Fasching to in­vest in a fa­cil­ity in In­dia

With an eye on the reg­u­la­tions as well as the grow­ing CV mar­ket, Fasching is plan­ning to in­vest in a new safety belt fa­cil­ity in In­dia

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With an eye on the reg­u­la­tions as well as the grow­ing CV mar­ket, Fasching is plan­ning to in­vest in a new safety belt fa­cil­ity in In­dia.

Aus­tria-based Fasching Salzburg GmbH en­tered In­dia al­most a decade ago. Start­ing by vis­it­ing var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions and shows, the com­pany has come to steadily build a cus­tomer base in the coun­try. Spe­cial­is­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of safety belts for buses, coaches, LCVs, trucks and wheel­chair ap­pli­ca­tions, the com­pany of­fers a wide range of two­point, three-point and spe­cial belts in dif­fer­ent ver­sions and tech­nolo­gies like static, ALR, ELR and buck­les. Plan­ning to in­vest in a new safety belt fa­cil­ity in In­dia with an eye on the grow­ing CV mar­ket, Fasching is keen to lever­age its global prod­uct port­fo­lio to ad­dress the lo­cal needs.

With the global prod­uct port­fo­lio of the com­pany com­pris­ing of 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, Fasching is look­ing at in­vest­ing in the re­gion of Euro 10 mil­lion to­wards the build­ing of the new fa­cil­ity in In­dia. Sell­ing be­tween 60,000 and 80,000 seat belts in In­dia for the past four to five years, the com­pany, ac­cord­ing to Har­ald Pessl, Di­rec­tor, is look­ing at the In­dian mar­ket con­tribut­ing a good deal to the com­pany’s growth as­pi­ra­tions. “If we want to grow fur­ther, we need to have our lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing foot­print in In­dia,” said Pessl.

Cur­rently serv­ing the In­dian mar­ket through its fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tria, the com­pany is keen to carve out a big­ger share of the CV mar­ket in In­dia. Keen to tar­get buses since they pro­vide good num­bers, Fasching is con­fi­dent that a fa­cil­ity in In­dia, its sec­ond in the world, will pro­vide the much need thrust for growth. With Holm­bergs Safety

Sys­tem Hold­ing AB sign­ing an agree­ment to ac­quire Fasching Safety Belts GmbH, the com­pany is look­ing at an op­por­tu­nity to lo­calise each and ev­ery prod­uct that goes into the man­u­fac­ture of seat belt as­sem­blies. “Do­ing this would give it a dis­tinct cost ad­van­tage. This, will also tag us as a lo­cal sup­plier,” said Pressl.

Plan­ning 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 per cent of its sup­ply will go to tier-2 sup­pli­ers and 15 per cent to tier-1 sup­pli­ers. The re­main­ing 5 per cent will be bal­anced equally. Sup­ply­ing safety prod­ucts to cus­tomers, the com­pany is look­ing at work­ing with seat man­u­fac­tur­ers on struc­tur­ing the seat, in po­si­tion­ing the re­trac­tor and to make it func­tion flaw­lessly. Averred Pessl, “Un­less we get the re­quired lay­out, our seat belt will not func­tion prop­erly. As we sell a safety prod­uct, we need to dou­ble ver­ify the things be­fore go­ing on with the or­der book in­struc­tions.” Of the opin­ion that the In­dian mar­ket is still at a nascent stage when it comes to the adop­tion of safety prod­ucts, de­liv­ered as a stand-alone fea­ture, Pessl stated that it would serve to ex­tend the reg­u­la­tions of seat belts to buses. In­ter-city buses es­pe­cially.

Bank­ing upon global man­u­fac­tur­ers like MercedesBenz and Volvo to in­flu­ence the In­dian mar­ket to move up the safety lad­der as far as buses are con­cerned, Fasching is hope­ful of the In­dian mar­ket repli­cat­ing the growth and tech­no­log­i­cal trends in Europe. Said Pessl, “We can only man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply the prod­uct.

As an ex­tended move we could ex­plain our prod­uct needs with cer­tain videos. “Mercedes, Volvo and oth­ers are the play­ers who could di­rect the In­dian mar­ket to their set stan­dards.” Point­ing at the dif­fer­ence be­tween two-point and three-point seat belts, and about how they could be ex­plained, Pessl added that the ra­tio of two-point ver­sus three­p­oint seat belt was 70:30 in 2004-05. To­day, it is 50:50 ac­com­pa­nied by the Eu­ro­pean norms. Four years down the line, it is ex­pected to be 20:80 (two-point: three­p­oint),” he ex­plained.

Not ex­pect­ing any big seat belt busi­ness in lo­cal city buses in the near fu­ture, Fasching is hop­ing that in­ter-city buses will soon fea­ture seat belts in In­dia. Man­u­fac­tur­ing patented three-point flex sys­tem that pro­vides safety in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, the flex-sen­sor, ac­cord­ing to Pessl, makes it pos­si­ble to in­stall the safety belt in an ad­justable back­rest by up to 27-de­gree. A spe­cial sen­sor com­pen­sates for the strap range. Fasching, claimed Pessl, is set­ting new stan­dards with its tested three-point belt sys­tems in the area of per­sonal safety. The three-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.

Apart from belts, Fasching also man­u­fac­tures buck­les in dif­fer­ent mod­els. They com­prise of strap, wire and bracket buckle. The com­pany’s wire and straight bracket buck­les are avail­able in two­piece, ul­tra­sound welded cover or with its new mono­cover made from only one piece. They pro­vide more pro­tec­tion from van­dal­ism and ex­treme-use con­di­tions. That is, when the buck­led are used only in com­bi­na­tion with the Fasching safety belt, ac­cord­ing to Pessl.

Har­ald Pessl, Di­rec­tor, Fasching Salzburg GmbH

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