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Mitsubishi and Rockwell expand production in India

08 May, 2024

Mitsubishi Electric and Rockwell Automation have both announced plans to expand production of factory automation (FA) equipment in India. Mitsubishi has just opened a plant in Maharashtra state that will produce inverters and other automation products, while Rockwell plans to open a manufacturing facility in Chennai in the first half of 2025, which is expected to employ around 230 people by the end of the year.

Mitsubishi’s 2.2bn rupee ($26.3m) facility near Pune, will expand the company’s production to meet growing local demand from industries such as automotive, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, data centres and textiles. It will also contribute to the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative.

The two-storey, 15,400m2 factory is designed to be carbon-neutral. Efficient air-conditioning and LED lighting systems will limit carbon dioxide emissions, while recycling water through filtration and greening processes will help the site to meet sustainability targets.

Mitsubishi’s FA business has been operating in India since the mid-1990s. In 2012, it acquired a local manufacturer of FA systems and, since 2013, has been manufacturing products locally.

Rockwell’s 98,000ft2 (9,100m2) facility, with space to expand, will help the company to build a more resilient, agile and sustainable supply chain in the Asia-Pacific region and around the globe. The plant will be in the same industrial park as Rockwell’s existing Cubic manufacturing facility.

“We selected this location because we can create synergies with our existing Cubic facility and increase agility and productivity in the region,” says Dilip Sawhney, managing director of Rockwell’s Indian operation. “We’re excited about building our presence in India, optimising our manufacturing on a global scale, and enhancing the future of industrial operations in this growing market.”

Mitsubishi Electric’s new manufacturing plant for factory automation systems in Maharashtra, India
Image: Mitsubishi Electric, India

India has the world’s fifth-biggest and fastest-growing large economy.

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