Mahle Group (Stuttgart, Germany) has opened a purpose-built 3300-sq-m manufacturing plant near Chennai, India that the company says will serve as a competence center for its injection molding in the country. The company currently outsources much of its injection molding in India with only its Gurgaon location overmolding air-filter elements.
Mahle held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new plant in June 2010, with the building completed by December. Installation of production equipment and basic facilities was finalized at the end of January 2011. The factory is located two hours drive from Chennai.
The facility will start production of air-filter systems, intake modules, and cylinder head covers with integrated oil mist separation in the new plant. Mahle says it has already received "large-scale" orders for these product groups to supply automobile manufacturers in the Chennai area....