New Delhi: German auto component maker Mann and Hummel is considering to set up a second manufacturing facility in North India in next two years along with 2-3 warehouses and assembly units as a part of a strategy to develop India as its key global market.
The company, which forayed into India last year, manufactures filters and air intake systems for automotives and industrial applications. In India, it has a plant at Tumkur in Karnataka, from where it supplies components for industrial applications, while supply to the automotive sector would start by middle of this year.
“At the moment we are thinking of setting up an additional facility, which is most likely to be in the North India. Also, we are looking at constructing 2-3 warehouses and assembly units in India,” Peter Wink, managing director of Mann and Hummel Filter Pvt Ltd, told PTI.
He said the company was also in talks with original equipment makers, including Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland and Maruti Suzuki for supplying its products.
Asked about the investment for the new unit, Wink declined to give clear details saying: “In the first factory, we have invested Rs45 crore, and the future investment will also be in line with the earlier one.”
He said Mann and Hummel also planned to start product designing and development in the country to meet local requirements. “Once we have a good number of clients here and production facilities in place, we will be able to do almost 80% of engineering with locals here,” he added.