Maruti Suzuki is searching for a suitable land parcel in Haryana to shift its Gurgaon manufacturing unit which has been operational since the brand’s inception in 1983. In an interaction with PTI, Kenichi Ayukawa, CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., confirmed this development.
India’s largest car maker has been looking to shift its Gurgaon facility for a long time. The plant which currently has an estimated production capacity of 7 lakh units per year is situated right in the middle of the rapidly expanding city.
Fast paced development of the area around the plant has increased traffic woes which make things extremely difficult for the hundreds of trucks carrying raw materials in and finished cars out on a daily basis.
With plants at Gurgaon and Manesar, Maruti has a huge manufacturing presence in Haryana and considers it as its mother state. Another reason for scouting for an alternate land within the state comes from the fact that the automaker has a well established vendor network there. It is being reported that the state government has responded positively to Maruti’s decision to move the Gurgaon plant to an alternative location.
Final location of the new Haryana plant has not been decided yet. It would take the government considerable time to scout and secure massive piece of land (for reference the Manesar plant has an area of 700 acres) without any opposition from the public. MSIL doesn’t have a rigid timeline for the shift either.
Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon and Manesar plant have a combined annual output of 15.5 lakh units. In addition, parent company Suzuki has set up a new plant in Gujarat whose first assembly line is already up and running with a capacity of 2.5 lakh units per annum. The second assembly line will be added next year while the third one is slated to go on stream by 2020.