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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.