Allison Transmission has announced the opening of a new multi-purpose operations facility which is located on the outskirts of Chennai.

Allison Transmission Chairman and CEO Lawrence E. Dewey said that the opening of the Chennai operations facility will help Allison Transmission expand its global footprint as well as its presence in India, where demand for Allison’s fully automatic transmissions is ‘steadily growing’. 

City transit bus and off-highway construction vehicles equipped with a broad range of Allison products are presently in service throughout India and are rapidly growing in numbers, the firm says. In addition, the company says it is seeing increasing interest from Indian OEM’s for additional On- and Off-Highway vehicle applications for Allison transmissions.

The firm says that the India location – with good transport links – makes it an ideal site from which Allison Transmission can continue to grow globally.

“In India, we see a transportation industry that continues to develop, embraces the latest technology and a country that is upgrading its transportation system in all facets.  The future here is very bright,” said Dewey.

The new facility will be capable of manufacturing vehicular drivetrain components and will also serve as the regional headquarters of Allison Transmission India Pvt. Ltd.

Allison says that the facility also incorporates design features which will allow it to expand quickly as future marketing opportunities develop. Approximately 300 employees are expected to be employed by the facility once it is fully operational.

Managing Director of Allison India Pvt. Ltd. Ram Amarnath said: “It is our intent to expand into the medium and heavy duty bus and truck segments utilising our comprehensive product line”. 

Allison Transmission says its growth in India has been propelled by fitting automatics into low-floor CNG and diesel buses in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur and other Indian cities.