The plant will be spread over 12,077 square metres and will produce around 2 million units per annum. Neeraj Sharma, MD, Lenovo South Asia, told FE, "Over the next five years, we expect our investment in Baddi to exceed $11 million. The plant will cater to northern and eastern market which forms a significant part of the total Indian market. The first phase of production is likely to start in a few weeks. The plant will be fully operational in the fourth quarter of the fiscal."
This project is expected to generate around 350 vacancies. The company plans to hire engineers and other skilled staff based on the requirements of the business and the availability of skills. "As a new world company, we will leverage our skills across the market specific to manufacturing plants to ensure that we replicate the best practices across the world. We will hire experts to establish our world-class manufacturing process and best-of-breed design from our China facilities," Sharma added.
"The Baddi facility will be on the lines of our Pondicherry plant supporting regional customer requirements including product assembly, distribution services and logistics. It will also offer additional value-added services such as product configuration including custom imaging, asset tagging, bundled and over packed orders, distribution services and reverse logistics," said Sharma.
Lenovo already has ten in-house manufacturing facilities worldwide which include six PC plants in China , a new plant in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, another new plant in Eastern/Central Europe, a plant in Pondicherry and the new facility in Baddi.