Ford India has opened a new manufacturing plant in Sanand Gujarat which will also serve as one of the largest export hubs in the region. Made with a total investment of $1 billion or Rs 6300 Crores, the state of the art facility is spread across 400 acres and was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, US Ambassador to India, Richard Rahul Verma and Ford CEO Mark Fields.
The foundation stone of the production plant was laid on 5th September 2011, and it took three and half years down the line, they have made a plat so big that it directly employs some 2500 people while provides indirect job to 7500 employees via the vendors. Vehicles manufactured in this facility will be sold both in domestic as well as global markets.
"With today's opening of our plant in Sanand, we have taken our growth commitment to a new high in India," said Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO during the inauguration. "We are doubling our manufacturing capacity in India, creating good jobs are serving our customers around the world with great products."
The Sanand plant will join the company's earlier sole plant in India - the Chennai plant. Together, they will produce as much as 600000 engines and 440000 cars annually. The plant in Sanand boast of being one of the most automated plants in the Asia Pacific and Africa region. The company also revealed the much anticipated Ford Aspire compact sedan for the first time globally.