Indore is the largest city, the commercial capital and the headquarters of Indore District in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore is located 190 km west of the state capital of Bhopal. According to the 2011 Indian census,Indore city has a population of 1,960,631 and is fourteenth most populous city in India, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 2.3 million. It is the 147th largest city in the world.
Indore is often referred as the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh with a bulk of its trade coming from Small, Mid and Large scale manufacturing & service industries. These industries range from Automobile to Pharmaceutical and from Software to Retail and from Textile trading to Real estate. Major industrial areas surrounding the city include the Pithampur Special Economic Zone and the Sanwer Industrial belt. Pithampur is also known as the Detroit of India. Pithampur industrial area houses many big auto companies. Prominent among these are Force Motors, Volvo Eicher commercial, Avtec, Mahindra 2 wheelers Ltd.
Pune-based Indian multinational Bharat Forge Limited (BFL)company eyeing customers based in Pithampur, is all set to open its unit in Indore region.The company plans to start first phase of its manufacturing unit in Betma with an estimated cost of `150 crore on 68 acre of land by 2014.They envisage to increase the investment to `1000 crore by 2016.