German component supplier Mann+Hummel has inaugurated its second component production plant at Bawal, near New Delhi to speed up its delivery times and reduce logistics costs in Northern, Western and Central India. These regions were earlier catered to by Mann+Hummel’s Tumkur plant near Bangalore. The new plant will produce filter systems for air and fluid management of the engine, the parts are largely for passenger cars as well as for industrial applications.
The German company’s new site has been designed to be environmentally friendly to represent an important step in Mann+Hummel’s expansion strategy in Asia. The new plant was set up to fulfil the company’s commitment to its Maruti Suzuki, which is their largest client. Spread over 10,000 square metres, the Bawal plant has an annual production capacity of approximately two million units. The plant will cater to the requirements of other customers such as Tata Motors, M&M, GM, Ford, Suzuki, Volvo Eicher, and JCB and has the capability of to double production capacity based on market demand.
Alfred Weber, President and CEO of Mann+Hummel Group stated, “It is our goal to be first choice for our Indian customers and top supplier in our segments in Asia. By 2018, we will increase our Asian sales share to 25 per cent, and India is one of our key markets in Asia to reach this goal. The inauguration of Bawal is part of our continuous growth plan.”
Pradeep Randhawa, Managing Director of Mann+Hummel India, stated, “We are making significant investments to enhance our R&D capabilities to support our ambitious growth targets in India and have invested in one of the most advanced testing and validation facilities in the country to be able to launch our products locally. This helps us tremendously to align ourselves with the demands of Indian OEMs and to meet the challenging targets for time to market.”
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