Magna expands in India with two new facilities

The plants in Sanand will manufacture seat, body and chassis systems starting in 2015.

AURORA, Ont. — Magna International Inc. is setting up two new plants in the Sanand region of the state of Gujarat, India, to begin production in 2015.

The Aurora, Ont.-based global auto parts and components supplier said while the new plants represent vehicle programs built off global-platforms, they also help position the company for further growth in India.

A 215,000-square-foot plant will make complete seat systems for an automaker, employing 200 people; and the second, a 356,000-square-foot plant will manufacture body and chassis systems for several customers, employing 400 people.

Magna has the following operations in India:

• a 279,000-square-foot body and chassis plant in Pune that performs blanking, stamping, forming, as well as welding and assembly for General Motors, Volkswagen, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra;

• a 225,000-square-foot body and chassis plant in Chennai that performs stamping, welding and assembly for Ford and Nissan in India, as well as customers outside India;

• a seating design and engineering centre in Pune; and

• a vacuum pump plant in Bengaluru, serving Maruti Suzuki, Honda Cars India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Renault-Nissan and Tata Motors.

Magna has 1,600 employees, 11 manufacturing locations and four engineering centres in India.

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