Adient, the $16.2-billion automotive seating supplier, is investing Rs 190 crore ($30 million) to set up a state-of-the-art automotive seating prototyping and testing facility in India to cater to its global business and local industry.
The new facility, slated to open late next year in Pune, will be of global scale. The American multinational designs, manufactures and markets a range of seating systems and components for almost all modes of vehicles. The construction of its new facility marks a major expansion for its technical centre in Pune.
The Pune facility is already a world-class unit and has the largest workforce of over 1,000 engineers in Adient's global network of tech centres.
The new prototyping and testing facility will provide physical testing to augment the capabilities of the Pune technical centre, a global Centre of Competence at Adient for computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided design (CAD) automation and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation expertise.
“The new prototyping and testing facility will facilitate full-scale prototyping, testing, and trim capabilities, enabling it to conduct full product verification in India for global customers and meeting regulatory standards,” Detlef Juerss, vice-president for engineering and chief technical officer at Adient, said.
Murali Rajagopalan, director and country manager at Adient India, said Adient was one of the first global automotive Tier I suppliers to enter India.