Chinese consumer appliances maker Midea Group on Thursday announced its plans to invest Rs 8 billion to set up a manufacturing facility in Pune (Maharashtra) by the end of 2018.
The new facility, which will be spread over 43 acres of land near Pune, will manufacture appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, water appliance products and is expected to generate 500 jobs over the next five years.
According to an official statement released by the company, products manufactured at the new plant will cater to India as well as some foreign markets.
The manufacturing facility will have a dedicated research and development (R&D) centre which will design, develop and test products for the Indian market. The plant will have a capacity to manufacture five lakh refrigerators, 600,000 washing machines and 1 million water appliances products, according to the statement.
Globally, Midea group has operations in over 200 countries and is a leading consumer appliances player with interests in robotics and industrial automation systems as well. In 2016, the company had earned $24 billion in revenue.
By Baishakhi Dutta