Faurecia, one of the largest automotive parts manufacturer in the world today, has opened a state of the art Research and Development Centre at Bhosari Industrial Estate, Pimpri, Pune, India. The new centre in India is Faurecia’s endeavor to reach out to customers across India and increase their customer base while developing advanced automotive skills to offer a range of development activities for their customers.
Among their goals will be to bring about long term commitment to teams, develop hi-tech solutions for their customer base, invest in infrastructure, recruit young engineers and offer comprehensive training within the country. Faurecia is an automotive equipment supplier with operating ranging from automotive searing, emission control technology, interior system and automotive exteriors.
The inauguration of this new centre was conducted at the hands of Jean Raphael Peytregnet – Consul General of France in Mumbai while Mrs. Lila Poonawalla of Lila Poonawalla Foundation was a special guest. The TechCentre is designed to accommodate 800 of the country’s brightest engineers. It is the centre’s endeavor to extend their commitment to Indian consumers and enhance their customer base while at the same time developing high quality, high safety and high comfort products for their local customers.
Faurecia is not new in India. It entered the Indian markets in 1995 with their Emission control centre based in Nasik. Besides the Pune centre, Faurecia also has another R&D centre in Bangalore with 9 other production facilities across the country employing staff of 1600 strong.
Faurecia opens its state-of-the-art R&D center in Pune (India) for the automotive industry
Faurecia, a global leader in providing engineering solutions and automotive components, today inaugurated in Pune (Maharashtra, India) its state-of-the-art TechCenter for automotive interior systems, automotive seating and automotive exteriors, three of its four business groups and key to the enhanced performance and competitiveness of tomorrow’s passenger vehicles. The inauguration took place in the presence of Honourable Consul General of France in Mumbai, Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet and special guest Mrs. Lila Poonawalla of the Lila Poonawalla Foundation.
As a key partner to automakers, Faurecia believes that being close to its customer base is critical for long-term success. The TechCenter is designed to accommodate 800 of India’s brightest automotive engineers. It is a fully integrated facility with CAD/CAE (Computer Aided Design & Engineering) & PPV (Product and Process Validation) activities and will help in expanding its three core business groups in India, i.e. Interior Systems, Automotive Seating and Automotive Exteriors.
Every year, the group’s R&D teams at the TechCenters in India mastermind over 200 innovation led projects focusing on safety, comfort, interior space management, environmental performance, perceived quality and cost control. Globally, Faurecia has registered 300 patents during the year 2011. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. 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 center.”
The new Faurecia TechCenter is part of a global network of R&D centers around the world, under the helm of Mr. Nicolas PECHNYK, Vice President of Engineering, Faurecia Interior Systems who underlines, “Since the inception of this TechCenter in 2004, Faurecia’s engineering teams in India have developed the most-advanced automotive skills to perform the full-range of development activities for customers at home and abroad. The new TechCenter in Pune is an instrumental part of our global R&D and engineering footprint.”
Mr Franck EUVRARD, Managing Director, Faurecia Interior Systems India reveals “The systems and technologies developed in India are in keeping with the overall Group strategy for its global requirements; India for us at Faurecia, is marked by a long-term commitment to grow teams and locations, to operate as centers of excellence, capable of developing hi-tech solutions for Faurecia’s global and local customer base. Everything from investment in infrastructure, recruitment of young engineers, comprehensive training processes and quality is testimony to Faurecia’s long term growth plans in India.”
Faurecia in India
Faurecia entered India in 1995, with its Emissions Control business in Nasik. Currently, Faurecia is headquartered in Pune and has two R&D centers 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 a total employee strength in India of over 1,600 people (18% of the Group’s total Asian staff). In India, Faurecia serves leading automobile companies like Ford, Hyundai, Mahindra, Maruti- Suzuki, Tata, Toyota and Volkswagen. Faurecia also serves commercial vehicles such as heavy load trucks, together with its global partner Cummins with an objective to capture a major share of the Indian truck emissions control market.
Research & Development
Faurecia’s Research & Development teams deliver solutions to tackle the automotive challenges in today’s and tomorrow’s world. Two closely related areas are kept firmly under the spotlight in all R&D activities: creating value for the end consumer and contributing towards environmental performance. Innovation drives each of Faurecia’s core businesses, supported by 84,000 employees at 270 sites and 41 R&D centers in 33 countries. In 2011, the Group invested around 5% of its revenues into R&D, with EUR 100 million (INR 7 billion) for innovation alone. With 5,000 dedicated engineers and technicians, Faurecia offers the best support for its customers in the key automotive regions of the world.
Faurecia is the world’s sixth-largest automotive equipment supplier with four key Business Groups: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2011, the Group posted total sales of EUR 16.2 billion. At December 31, 2011, Faurecia employed 84,000 people in 33 countries at 270 sites and 41 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange. For more information, visit: www.faurecia.com
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Pic 1: (L-R) – Mr. Christophe SCHMITT, (Executive Vice President of Faurecia Interior Systems), Mr. Nicolas PECHNYK, (Vice President of Engineering, Faurecia Interior Systems), Mr Franck EUVRARD, (Managing Director, Faurecia Interior Systems India) addressing the media at the press conference announcing the inauguration of Faurecia’s new R&D center in PCMC near Pune. This new center has been set up with an investment of 16 million euros (Rs 110 crores). This state-of-the-art TechCenter will be catering to automotive interior systems, automotive seating and automotive exteriors, three of Faurecia’s four business groups and key to the enhanced performance and competitiveness of tomorrow’s passenger vehicles.
Pic 2 & 3 : (L-R) Mr. Nicolas PECHNYK, (Vice President of Engineering, Faurecia Interior Systems), Mr. Christophe SCHMITT, (Executive Vice President of Faurecia Interior Systems), Mr Franck EUVRARD, (Managing Director, Faurecia Interior Systems India) along with Honourable Consul General of France in Mumbai, Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet and special guest Mrs. Lila Poonawalla of the Lila Poonawalla Foundation lighting the lamp to mark the formal inauguration of Faurecia’s new R&D center.