SAIC Motor Corp, the leading Chinese car manufacturer, had announced its plans to enter the Indian market by 2019. The company will manufacture and sell MG brand cars in the country. In line with its commitment, the carmaker has now inaugurated its first production plant in Gujarat. Established with a minimum investment of Rs 2,000 crore, the new MG manufacturing facility has an annual capacity of 80,000 units in the first phase.
Just so you know, MG Motor acquired General Motors’ Halol based plant in Gujarat earlier this month. The company will revamp the entire facility by 2019. This manufacturing plant is spread over an area of 170 acres. Initially, the company will commence its Indian operations with a workforce of 70 employees at this plant. As a part of the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiatives, the new MG facility will create significant number of jobs along with multiple additional indirect jobs. Check Out – Upcoming MG Cars in India
The greenfield facility was inaugurated with a traditional Indian ‘Puja’ ceremony during the auspicious occasion of Navratras. The inauguration was taken place in the presence of all MG Motor India employees, MG Motor International employees and key representatives of the local administration including Gujarat government.
Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India said, “Today is a water-shed moment for the MG brand in India with the inauguration of our first-ever manufacturing facility here. Overall, we aim to positively contribute to the ecosystem here in Gujarat including all stakeholders by generating employment opportunities for local talent, leveraging the capable supplier base and contributing to the overall benefit of the society and community here.” Read – SAIC Maxus D90 Might Come To Challenge Toyota Fortuner
“The Morris Garages brand already has a huge resonance in India with at least 500 owners in India since 1924, when the brand was first established in the UK. These owners and many passionate fans have expressed their curiosity, keenly anticipating the brand’s return to India. The first product will roll out from here in 2019, blending MG’s true DNA with modern British design language,” he further added. Read About – MG3 Hatchback
Speaking on the occasion, P Balendran, Executive Director, MG Motor India said, “We greatly appreciate the pro-active approach displayed by the Gujarat government in facilitating the smooth transfer approval of the Halol plant and granting us the required approvals to re-start the operations. With this, we are very proud to play our role to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, contributing to the overall positive and sustainable development of the society here. With the takeover and other transfer formalities having completed, we will start refurbishing the entire plant very soon, with MG’s state-of-the-art manufacturing tools, equipment and processes.”