General Motors recently opened its manufacturing facility in Bekasi, Indonesia. The 58,000 square meter plant employs 700 people and will be producing the Chevrolet Spin sub-compact MPV that was first introduced in the Indonesian market September last year.
The first Chevrolet Spin was led off the production line by Dr. Budi Darmadi, Indonesia’s director general for Leading Industry Based on High Technology, Ministry of Industry and Tim Lee, GM Vice President for Global Manufacturing and President for International Operations. Also marking the occasion was Marcos Purty, President Director GM Indonesia and Martin Apfel, GM Southeast Asia Operations President and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel.
“Indonesia is one of General Motors’ fastest growing markets and we are big believers in build where we sell and source where we build,” said Lee. “Last year, we saw a 17 percent growth in Indonesia compared with 2011. With the excitement around the launch of Chevrolet Spin, we are looking forward to continuing on this path of success.”
With a manufacturing capacity of 40,000 vehicles a year, the Bekasi plant will be supplying 80% of the Chevrolet Spin produced to Indonesia while the rest will be exported to Thailand, and the Philippines.
“Today’s opening is a special occasion for our 700 employees, 43 local auto-parts makers and 34 Indonesian Chevrolet dealers,” said Purty.