ZF Hero Chassis Systems Pvt.
Ltd. the 50:50 JV of ZF India Pvt. Ltd. and Hero Motors Ltd. formally
inaugurated a new plant in Oragadam, Kanchipuram district on the outskirts of Chennai
city on September 25, 2015. The new facility will assemble front and rear
chassis systems for passenger cars. It has a plot size of 7,200 (approx. 75,000
Sq. feet) square meters. In accordance with the local-for-local concept, ZF
Hero wants to provide its customers with products from local production
wherever possible. Equally, design-to-market considerations play an important
role in this regard.
ZF engineers are located in
the new plant in order to specifically meet the requirements of its customers. Sharing
his views on the development Uwe Cossman, Head of Car Chassis Technology
Division from ZF said, “We are really happy to be a part of this endeavour and
value our partnership with BMW Group. We serve our customer best by handling
the complete value stream – from the part manufacturer until the delivery of
the complete axle system. ZF will keep delivering quality and innovative
products to all its partners in India and globally”.
Robert Frittrang Managing Director, BMW Plant Chennai said, “At
the BMW Group, efficiency and quality are of utmost importance. BMW Plant
Chennai takes pride in producing cars that have the same international quality
standards as any of the BMW Group production and assembly facilities worldwide.
ZF Hero Chassis Systems has established itself as a leader in automotive components.
The cars rolling out of BMW Plant Chennai now have axles supplied by ZF Hero
Chassis Systems. Our partnership is off to a successful start and we are
confident that through our partnership, we will continue to deliver
best-in-class premium products in the Indian market.”
“ZF Hero Chassis System
continues to champion the ‘close to customer’ and ‘Low-cost; High-quality’
offering for global OEM in an Indian setting. ZF Hero has been present with GM
India at their locations in Talegaon and Halol and now for BMW at Chennai. We
believe in providing the best configured
solution of Quality, Cost and Delivery to our customers”, said Pankaj Munjal,
Chairman of Hero Motors Ltd. who was present on the occasion.
“This is already the 3rd
facility for ZF Chassis Systems in the region serving BMW Group”, reported
Michael Guempel, Head of the Region South-East-Asia / India / Pacific, “which
is a testimony about superb quality and delivery performance. We are honoured
by this trust in us and are committed to demonstrate continuously our proven
Suresh KV, Country Head of ZF
in India & Head of ZF India Pvt. Ltd., said, “The new facility in Chennai
is a testament of our commitment to India and to be present in closer proximity
to our customers and cater to the needs of the local market. From the new
plant, we will support our customers with our innovative products and
technology. We want to use our global expertise and experience to provide
customized solutions for the Indian market and therefore consolidate our global
ZF has been operating for more
than three decades in the Indian market. Currently, ZF’s presence in India
consists of nine plants (not including ZF TRW) spread across Pune, Pantnagar,
Gurgaon, Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai, and roughly 3,000 employees.
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