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 earned.  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 ST:  Michigan IN:  AUT SU:  SC -- DE010 -- 0950 06/26/95 10:00 EDT