Continental Automotive Systems India Ltd has announced that they have commenced delivery of fuel pumps which have been developed at their Pune plant. These pumps have been on test at Bangalore and have been found apt for use in compact cars. While confirming this delivery, the company does have plans going ahead with developing fuel pumps for two wheelers.
Continental has invested a sum of €2 million for this development. The company is constantly adapting to the growing auto markets in the country and this recent development should give them a competitive edge. The first batch of fuel pumps, which was inaugurated in June 2012, have been dispatched and delivered to a customer, while the company is in process of expansion to include gasoline and diesel gerotor pumps.
These fuel pumps have undergone rigorous tests at the company lab in Bangalore prior to launch, while they are assembled in clean room environments. They have been found best suited to compact entry level passenger vehicles. Continental is banking on localization strategies and is sure that this product will be a success in developing markets. A leading, global automotive supplier of brake systems, components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation and infotainment systems besides vehicle electronics and tyres, the company has a total of 167,000 employees in 46 countries.
“We are constantly adapting to the growing market in India. Now the complete production of fuel delivery modules in India is possible, which should give us the competitive edge,” said Dr. Markus Distelhoff, Head of the global Business Unit.
Anurag Garg, head of Continental’s Pune location, said, “In 2012, we inaugurated product lines for fuel rail assemblies and fuel pumps at our Pune facility. Additionally, we set up a test and validation lab in Bangalore that ensures local testing infrastructure and competence. We are now ready with our first localized pump for the compact passenger car segment. We are committed to providing market specific, relevant offerings to our local customers in India and are making steady progress on this front.”