Chinese automobile manufacturer Great Wall Motor (GWM) announced Tuesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maharashtra government for setting up a production facility in the state, which it had acquired from General Motors (GM).
News agency PTI reported that this manufacturing plant, if opened, will fetch an investment of $1 billion (about Rs 7,600 crore) in a phased manner and will provide employment opportunity to more than 3,000 people.
Far from border, Business as usual : Leading Chinese automotive co GWM signed an MoU today with Maharashtra Govt for a phased investment of $1bn in mfg facility in Talegaon. MoU signed in the presence of CM @OfficeofUT and Chinese ambassador Mr Sun Weidong @IndianExpress
“This would be a highly automated plant in Talegaon (near Pune) with advanced robotics technology integrated in many of the production processes,” Parker Shi, managing director of Indian subsidiary of GWM, was quoted as saying in a statement.
“Overall we are committed to USD 1 billion of investment in India in a phased manner, which is directed towards manufacturing world class intelligent and premium products, R&D centre, building supply chain and providing jobs to over 3,000 people in a phased manner,” he added.
In January this year, GWM had signed an agreement to acquire the plant from American manufacturer GM.
The factory has facilities like logistics distribution centre, training centre, project management building, administrative office building and public facilities centre.
GMW will produce its EV and SUV models at the plant.
At the Auto Expo held in February this year, GWM had announced that it also planned to invest in battery research and development and manufacturing in India to reinforce and accelerate “India’s Electrification Strategy”.
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