ZF Friedrichshafen AG opens multi-product Pune plant
ZF Friedrichshafen spans over an area of 85 000 square meters (21 acres) at GAT No. 312. Nanekarwadi, Chakan, Taluka Khed 410501 Pune. Wilhelm Rehm, Board Member of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Global Head of material management says new plant is an important investment in the centennial year of ZF Group. The new Indian facility further strengthens ZF’s role as a global player, and its expansion in a growth region like India. Over time, ZF has increased localisation in high tech products in India. ZF is focused on the Make in India ideology and increase global sourcing from India.
Rudi von Meister, ZF President of Asia-Pacific says the multi-product facility houses Car Powertrain Technology and Commercial Vehicle Technology divisions, as well as, ZF Services. Consolidation will help improve efficiencies and provide a value proposition to customers. Now, Asia-Pacific is the most important market for ZF, after Europe and North America. After China, India is the second-largest market in the region.
Offerings in India caters Automotive, Off-highway, Windpower and Marine industries. Piyush Munot, India Managing Director, ZF Group operations says Pune operations began in 2010 with high performance transmissions. This was followed by chassis components for commercial vehicles and passenger cars. Product portfolio is now expanded through passenger car clutch systems designed to meet demanding driving conditions in India. ZF strategy will grow from bringing advanced tech to India, to develop products in India for India.
ZF has operated fro over three decades in the Indian market. ZF has eight plants here spread across Pune, Pantnagar, Gurgaon, Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. 3000 employees work at ZF plants. The new ZF Friedrichshafen AG facility will hire about 200 employees. It will be home to headquarters of the after-market sales and services, engineering and administration of ZF India Pvt. Ltd.