The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, inaugurated the second plant of Mahle Filter Systems (India), a leading manufacturer and exporter of automotive filters in India. KC Anand, Member, Deep C Anand Foundation, Anand Automotive Group said, "This project once again demonstrates the Group's commitment towards the state of Himachal Pradesh, particularly Parwanoo, where it has manufacturing facilities since1976." He added, "Anand is among India's leading manufacturers of automotive systems and components with a record for supplying virtually every vehicle and engine manufacturer in the country. The Anand Automotive Group has an investment plan of Rs 1,300-1,500 crore for the next five years for new plants and joint ventures in the automotive sector and capacity building in the existing plants." Mahle Filter Systems India, a joint venture between Mahle Group of Germany and Anand, earlier known as Purolator India, was established in 1966 to manufacture an extensive range of air, oil, fuel and hydraulic filters for application in the automotive, railway, aviation and earthmoving industries, both for OEMs and aftermarket. "The plant started production on 19 March 2010 and will generate annual revenue of Rs 25 crore this year. The proposed installed capacity of the plant is expected to be 22 million filters per annum", said Sunil Nair, COO, Mahle Filter Systems India.