Ford India ramps up engine production by 80,000 units
Last Updated at
- 06:06 pm, July 17, 2012
Company’s Chennai plant will be turned into a regional hub for smaller-displacement engine production.
Ford’s state-of-the-art facility in Chennai recently went through an expansion project, allowing an annual rise in engine production by 36 per cent. The earlier production capacity of about 2.50 lakh units has been now upped to 3.30 lakh engines a year.
The production facility in Chennai will be now turned into a regional engine hub as nearly 40 per cent of the entire production will be exported overseas. The expansion project, which took around 14 months to get production-ready, has already employed 200 additional workers.
“We are delighted to see this new addition to our capacity in the Engine Plant as we gear up to move to the next stage of growth in India and the region,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India.
Boneham also said that 80 per cent of diesel engines built from the Chennai plant will be powering Ford’s Indian line-up of cars while 90 per cent of petrol engines will be headed to export markets.
Gary Johnson, vice president, Manufacturing, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, said, “Ford is currently building seven new plants across Asia Pacific and Africa, and we are making a significant commitment in India, which will see it become a regional hub for low-displacement engine production.”
First Published on 06:06 pm, July 17, 2012
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