Force Motors today inaugurated its state-of-the-art engine assembly plant in Chennai. Located close to the BMW Chennai facility, the Rs 200-crore engine plant can produce up to 20,000 engines a yer with options to enhance capacity further based on the demand. The plant was inaugurated by Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises Anant Geete, in the presence of P Thangamani, the Tamil Nadu Minister for Industries, Steel, Mines and Minerals.
Force Motors is one of the seven major local suppliers for BMW that enabled the OEM to increase the localisation to about 50 percent in value terms. The company will assemble 4- and 6-cylinder engines for several BMW models including the 3-Series (four cylinder), 5-Series (four and six cylinders), 7-Series (six cylinders), few model ranges in X1, X3, X5 and 3GT.
The Managing Director of Force Motors, Prasan Firodia said, “This is an important milestone in the company’s journey so far. We envision this facility as being instrumental in further establishing Force Motors’ strengths as a preferred supplier of critical and high precision components to top European brands.”
The Force Motors plant at Chennai has been developed under supervision and guidance from the luxury car maker and is according to their exacting global standards. With the addition of this plant, the national presence of the group company goes up to fifteen facilities.
Robert Frittrang, Managing Director, BMW Plant Chennai, told AutoParts Asia recently that Force Motors is a new company for BMW while the other suppliers roped in for the localisation have been supporting the OEM globally. “We have been closely observing this supplier from the very beginning. We chose the company for its knowledge and experience in supplying to some of the premium vehicle manufacturers in India. It has in-built competence and quality that are valuable to us. The production facility of Force Motors is just a kilometre away from our plant. The company procures engine kits from Germany and assemble the engines for us.”