Magneti Marelli inaugurates exhaust systems plant in India
Euro 5.9 bn automotive components maker, Magneti Marelli has recently inaugurated a new plant in India dedicated to the production of automobile exhaust systems. According to a company press release, the new production site is built by SKH Magneti Marelli Exhaust Systems Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between Magneti Marelli and SKH Metals Limited (part of the Krishna Group) started in 2008. The new facility is located at the Maruti Suzuki Supplier Park in Manesar and covers a total surface of 8,000 square meters, out of which 4,500 sq mt is dedicated to the production areas for the manufacturing of hot end components (catalytic converters) and cold end components (mufflers). At maximum utilisation, the plant will be able to annually produce 4,00,000 cold end components and 1,50,000 hot end systems, and will employ about 100 workers. The production is intended for motor vehicles produced by Suzuki Maruti India Limited or by other companies belonging to the Suzuki Motor Corporation.
The new plant replaces an existing nearby structure dating back to 2009, and meets expansion and modernisation requirements, allowing the product portfolio to be expanded to include cold end systems and ensuring more room for production activities. For Magneti Marelli, the new plant in Manesar and the other production facility in Pune - which supplies Indian customers located in India’s northern and western region - represent an important and strategic presence on the Indian market in the specific sector of exhaust systems, especially in view of the issues pertaining to the reduction of emissions and of future regulatory scenarios.
Since entering the country in 2007, Magneti Marelli now has a total of eight production plants in the country namely for powertrain, lighting, exhaust systems, suspensions, shock absorbers, electronic systems, infotainment and navigation.