May 11, 2013 - 10:51 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - General Motors Co. this week opened a $150 million manufacturing facility in Beraki, Indonesia, mlive.com reported.
The nearly 190,300 square-foot facility is fully-owned by GM Indonesia. Its 700 employees will produce Chevrolet Spin, a subcompact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).
“Indonesia is one of General Motors’ fastest growing markets and we are big believers in build where we sell and source where we build,” said Tim Lee, GM vice president of Global Manufacturing and president, International Operations, in a release.
The Detroit-based automaker last year experienced a 17 percent growth in Indonesia compared with 2011, according to Lee.
The seven-passenger Spin -- introduced in September 2012 at the Indonesia International Motor Show -- will be offered with three different engine variants: 1.2-liter, 1.5-liter, and 1.3-liter diesel.
GM said 80 percent of the Spins manufactured in Indonesia will stay in Indonesia, with the remainder exported to Thailand and the Philippines. The Bekasi facility can manufacture as many as 40,000 vehicles a year.
“With the excitement around the launch of Chevrolet Spin, we are looking forward to continuing on this path of success,” Lee said.
At the launch event, Bekasi’s employees had their hand stamped in clay, according to GM. The tiles will be installed on a permanent wall in the facility to mark the grand opening.
Other special activities included snare drum performances, flag dance, a ribbon cutting and the music of a marching band. Once the formal speeches were completed, guests were taken on a tour of the plant’s production line.