India's automobile industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav celebrated a milestone when 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles were loaded onto the "Grand Dahlia" on 27 August for delivery to Mexico.
The 59,217 gt ro-ro vessel was the first to call western India’s fastest-growing port, which belongs to APM Terminals' global terminal network.
The recently completed USD 1 billion Ford automobile and engine manufacturing facility in Sanand (Gujarat), about 300 km from Pipavav Port, has an annual production capacity of 240,000 cars and car engines, with half destined for export.
General Motors and India-based Tata Motors are also active in the region. The Japanese vehicle producer Suzuki Motors is to construct a new manufacturing facility with an annual production capacity of 750,000 vehicles. The plant is projected to open in 2017.