The Economic Times Factory of the Future Summit 2020


Speaker Profile

Balasundaram Radhakrishnan

Director – India Manufacturing Operations
Ford India

Balasundaram Radhakrishnan (Bala) is the Director, India Manufacturing Operations, at Ford India.


Bala is responsible for the manufacturing operations at Ford India's integrated manufacturing facilities in Maraimalai Nagar near Chennai where the Ecosport and Endeavour are produced, and in Sanand Plant at Gujarat where the Figo, Freestyle and Aspire are produced. These sites are also producing Engines for cars & trucks for domestic and export markets.

In his earlier role, Bala was heading the Chennai Vehicle Assembly and Engine plant as Executive Director, Manufacturing and was the lead for Site Operations for the vehicle and Engine plant. His other previous roles include Vice President – Engine plant, General Manager - Stamping and Body, General Manager - Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) and General Manager - Trim, Chassis and Final Assembly (TCF) at Ford India.


Bala brings in more than 32 years of experience in the automotive industry and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Ford Production System.


A graduate mechanical engineer from Vellore Engineering College, Bala started his career with Wheels India Ltd, Chennai. He served in various management roles in Manufacturing Engineering and has worked on capacity expansion projects as well as green field projects related to Wheels disc and assembly for automobiles at Wheels India Ltd, for nine years.


During his tenure at Ford, Bala had a regional assignment in Hanoi, at Vietnam, as Technical Affairs Director of Ford Vietnam from June 2007 to October 2009, His responsibilities in Vietnam included, among others, executing the plant capacity expansion at the Hanoi plant in two stages, from 22 Units per day to 38 Units per day. He was also actively involved in launch of the New Everest and New Mondeo during his tenure there.


Bala has significant experience in Powertrain Manufacturing and Development, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations, Projects, Maintenance of Engine Plant and TCF. Under his leadership, the Chennai Plant witnessed 40 Engine and 10 vehicle launches.