German supplier MANN+HUMMEL have inaugurated its new plant in Indian market. With its new manufacturing facility in India, MANN+HUMMEL will be located very close to major OEMs in North India. The new plant will produce filter systems for the air and fluid management of the engine, mainly for passenger cars and industrial applications. Goods will be delivered “just in time”. The new Bawal production site, which is extremely environmentally-friendly in design, represents an important step within MANN+HUMMEL’s expansion strategy in Asia.
The Bawal plant inaugurated today will cater to MANN+HUMMEL India’s customers in the Northern, Western and Central part of India who are currently serviced from the plant in Tumkur near Bangalore. Setting up the plant in Bawal would speed up delivery times and reduce transport costs. The new plant increases flexibility and improves response time, an important aspect in a dynamic market environment like India. Additionally this new plant in Bawal was set up to fulfill the company’s commitment made to its customer Maruti Suzuki,who are currently their largest customer. This new plant would also cater to the requirements of other customers such as Tata Motors, M&M, GM, FORD, Suzuki, Volvo Eicher, JCB among others. This plant is spread over an area of 10,000 square meters and will have an annual production capacity of approximately two million products with a possibility of doubling the capacity based on market demand.
The Bawal plant was inaugurated by Mr. Kazuhiko Ayabe, Board Member, Maruti Suzuki
Commenting on the inauguration, Alfred Weber, President & 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.” Reiterating the group’s commitment to India, 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.”
MANN+HUMMEL, with its Head Office in Germany, is a development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and engineering industries. The new plant in Bawal will produce the company’s core products, which includes plastic air intake manifolds, air cleaner systems, cylinder head covers and crank case ventilation systems, washer reservoir systems among others for two wheelers, passenger cars and commercial vehicles along with construction equipments and the industrial segment.
The major focus of the facility will be production for the automotive OEM, automotive aftermarket & industrial (OEM and aftermarket) segments. It will also serve as a North India warehouse for the company’s aftermarket business in the automotive and industrial segments.
This new state-of-the-art facility at Bawal represents a multi-million euro investment. This plant will incorporate environmentally-friendly technology and design, including for example a rain water collection and retaining system, energy-saving lighting, electrical interlock switch to save power, battery operated forklifts to avoid pollution on the shop floor and expansive green spaces and landscaping to enhance the green touch. In addition, the roof and walls of the entire plant will be insulated to prevent energy loss. Here too, the insulation material used is environment friendly.
MANN+HUMMEL INDIA already has a manufacturing facility in Tumkur, close to Bangalore which was set up in 2006.