The location which is already under construction will unite the car powertrain and commercial vehicle technology business units as well as ZF Services in India under a single roof. Additionally, it will be home to the headquarters of the engineering and administration of ZF India Pvt. Ltd. The new building will stand on a plot size of 85,000 sq m (21 acres) in the Chakan industrial park. After completion, scheduled for the turn of the year 2014/2015, approximately 350 employees will work at the location. ZF invests nearly EUR20 million in the new facility.
“For 30 years ZF has been present in the Indian market,” says Rudi von Meister, ZF’s President of Asia-Pacific. “In the years to come, we still see considerable potential in the Indian automotive industry. India will contribute to the growth of the ZF Group which will be strongly driven by the Region of Asia-Pacific.”
In accordance with the local-for-local concept, ZF wants to provide its customers with products from local production wherever possible. Equally, design-to-market considerations play an important role in this regard. Therefore, the ZF engineers from the R&D centre in Pune will also be located in the new building in order to develop products specifically for the requirements of the Indian market.
For Piyush Munot, Managing Director, ZF India Pvt. Ltd, responsible for ZF Group operations in India, the new internal business park represents “an excellent expansion of our existing capacities in Pune”. The new plant is a good starting point for the further expansion of the business in India – “and it is a clear commitment of the ZF Group to the Indian market and its future prospects”.