General Motors unveils tech centre in Bangalore

Wednesday, 26 February 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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General Motors Friday announced the setting up of a technical centre in Bangalore that would focus on engineering and research and development activities of the company.

NEW DELHI: The centre will conduct projects for export in critical areas such as computer-aided design, computer-aided engineering and computer-aided manufacturing, a General Motors statement issued here said.

General Motors will be investing $21 million in facilities and technical infrastructure for the centre.

"Research and Development activities will focus on high value work to complement current research programmes and undertake new exploratory research projects," said the statement.

The technical centre, which will house approximately 260 people, will begin operations in six months time.

The India team will provide services for General Motors Global Engineering, primarily comprised of work in which effective collaboration across sites and time zones is feasible, the company said.

"The technical centre will bring General Motors India into General Motors' global engineering network," said John Cohoon, executive director of GM Global Engineering.

"We are now able to engage the high-quality, skilled Indian engineering talent to help support our global portfolio. The opening of this centre, which will run two shifts, enables a 24-hour global engineering organisation," he added.

Aditya Vij, president and managing director of GM India, said: "Establishment of the technical centre in Bangalore is the clear manifestation of GM's commitment to the Indian market and the region.

"India is an emerging market in Asia and it is essential for us to grow our global engineering capability as part of the overall expansion of our presence in the region."

General Motors India, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp, has a state-of-the-art facility in Halol, Gujarat from where it rolls out its German-engineered Opel models - Astra, Corsa and Swing. It also markets the new generation Vectra in the completely built unit form.
Source: IANS

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