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Kia takes another step
Korean car maker, Kia Motors, scheduled to start India operations from next year has celebrated a framework installation ceremony at the site of its India plant in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, today. AP chief minister Chandra Babu Naidu was present on the occassion alongside the top management of Kia Motors India led by its global President and CEO, Han-Woo Park.
The plant is currently spread over 586 acres spread with future expansion possible for a total area of 750 acres as per company sources. With the ceremonial girder installation of the factory, Kia has revealed that the plant construction is one month ahead of schedule and will be completed by first quarter of 2019. Production will begin in the second quarter with the roll out of its small SUV, which was previewed with the SP Concept at the recently concluded Auto Expo. This will be followed by a line-up that will include a hatchback, sedan and possibly another compact SUV.
The Indian plant is the 15th globally for the oldest Korean auto marque. It will have a capacity of three lakh units when fully operational and employ more than 3000 people. The company is said to have already started a discussion with the state government to put a training program in place to develop skills, especially amongst local residents.