Faurecia recently launched its product showroom, which was housed within their technology centre in Pune. The showroom inauguration was attended by Patrick Koller, CEO, Faurecia and Remi Daudin, Faurecia Interior Systems – IJKT Engineering & Director, Faurecia Technology Centre India, apart from other dignitaries.
Speaking on the product showroom, Dr Koller said, “It is a state-of-the-art tool to have discussions with customers and an interactive space where future technology is generated.” He also discussed the Indian market and explained, “With the significant changes in policies, reforms and infrastructure in India today, we are interested in what that will bring to the Indian economy. We would like to grow significantly in R&D as this is important to improve in global competitiveness. We want to triple our manpower in R&D in Pune, which has about 615 people currently. By 2020, our vision is to have 5,000 people dedicated to R&D in our organisation. The Faurecia recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art product showroom in Pune Faurecia launches product showroom in Pune Indian R&D centre fares among the top 10 globally.”
A significant aspect of this product showroom is providing and producing enviornmental - friendly technology, which include hybrid solutions and energy recovery systems. This will further help them meet stringent regulations and be more energy-efficient.
In terms of future plans, Dr Koller elaborated, “The commercial vehicle market in India is the biggest. We already have a partnership with Cummins in India and in the future, we look forward to increasing this market share. We will have nine production plants in India by 2018 and we need to grow to over 2,000 people in India. While India traditionally has been a low-cost market, we hope to increase our future sales in India to about 10-15%.” Currently, the Indian operations comprise of 30% of R&D and 1-2% of sales.