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Kia Motors new Anantapur plant begins trial production

Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019
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South Korean auto maker Kia Motors Corporation has commenced trial production at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh on 29 January 2019.

The trial operations were marked with a launch ceremony at the Anantapur plant, in the presence of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu.
The event marks the arrival of Kia’s new flagship car for India, the Kia SP2i – a new SUV based on the Kia SP Concept, first showcased at India’s Auto Expo 2018. The Kia SP2i series production will commence later in 2019.

The company’s new manufacturing facility in Anantapur occupies 536 acre of land parcel. The facility is capable of annual production capacity of up to 3,00,000 units. This will enhance global manufacturing capability of Kia.

A USD two billion investment by Kia and its vendor partners will ensure availability of technologies and development of high-quality local manufacturing skills. The plant is poised to create over 3,000 direct and 7,000 indirect jobs across the state.

The plant is equipped with high-end robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It has more than 300 robots automating the press, body and paint shops.

The plant has a five-acre training facility that offers Basic Technical Course (BTC) in automobiles in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC).

The plant makes use of environmentally-conscious techniques, such as 100 percent water recycling.

Apart from this, the company also consolidated its Future Mobility Partnership with the government of Andhra Pradesh by handing over an example of the new Kia Soul electric vehicle.


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