Ford is restructuring its India operation and the new management will be led by Balasundaram Radhakrishnan, Director of Manufacturing.
Anurag Mehrotra, President and Managing Director, Ford India, will step down on September 30, 2021. For a decade, Mehrotra has played important roles in marketing, as well as, sales. Mehrotra will be replaced by Balasundaram Radhakrishnan who has been the head of manufacturing and will now oversee the restructuring of Ford's India operations.
Recently, Ford has announced its restructuring plans for India. The American carmaker will shut down its Sanand vehicle assembly facility by the end of this year. Also, the engine assembly plant at Chennai will be shut by mid-2022. However, the brand has promised to cater for its existing customers and offer service support across the nation.
Ford India will continue its sales operations with its CBU products. The Ford Mustang will continue to be on sale and the blue oval brand has confirmed the all-electric Mach-E for the Indian market. At a later stage, the brand is likely to offer the Ford Ranger in the Indian market as an apt rival to the Jeep Wrangler.
Ford will continue with small engine manufacturing in India for the Ranger pick-up on a global level. While the shutting of shops in Sanand and Chennai will cause over 4,000 unemployment, the small engine production will employ over 500 employees for the operations.