It was already known that Maruti Suzuki India was scouting for engineers and technocrats to help Maruti develop as an independent entity.
And now Maruti Suzuki is all set to get research and development talent from world’s automobile capital Detroit. The company has a target to increase its R&D strength from 700 to 1000 persons.
A group of top level officials from Maruti Suzuki including the chairman R C Bhargava, head of the research and development wing Mr. I V Rao visited Detriot last week to select candidates. Maruti Suzuki stands a good chance of meeting engineers who have worked under the major automobile companies of the world. After the global meltdown set in, major automobile companies like Ford Motors, General Motors Chrysler and Honda have laid off thousands of engineers and research professionals. Many candidates are believed to have been give pink slips or are on the verge of losing jobs.
Interestingly, Maruti Suzuki found that majority of these aspirants were Indian engineers with experience of six to 20 years. Many have expressed keen interest to work in India. Some of them are exploring opportunities on contract basis.
Currently, the procedure followed by Maruti Suzuki involve hiring at least 100 fresh engineering graduates and send then to Japan for three years of research and development training. The company intends to hire senior level of people, with higher levels of skills. These people would be trained in the Suzuki technology and in turn they would lead a team of freshers in the country to develop cars for Maruti independently.
Suzuki is investing close to Rs 5,000 Crore to construct the new research and development facility, which will be the largest plant outside Japan. The company is in the process of acquiring 400 acres of land for constructing this major facility.