Isuzu Motors India Private Limited, today held a ground breaking ceremony for its new manufacturing facility at Hyderabad.The plant will start functioning in 2016 in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. As of the initial plans are concerned, the unit will produce 50,000units and it will further expand to 120,000 units. Isuzu has concerete plans to introduce such products which will be focused to cater different customers needs. As far as investment is concerned, the company has put in Rs 30 billion to raise this unit in India. In collaberation with Mitsubishi, the Japanese brand will bring brilliant products to India. Mitsubishi has been in India for years as a partner with Hindustan Motors and now the company will tie-up with Isuzu for production.
The plant’s foundation stone was unveiled by Shri. Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Susumu Hosoi, President and Representative Director from Isuzu Motors Limited, Mr Hideyuki Nabeshima, Member of the Board, Senior Executive Vice President from Mitsubishi Corporation, along with Dr. (Smt.) J Geeta Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Major Industries, Sugar, commerce and Export Promotion, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, President & Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India and Mr. Shigeru Wakabayashi, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India.
The company had acquired 107 Acres of land in 2013 after signing MoU with the Andhra Pradesh State Government in order to start automobile manufacturing operation in India.
Mr. Susumu Hosoi, President and Representative Director, Isuzu Motors Limited, said “We are extremely happy to begin work for our manufacturing plant in India. Our investment showcases our commitment to India and we look forward to gradually increase our presence in the country. This project is considered as one of the important projects at Isuzu Motors. By introducing the globally popular Isuzu pick-up trucks and SUVs, we are quite confident that our fuel efficient and durable products will match the needs of the customers in India.”
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Takashi Kikuchi, President & Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India said, “It is an important and exciting day for us since we have broken ground at Sri City. India is a key region in Isuzu’s global growth strategy for its emerging markets and as an important manufacturing hub in the future. Our focus is to accelerate our business and establish Isuzu as an important player in the pickup trucks and utility vehicles market in India.”
He further added, “Andhra Pradesh is an investor friendly and progressive state with a receptive government and we are delighted to locate our manufacturing plant here. Moreover, Sri City is in an ideal location offering impeccable opportunity, superior connectivity and great infrastructure which are prerequisites for every industry.”
Looking at the growing demand of skilled workforce in the automobile industry, Isuzu’s Motor vehicle Training kit was presented to Mr. J.C. Sharma, Principal Secretary to Government, A.P. The training kit consists of an engine assembly, chassis, transmission and steering systems to give practical automobile learning to aspiring students. Keeping in mind the increasing demand for diesel cars in the country and the need for skilled manpower for diesel-engine technology, Isuzu will also be conducting advanced automobile diesel engine training at ITI Tirupati for ITI technical staff.
The manufacturing plant will have a production capacity of 120,000 units, once it is fully operational. State of the art Painting Booth & Oven, Water tester, Combination Tester and Spot welding machines would be used to ensure that the India manufacturing facility is at par with Isuzu’s Global Operating Standards. To ensure environmental compliance, Isuzu is expected to develop the best available sustainable and energy efficiency practices including ZLD (Zero Liquid Discharge) facility and ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) process.
By the end of March 2014, Isuzu will have presence in nine Cities with exclusive dealerships in Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Cochin, Bangalore, Tirupati, Vishakapatnam, Madurai and Delhi.