Mahindra’s new future-ready auto manufacturing plant in Chakan near Pune was inaugurated early today (13th March, 2010). The Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Ashok Chavan inaugurated the manufacturing facility spread across 700 acres. Also present during the inauguration were Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group and Dr Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Shri Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Hon’ble Minister for Transport & Ports, Shri Ajitdada Pawar, Hon’ble Water Resources Minister, Shri Sachin Ahir, Hon’ble Minister of State for Environment, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Shri Dilip Mohite Patil, Hon’ble MLA and Chairman Estimates Committee, Maharashtra Legislature were also present to witness the inauguration.
The firm has invested about Rs. 5000 crore for the project which they believe will set new standards for Mahindra and the Automotive industry. The plant will be able to cope up with the global demand in due time with an initial production capacity of 3 lakh vehicles. The vehicles manufactured in the plant will include the range of products from the 0.75 tonne Maxximo to the 49 tonne Mahindra Navistar truck, the SUV and Pik-Up range and also the product line for the US market. The facility also boasts of a state of the art press shop and paint shop. Along with its technological prowess, the plant also boasts of its eco-friendliness.
“Our new state-of-the-art facility at Chakan incorporates a flexible and agile approach to manufacturing which will ensure that it is future ready and able to respond rapidly to changing customer needs. Key focus areas include people, the environment, connected manufacturing and operational excellence. The plant has been envisioned as the hub of innovation and technology for the Mahindra Group, with several new products, including our new SUV and Pik-Up line rolling out from here. The Government of Maharashtra has worked closely with us to enable completion of this plant in a record time span of 22 months and may I thank them for their unstinted support,” stated Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd