Force Motors has made an investment of INR 100 crore by inaugurating a new engine facility in Chakan, Pune. This newly facility is a part of company’s INR 700 crore investment plan which will be implemented in the next two years. The plant was inaugurated in the presence of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Prakash Javedkar, Union Minister of State for Development, Forests and Climate Change.
The facility has an annual capacity of 20,000 engines as well as front and rear axles. Moreover the requirement for the same is increased as per the demand from Mercedes-Benz. Also, the inauguration event was also graced by Frank Deiss, Global Head, Powertrain, Mercedes-Benz, and Girish Bapat, Guardian Minister for Pune district. The facility which is spread in an area of 130,000 sq. ft, the plant boasts eight lines that can produce and test about 14 engine variants which include 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder V-type petrol and diesel engines, powering the complete range of cars as well as SUVs produced by Mercedes-Benz India.
Prasan Firodia, managing director, Force Motors said that, “The inauguration of this plant marks a significant step in our 45-year-long association with Mercedes-Benz.” Moreover, when enquired about the blow due to the ban on diesel engines of 2000cc capacity or more in Delhi-NCR, Prasan mentioned that, “I won’t be able to say how much we are impacted, but as these luxury carmakers are impacted we have also taken a hit.”
Abhay Firodia, chairman, Force Motors said by remarking on the ban that, “We have to remove this artificial ban and we have to ensure that old polluting vehicles are taken off the road.”
Force Motors has been associated with the German automaker for manufacturing engines for Mercedes Benz since 1997. The company has supplied more than 60,000 engines as well as 50,000 axle units to Mercedes-Benz India. Force Motors also manufactures engines for Mercedes-Benz’s competitor – BMW at its Chennai plant.