Nissan-Renault to expand capacity of Chennai plant by over 100 % by March 2012

Nissan-Renault to expand capacity of Chennai plant

Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd. (RNAIPL), the Indian venture of the Renault-Nissan’s global partnership is planning to enhance its capacity in the country by over 100 percent by the month of March 2012. Moreover the company is planning to add about 500 employees in its workforce in the coming months. It is to be mentioned here that Japanese auto giant Nissan and French car maker Renault have a joint car manufacturing unit in Chennai, with a total expandable capacity of up to 4 lakh units.

Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of a CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) program, in Chennai, Koji Takei, senior vice president at RNAIPL, said, “We will add one more mass production line at our plant that would double the capacity to 400,000 units per annum. The doubling of production would need around 700 persons. We will deploy 200 of the existing workers and hire 500 afresh.”

The company has two kinds of product lines at its Chennai plant including one each for manufacturing cars locally and assembling CKD (completely knocked down) units of cars. The cars that are manufactured locally include hatchback Nissan Micra, sedan Nissan Sunny and Renault’s latest Pulse hatchback.

In year 2010, the company rolled-out about 75,000 units in 2010, to which the company is planning to double fold in the current fiscal.

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