The Hindu newspaper reports from Kochi that four days of discussions between State officials and a team from BMW ended on Wednesday with the State team exuding confidence that Kochi stood a good chance of being chosen as the base for the German car-maker’s third manufacturing base in Asia.

The newspaper said that the BMW team, led by its Senior Manager for International Operations, Wolfram Rehm, met the Industries Principal Secretary, K. Mohandas, the Managing Director of KSIDC, P. H. Kurien, and the Managing Director of Kinfra, G. Gopala Pillai, in their last round of discussions with the State officials.

One of the officials who participated in the discussions told The Hindu that the signals were positive and that Kochi was being seriously considered as a manufacturing base for the car company.

He said that a decision from the company was expected by November after the company’s board of directors meet.

The newspaper added that a technical team from BMW comprising architects, engineers and doctors are expected to visit Kochi in the first or second week of September ahead of the choice of destinations for a manufacturing base in India being presented to the board of directors.

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BMW is on a location hunt in the country and its officials are learnt to have visited Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu before coming to Kochi.

The project is expected to take off as an assembly base which would have a capacity for 2,000 cars per year.