Kinetic Engineering Limited

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Formerly, a manufacturer and dealer of two-wheelers, Kinetic Engineering Limited is currently a manufacturer and supplier of automotive components to a number of automobile manufacturers. Kinetic Engineering Ltd. was earlier known as Kinetic Honda when it became

partners with the Japanese automobile giant, Honda Motors, in 1984, holding majority stakes in the joint venture. In 1998, Kinetic parted its way with Honda and came to be known as Kinetic. Kinetic formed a partnership with Mahindra Automobile in 2008, retaining a mere 20 percent of stakes with it. Kinetic sold its remaining 20 percent stakes to Samena Capital in 2014. Kinetic Automobile Company was founded in 1972 by a noted philanthropist and industrialist HK Firodia, who was widely regarded as the doyen of Indian automobile industry. Arun Firodia, son of HK Firodia, is the Chairman of the Kinetic Engineering Limited. The headquarters of Kinetic Engineering Ltd. is located in Pune, Maharashtra.

About Kinetic Motors

Kinetic Motors is often credited for bringing a personalised mode of transport to India. In 1974, India's first moped model, Kinetic Luna, was launched. Luna moped attained and retained an iconic status in India over a period of time. In partnership with Honda Motors, Kinetic launched India's first gear-less two-wheeler scooter with advanced features like auto fuel cork, auto choke and TLAD suspension. This vehicle became an inspiration for a wide range of gear-less scooters to be launched by other automobile companies.

Current Operations of Kinetic Engineering Limited

Kinetic Engineering Limited, at present, operates in diverse range of automotive components across the world. Automobile transmission components like gears, axles and shafts; engine components like crankshafts, camshafts and cylinder heads; engine assemblies; and complete gearboxes are some of the major products that KEL, at present, manufactures, sells and exports overseas. KEL makes automotive components as well as manufactures vehicle body parts as demanded by some of the customers. A certain number of vehicles, depending on the demand, are also assembled by KEL. At present, Kinetic is assembling engines for Tomos, Kinetic and MV Agusta and joining gearboxes for LCVs.

Famous Models produced by Kinetic

Kinetic Engineering Limited has produced a series of well-known and well-received models in the past when it used to be Kinetic Honda or Kinetic. Some of the famous models and variants across various segments of two-wheelers produced by Kinetic were Kinetic Luna, Kinetic Scooter, Kinetic 4S, Kinetic Boss 115, Kinetic GF 125, Kinetic GF 170 Laser, Kinetic Kine, Kinetic Zoom ZX, Kinetic Zing 80, Kinetic Velocity, Kinetic V2, Kinetic Stryker, Kinetic Nova 135 and Kinetic King 100.

Kinetic Engineering Limited Manufacturing Plants in India

Kinetic Engineering Limited had three manufacturing facilities: one in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, for manufacturing mopeds and scooterettes, the second one in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, for making scooters and the third one in Koregaon, Maharashtra for making motorcycles. As Kinetic no longer manufactures two-wheelers, the two manufacturing plants in Pithampur and Koregaon have been shut down. In addition to Ahmednagar, KEL has a corporate office in Pune, Maharashtra.

Ahmednagar, Maharashtra (Manufacturing unit for components such as transmission, gearboxes, engines and a number of other parts). Pune, Maharashtra (Headquarters, corporate office, tool centre, design centre and R&D centre).

Map showing Kinetic Motor plants in India

Kinetic Motor plants in India
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KEL's Vision for Excellence

The Chairman of KEL, Arun Firodia, has set a road map for the company to maintain the level of excellence in manufacturing and dealing in terms of automotive components. He says, “We shall strive to deliver products to meet and exceed customer expectations of Quality, Delivery and Cost. This policy shall be deployed through continual improvement in product quality by process control & variability reduction.” Cutting cost by eliminating waste in all business processes, the company is striving hard to upgrade manufacturing skills and technology.

Achievements & Awards won by Kinetic Engineering Limited

  • As per the official website of Kinetic Engineering Limited, the company has sold over 50,00,000 units ranging from engines of motorcycles to engines of scooters and mopeds.
  • Received Corporate Citizen Award for empowerment of physically challenged by Business World.
  • Bestowed NCPEDP - Shell Helen Keller Award for Supporting equal rights & gainful employment for persons with disabilities.
  • Excellent contribution to industry, academia & society by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
  • Distinguished achievement and exceptional service to country, society and MIT by MIT, USA.
  • Honoured with 14 export excellence awards on state and national level, including the prestigious national trophy for top export performance.
  • Overdrive, in association with CII, ACMA and SIAM, gave Arun Firodia, the Chairman of KEL, the "Hall of Pride" award for making lifetime contribution to automotive industry.
  • "Pimpri Chinchwad Bhushan" Award 2002 was given by Annasaheb Maghar Social Service Foundation to Chairman Arun Firodia.
  • KEL Chairman Arun Firodia was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Indira Group of Institutes in January 2005.
Last Updated on April 22, 2015