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Isuzu opens Indian plant; will serve as key global hub

Isuzu opens Indian plant; will serve as key global hub image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Isuzu India | posted April 28, 2016 09:58

Plant can manufacture up to 1.2 million units

Isuzu Motors Ltd. is looking for further growth and expansion not just in the region but globally as well with the opening of a large-scale manufacturing plant in India.

Located in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, the plant is spread out over 43 hectares and will initially produce 50,000 units per year.

The Japanese automaker rolled out the D-Max V-Cross pick-up during the inauguration yesterday and it was driven right out of the assembly line by the city’s chief minister.

Initially, the plant will supply the Indian domestic market but Isuzu Motors President Masanori Katayama indicated that the plant was designed to be able to manufacture up to 1,200,000 units and developed to be a key manufacturing plant for the global market.

"This new plant in India will not only cater to requirements of the growing Indian market, but will serve as a key manufacturing hub for Isuzu's global operations," said Katayama.

Isuzu already has existing plants in the United States of America, Japan and Thailand and the addition of the plant in India will surely boost its global manufacturing capabilities.

"This state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will follow Isuzu global manufacturing standards and Isuzu Manufacturing Management (IMM) practices. The plant will also focus on safety, quality and Isuzu's commitment to environment," Isuzu Motor Ltd. said in a statement.