The framework installation for the first plant of Kia Motors in India was held in the Anantpur district, Andhra Pradesh on February 22, 2018. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was present at the function.
The new plant will be situated in an area of 23 million sqft and would provide about 3,000 jobs and produce three lakh cars a year. The mass production from this plant is scheduled to begin from the second half of 2019. The construction process is currently one month ahead of schedule and is tipped to wrap up by the end of the first quarter of next year.
“I believe Kia will bring amazing change and hope to both of the state of Andhra Pradesh and entire India. We are here to build more than just great cars. We aim to set a new standard of automotive lifestyle experience by providing Indian consumers with world-class products and service, but also deeply engaging with the Indian people and giving back to the community whenever possible,” Han-Woo Park, President and CEO, Kia Motors.
Kia Motors is currently in discussion with the Andhra Pradesh government to start a joint training programme at the state level to develop the necessary manufacturing skills among local residents.
Back in April 2017, Kia Motors had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)with the state government of Maharashtra to build a new manufacturing facility in Anantpur district.
NB: Read full story in March 2018 edition.