KION GROUP AG, Germany, opened what is said to be India's largest production facility for intralogistics equipment in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

The 62-acre, ultra-modern plant manufactures diesel and electric forklifts as well as battery-powered lift trucks and reach trucks. The new plant is equipped with a total of three assembly lines, including a paint shop, parts warehouse and an R&D center. In addition, the new plant boats a solar power plant with 700 kilowatt amperes for energy generation as well as in-house processes for water conservation and waste management.

“KION Group continues to invest in India, looking at the growth opportunity available here. We realized the Indian market has been growing very rapidly and the demand for high-performance products has been increasing as well, which is the domain of KION Group,” says CP Quek, chief Asia Pacific officer.

The €15 million plant created more than 100 additional jobs.

“The new factory represents our long-term commitment to the market here in India, its customers, employees, vendors and our channel partners,” adds Sunil Gupta, president of KION India Private Ltd.