Pune, India - Automotive supplier Faurecia inaugurated a state-of-the-art technical centre for automotive interior systems, automotive seating and automotive exteriors, three of its four business groups, on 21 June in Pune, in Maharashtra state, India.
Faurecia said that as a key partner to automakers, the company believes that being close to its customer base is critical for long-term success. The new centre is designed to accommodate 800 Indian automotive engineers and is a fully integrated facility with CAD/CAE (Computer Aided Design & Engineering) & PPV (Product and Process Validation) activities.
The centre will help in expanding its three core business groups in India -- Interior Systems, Automotive Seating and Automotive Exteriors.
Every year, Faurecia's R&D teams at technical centres in India mastermind over 200 innovation led projects focusing on safety, comfort, interior space management, environmental performance, perceived quality and cost control.
Speaking at the opening, Christophe Schmitt, executive vice president of Faurecia Interior Systems said, "Faurecia is growing faster than the automotive market, enjoys solid growth potential, benefits from a diverse regional and customer mix and is continuously improving its cost structure. Our new TechCenter in India is an extension of our commitment to the Indian consumers and our growing customer base in the country. Our aim is to develop high quality, high safety and high comfort products at this centre."
Currently, Faurecia in India is headquartered in Pune and has two R&D centres in the country, in Pune (Interior, Seating & Exterior) and in Bangalore (Emissions Control Technologies).
Faurecia also has nine production facilities covering the main Indian automotive production base in Pune, Manesar (Delhi), Chennai, Bangalore and Sanand (Gujarat) with over 1600 employees (18% of the Group's total Asian staff).
In India, Faurecia serves leading automobile companies such as Ford, Hyundai, Mahindra, Maruti-Suzuki, Tata, Toyota and Volkswagen.