The leased 22,000-square-foot plant initially will employ 100 people, according to the company. The facility will produce motors for engine cooling fan modules and gear motors for window lift systems.
"Our company is committed to be the 'safe choice' for our customers worldwide, so establishing operations in India to support local customers is an important part of our strategy," said Patrick Wang, Johnson Electric's chairman and chief executive. "We look forward to being part of the fast-paced automotive industry in India, and partnering with its technology leaders."
In response to customer demand, the company expects the Chennai facility to "develop into a full-range supplier of electric motors and motion subsystems to the automotive industry in India."