Ford India has completed the expansion of its engine plant, increasing annual engine production capacity 36 per cent to 340,000 – 80,000 units more.
The additional capacity will feed the surging demand for diesel powertrains in India and growing exports, creating more employment opportunities in the process. The ongoing expansion has already led to the hiring of 200 employees.
Ford produces 17 variants of its models from the Chennai plant, Managing Director Michael Boneham said, adding the engine plant is “flexible” to produce both diesel and petrol engines from an integrated line. Expansion of engine facilities comes at a time when the car major has plans to roll out eight new models by 2015.
The event also marked the roll-out of Ford India’s 4,00,000th engine from the plant.
Mr Boneham said that the company will launch both petrol and diesel variants of compact SUV Ecosport early next year. It will also be exported.