Force Motors‘ new plant at Chakan has been opened by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, in the presence of Prakash Javadekar, hon’able union minister of state for environment, forests and climate change, and Frank Deiss, global head powertrain Mercedes Benz, and Girish Bapat, Guardian minster for Pune district.
This state of the art plant located in Chakan carries forward the 45 year long tradition of cooperation between Force Motors and Mercedes Benz. Force Motors has been the preferred 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 capacity of 20,000 engines and 20,000 front and rear axles. This capacity can be further enhanced, should there be a requirement from Mercedes Benz India.
Force Motors has supplied over 60,000 engines and over 50,000 axles to Mercedes Benz India. This plant is the next step in the localisation and “Make in India” success story. This project was conceptualised in June 2015 and the first engines rolled out in February 2016.
The Force Motors Chakan plant is spread over 130,000 square feet with eight lines that produce and test up to 14 engine variants. This includes the 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 new plant is a part of investments pledged by Force Motors over the next two years, across its value chain for multiple products/business verticals. This technologically modern plant is temperature and dust controlled to ensure best in class build quality, Force says. It says also that it has the modern technology needed for ensuring the production process with computer controlled precision equipment. The two modern hot test beds test 100% of the engines produced for quality and performance.
Speaking on the occasion, Prasan Firodia said, “The inauguration of this plant marks a significant step in our 45 year long association with Mercedes Benz. The association with Mercedes Benz India car plant alone spans over 19 years and has helped establish Force Motors 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 us to continue to produce engines and axles to the exacting standards expected by Mercedes Benz globally.”