Kia Motors Corporation has officially opened its new Indian production facility on Thursday in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. Following a USD 1.1 billion investment by Kia, the new Kia Motors India (KMI) manufacturing plant is now fully operational.
The grand opening ceremony took place just two years after construction began in the fourth quarter of 2017. The KMI plant is the production home for Kia’s first ‘made in India’ product, the Seltos compact SUV, with other models to follow in the future.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Jagan Mohan Reddy and Bongkil Shin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India. The ceremony was led by Han-Woo Park, president and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation, Kookhyun Shim, Managing Director and CEO of Kia Motors India, and key leaders from Kia Motors India.
New KMI facility creates jobs and boosts global production capacity
The Anantapur production facility is capable of producing up to 300,000 units each year.
In addition to petrol and diesel variants of the Seltos, production of future electric and hybrid vehicles was kept in consideration while designing the KMI plant production lines.
The plant is equipped with more than 450 robots, helping to automate the press, body and paint shops, as well as the assembly line.
Additionally, the area around KMI is home to numerous supplier companies’ facilities. Kia’s presence in Anantapur has helped create over 12,000 new direct and indirect jobs across the region.
The facility also aligns with Kia’s global focus on quality, with a control center ensuring the highest manufacturing standards. The final stage of the plant’s production process was an advanced quality assessment and evaluation, carried out in tandem with suppliers to enable all parties to benefit from findings.
Kia’s quality control measures ensure continuous improvements in product quality, bolstering the brand’s hard-won reputation for reliability.
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