April 06, 2005

Tata Ficosa Automotive Systems inaugurates world-class manufacturing facility in Pune

Tata Ficosa Automotive Systems (TFAS), the 50:50 joint venture between Tata AutoComp Systems (TACO) and Ficosa International, Spain, today formally inaugurated its additional manufacturing facility in Hinjewadi, near Pune, India. The new facility will enable Tata Ficosa to supply inner rear view mirrors to global automotive OEMs.

Tata Ficosa’s new export-oriented plant at Hinjewadi, Pune was inaugurated by David Friedman, president and managing director, Ford India in the presence of His Exellency Joan Trullen, deputy minister for industrial affairs, government of Spain, accompanied by Javier Pujol, chairman, Ficosa International and Jeevan Mahaldar, chief executive officer, Tata Ficosa Automotive Systems.

A full-service provider to the auto industry, Tata Ficosa Automotive Systems offers end-to-end solutions for parking-brake, automotive command-and-control, rod-and-cable gear-shifting and washer systems and rear-view mirror systems. The new plant has been recommended for the coveted TS16949 certification within five brief months of operations.

TFAS has two plants at Pune, India, including the new 100-per cent export-oriented unit. Ficosa has deemed the Pune facility as a Centre of Excellence. Tata Ficosa’s domestic and international customers include Brose, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Hindustan Motors, Honda Siel Cars, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Toyota.

D S Gupta, managing director, TACO, observed: “While this a milestone for Tata Ficosa, I believe the EOU represents TACO’s on-going commitment to invest in technology upgradation to offer world-class outsourcing options to auto manufacturers. This development will contribute to TACO’s vision of becoming a top 100 auto components manufacturer by the end of the decade.”

Javier Pujol, chairman, Ficosa International, said: “The new facility in Pune further strengthens the capabilities of this Centre of Excellence for Ficosa. We look forward to the new Tata Ficosa plant playing a key role in our worldwide operations as a Center of Excellence.”

A recent joint study commissioned by consulting firm McKinsey and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) highlights India as the most favoured country to capitalise on emerging trends that increasingly favour global delivery models in automotive technology development and manufacturing, owing to a skilled workforce coupled with low-cost technology design and manufacturing capabilities.