Dana Holding Corporation formally broke ground for a US$20 million (approx. Rs. 90 crore) technical centre in Pune, India. The new facility, Dana’s fifteenth technical centre globally, will enhance the company’s engineering capabilities in India by providing design, testing, and analytical support for each of Dana’s primary markets – automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway – all under one roof. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2011. The technical centre groundbreaking is the second this year for Dana in India. In February, Spicer India, Ltd., a Dana majority-owned venture with Anand Automotive Systems, broke ground for a 50,000-square-foot (4,645-square-meter) hypoid gear manufacturing facility in Chakan, India. The new gear facility is expected to begin production in the first half of 2011. The addition of these two new facilities will bring the number of Dana Operations in India to 12. Dana and its affiliates employ approximately 2,000 people in India. Dana anticipates 2010 sales of more than US$ 200 million in the country.
“A ground breaking is typically about putting down roots,” said Dana Chief Technology and Quality Officer George Constand. “But given our widespread presence in India, today’s ceremony is really about extending our local roots. This new technical centre will enable Dana to serve the expanding needs of one of the world’s strongest growth markets.”
Added Dana’s Managing Director of India, BD Singh, “With as many as 550 engineers on site when fully operational, the new technical centre will more than double Dana’s engineering presence in India. Along with serving the local market, it will also provide an essential complement to our existing engineering resources at technical centres strategically located across four continents.”
The Pune technical centre will bolster Dana’s engineering capabilities in India and enhance customer responsiveness by providing full, in-region engineering, testing, and analysis capability for local markets; Supporting “24/7” engineering capability for Dana global products, which will accelerate development time and lower total development costs; and Promoting enhanced interaction and knowledge sharing among engineering teams.
The new centre will be part of Dana India Technical Centre Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned Dana subsidiary, and will encompass 125,000 square feet (11,600 square meters) on a 4.75-acre (1.9-hectare) lot located adjacent to Dana’s existing off-highway axle facility.
The centre will house engineering design activities and a state-of-the-art test laboratory equipped to support Dana’s Light Vehicle Driveline, Commercial Vehicle, Off-Highway, and Power Technologies product group requirements. The centre will include performance, structural, environmental, oil flow and lubrication, and metallurgical testing, as well as noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) testing capabilities.
Dana’s presence in India dates back to the 1960s and today, through its facilities and affiliates, includes the manufacture of axles and propeller shafts for the automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway vehicle markets, and sealing products for Indian automotive customers. Dana’s wholly-owned operations include Dana India Pvt. Ltd., a manufacturer of axles for the agricultural market; and Dana India Technical Centre Pvt. Ltd. Dana also maintains several joint-venture relationships, including Spicer India Ltd., a joint venture with Anand Group for the manufacture of propeller shafts and light axles; Axles India Ltd., a joint venture with the TVS Group and Sundaram Finance for the manufacture of commercial vehicle axles; and Victor Reinz India Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture with the Jayant Group for the manufacture of Victor Reinz® sealing products.
Dana is a world leader in the supply of driveline products (axles and driveshafts), power technologies (sealing and thermal-management products), and genuine service parts for light and heavy manufacturers. The company's customer base includes virtually every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 22,500 people in 26 countries and reported 2009 sales of US$5.2 billion.