Ford India rolls out 100000 engine from its Chennai plant

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Car maker Ford India said it has rolled out its 1,00,000th engine this month from its manufacturing plant at Chennai. The company in a statement said that "This significant milestone was achieved just 14 months after the engine plant opened for operations in January 2010.”

The engine plant has been set up as part of Ford's USD 500 million investment at the Maraimalai Nagar site with a capacity to produce 2,50,000 engines per year. It has been designed to meet the growing needs of the Indian vehicle market and export opportunities.

It added that "The plant achieved the 100,000 milestone amongst multiple variant launches for domestic and international markets.”

Commenting on the achievement, Mr Michael Boneham of Ford India president and MD of Ford India said that "This world-class manufacturing facility reinforces our intent and commitment to compete with great products and powertrains in all segments."

Mr Radhakrishnan Balasundaram Ford India Vice-President, Powertrain Operation who heads the India Engine Plant said the company is confident that the next 100,000 engines will be produced at an even faster pace.

The Chennai engine plant is the first Ford facility to feature a flexible production line manufacturing petrol and diesel engines. It produces five 'Duratec' petrol engine variants and one 'Duratorq' diesel engine variant for Ford vehicles.

The plant has also exported more than one-third of the engines produced to South Africa and Thailand so far.