Chennai: Ford Business Services, a 100 per cent subsidiary of US-headquartered Ford Motor Corporation, plans to make Chennai a "Centre of Excellence" for its operations in India, a top company official said.

"For the benefit of Ford, we are leveraging on the big talent pool we have in India. We want to make Chennai a 'Centre of Excellence'. This is the journey we are on," Ford Business Services President and Managing Director Joginder P Singh said.

The company also plans to ramp up its facility in Coimbatore as part of pan-India expansion plans.

Ford Business Services offers various services to Ford Motor Corporation, including IT, accounting and engineering services, besides many others.

The company has three units in Chennai and Coimbatore employing about 1,500 people.

Singh said Ford has been growing at 30 per cent every year in terms of manpower, an example of which was in Coimbatore, where 350 people were added last year. "By the end of this year, it will be increased to 500," he said.
"Currently, we have 5,000 employees in the shared services division and another 5,000 in manufacturing," he said.

Ford Business Services works globally for Ford, particularly in areas like Information Technology. "It has become the second largest application development centre for Ford and in the accounting services division, we have about 700-800 people," he informed.