Kia Motors, Second Plant In AP To Produce Cars, At Anantapur
Amaravati: The South Korea’s automobile manufacturer, Kia Motors, would establish its new plant in Ananthapur district shortly. The Kia had signed an MoU with the State government for a green field car unit at Erramanchi in Anantapur district at an estimated cost of USD 2 billion. Kia Motors president Han Woo Park signed the MoU with Industries secretary Solomon Arokaraj.
The Kia Motors along with his associates will produce strategic compact sedans and compact SUVs, which will be designed to suit the Indian market conditions. The unit will incorporate facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembling. Besides an advanced training center, Kia Motors will also establish a township for their employees. The project is expected to generate employment for over 11,000 people, both permanent and temporary.
The project is likely to commence work in the last quarter of 2017 and is expected to roll out the first batch of cars in the second half of 2019, to eventually produce up to 300,000 units each year.
Welcoming the initiative Chief Minister Naidu said that it is a proud moment for him as well as for the people of Andhra Pradesh who welcome a global automobile giant to the State.
“I am very happy that Kia Motors has finalized its investment plans to enter India, and has selected Andhra Pradesh to set up their new plant,” the Chief Minister said. He, in fact, pushed the deadline for trial production from June 2019 to the end of December 2018.
The Chief Minister said that he considers the Automobile and Auto-components as a very important thrust sector for the growth of Andhra Pradesh and that today’s MoU will go a long way in its development history and will also strengthen his commitment towards “ Make in India” program.
With an accent on manufacturing efficiency, as India’s automobile industry had made great strides in recent years, the Chief Minister said that he is confident that Kia Motors will bring in its latest technology, both in products as well as in its machinery and also help strengthen the automobile sector in the State by enhancing its auto-components ecosystem.
On behalf of the Andhra Pradesh Government, the Chief Minister assured Kia Motors that the government machinery would extend all the needed support to the project and will stay committed all though. “We will stand by you and provide a transparency ecosystem”, the Chief Minister added.
Andhra Pradesh is poised to become a very strong hub for Automobile sector in India. Its overall target is to employ at least 2 lakh persons in the Automobile and Auto components sector by 2020.
The government believes that with the presence of Kia Motors and its ancillaries, the entire region from Anantapur towards Bengaluru will be developed into a strong economic hub. Besides this, the project will have a spin-off effect on industrial development and employment in backward areas within Andhra Pradesh.
The Chief Minster said that he would personally monitor the progress of the project every 4th Monday and appointed the District Collector of Anantapur as the nodal officer for this project. Both the plant manager and the nodal officer would be responsible for the speedy completion of the plant, the Chief Minister said.