UK firm to help Indian car makers with design

September 15th, 2008 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Sep 15 (IANS) Stadco Automotive India, a subsidiary of the UK-based auto component manufacturer Stadco, will help Indian vehicle manufacturers in designing their products, a top company official said here Monday. “We have bagged three projects from Indian passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers whose names I am not at liberty to disclose,” Peter Spackman, Stadco emerging market director told reporters.

Stadco UK designs, develops and supplies automotive body structures to vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Austin, General Motors and Toyota.

Stadco opened its product development technical centre here Monday.

Declining to give out any financial figures, Spackman said the centre would initially have 15 engineers, with the strength to be ramped up to 100 over the next 12 to 18 months.

The centre will support the product design and development requirements of Indian original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and customers.

“Going forward, we may also undertake design and development work for our overseas customers,” Spackman added.

Added Paul Jaggers, product development director: “We have been operating within the Indian automotive market for some time now and have a good working relationship with a number of Indian customers. We see the opening of a technical centre as a natural progression and part of Stadco’s plans to further develop activities in India.”

Stadco is the latest of UK-based engineering companies to target India’s auto sector.

For instance, Hampson Industries makes turbo-chargers at its Bangalore factory, Caparo Plc makes automotive components near Chennai, GKN Plc’s makes driveshafts for vehicles at its plant also near here, and Delcam, the largest developer of product design and manufacturing software in the UK, has operations in 17 centres across India.

Renishaw Plc, a high-precision measurement manufacturer is another significant investor in India and earlier this year opened a demonstration and training centre in Pune.

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