Fasching plans to in­vest 10 mn euro on new safety belt fa­cil­ity in In­dia

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Fasching Salzburg GmbH, the Aus­tria-based safety belt man­u­fac­turer, eyes the grow­ing In­dian bus and truck mar­ket. Fasching de­vel­ops and pro­duces safety belts mainly for buses, coaches, LCVs, trucks and wheelchair ap­pli­ca­tions. It of­fers a wide range of safety- belts and spe­cialises in two­point, three-point and spe­cial belts in dif­fer­ent ver­sions and tech­nolo­gies like static, ALR, ELR and buck­les.

Fasching’s global prod­uct port­fo­lio in­cludes au­to­matic lock­ing re­trac­tors, emer­gency lock­ing re­trac­tors, two-point belt sys­tems, three-point belt sys­tem, buck­les, and spe­cial so­lu­tions like H-belts, bi­cy­cle teth­ers, fall pro­tec­tion belts, YoYo belts and five-point belt sys­tems.

Har­ald Pessl, Di­rec­tor, Fasching Salzburg GmbH, told Auto

Com­po­nents In­dia that, “For the past 4 to 5 years we have been sell­ing 60,000-80,000 seat belts in In­dia. If we wanted to grow fur­ther, we need to have our lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing foot­print here in In­dia. There­fore we are plan­ning to in­vest around 10 mil­lion euro for a new fa­cil­ity. Set­ting up a man­u­fac­tur­ing base in In­dia will open new av­enues for us. Cur­rently we have only 1 man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Aus­tria and In­dia will be­come our sec­ond man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tion. To start with, we would tar­get the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle seg­ment, es­pe­cially buses, as this zone has huge num­bers. We will lo­calise ev­ery prod­uct and make the com­plete assem­bly of seat­belts, which will in­deed give us a cost ad­van­tage and we would also be tagged as one of the lo­cal sup­pli­ers.”

Fasching plans to pro­duce seat belts with tech­ni­cal in­puts from the par­ent com­pany and sup­ply them to buses, mini buses and mini vans. The tar­get group would be tier-2 and tier-1 sup­pli­ers. Around 80% of its sup­ply will go to tier-2 sup­pli­ers and 15% to tier-1 sup­pli­ers and the re­main­ing 5% will be bal­anced equally.

“We are sup­ply­ing safety prod­ucts to the cus­tomers. We will work with seat

man­u­fac­tur­ers on how to struc­ture the seat, po­si­tion the re­trac­tor and make it func­tion flaw­less. Un­less we get the re­quired, lay­out our seat belt will not func­tion prop­erly. As we sell the prod­uct of safety we need to dou­ble ver­ify the things be­fore go­ing on with the order book in­struc­tions,” Pessl said.

In­dian mar­ket is still at a nascent stage in adopt­ing safety prod­ucts de­liv­ered as a stand­alone fea­ture, though seat belts are manda­tory for pas­sen­ger cars. But it would have been bet­ter the reg­u­la­tion was ex­tended to buses, es­pe­cially in­ter­city buses, with a dead­line for com­pli­ance.

The man­u­fac­turer high­lighted that “Mercedes, Volvo and oth­ers are the play­ers who could di­rect the In­dian mar­ket to their set stan­dards. We can only man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply the prod­uct. As an ex­tended move we could ex­plain our prod­uct needs with cer­tain videos. The dif­fer­ence be­tween two-point and three-point seat belts could be ex­plained. Dur­ing 2004-2005, the ra­tio of two-point to three­p­oint seat belts was 70:30. To­day it is 50:50 ac­com­pa­nied by the Eu­ro­pean norms. Four years down the line, we fore­see the same ra­tio to be 20:80 (Two­point: three-point),” Pessl said.

In the near fu­ture, the com­pany is not ex­pect­ing any big seat belt busi­ness in the lo­cal city buses. But the in­ter­city buses will be mech­a­nised with seat belts very soon in In­dia, he said. “Pas­sen­ger car seg­ment is not a rocket science for us. We have ca­pa­bil­i­ties ex­cept for the pre­ten­sion­ers. But pre­ten­sion­ers are only for premium cars like BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Volvo. Small car seg­ments do not need them. Though car seg­ment is not go­ing to be our im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity, we are open-minded,” Pessl said.

3-point flex sys­tem

Fasching also man­u­fac­tures patented 3-point flex sys­tem that pro­vides safety in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. The flex-sen­sor makes it pos­si­ble to in­stall the safety belt in an adjustable back­rest by up to 27 de­gree. The spe­cial sen­sor com­pen­sates the range of strap oc­curs.

The seat belt ma­jor is also set­ting new stan­dards with its tested 3-point belt sys­tems in the area of per­sonal safety. The 3-point belt sys­tems of­fer the high­est pos­si­ble strap ca­pac­ity of 2,200 mm with the low­est pos­si­ble clear­ance. The mul­ti­tude of tilt-lock sen­sors al­ways of­fer space-sav­ing in­stal­la­tion in the most di­verse in­stal­la­tion sit­u­a­tions and high­est pos­si­ble er­gonomics and safety.

Buck­les

Apart from belts, Fasching also man­u­fac­tures buck­les in dif­fer­ent mod­els like strap, wire and bracket buckle. The com­pany’s wire and straight bracket buck­les are avail­able in two­piece, ul­tra­sound welded cover or with its new mono-cover made from only one piece. It pro­vides more pro­tec­tion from van­dal­ism and ex­treme-use con­di­tions. Pessl said, “To be able to guar­an­tee the safety and in­tegrity of our safety sys­tems, our buck­les should be used only in com­bi­na­tion with a Fasching safety belt.”

Har­ald Pessl, Di­rec­tor, Fasching Salzburg GmbH

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