Category — Automobile

India’s Auto Part Maker to Build Factory in S. Carolina

Chennai India-based Sundaram Clayton Limited, a leading supplier of aluminum die castings to the automotive and non-automotive sectors, announced that it will establish its first American unit in Dorchester County, South Carolina, at an estimated cost of $50 million.

The company has acquired 50 acres of land for its new facility, where it will manufacture aluminum high-pressure die-cast products and permanent mold gravity cast parts for its customers. The Indian Express reports that construction work is expected to begin by April this year and the first production line is projected to be operational by the end of next year. The factory will create 130 new jobs over the next five years.

A casting used in cars

“The United States has always been an important market for us,” Lakshmi Venu, Sundaram-Clayton’s managing director, said in a statement. Venu said the company decided to invest in South Carolina to better support its U.S. customer base.

February 10, 2017   No Comments

Timken India Outperforms Peers

Timken India, a bearings maker and subsidiary of Ohio-based Timken, has demonstrated better revenue growth than its peers due to higher exports and strong parental support. The company’s revenue grew by 12.3% annually in the past four years compared with the 2.8% industry growth; and its share of exports grew in revenue to 35% in 2015 from 25% three years ago.

ball bearings

The growth momentum is likely to continue because of future opportunities. Indian Railways, for instance, plans to add higher axle freight wagons, high-speed passenger coaches, and several metros in different cities. State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics will require bearings for its light combat helicopters and advanced light helicopters, reports the Economic Times.

February 9, 2017   No Comments

Ola Claims 75% Market Share of India’s Urban Taxi Services

India’s Bangalore-based transport aggregator Ola said that because of its India-specific innovations such as offline booking and local language apps, the company “effectively holds over three-fourth market share”, reports the Economic Times. COO Pranay Jivrajka told the Press Trust of India that the focus of a business needs to be on localization in building customized products, and replicating existing business models and innovations will not work for the market here.
Ola Logo

“We are using technology to create ‘Made for India’ solutions, both on the supply and demand side, right from offline bookings for customers and 2G optimization to local language apps. Several introductions by our competition such as the ride later option, and the cash payment option have already been pioneered months ago by Ola’s technology team,” Jivrajka added.

Backed by investment from Japan’s SoftBank, Ola is a credible  competitor in India  to California-based Uber.

January 2, 2017   No Comments

AkzoNobel Inaugurates Specialty Coatings Facility in India

AkzoNobel a Dutch multinational company in paints, coatings and specialty chemicals has set up a first-of-its-kind Specialty Coatings production facility and color laboratory in the satellite town of Noida 15 miles from New Delhi, reports BusinessWire, India.

Alberto Slikta, managing director, Specialty Coatings, AkzoNobel, said, “India is a key market for our growth strategy and this facility will enable us to further strengthen our position as a leading producer while supporting the supply network. Additionally, this market shows signs of a high demand for consumer durables and electronics. As demand and volumes rise, we will continue to fortify our footprint in high-growth economies such as India.”

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AkzoNobel India has been operating in the country for over 60 years. It currently has six manufacturing sites, two research centers, and a network of over 8,800 dealers and distributors.

December 28, 2016   No Comments

India is an Export Hub for Makers of Small Cars

India is fast developing as a hub not only for small car manufacturing, but for their export as well, reports AutocarProfessional. Factors that contribute to this phenomenon are: the abundance of a skilled labor force, the low cost of manufacturing, and the upskilling of the supply chain that can now meet international quality standards. As India enters into more Free Trade Agreements globally, additional new markets will offer new opportunities for the passenger vehicle industry.

Ford's Ka+


From April – November 2016, total shipments of passenger vehicles were 499,037 units, which mark a year-on-year rise of 16.22 percent. The big gainer is Ford India with 102,481 units (+37%) exported, thanks to the new Figo which is sold as the Ka+ in the  United Kingdom and Europe. Volkswagen India reports 23 percent year-on-year gains having exported 56,553 units. GM India has similarly seen a surge in exports of its left-hand-drive Chevrolet Beat to Mexico, Chile, Peru, and central American and Caribbean Countries, Uruguay and Argentina. The company exported 43,015 units, a 240 percent year-on-year growth, adds AutocarProfessional.

December 27, 2016   No Comments