Vitesco Technologies recently inaugurated its plant of the future at Talegaon, Pune. Klaus Hau, Member of the Executive Board, Vitesco Technologies, and Anurag Garg, MD & Country Head, Vitesco Technologies India attended the event.
The all-new facility is spread across 20 acres and contains more than 17.580 m2 of manufacturing space, including over 900 employees. The first series of production will be for the two-wheeler market, followed by various powertrain solutions products such as engine management systems, sensors, and actuators, as well as exhaust management components for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The company will concentrate its efforts at this facility on the growing demand for highly efficient, low-emission technologies for internal combustion engines, as well as electrified and all-electric drive systems.
During the inauguration event, Hau, stated, “Building this factory was a major milestone for Vitesco Technologies, allowing us to provide better value to our clients in the Indian market. India plays a central part in our global growth strategy. The country's automotive industry is currently undergoing what is possibly the most significant transformation in its history. The objective is to achieve a twin technological transformation: from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and from analogue - to - digital technology. We embrace this transformation and have already begun to design our strategic course. Also, with the new facility, we will be able to better respond to market demands and developments in the future.”
All new photovoltaic systems have been installed, generating 03 GWh of solar energy. The present installed capacity is 2.6 MW, with the company aiming to raise it to 3.6 MW by the end of the year. With over 25 cobots and robots installed on the production lines and shopfloor, the facility is also strongly pursuing automation, digitisation, and Industry 4.0.
Moving further, Garg, said, “Our mission is to develop highly efficient, low-emission technologies for internal combustion engines and electrification technologies for all types of vehicles in India. For this, we have built a futuristic plant, one that is intelligent, sustainable, and predictive. With these key characteristics, we were able to construct this plant of the future in Pune. Several creative projects have been completed at this facility. These projects on digitisation, automation, and sustainability across our manufacturing network have helped us to shape the Plant of the Future.
He further added, “Due to the growing carbon footprint, we also considered the climate change while building this facility. I am delighted to say that the facility in Pune is operating at a carbon-neutral level and has fully established itself as a driver of sustainability.”