When we talk about the automobile industry in India, there are re only two places you look at - Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, but Andhra Pradesh is all set to become a major auto hub as well, with South Korean carmaker, Kia Motors, setting up a big manufacturing plant in Yerramanchi village at Penugonda mandal of Anantapur district. The company today announced the first frame installation for its plant and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and CEO & President, Kia Motors, Han Woo Park were present at this ceremony.
Kia has already invested $1.1 billion in its plant here, however, the company has big plans for the future. Han Woo Park, CEO & President, Kia Motors Corporation said, "Kia Motors has big plans for India and the company has already made significant investment in its plant in the country. I am happy to announce that the construction of the plant is one month ahead of schedule. We are making additional investments in India and Kia will spend a total of $2 billion in India by 2021. This investment will create more than 10,000 jobs"
Kia Motors India will soon start recruiting the 3000 employees needed to operate the plant. The company is currently in discussion with the Andhra Pradesh Government to start a joint training programme at the state Governement level to develop the necessary manufacturing skills among local residents.
The work of the manufacturing facility is already underway and carried out at a war footing. The engine shop, body shop, paint shop, seat shop, assembly unit, utility centre and power train shop are all getting prepared and will be completed shortly.