Pune, Maharashtra — Automotive seating giant Adient is adding a state-of-the-art automotive seating prototyping and testing facility in India.
The $30 m facility is likely to be operational by end 2018 on a 20,000 m2 site near the firm’s existing technical centre. It will be equipped with full-scale prototyping, testing and trim capabilities. The company said that the new facility will enable it to conduct full product verification in India to global customer and regulatory standards.
‘We will now be able to fully execute product development including design and product validation for global and local launches right here in Pune,’ said Detlef Juerss, vice president, engineering & chief technical officer at Adient in a statement.
The Indian automotive industry is currently growing at about 6%/year. While Adient is growing at around the same rate as the market, it said that this investment will help it to outpace the market.
Adient said its Indian customers include: Tata, Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Renault.
The new facility will house an acceleration sled test system for precision pulse matching, full payload capability, and high-speed video capture from onboard cameras. A 6-axis shaker table, complete with semi-anechoic chamber, will enable NHV (noise, vibration and harshness) analysis and road durability testing.
The new facility will start with a headcount of about 50 engineers and technicians, which will increase to around 150 as it ramps up to full capacity.
India is currently the fourth largest automotive market in Asia. Based on IHS data, India’s combined production volumes for passenger and commercial vehicles will reach 6.5 m in 2021, taking the country to the third largest in Asia after China and Japan.