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Ford breaks ground on new India plant

Published by Steve Coleman on September 06, 2011

Ford has broken ground on its new manufacturing plant in western India.

The addition of the state-of-the-art plant at Sanand, Gujarat, is expected to increase the automaker's capacity to 270,000 units annually.

Ford plans to spend US$1 billion on its overseas properties in the next few years to boost its production numbers. The new plant in India will be built over the next two years and become operational by 2014.

It's expected the plant will have a workforce of 5,000 workers, engineers and officers. Ford India is also planning to expand its powertrain unit in Chennai by next year at a cost of US$72 million.

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