Green Signal for an Automation City

Automation company plans to build a new city to house high-technology automation system production near Mumbai in India.

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The Government of Maharashtra State, in India, has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with Precision Automation and Robotics India Ltd. (PARI) to establish a mega project—an “Automation City” to make high-technology automation products.

“Automation City” is a project to make high-technology solutions in the field of industrial robotics and manufacturing automation solutions. While production at the project will commence in September 2008, the company will be investing $65 million over the next two years to set up the project.

Turnkey automation

The city would come up at Dhangarwadi Taluka near Khandala in Satara district on 75 acres of land. The company is a leading provider of turnkey solutions in the robotics and manufacturing automation field, and also exports these high-end solutions to various destinations, including developed countries in Europe and North America.

Ranjit Date, joint managing director of PARI, said that such an integrated facility is necessary because PARI is undertaking large turnkey projects in collaboration with its international partners, which requires co-location of its suppliers. He said that the Dhangarwadi project would also have housing and recreational facilities, in addition to the manufacturing, engineering, testing, assembly and training facilities.

After signing the MoU, State Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said, “We hope to generate employment by these endeavors and promote industry in rural areas.”

Building a city

PARI had signed an MoU with the $300 million Valiant Machine and Tool Inc., of Canada, for engineering, project management, after-sales support and services, marketing and supporting procurement initiatives of Valiant in the Asia-Pacific region. The automation city will also accommodate this latest joint venture with the Canadian company.

The Valiant-PARI Production Systems will initially invest $1 million to create facilities on the 15 acres reserved at the automation city and PARI's other subsidiaries. The JV will come into effect by March 2008.

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Uday Lal Pai, udaylalpai@gmail.com, is a freelance journalist based in India.

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