Maxion Wheels, the world’s
largest wheel manufacturer, will soon be producing passenger car aluminium of
sizes 14” to 22” in diameter and 4” to 9” in width. The company held a ground
breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Poojan) for
constructing a 25,000 square meters plant in Khed City, Pune in the State of
Maharashtra in western India. The
ceremony included a plaque unveiling and traditional ground breaking ritual.
Once the project is complete,
Maxon Wheels will produce four million aluminium wheels annually. In this first
phase, an investment of more than $50 million USD will be spent on the land and
state-of-the-art plant and equipment for the manufacturing of two million
wheels annually. Start of production is expected in the third quarter of 2019.
The new aluminium wheel plant
and process coming up in Pune will include premium Bright Machined wheels from
the start, 32 low-pressure die casting machines, heat treatment, x-ray and 16
machining cells, One paint shop with capacity for 2 million wheels, powder coat
followed by wet paint base coat and clear coat, among others.
Maxion Wheels is a division of
Iochpe-Maxion S.A., a leading wheel manufacturer for passenger cars, light
trucks, buses, commercial trucks and trailers. The company also produces wheels
for agriculture and military vehicles, as well as other off-highway
applications. Maxion is the world's largest wheel manufacturer, producing 58
million wheels per year. The company serves its global OEM customers from 28
locations in 15 countries on five continents, and has state-of-the-art
technical centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Maxion Wheels started its
wheel production in India in 1996 when it set up two steel wheel plants in
Pune. One is a car wheel plant producing 4 million wheels annually and the
other is a truck wheel plant producing 1.2 million annually.
Maxion Wheels Chief Executive
Officer, Pieter Klinkers remarked that the new Pune passenger car aluminum
wheel plant of Maxion Wheels will be the first global light vehicle aluminum
wheel producer in the Indian market.
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