which is used in vehicles to create efficiencies and boost performance and is set to revolutionise the Indian transport sector.
During the week-long visit, the delegation from Tata Motors met with Microlise customers to learn how telematics are being used within the UK and in Europe.
An event to celebrate to the partnership was held on Friday (17th), when Microlise MD Nadeem Raza and Tata Motors’ president and head of advanced and product engineering Dr Tim Leverton spoke to a select audience on benefits the partnership will bring – both in the UK and in India.
Nadeem Raza said: “This is an exciting time for Microlise and we were delighted to welcome the management delegation from Tata Motors to the UK.
“This visit will allow Microlise and Tata Motors to progress our relationship further, as we head towards the launch of the system in the Indian transport market. We’ve already build a great working relationship and we’re exciting about working with Tata Motors over the coming years”.
Dr Leverton said: “Working with Microlise is a great step forward for Tata Global, helping us to continue to develop technology in India, which is rapidly becoming more and more connected. Microlise’s solutions ensure that our customers are given the best possible service, which is achieved through the technical management and analysis of the whole delivery process – from the warehouse, to the end user.”
The multi-million pound agreement will see Microlise supply Tata Motors with in-vehicle hardware, in addition to a web-based portal allowing Tata Motors’ customers to easily access key information regarding their fleet performance and utilisation.
The data generated through the Tata FleetMan system will allow transport companies to reduce fuel usage and environmental impact, as well as increase efficiency and return on investment from their transportation assets.
Tata Motors’ Dr Leverton was joined by head the firm’s head of engineering commercial vehicles Dr Ajit Kumar Jindal, head of sales and marketing medium and heavy trucks Vinod Sahay, and Sanjay Gupta, head of telematics and fleet management services, commercial vehicle business unit
Des Evans, former CEO of MAN Truck and Bus UK also spoke at the event. He said: “Often in the truck industry, we focus on the truck – but it is not about the truck model, it is about the business model. Microlise’s solutions are a testament to this – they provide businesses with safe, timely and monitored fleets that cut companies’ costs in the long term.”
The deal was assisted by government department UK Trade & Investment which supported Microlise.
UK Trade Minister Lord Livingston said: “I’m delighted that Microlise has signed this deal to supply Tata Motors with telematics technology in India and UKTI has been able to support them. This is a great example of an innovative, fast growing British company exporting a new technology and collaborating with Tata, a leading global brand. India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and there is a huge opportunity to increase British exports there.”