With the car-manufacturing plants of Tata Motors and Ford India already operational and Maruti Suzuki’s plant under construction, Sanand is expected to attract investments of up to Rs 20,000 crore over the next three years from various auto part-makers.
A host of auto ancillary units, too, have stepped up work on their projects, especially in Sanand. More than 12 companies are already in the process of setting up their units here.
“The whole auto hub -including Sanand and Mandal-Becharaji SIR -is likely to see investments to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore-Rs 20,000 crore in the next 3-4 years by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and component makers,” said a state government official.
The auto-component makers which will be setting up units in the Sanand-based auto hub include Gur gaon-based Sona Koyo Steering Sys tem (SKSS) and Pune-based Yazaki India Pvt Ltd (YIPL). SKSS is one of the largest steering system manufac turers for passenger and utility vehi cles in the country and will be setting up its unit over 16,200 sq m in Sanand.
YIPL, which manufactures wire har ness and automotive meters, is set ting up its unit in Bavla.
Industry players say that Gujarat government has planned to take the share of automotive industries in its overall engineering output to 10% by 2020, from the current 3.7%.
Gujarat is fast catching up with the already established auto hubs in the DelhiNCR region, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
It is expected that once automo bile projects which are in the plan ning stage get commissioned, the Sanand-Mandal-Becharaji auto hub will have a combined capacity of 1.5 million passenger vehicles and 3 mil lion two wheelers per annum.
Japanese auto giant, Suzuki Group, which is setting up a manu facturing facility at Hansalpur has earmarked around 140 acres for a vendor park adjoining its plant.
Around 300 vendors are expected to set up shop here in the next two years.