Ford To Shut Down Both of Its Manufacturing Plants in India, Here’s Why

Published:Nov 26, 202316:04

New Delhi: US auto main Ford Motor Co will shut its two manufacturing vegetation in India and can promote solely imported automobiles in the nation as half of a restructuring train, in response to individuals conscious of the event. The firm, which invested about USD 2.5 billion at its Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Sanand (Gujarat) vegetation, will cease promoting automobiles such because the EcoSport, Figo and Aspire that are produced from these vegetation. Going forward, it might solely promote imported automobiles like Mustang in the nation. Apple Car’s Project Head Doug Field Leaves To Join Ford: Report.

"This is a restructuring decision, where the company will shift to imported vehicles," mentioned an individual in the know of the event.

A proper announcement by the corporate is predicted quickly. Ford has been struggling for years to make a mark in India's automotive market. Ford India has an put in manufacturing capability of 6,10,000 engines and 4,40,000 automobiles a yr. It additionally exported its fashions akin to Figo, Aspire, and EcoSport to over 70 markets around the globe.

In January this yr, Ford Motor Co and Mahindra & Mahindra had determined to scrap their beforehand introduced automotive three way partnership and as a substitute selected to proceed impartial operations in India. In October 2019, the 2 firms had introduced an settlement below which Mahindra & Mahindra would purchase a majority stake in a wholly-owned arm of Ford Motor Co (FMC) that may take over the automotive enterprise of the US auto main in India.

The new entity was to develop the market and distribute Ford model automobiles in India whereas additionally promoting each - Mahindra and Ford - vehicles in the high-growth rising markets. As half of the settlement, M&M was to amass 51 per cent stake in a wholly-owned arm of the US auto main -- Ardour Automotive Private Ltd, presently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company Inc, USA for round Rs 657 crore. The steadiness 49 per cent fairness shareholding in Ardour was to be held by FMC and/or any of its associates.

The new enterprise was additionally envisaged to amass the automotive enterprise of Ford India Pvt Ltd (FIPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMC, that has been engaged in the automotive enterprise in India since 1995. The automotive enterprise which was to be acquired included automobile manufacturing vegetation of Ford India at Chennai and Sanand however excluded the separate powertrain facility in Sanand, which is actually used for FMC's world markets, and the powertrain division of FIPL additionally didn't kind half of the deal.

Ford is the second American auto main after General Motors to close vegetation in India. In 2017 General Motors introduced that it might cease promoting automobiles in India as there was no turnaround in its fortunes right here even after struggling for over 20 years to make a mark. The firm bought its Halol plant in Gujarat to MG Motors, whereas it continued to run its Talegaon plant in Maharashtra for exports however ceased manufacturing there final December.

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