To enhance the exports of cars manufactured in Chennai by Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) for both regional and global destinations, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed an agreement with Kamarajar Port (KPL).
The agreement was signed by Frank Torres, President, Nissan Motor India and Sunil Paliwal, IAS, Chairman and MD, Kamarajar Port in the presence of Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO and MD, Renault India Operations and Keerthi Prakash, MD, RNAIPL.
RNAIPL was the first car manufacturer in the region to commence exports of cars through Kamarajar Port. For over more than 13 years, the alliance has exported over 1.15 million cars from the port to around 108 global destinations.
The agreement further facilitates the export of cars via KPL. For FY2023 (April 2022 – February 2023) the partners have exported a total of 82,849 vehicles, which includes the Renault Kiwd, Renault Kiger, Renault Triber, Nissan Sunny, Nissan Magnite and Nissan Kicks.
“Chennai is an important export hub for us and since the beginning we have followed a ‘Make in India, Make for the World’ philosophy to serve markets across the world. We continue to add new export destinations to vehicles manufactured at our plant in Oragadam, building on our 1 million cars exported milestone from 2022.”Frank Torres, President, Nissan Motor India and Divisional Vice President Business Transformation AMIEO
“The global Renault Nissan Alliance has recently announced a new long-term vision for India, increasing production and R&D activities, introducing electric vehicles, and transitioning to carbon-neutral manufacturing. This agreement will help ensure that we are able to further strengthen our exports from India,” added Torres.
Sunil Paliwal said, “This partnership with the Alliance is an exciting opportunity for Kamarajar Port to further contribute to India’s growth story through positive impact from automotive exports.”
“The partnership with Kamarajar Port has been pivotal in driving the growth of automotive exports from Chennai,” said Venkatram Mamillapalle.
The Chennai plant of Renault Nissan Automotive India is manufacturing all the cars exported by the Renault Nissan Alliance from India via Kamarajar Port. Catering to the domestic market production and export, the manufacturing plant spans over 600 acres. Ever since the start, more than 2.4 million Renault and Nissan vehicles have been manufactured at the plant, with vehicles exported to 108 countries. In that time Renault and Nissan have invested $1.8 billion (Rs 14,844 crore) towards the Indian economy and created direct and indirect employment and skilling opportunities for over 70,000 workers.