Kion expanding production in India

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Frankfurt, Germany – Kion Group AG is expanding its Indian production site in Pune in the state of Maharashtra with the construction of a new industrial truck production facility.

The project is expected to cost approximately EUR15 million and will create more than 100 new jobs in Pune.

The new plant, which covers around 94,000 square metres, is due to begin operations in early 2020. It will incorporate a cutting-edge production facility, a research and development centre, a training centre for service personnel and space for future growth of Dematic in India.

Over the last five years, the Indian industrial truck market has grown five-fold and currently counts around 16,500 trucks per year. Recent figures show that only 13 new trucks were ordered in India per one million individuals, while in China it was 313 and in Western Europe 866. The Kion Group is aiming to leverage growth in the Indian intralogistics sector, particularly through its OM and OM Voltas brands.

“We want to harness the potential of this fast-growing market even more effectively with our new plant while further strengthening our leading position by increasing capacity in Pune,” said CP Quek, chief Asia Pacific officer and member of the executive board of Kion Group AG, during the plant’s official groundbreaking ceremony.

“The new leading-edge plant and R&D centre will allow us to better serve our customers in the rapidly expanding Indian market,” noted Eike Böhm, chief technology officer and member of the executive board of Kion Group AG.

The Kion Group has had a presence in India since 2011. Kion India has been the country’s leading industrial truck and warehouse technology vendor since 2016 through sales of the well-known Italian brand, OM, and its Indian-Italian brand, OM Voltas.

In addition to the OM and OM Voltas products, Kion India also sells industrial trucks, warehouse technology and services from Baoli in China and the German premium brand, Linde, allowing the Group to serve the premium, value and economy segments.

Kion has recently begun launching new automated supply chain solutions from Dematic on the Indian market.

The company has a production facility in Pune in western India as well as a countrywide sales and service network consisting of over 40 branches and dealerships with over 100 sales outlets. Kion India currently employs around 400 employees.