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GM opens new engine plant in Uzbekistan

ABR Staff Writer Published 16 November 2011

General Motors (GM) along with its local joint venture (JV) partner UzAvtosanoat has opened a new engine plant in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 400 kilometers from the carmakers' vehicle manufacturing facility in Asaka.

The new facility 'GM Powertrain Uzbekistan' is the automakers first engine plant in region, in which GM has a 52% stake while its JV partner has 48%.

The automaker said that the new plant will employ up to 1,200 people and produce more than 225,000 Ecotec 1.2L and 1.5L engines for use in its small passenger cars sold worldwide.

The first engine that will leave the assembly lines will be installed in the Chevrolet Spark mini car that commands 94% share of the Uzbekistan domestic market and is exported to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The new plant features a lean manufacturing footprint and has adopted the automakers advanced global manufacturing processes and technology.

GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone were joined by Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister and UzAvtosanoat Chairman Ulugbek Rozukulov for the inauguration of the new plant. GM Powertrain Uzbekistan employees, contractors, and suppliers were also present.

GM international operations VP of manufacturing and labor John Buttermore said the company is committed to growing its manufacturing footprint throughout Central Asia.

"Through our strong partnership with the Uzbekistan government and UzAvtosanoat, this engine plant will enable us to deliver on our promise of providing a broader range of small, fuel-efficient engines to our customers around the world," Buttermore said.

"Producing engines locally strengthens our commitment to the development of a strong local automotive industry, which can help guide the economic growth of the entire Central Asian region.

Throughout the facility the automaker has employed advanced environmental-protection processes including the modern wastewater treatment technology in Uzbekistan.