Pimpri-Chinchwad, the twin city of Pune, is an industrial city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city witnessed rapid industrialization in the 1960s which developed the city into an industrial zone. Hindustan Antibiotics Limited or HAL, a public sector drug manufacturing company run by the Indian government, was the first one to set up at Pimpri-Chinchwad in 1954, giving a great start to the industrial development of the city. This city is often referred to as the "Detroit of the East" owing to its large number of industrial units that have crossed 4000 in number. This city has factories of TATA Motors, Mahindra, Bajaj Auto and many more. Various other automobile companies have set up their manufacturing units in Pimpri-Chinchwad. There are many other small as well as large-scale companies and heavy industries in the area that have opened up innumerable job opportunities in this city. The place that was earlier home to Marathi families found a lot of multi-ethnic and multi-lingual people from all over the country migrating to Pimpri-Chinchwad in search of employment. Schools, colleges, healthcare and entertainment facilities have opened up to support the lifestyle of the citys growing population. The city is well connected to Pune and other neighboring suburbs and is eagerly awaiting the Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad Metro services expected to be operational in 2021.
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.