Mahindra’s Farm Equipment sector has announced that the company has commenced the manufacturing of a new tractor series called ‘K2’ which has been developed in close collaboration between the engineering teams from Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery of Japan and Mahindra Research Valley, India. Furthermore, Mahindra has announced that the K2 Series will be manufactured exclusively at the brand’s tractor manufacturing facility at Zaheerabad in the state of Telangana.
The new K2 series aims to create a lightweight tractor program for both the Indian and the international markets including USA, Japan, and South-East Asia. Under the new series, Mahindra will be launching four new tractor platforms which include – Sub Compact, Compact, Small Utility and Large Utility tractor categories that cover 37 models across various Horse Power (HP) points.
The Zaheerabad production facility was established in 2012 and is the brand’s most recently established manufacturing plant. It is also the largest manufacturing facilities in terms of capacity. Mahindra & Mahindra has invested close to INR 1,087 Crores at the facility in Zaheerabad and it boasts to be the only tractor manufacturer in the state of Telangana. The Zaheerabad unit employes more than 1,500 workers with a capacity of over 1,00,000 tractors per year on a 2-shift basis.
The Zaheerabad manufacturing plant has the flexibility to roll out over 330 different tractor variants in the 30 Hp to 100 Hp range. The manufacturing plant has also adopted the TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) philosophy since the beginning and exports 65% of its total production in the global market. The Zaheerabad plant also manufactures Mahindra’s Rice Transplanters and Tractor Mounted Combine Harvesters and apart from farming equipment a wide range of cargo and passenger vehicles are produced by Mahindra’s Automotive Division.
In the Farming Equipment Sector, Mahindra recently launched a new advanced Precision Potato Planting machinery called ‘PlantingMaster Potato +’. The precision potato planter is the result of Mahindra’s collaboration with Dewulf.