Volkswagen India to follow mixed vendor policy

February 24th, 2009 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Feb 24 (IANS) German car maker Volkswagen’s India arm, which is setting up a 110,000-unit plant in Maharashtra, Tuesday said it will follow mixed vendor policy in the country.
“The issue of single or multiple vendors will depend on the component and its quality. Around 400 component vendors are registered with us,” Kurt Rippholz, Volkswagen India communications head, told IANS from Pune.

He said around 280 suppliers participated in a two-day vendor meet the company held in Pune Feb 23-24.

“The meeting is to inform the potential suppliers about Volkswagen’s philosophy and to lay the foundation for a cooperative partnership in India. The conference also gave an understanding about the automotive division of the Volkswagen brand as well as the soon-to-be-commenced manufacturing plant in Chakan in Pune,” Rippholz added.

However, he declined to comment on the components for which the company has single vendor.

Volkswagen will roll out the hatchback Polo next year and another Sedan model by 2010-end, Rippholz said.

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