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West Bengal in talks with Ashok Leyland, M&M for auto units

From zeenews| April 30,2007

The West Bengal government was in talks with the automobile majors Ashok Leyland and Mahindra & Mahindra for setting up two manufacturing units at Haldia in the state, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said Saturday.

At the sidelines of a two-wheeler launch in the city, he said the state government was in talks with the Hindujas of Ashok Leyland for setting up a plant here.

The company has six manufacturing plants across India, one at Ennore, three at Hosur and one each at Alwar and Bhandara.

Mahindra & Mahindra has already entered into a joint venture with a local firm to conduct a feasibility study for another automobile plant at Haldia. The company has one unit at Nasik and another near Chennai.

The Chief Minister launched `Xpression', the two-wheeler manufactured by the Xenitis group.

Xenitis has signed three memoranda of understandings, one with Guangzhou Ngcheer technology of Singapore and another with city & guilds of the UK.

As per the agreement with Guangzhou, the Chinese company would set up a plant at Hooghly district along with Xenitis to manufacture buses and trucks.

Land has been already identified for the project, said the Chief Minister.

Three other agreements have also been signed by the company. One to start a infotech factory with 24 Indian PC manufacturers, another to set up a service point in association with Indian Oil and third for an auto ancillary unit with component manufacturers.

Industry Minister Nirupam Sen was also present at the occasion.

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