Federal-Mogul Corporation has announced the development of a new brake friction manufacturing facility in Chennai, India. The company, through one of its Indian subsidiaries, broke ground earlier this year on a 10-acre site for construction of the new 38,000 m2 facility to manufacture the company’s broad portfolio of brake friction materials for the OE and aftermarket segments for automotive, construction, railway and industrial customers. Production is now scheduled to begin before the end of 2011.
“India is one of Federal-Mogul’s strategic bases of operations for serving the fast-growing Indian automotive market in Southeast Asia and other global markets. Our newest manufacturing facility in Chennai will enable us to better serve brake friction technology requirements for existing and new customers in several markets in the region and globally,” said Federal-Mogul President and CEO Jose Maria Alapont. “When we bring on-line the Chennai manufacturing facility later this year, Federal-Mogul will have the ability to manufacture our global market-leading brake friction products in every major geographic automotive market around the world, complemented by our strong base of regional technology and engineering centers supporting our brake friction customers.”
The new Chennai facility will initially produce non-asbestos organic disc brake pads for light vehicles, half block linings for commercial vehicles and brake blocks for railway and industrial customers. The company expects to employ approximately 300 people when the facility is in full operation. Federal-Mogul’s investment is expected to be approximately US $15 million.
Federal-Mogul’s Indian headquarters is in New Delhi, and one of the company’s 18 globally-networked technical centers is in Bangalore. Together these facilities design, develop and manufacture a broad range of Federal-Mogul’s vehicle powertrain components, including pistons, piston rings, engine bearings, ignition and sintered products; for both OE and aftermarket customers.
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