The new ‘Mega Project Engine Plant’ – with a production capacity of 24,000 engines per year – is a significant investment by Cooper Corporation which builds upon the company’s long-standing association with Ricardo on engine technology.
The new manufacturing facility at Satara, Maharashtra, was formally opened by Shri. Jayant Patil, Hon. Minister of Rural Development in the State government of Maharashtra, in the presence of fellow ministers, principals of Cooper Corporation, Farrokh Cooper and Zal Cooper, and directors of the Indian and international divisions of Ricardo. Also in attendance were over 4000 invited guests from India’s automotive, engine and components industries.
In January of this year, Cooper and Ricardo unveiled the design of a brand new twin cylinder vertical in-line engine, the first of a family which will form the basis of initial production at the new Mega Project Engine Plant. Available in diesel, CNG and LPG versions ranging from 26 to 55 HP, these state-of-the-art engines with exceptional performance, reliability, serviceability and NVH characteristics, are intended for application in both the domestic Indian and export markets.
Commenting at the launch of the new Cooper engine plant, Ricardo UK director Paul McNamara said: “It is a great pleasure to be here at the opening of such an impressive industrial venture. It is also an honour for Ricardo to have been working with a forward looking company such as Cooper that will deliver new world class products to India and the world. The association between our two companies dates back over 25 years and it has been fantastic to renew old friendships in our current collaboration on the new series of 2, 4 & 6 cylinder Cooper engines.”
Mayank Agochiya, president of Ricardo India, added: “Ricardo is continuing to collaborate with Cooper to develop a global market and target account strategy for the engines that will be manufactured in this new facility. Key markets of focus will be India, North America Western Europe, Middle East Africa and South East Asia for on and off highway applications.”