PONTIAC, Mich., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Delphi Automotive Systems
today announced its entry into India by establishing manufacturing
operations and an engineering center near the Bangalore Urban District.
According to Delphi Automotive Systems president, J.T. Battenberg III,
under the new name of Delphi Automotive Systems Private, Ltd., (Delphi
India), Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems will develop, manufacture, and
market halfshafts for the automotive market. Delphi Packard Electric
Systems will manufacture power and signal distribution systems to both
the domestic and export markets.
"Today's announcement expands our global manufacturing presence to
32 countries," said Battenberg. "But more importantly, this expansion
is a great opportunity for us to use our advance technology capability
to better serve the burgeoning India automobile industry."
Delphi India will begin manufacturing halfshafts (front drive
axles), including constant velocity joints in October, 1995. Plans are
to expand operations to include the production of steering columns and
related steering system components in succeeding years.
Halfshafts are used to transmit torque from the transmission to the
wheels on all front drive, independent rear drive, some four-wheel
drive, and on all-wheel drive vehicles. These driveshafts are critical
components responsible for efficient vehicle functioning, fuel
efficiency, safety and driving comfort, Delphi Automotive Systems, along
with its highly-skilled technical workforce, is one of the few companies
worldwide with the capability to design and manufacture halfshafts to
the stringent standards required by vehicle manufacturers.
Delphi Packard Electric Systems, under the auspices of Delphi India,
will begin its operations in a leased building in Gurgaon, Haryana. As
business grows, plans are to build two facilities and employ
approximately 500 people by 1997, dependent on business opportunities
and economic growth.
Delphi India will initially supply DCM-Daewoo, General Motors India,
and Maruti-Suzuki. Additional customers will be added as business is
According to Battenberg, Delphi India will create employment
opportunities, both direct and indirect, for a number of on-site
technical people. Delphi's investment will also provide business
opportunities for suppliers of specialized automotive components.
"Overall, Delphi India will benefit from its advanced technology and
know-how in the form of product design, sourcing of raw materials of
Indian origin, manufacturing processes, and testing of finished
products," said Battenberg.
Hari Radheshwar is managing director of Delphi Automotive Systems
Private Limited, based in Delhi. Radheshwar is also country manager for
Delphi Automotive Systems' India Operations. The CEO of Delphi Saginaw
Steering Systems Bangalore operations is A. Raghavan, formerly general
manager-commercial for Sundram Fasteners Limited. Jean-Marc Herande is
the CEO for the Delphi Packard Electric Systems operations.
Delphi Automotive Systems is the world's largest and most
diversified automotive systems and component supplier. It is comprised
of six operating divisions and three regional headquarters (Europe,
Asia/Pacific, and South America). It employs over 175,000 people at
190 operations in 32 countries and also operates 17 technical centers
throughout the world. Sales in 1994 were $26 billion.
/CONTACT: David Bodkin of Delphi Automotive Systems, 810-857-1340,
Deborah Parkins of Delphi Packard Electric, 216-759-6214, or Mary Irby
of Delphi Saginaw Steering, 517-757-4010/
CO: Delphi Automotive Systems
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