Allison Transmission may setup manufacturing plant in India

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New Delhi, Jan 11 (UNI) US-based heavy-duty automatic transmissions company, Allison Transmission today said it will consider setting up a manufacturing unit or a customisation centre in the country.

Allison, which was a part of General Motors, said the company was actively looking at India for a plant, which would be its first in the Asian region.

''Currently, we are looking at a number of countries for setting up manufacturing facility and India is one of the options," Allison Transmission International Marketing Sales and Service Michael G Headly told reporters at the ninth Auto Expo here.

He said the company sees India as a key market with excellent labour and quality.

''The country has a outstanding supplier base, technological skilled workers and engineers and coupled with the fact that the Indian government is actively looking at attracting FDIs,'' said Mr Headly.

In India, Allison caters to original equipment makers like JCBL, Tata, Sutlej and Ashok Leyland.

If the manufacturing facility does not take shape, Mr Headly said the company may look to setup a customisation centre in line with its 'just-in time centre' model.

''This will allow transmission from Indianapolis (US) and Hungary to be sourced to the country and then customised according to the needs of our customers,'' said Mr Headly.

We can do it quickly because we already have the model in places like Tokyo, Shanghai and one in Brazil, he added.

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