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In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­tive Com­po­nents (IAC), a lead­ing au­to­mo­tive in­te­rior com­po­nents sup­plier, has opened new re­gional and global en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre in Pune. It will fo­cus on ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer­ing to sup­port the ve­hi­cle in­te­rior needs of do­mes­tic and global cus­tomer pro­grammes. This in­creases IAC’s pres­ence in In­dia to six lo­ca­tions and 28 de­sign, tech­ni­cal, and com­mer­cial cen­ters around the world.

“The new IAC fa­cil­ity in Pune will en­hance our global in­te­grated en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions fo­cused on the de­vel­op­ment of ex­cep­tional au­to­mo­tive in­te­ri­ors,” IAC Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Asia Op­er­a­tions, Ga­janan Gandhe, said.

With the abil­ity to ac­com­mo­date up to 150 em­ploy­ees, the ded­i­cated en­gi­neer­ing fa­cil­ity will pro­vide de­sign en­gi­neer­ing and ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment sup­port to the do­mes­tic Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs), such as Mahin­dra and Tata, as well as to IAC lo­ca­tions world­wide. The fa­cil­ity open­ing frees up ap­prox­i­mately 650 square me­ters (7,000 square feet) of space at IAC’s ex­ist­ing Chakan II fa­cil­ity, which will be re­pur­posed to ex­pand its man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and prod­uct of­fer­ings.

“IAC’s ef­forts in In­dia align with our global strat­egy of pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with the re­gional pro­gramme sup­port needed, but also al­lows our North Amer­i­can, Euro­pean and Asian en­gi­neer­ing teams to work around the clock on cus­tomer projects,” IAC Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Terry Gohl, said dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the fa­cil­ity.

IAC is driven by a cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment. Over the past 12 months it has ex­e­cuted steady growth around the world. In ad­di­tion to 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.

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