Pune: Leading automotive interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened a new regional and global engineering centre in Pune.
Marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the 2,415-sq m (25,569-sq ft) facility officially opened on Friday and will focus on application development engineering to support the vehicle interior needs of domestic and global customer programmes.
This opening increases IAC’s presence to six locations throughout the country and 28 design, technical, and commercial centres around the world.
“The newest IAC facility in Pune will further enhance our global integrated engineering solutions focused on the development of exceptional automotive interiors,” said Gajanan Gandhe, IAC Senior Vice President of Asia Operations.
The centre will accommodate up to 150 employees and will provide design engineering and application development support to domestic vehicle manufacturing programmes for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Mahindra and Tata as well as to IAC locations worldwide.
The facility opening frees up approximately 650 sq m (7,000 sq ft) of space at IAC’s existing Chakan Phase II facility, which will be re-purposed to expand its manufacturing operations providing additional production capacity and product offerings.
During the inaugural event, Chief Operating Officer Terry Gohl said, “IAC’s efforts in India align with our global strategy of providing customers with the regional programme support needed, but also allow our North American, European and Asian engineering teams to work around the clock on customer projects.”
IAC is driven by a culture of continuous improvement. Over the past 12 months, it has reported steady growth around the world.
Besides the new engineering facility in Pune, IAC broke ground on a manufacturing plant in Poland in February 2017, began production at a new Czech Republic plant in July 2016 and entered the South American market with a new plant in Brazil in June 2016.