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Ford India lays foundation for Rs. 5K crore plant at Sanand [Apr 2012]

Ford India lays the foundation for its new US$1 billion manufacturing facility at Sanand. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, the integrated manufacturing facility will have the capacity to produce an additional 2,40,000 new Ford vehicles and 2,70,000 engines per year for Indian customers and for export markets. The unit is being set up at the 460-acre plant site with an investment of around  Rs. 5,000 crore.
Michael Boneham, President and MD, Ford India said, “With this new state-of-the-art Ford Integrated Manufacturing Facility for Sanand, we are committed to significantly increasing our manufacturing output and aggressively expanding our business in India. The vehicles and engines produced at Sanand with India-based, world-class suppliers and partners, will add greatly to the full range of exciting, safe and fuel-efficient vehicles available to Indian customers at tremendous value”.
The new assembly plant will be fully integrated to support stamping, body assembly, paint, trim and final assembly. The paint shop for which the foundation stone was placed today, will utilize Ford’s environmentally friendly rotational dip technology and 3-wet technology paint processes, dramatically improving paint quality, depth and durability, as well as significantly reducing volatile organic compounds, CO2 emissions and waste.
Ford’s total investment in India to date is approximately USD 2 billion, an investment that is expected to grow with the completion of the Sanand integrated manufacturing facility in 2014. In addition to the 5,000 direct employment jobs created with completion of the manufacturing facility; the completion of this manufacturing facility will spur the creation of thousands of additional indirect jobs in the Gujarat area. To provide for maximum local sourcing for parts, Ford India’s operations in the state has already attracted 19 high level supply commodities to date that will manufacture components close to the Sanand facility.

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