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MG Motor inaugurates its first manufacturing facility in India

Published in Automobile Monday, 02 October 2017 11:39

To invest upwards of Rs 2,000 crore; first product to be rolled-out in 2019

UK-based automotive marquee MG Motor  announced the inauguration of its first-ever manufacturing facility in India, through a minimum initial investment of Rs 2,000 crore. With an initial capacity of 80,000 units per annum in the first phase, MG Motor India will roll-out its first product from the plant in 2019.
The state-of-the-art facility, spread over an area of 170 acres, will be completely revamped by MG Motor by 2019. The company has already hired an initial workforce of 70 employees at the plant. The facility will entail creation of significant number of jobs, apart from several additional indirect jobs in the state, as part of the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiatives.

“Today is a water-shed moment for the MG brand in India with the inauguration of our first-ever manufacturing facility here. Overall, we aim to positively contribute to the ecosystem here in Gujarat including all stakeholders by generating employment opportunities for local talent, leveraging the capable supplier base and contributing to the overall benefit of the society and community here,” said P Balendran, Executive Director, MG Motor India.

“The Morris Garages brand already has a huge resonance in India with at least 500 owners in India since
1924, when the brand was first established in the UK. These owners and many passionate fans have expressed their curiosity, keenly anticipating the brand’s return to India. The first product will roll out from here in 2019, blending MG’s true DNA with modern British design language,” Balendran added.
The greenfield facility was inaugurated with a traditional Indian ‘Puja’ ceremony on the auspicious occasion of Navratras, in the presence of all MG Motor India employees, MG Motor International employees and key representatives of the local administration including Gujarat government.

“We thank the excellent administration in Gujarat and the pro-active approach of the government for facilitating smooth takeover of the Halol plant. With this, we are very proud to contribute to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, contributing to the overall positive and sustainable development of the society here,” said P Balendran.
“With the takeover and other formalities including approvals and land transfer completed, we will start refurbishing the entire plant very soon, with MG’s state-of-the-art manufacturing tools, equipment and processes. The establishment of our operations will entail a significant number of direct jobs, and multi-fold indirect jobs for the overall community,” added Balendran.

The MG brand, which originated as an iconic British Racing Sports Brand in the year 1924, has evolved into a modern-day innovative brand through the last 93 years.
About Morris Garages

Founded in the UK in 1924, MG (Morris Garages) was world famous for its sports cars/cabriolet series, sought after by many celebrities including British Prime Ministers and even the British royal family. Set up in 1930 in Abingdon, UK, the MG Car Club has more than a million loyal fans, making it by far one of the world's largest clubs for a single brand. SAIC acquired the MG brand and its businesses in 2008.

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Rajeev Chaba, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India and P Balendran, Executive Director, MG Motor India, at the official takeover ceremony of MG Motor India's first manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat.

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