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Maruti Suzuki to increase R&D spend and manpower in India Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) plans to increase R&D manpower from 1,070 numbers to more than 1,300 numbers in FY 2011-12. The company had hired 102 people in 2010-11 for its R&D division.

The Company's R&D team already has the capability for carrying out minor changes and co-design with SMC for new models. Its R&D team is on the path for acquiring capability to make full body changes indigenously.

Systematic efforts are on to achieve it through Full vehicle in-house design, development and evaluation; Training of engineers (overseas/in-house); Test facilities up-gradation; Prototype build capability; Experimental projects.

During FY'11, MSIL spent Rs 416.3 crore on R&D activities which was over two times higher than its spending during the previous year that stood at Rs 173.3 crore.

The Indian R&D team is scouting for talent within the country but also looking at roping in some of the Indian designers working in Germany and the US, willing to return home.

To consolidate its research capabilities, the company is currently investing Rs 2,500 crore for a K-series engine plant and setting up of a dedicated R&D facility at Rohtak.

MSIL is currently investing over Rs 3,625 crore to set up two new plants with 2.5 lakh annual capacities each inside the Manesar facility. It already has one plant in the facility."We decided to move forward the second line at Manesar and it would be in production in September 2011. Work is also proceeding rapidly on the third line at Manesar, and it is scheduled to be completed by September 2012," said R C Bhargava, Chairman, MSIL.

The company recently launched its new 'Swift' to further strengthen and expand its position in the premium hatchback segment.

Maruti Suzuki and its suppliers have invested over Rs. 550 Crore to make the new Swift more vibrant and sportier. The next generation Swift comes with a localization level of over 95 per cent. Maruti Suzuki engineers have adopted several new weight reduction techniques for an enhanced power to weight ratio in the new Swift.

Maruti Suzuki hopes to sell 18,000 units/month of the new Swift across the country.

 
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