Ford India has finalised the location for its second manufacturing plant in India. Ford India sources said, it had zeroed in on 400 acres of land in Sanand taluka in Gujarat. Incidentally, Ford India’s second plant proposed site is located next to Tata Nano’s plant.
The Gujarat government officials are working on earmarking the land for the American carmaker. “Ford has been in discussion with the Gujarat government for setting up a manufacturing plant at an investment of nearly Rs. 5,000 crore. It has now closed in on 400 acres of land in Sanand for the facility,” the state government officials said.
Ford India has been planning to set up a second plant in India as it prepares to launch new model. In August last year, Ford had announced to launch eight new models in India by 2015 in a bid to tap the burgeoning domestic car market. This would mean several of its global products will be made available in India.
Ford India currently runs a plant at Chennai. It has invested $500 million at this plant to increase production capacity to two million units per year. The plant also has an installed annual production capacity of 2.5 million engines.
The Gujarat government has been wooing carmakers in its plans to make the state India’s leading auto hub. Tata Motors set up its Tata Nano plant in Sanand. General Motors runs its plant in Halol.
The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has also expressed interest in setting up a manufacturing facility in Gujarat, one of the most industrialised states.
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