ARay­mond In­dia to set up new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Chennai

Auto components India - - COVER STORY - Story by: Sricha­ran R

Pune-based ARay­mond Fas­ten­ers In­dia, the lo­cal arm of the French ARay­mond Net­work is plan­ning to set up a new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Chennai. ARay­mond, a global leader in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try for fas­ten­ing so­lu­tions for pow­er­train, chas­sis, car body and elec­tri­cal and mecha­tron­ics ap­pli­ca­tions. The new plant in Chennai will cater to the needs of its OE cus­tomers in South In­dia.

ARay­mond’s first In­dian project was the Tata Nano. The com­pany be­gan its op­er­a­tions in In­dia in Novem­ber 2007 and later its two-mould­ing ma­chine-fa­cil­i­ties were opened in Oc­to­ber 2008 in Pim­pri near Pune. In 2011, the com­pany com­mis­sioned its Chakan fa­cil­ity, and the Pim­pri es­tab­lish­ment was moved af­ter an year. The com­pany has sales and cus­tomer sup­port of­fices in Gur­gaon (Delhi) and Chennai. It has plans to ex­pand its ware­house net­work across In­dia. Sanand in Gu­jarat may be the next lo­ca­tion.

“We have our sales of­fices in Chennai and in Delhi. Fa­cil­ity- wise, we have re­cently con­structed our ware­house in Chennai and now we are plan­ning to set up a man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity here,” Chin­may Oak, Se­nior Man­ager, Mar­ket­ing, ARay­mond Fas­ten­ers In­dia, said.

The new fa­cil­ity in Sripe­rum­budur is ex­pected to go on stream by the se­cond half of next year. “Once the new ware­house is set­tled, we will be­gin to in­vest in ma­chines for the new fa­cil­ity. We chose Chennai be­cause we have a lot of cus­tomers like Ashok Ley­land, Ford, and Hyundai. Kia Mo­tors also is com­ing in. To sup­ply to our cus­tomers in the South­ern re­gion, we wanted to be present here and Chennai is the ideal spot for that,” Chin­may said. From its Pune plant ARay­mond is also sup­ply­ing to trac­tor man­u­fac­tur­ers and two-wheeler OEMs like Ba­jaj and TVS.

With the BSVI com­ing in the In­dian mar­ket, ARay­mond is ready to sup­ply its cus­tomers with the prod­ucts they re­quire. Some of the new prod­ucts in­clude fas­ten­ers with urea in it. They will be re­quired as there will be pres­sure in the walls in­side and they can help con­trol and main­tain the pres­sure at a cer­tain de­gree.

“We are ba­si­cally into non-tra­di­tional fas­ten­ers. We have a lot of plas­tic clips to mount elec­tri­cal wiring har­nesses and quick con­nec­tors. OEMs are now mak­ing NVH re­sis­tant or BSR re­sis­tant cars to make them qui­eter. We have some prod­ucts for that. There are bi-in­jec­tor prod­ucts for pipe lifts and a few other parts where the outer part is solid like ny­lon and the in­ner is softer. This damp­ens vi­bra­tion and there will be less noise and harsh­ness in the ve­hi­cle,” he said. Speak­ing about an­other new prod­uct, Chin­may said, “Our con­nect­ing fluid line takes just about half a se­cond to con­nect fluid lines. At one end you have the con­nec­tor and you sim­ply push the pipes, and that is how it works. Peo­ple are us­ing this tech­nol­ogy now as it makes their work easy.”

The fas­tener com­pany is also ready for an­other ma­jor chal­lenge, the elec­tric ve­hi­cles. For an elec­tric car, the bat­tery needs to be at an op­ti­mised tem­per­a­ture and the com­pany has cool­ing con­nec­tors to keep the tem­per­a­ture at the re­quired level. He said most of the fas­ten­ers for the EVs will be the same as the other cars, ex­cept a few in­clud­ing the cool­ing con­nec­tos.

ARay­mond has prod­ucts for lightweight­ing also. “These fas­ten­ers do not di­rectly in­crease weight. But, peo­ple are shift­ing from steel to alu­minium here. We also have some parts made in alu­minium. We are con­vert­ing some fas­ten­ers to alu­minium and to com­pos­ites. They will not add to weight and of­fer the OEMs al­ter­na­tives,” he said.

About the emerg­ing trends in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, he said parts are get­ting con­nected and there will be lighter and en­vi­ron­ment­friendly cars. Elec­tric cars will come, but it will be the lighter cars that come first. EVs will take time and the car man­u­fac­tur­ers are work­ing ag­gres­sively on them. Com­pa­nies are in­vest­ing in bat­tery and E-tech­nol­ogy. Is it pos­si­ble in In­dia? We have to wait and watch as there are many chal­lenges, in­clud­ing in­fras­truc­ture and charg­ing sta­tions,” Chin­may said.

Wide range of fas­ten­ers man­u­fac­tured by ARay­mond

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