If all goes well, Force Motors will set up an engine manufacturing unit at Chengelpet, Tamil Nadu. The decision has come after a meeting of its board of directors yesterday, which has given a green signal for the manufacturing facility provided it gets all the requisite approvals.
The new plant will also feature a testing facility, and the whole unit will essentially enable Force Motors to cater to a 'new customer' as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). There has been no official statement from the company, however, it is speculated that the new unit down south will manufacture engines for the BMW. The Bavarian company assembles vehicles in Chennai but has not confirmed or denied any association with the Pune-based company.
This alliance can only mean good news for BMW customers as the in-house engine production will certainly bring the costs down from the German manufacturer. The possibility of BMW motors eventually finding their way in the engine bays of Force Motors vehicles can be considered a distant reality, if not totally implausible.
Force Motors’ will invest Rs. 100 crore in the project and the new manufacturing unit is expected to start operations in early 2015. Force Motors already has three plants - one in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, and two in Pune. In fact, the manufacturing unit in Urse, Pune is where the company has been assembling and testing Mercedes Benz engines since 1999. Force still assembles the Mercedes Benz engines and axles for all its C, E, S and M Class vehicles built in India.