Magna to set up two plants in Sanand

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Magna In­ter­na­tional, Inc., a lead­ing global au­to­mo­tive sup­plier head­quar­tered in On­tario, Canada, has an­nounced it is set­ting up two new fa­cil­i­ties in Sanand re­gion of Gu­jarat as part of its global en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­pan­sion.

While the new plants re­flect business awards for ve­hi­cle pro- grammes built off global-plat­forms, they also help po­si­tion Magna for fur­ther growth in In­dia as ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion ex­pands.

At one of the new Sanand fa­cil­i­ties, Magna will make com­plete seat sys­tems for a lead­ing au­tomaker. The 215,000-sq. ft plant will em­ploy about 200 peo­ple and is ex­pected to be­gin vol­ume pro­duc­tion in 2015.

At the sec­ond fa­cil­ity, the com- pany will man­u­fac­ture body and chas­sis sys­tems for mul­ti­ple cus­tomers. The 356,000-sq. ft plant will em­ploy ap­prox­i­mately 400 peo­ple and also ex­pects to be­gin vol­ume pro­duc­tion in 2015.

“Magna's growth in mar­kets such as In­dia re­flects our cus­tomers' need for world-class, in­no­va­tive sup­pli­ers," said Jim Tobin, Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer and Pres­i­dent, Magna Asia. "With almost a mil­lion square feet of ca­pac­ity now in­stalled in In­dia, we be­lieve we are ex­tremely well-po­si­tioned to support the in­creas­ing ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion fore­cast for the In­dian au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try."

Magna's grow­ing pres­ence in In­dia also in­cludes the fol­low­ing ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties: A 279,000-sq. ft body and chas­sis plant in Pune which per­forms blank­ing, stamp­ing, form­ing as well as weld­ing and assem­bly on pro­grammes for var­i­ous cus­tomers. A 225,000-sq. ft body and chas­sis plant in Chen­nai which per­forms stamp­ing, weld­ing and assem­bly for cus­tomers such as Ford and Nis­san in In­dia, as well as cus­tomers out­side In­dia. A seat­ing de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing cen­ter in Pune. A vac­uum pump man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Ben­galuru, serv­ing cus­tomers like Maruti Suzuki, Honda Cars In­dia, M&M, Re­nault-Nis­san and Tata Mo­tors. Magna's cur­rent pres­ence in In­dia in­cludes ap­prox­i­mately 1,600 em­ploy­ees. With the two new fa­cil­i­ties, Magna will have 11 man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tions and four en­gi­neer­ing cen­tres.

The company’s prod­uct ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clude pro­duc­ing body, chas­sis, in­te­rior, ex­te­rior, seat­ing, pow­er­train, elec­tronic, vi­sion, clo­sure and roof sys­tems and mod­ules, as well as com­plete ve­hi­cle en­gi­neer­ing and con­tract man­u­fac­tur­ing

Mean­while, Tata Au­to­Comp Sys­tems Ltd and Magna In­ter­na­tional, Inc. have signed a 50:50 joint ven­ture agree­ment to pro­vide seat­ing sys­tems to the In­dian com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try. The JV will be fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive seat­ing sys­tems to com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers as well as buses.

Ajay Tan­don, MD & CEO, Tata Au­to­Comp Sys­tems Ltd, said, "Tata Au­to­Comp has al­ways been the fron­trun­ner in of­fer­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies to its cus­tomers through its part­ners. This part­ner­ship with Magna will ex­pand our port­fo­lio to now bring the lat­est in seat­ing sys­tems to the In­dian com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try."

"Seat­ing sys­tems in com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles have not yet evolved in In­dia. With the rapid in­crease in in­fra­struc­ture, we en­vis­age more and more ve­hi­cles ply­ing long dis­tances. In such a sce­nario, the safety and com­fort of both driver and pas­sen­gers is paramount. Through this joint ven­ture, we in­tend to ad­dress this in­creas­ing need of the in­dus­try," Arvind Goel, Pres­i­dent and Chief of Op­er­a­tions and New Tech­nol­ogy, Tata Au­to­Comp Sys­tems Ltd, added.

The joint ven­ture will be head­quar­tered in Pune, Ma­ha­rash­tra, and will sup­ply seat­ing sys­tems to cus­tomers in In­dia.

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