Force Motors inaugurated its new plant at Chakan at the hands of Chief Minster of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. The plant, located in Chakan, carries forward the tradition of cooperation between Force Motors and Mercedes Benz. Force Motors has been a partner for producing engines for all Mercedes Benz Cars and SUV’s made in India since 1997. This portfolio has grown to include the front and rear axles for all Mercedes Benz Cars and SUVs as well. The new plant has a current annual production capacity of 20,000 engines and 20,000 front and rear axles. This capacity can be further enhanced, depending upon the requirement.
The Chakan plant is spread over 1,30,000 sq. ft. with eight lines that produce and test up to 14 engine variants. This includes 4 cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, 6 cylinder V-type gasoline and diesel engines, powering the complete range of Cars and SUVs made by Mercedes Benz India. It employs around 200 people and works in two shifts.
The plant is a part of an investment pledged by Force Motors over the next two years, across its chain for multiple products / business verticals. This technologically modern plant is temperature and dust controlled to ensure build quality. It has the modern technology needed for ensuring the production process with computer controlled precision equipment. The two modern hot test beds test all the engines produced for quality and performance.
Speaking on the occasion, Prasan Firodia said that the inauguration of the plant marks a significant step in their 45 year long association with Mercedes Benz. The association with Mercedes Benz India Car Plant alone spans over 19 years and has helped establish the company’s strength as a preferred supplier of critical and high precision aggregates to leading European Luxury Brands. This new plant will help Force Motors be more flexible in terms of the production capacity demands and will enable them to continue to produce engines and axles to the exacting standards expected by Mercedes Benz globally.