The city of Ambarnath, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, is also a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It falls within the territorial boundaries of the Thane district. The city is often spelled as Ambernath. The name Ambarnath translates to the Lord of the Sky and refers to Lord Shiva. The city is the site of an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, from 1060 AD. Like all suburbs of Mumbai, the railway track divides the city of Ambarnath into Ambarnath East and Ambarnath West. Ambarnath west has developed as an industrial zone and it has numerous small and large chemical factories. The government of India has set up an Ordnance Factory in the region, which is slowly developing a residential neighborhood in the area. There is a large safety matchstick manufacturing facility of WIMCO is located in this region along with more than 150 large-scale industries such as textile, aerospace, chemicals, edible goods and electrical hardware. Ambarnath East is mostly a residential area. The famous Shiva temple is located in Ambarnath East along with several residential and sporting complexes.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.