Japanese suppliers open new plants and boost R&D in India

Aisin Seiki, Nippon Steel, Denso, Tokai Rubber, NSK, Nidec and Nifco are active in the region



 In India, the FY2011(from April 2011 to March 2012) automobile production volume was 4.04 million units, new vehicle sales were 3.43 million units and exported automobiles were 600,000 units. Both production and sales volumes have grown to sixth in the world and new vehicle sales in FY2012 are expected to total 3.77 million units. Although the growth rates of new vehicle sales in FY2011 and FY2012 have slowed down to single digit, the demands are expected to increase in the medium- and long-term, with expanding middle-income group.

 OEMs, therefore, are raising CBU production capacities. The largest OEM in India, Maruti Suzuki, plans to launch a new plant and increase capacities at existing facilities, which should add 500,000 units to make the overall capacity to two million units/year by 2015 or 2016. Toyota plans to increase the capacities at its two existing plants by a total of 100,000 units to raise the annual output capacity to 310,000 units in 2013. In 2012, Nissan doubled the capacity at its JV with Renault to 400,000 units/year.

 In response to such moves, Japanese parts suppliers are launching new plants, increasing production capacities and product items at their existing plants and strengthening development operations. Areas of their activities have expanded nationwide: North India, where Maruti Suzuki, Honda and other OEM have plants, including New Delhi, its adjacent Haryana Province and Rajasthan Province; South India including Tamil Nadu Province, where Nissan/Renault, Hyundai and Ford have plants and Chennai City is located, and Karnataka Province, where Toyota has plants and Bangalore City is located; and Mid India including Maharashtra Province, where Tata Motors, VW and GM have plants and Mumbai City and Pune City are located, and Gujarat Province, where Suzuki, Tata Motors and Ford have plants. Some parts suppliers concurrently strengthen their operations in the North and the South, and others have plans to transfer production of some products to India.

 The following report covers recent developments of Japanese parts suppliers in India, based on information for approximately one year up to early November 2012.

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Japanese OEMs' assembly plants in India

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Building production facilities: Aisin Seiki, Kasai Kogyo and Nidec launching production operations, while Akebono Brake and JATCO deliberating possible local production

Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.: Studying possible local production, but not independent operations

 Akebono Brake Industry announced in November 2012 the new midterm business plan through FY2015, "akebono New Frontier 30 - 2013." Its key objectives are development of low cost brakes in response to the needs of emerging markets, local production for local consumption and local development for local sourcing. It also made clear its intention to consider possible operations in India. Concerning local production, Chairman, President & CEO Hisataka Nobumoto said, "We are studying. There should be absolute possibilities in emerging markets but also high risks including labor problems. We are not considering independent local operations."

ADVICS Co., Ltd.: Two subsidiaries, one each in the North and the South, to manufacture major brake parts

 ADVICS, a subsidiary of Aisin Seiki, decided in April 2012 to establish production and sales companies with development evaluation functions, one each in North India and South India. Both will manufacture brake boosters, major auto brake parts. ADVICS Manufacturing Haryana Private Ltd., the new company in Haryana, North India, was established in July 2012 with a capital of approx. 800 million yen. It aims to win orders from Suzuki, Honda and local OEMs. Production is scheduled to commence in June 2013. The new company in the South is ADVICS Manufacturing Karnataka Private Ltd. in Karnataka, to be established in January 2013 at approx. 400 million yen. This will address Toyota's production capacity expansion. It will also target at Nissan and other European OEMs in the area.

Kanemitsu Corp.: Established a pulley manufacturing JV

 Kanemitsu established in July 2012 a joint venture, JBM Kanemitsu Pulleys Private Limited, in Haryana, with a capital of approx. 110 million yen. Neel Metal Products Ltd., a major local auto parts supplier, holds 51%, Kanemitsu and its Thai subsidiary hold 22% each and JFE Shoji Trade Corp. holds 5% of the JV. It will supply pulleys as early as 2013. The production volume is yet to be decided.

Kasai Kogyo Co., Ltd.: Established a JV, whose plant to open in March 2013

 Kasai Kogyo established in February 2012 ANTOLIN KASAI TEK CHENNAI PRIVATE LIMITED, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, a 1.2 billion yen fifty-fifty joint venture with a major Spanish auto parts supplier GRUPO ANTOLIN-IRAUSA, S.A. Its new plant is scheduled to start operations in March 2013. It will supply interior parts including door trims to Nissan and other OEMs.

Kinugawa Rubber Industrial Co., Ltd. : To produce automotive rubber and resin parts

 Kinugawa agreed in July 2011 with South Korean HS R&A Co. to collaborate in production of automotive rubber and resin parts in India. The original plan was to farm out the production of certain autobody sealants and hoses to HS R&A's local subsidiary, HWASEUNG HSI AUTOMOTIVED in Chennai. In response to the local tax system, however, Kinugawa decided to limit consignment manufacturing at HS R&A to certain processes and to set up a new plant for final forming/assembling operations at an adjacent site. Supply to its customers will begin in 2014.

Kyowa Metal Works Co., Ltd.: Starting to manufacture an MT component

 Kyowa Metal would start producing synchronizer rings, an MT component, in India as early as September 2012. In November 2011 the company signed an agreement with an Indian parts supplier, Natesan Synchrocones, to set up a JV, Kyowa Natesan Synchrocones, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Kyowa Metal invested 51% and Natesan invested 49% of the capital of approx. 450 million yen. While the JV should lease facilities in the beginning, it plans to start operating its own plant in April 2013.

Clarion Co., Ltd.: To deliberate possible local production of car navigation and in-car audio systems

 Clarion's mid-term management plan for the period from the fiscal year ending in March 2013 through March 2015 aims to strengthen its strategies for emerging markets including India. It will expand current OEM commercial licenses, acquire new OEM commercial licenses and increase local subsidiaries while considering local manufacturing. In the fiscal year ending in March 2012, it opened a representative office in India. As for products, it will deliberate possible local production of car navigation and in-car audio systems. It plans to consign production to a local OEM in the beginning and set up its own operations later. (Reported in November 2011)

Kosei Aluminum Co., Ltd.: Established a JV for aluminum wheels

 Kosei Aluminum started producing aluminum wheels in October 2012 at KOSEI MINDA ALUMINUM CO., Ltd., its JV in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In the meantime, it will manufacture 25,000 units/month for the Nissan Micra with plans to raise it to 50,000 units/month by 2014 in order to supply to other OEMs including Renault, Toyota and VW. The total investment, including the plant construction and new equipment, is estimated at 8.4 billion rupees (approx. 12 billion yen).

Sanjo Machine Works, Ltd.: Established a subsidiary to produce engine die-cast parts

 Sanjo Machine Works established in May 2012 SANJO FORGE INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, a die-cast parts manufacturing subsidiary in Rajasthan. It plans to build a new facility with a total of 1.5 billion yen and start production in October 2013. It will mainly produce connecting rods to supply to Honda and Suzuki. In the future, it will also aim to win businesses with Indian OEMs and Hyundai. The full-scale production is scheduled to begin in FY2016. This is the company's second overseas plant after the one in Guangdong Province, China.

JATCO Ltd.: To consider CVT production in India

 Jatco is expanding its CVT business in emerging countries including Mexico and China. In Thailand, a new plant will start operations in mid 2013 to output 500,000 units/year, which will be expanded to 700,000/year in 2015. It will consider CVT production in India, according to the company. (Reported in January 2012)

Suminoe Textile Co., Ltd.: Its Indian subsidiary started producing automotive textiles

 Suminoe Teijin Techno Krishna India Pvt. Ltd. in Haryana, India, Suminoe Textile's subsidiary, started operations in March 2012. The major products are interior materials such as seats and door trims. This is the company's sixth facility overseas.

Seiren Co., Ltd.: Established a production company

 Seiren announced in May 2012 that it had established SEIREN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, its subsidiary in Karnataka, India, in March 2012. It will make a full-scale entry into the fast-growing India market through automotive textile and airbag businesses in order to globally expand and strengthen the company's supplying operations. The new subsidiary was capitalized at approx. 480 million yen. The investment in the first phase of 2012 to 2014 in the plant construction will be three billion yen. Production is scheduled to commence in August 2013. It will also consider starting the apparels and industrial material businesses in India in the future.

Nittan Valve Co., Ltd.: To build a plant for small-size engine valves

 Nittan Valve announced in August 2012 that it will establish a subsidiary in Maharashtra, Nashik, tentatively named as Nittan India Tech Private Limited, in December 2012 with a capital of approx. 600 million yen. It will manufacture and sell a variety of small-size engine valves in expectation of growing demands for motorcycles and automobiles. The company is also considering using the plant as an OEM manufacturing base by taking advantage of zero tariffs based on the Japan-India FTA.

Nidec Corp.: To build its first India plant and manufacture automotive motors

 Nidec will build a new plant in India for automotive motors of EPS, engine cooling fans, power windows and other devices with a total investment of approx. 10 billion yen. Its operations are scheduled to commence in December 2013. Acquisition of the plant site at Neemrana industrial area, Rajasthan near New Delhi has been basically agreed. It will establish a local company through its subsidiary in Singapore and is expected to hand the plant management to the business divisions acquired through buyouts of former Emerson and others.

Japan Metal Gasket Co., Ltd.: Established a JV for cylinder gasket manufacturing

 Japan Metal Gasket established Sanker JP Selling Technology, a JV in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It purchased an existing plant, where it has installed stamping, rubber-coating and heat-treatment facilities. Production of engine cylinder gaskets for Japanese OEMs commenced in May 2012 with approx. 20 employees, which will be increased to 30 to 40 in a year. It aims to produce 1.3 million units/year and to achieve 480 million yen sales in two years.

PIOLAX, Inc.: Its first India plant started producing resin fasteners

 PIOLAX completed in March 2012 a new plant of its Indian subsidiary, PIOLAX INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED in SriCity, Andhra Pradesh. Production of resin fasteners commenced in September for Nissan, Honda and Suzuki. President Y. Shimazu said in March 2012, " We will reduce costs at the plant by installing used equipment, buying from local equipment suppliers and using local materials. We also plan to produce fuel system parts in the future. We are promoting our products not only to Japanese OEMs but to Tata Motors." Its mid-term business plan for FY2012 to FY2014 aims at step-by-step increases of production capacities in India and other Asian countries.

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.: Its first India plant commenced production

 Mitsuboshi Belting started production at its first Indian subsidiary, MITSUBOSHI BELTING-INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, Maharashtra, in March 2012. It set up operations to supply belts for automobiles and motorcycles six months ahead of its original schedule. The new method developed at its Ayabe Production System Development Center has been utilized to reduce the plant area to approx. one third compared to its conventional operations.

Yamashita Rubber Co., Ltd.: Established a 100% subsidiary. Its anti-vibration rubber products plant scheduled to open in April 2013

 Yamashita Rubber established Y-TEC INDIA PTE. LTD, a 100% subsidiary in Haryana, in October 2011 at a capital of approx. 230 million yen. Its 2 billion plant for vibration-proof rubber products for automotive application is under construction in Rajasthan in the southwest of New Delhi to commence production in April 2013. It will mainly supply to Japanese OEMs in India, but a part of its production lines at Saitama Plant for Japanese and European markets will also be transferred, according to the company. (Reported in February 2012)

U-shin Ltd.: Its local subsidiary formed in 2011 selecting a new plant site

 U-shin established in August 2011 U-SHIN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, a 90% subsidiary in Haryana to develop products for OEMs and automotive parts suppliers in India, with a capital of one billion rupees. It is in the process of selecting a new plant site with an aim to complete the plant in a year. The investment should amount to three to four billon yen. Through working with its R&D center in India, opened in November 2011, it aims to respond to new local designs to win orders. (Reported in June 2012)

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.: To construct a new plant, operational in July 2014

 Yokohama Rubber announced in March 2012 its plan to construct a passenger car-tire plant at Bahadurgarh, Haryana near New Delhi as a manufacturing facility of its 100% subsidiary Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd., established in April 2007 in New Delhi. The total investment in constructing the 700,000 tires/year plant will be approx. 4.4 billion yen. The plant will start operations in July 2014. It will start from small-scale production, which will be expanded based on demand assessments.



Increasing production capacities as well as product items: New plant constructions by Aisan Industry, EXEDY, DENSO, TBK, Tokai Rubber, NHK Spring, Nifco and Musashi Seimitsu

Aisan Industry Co., Ltd.: To build a second plant in South India for engine functional components

 Aisan Industry will construct its second India plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India, which should be operational in 2013. It plans to manufacture its flagship fuel pump modules and throttle bodies. The local products will replace those currently exported from Indonesia. The company plans the initial production capacity as approx. 100,000 units/year each. The decision has been made in order to strengthen its operations to supply to Japanese OEMs increasing local production, including Toyota. (Reported in February 2012)

Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.: To produce airbags in a few years

 Ashimori Industry has produced seat belts at Ashimori India Private Limited, Rajasthan since July 2011 to supply to Maruti Suzuki India Limited. It plans to deliver airbags to the company in two to three years, according to President Fumio Hotogi. (Reported in April 2012)

H-ONE Co., Ltd.: To increase die manufacturing facilities

 H-ONE will increase equipment investment in India, Thailand and other Asian countries in FY2013 by 56% y/y to 3.34 billion yen. At H‐ONE India PVT., Ltd., its subsidiary in Uttar Pradesh, it will beef up die manufacturing facilities. (Reported in May 2012)

EXEDY Corp.: Established a 100% subsidiary to manufacture clutches and friction materials for major components

 EXEDY established in September 2011 EXEDY Clutch India Private Limited in Bangalore, Karnataka, South India to manufacture clutches and clutch facings of motorcycles and automobiles for Japanese OEMs. It is the company's second subsidiary as well as the third plant in India. It will start producing clutches for motorcycles from January 2013 and the friction material for MT automobile clutches from January 2014. At nearly the same time, production of automobile clutches will commence as well. The new plant will supply the friction material to the two plants of EXEDY's existing JV, EXEDY India Ltd., in North and Mid India. This will be EXEDY's third friction material plant overseas, following Thailand and Shanghai, China.

Calsonic Kansei Corp.: To manufacture module products including heat exchangers

 Calsonic Kansei is manufacturing HVAC systems, compressors and body control modules at its JV, Calsonic Kansei Motherson Auto Products Ltd. In November 2013 its production operations in India will enter the second phase with production of heat-exchangers (condensers and radiators). This is expected to reduce transportation and production costs of module products. The facility investment including expansion work of the existing plant will mount to two to three billion yen.

Keihin Corp.: To increase production capacity of fuel injectors for CNG vehicles at the India plant to concentrate production

 Keihin started production of CNG injectors in 2012 at Keihin Automotive Systems India Pvt. Ltd., near Gurgaon, Haryana. It plans to beef up production facilities at the local plant to increase the production capacity in India from 100,000 units/year in 2012 to one million units/year. The company manufactures CNG injectors also in Japan and the current combined capacity of the two countries is one million units/year. It plans to transfer facilities in Japan to India as early as 2013 or 2014 to produce CNG injectors mainly in India.

Showa Corp.: To reduce automotive parts production and increase motorcycle parts

 Showa announced in January 2012 that it would downsize the automotive power steering systems business and start production and sales of growth-expected motorcycle parts from March 2012 at SHOWA INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, its subsidiary in Haryana. The company subsequently made another announcement in July 2012 that it will make additional investment to expand the plant building and increase facilities in order to raise the production capacity of motorcycle parts from current 1.4 million units/year to 7.28 million units/year.

Nippon Steel Corp.: To move up establishment of the integrated manufacturing operations for steel pipes one year to 2013

 Former Nippon Steel Corp. announced in February 2012 that it would establish in 2013 the integrated manufacturing operations for automotive steel pipes, from pipe-making, extending, heat-treatment through parts processing, at Nippon Steel Pipe India Private Limited, its consolidated subsidiary in Rajasthan, India, one year ahead of its originally scheduled 2014. Since production volumes of automobiles and motorcycles in India were increasing beyond expectation, the company would strengthen its supplying operations.

Diamond Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd.: To introduce a phased approach to production capacity expansion

 Diamond Electric plans to expand the plant building at its subsidiary DE Diamond Electric India Pvt. Ltd., Haryana in order to increase the production capacity of automotive ignition coils and other products. The increase, however, will be downscaled to 500,000 to 600,000 units per production line from previous two million units/production line. It will be raised in a phased manner in response to demands. At the company's plants in China, India and Thailand, it will promote standardization of design and production in order to establish the mutually complementary operations. Diamond Electric also plans to purchase more local materials.(Reported in July 2012)

TS Tech Co., Ltd.: Considering construction of a seat manufacturing plant

 TS Tech Co., Ltd. plans to increase its global production capacity of automobile seats from three million units in 2012 to five million units as early as 2014 to 2015 in response to rising production of Honda and other OEMs. As part of such efforts, its facilities in India will increase seat production capacity. It has two consolidated subsidiaries in India: TS TECH SUN (INDIA) LIMITED in Utter Pradesh and TS TECH SUN RAJASTHAN PVT.LTD in Rajasthan.

TBK Co., Ltd.: Raised its stake in a JV to make it its subsidiary and constructed a new plant

 TBK increased the investment ratio in TBK India Private Ltd., its JV in Maharashtra, from 49% to 60% in August 2011 to make it its subsidiary. In conjunction with this, it invested approx. one billion yen to build a new plant, which started to manufacture water pumps and oil pumps for heavy-duty trucks in September 2012. While it supplies to the local market, TBK also plans to increase sales to heavy-duty truck manufacturers in Europe. 2012 sales are expected to total 700 million yen.

Denso Corp.: Building the sixth plant in North India for small motors and other products

 Denso announced in May 2012 its plan to build Jhajjar Plant, the second plant of DENSO HARYANA Pvt. Ltd. in Haryana. It will produce small motors for products such as windshield wipers and power windows, and engine cooling modules to supply mainly to its customers manufacturing in North India, such as Maruti Suzuki, other Japanese OEMs and local OEMs including Tata Motors. Approx. 4.2 billion yen will be invested in the construction started in May 2012 in order to commence production in July 2013.

Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.: To build a plant for automotive anti-vibration rubber

 Tokai Rubber announced in April 2012 its decision to build a plant for automotive anti-vibration rubber products and start mass production in November 2013 in the suburb of the Capital, New Delhi. This will be its third production facility in India. The company already has a facility for anti-vibration rubber in South India, which has been facing challenges in transporting products to the North in terms of costs and stable product supply. The total investment amount will be approx. 1.4 billion yen.

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.: Completed the integrated manufacturing system for body sealing products

 Toyoda Gosei started in May 2012 integrated manufacturing of body sealing products at Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt., Rajasthan. It added equipment for blending rubber materials and extrusion in order to perform all the processes through the final assembly at the local plant. Replacing the extrudates by locally manufactured one should reduce the transportation cost and raise the cost competitiveness. (Reported in December 2011)

NHK Spring Co., Ltd.: To build a second plant, install compact production lines and raise capacity at the existing plant

 NHK Spring will introduce compact production lines, capable of adjusting output volumes flexibly, to its new plants or existing ones whose capacity will be increased, as early as 2014 to 2015. In India, it will install this type of line to the second plant of NHK Spring India Ltd. to be constructed in Sri City, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It plans to produce 3.3 million coil springs/year from 2014 and 1.5 million stabilizers/year from 2015. At its existing Manesar Plant, Haryana, it increases the coil spring production capacity by 50% to 8.3 million units/year from October 2012.

Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.: Established a second India subsidiary to start mass-producing instrument clusters from 2014

 Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd. established in February 2012 its second Indian subsidiary, NS Instruments India Private Limited in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The authorized capital is approx. 720 million yen. It will manufacture and sell instrument clusters for automobiles and motorcycles. The plant will be constructed in Andhra Pradesh. A total of approx. 690 million yen will be invested over the next several years. Construction is scheduled to commence in July 2013 in order to start mass production in January 2014. The company plans to output over 600,000 automotive instrument clusters/year and over 1.5 million motorcycle instrument clusters/year as early as 2017. Before completion of the new plant, it will start manufacturing motorcycle instrument clusters from early 2013 by renting a part of an outside facility.

NSK Ltd.: Additional investment in its local subsidiary to double bearing output capacity

 In January 2012 NSK made an additional investment of approx. 2.4 billion yen in NSK-ABC BEARINGS, its subsidiary in Tamil Nadu and raised its holdings from 91% to 96.7%. It plans to double the production capacity of automotive bearings.

Nippon Piston Ring Co., Ltd.: Established a subsidiary to produce and sell valve seat inserts

 Nippon Piston Ring (NPR) established NPR Manufacturing India Private Limited, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in December 2011 to start producing valve seat inserts made of sintered alloy from January 2013, as currently scheduled. A part of operations at its Thai subsidiary to manufacture valve seat inserts for India will be transferred to the India plant, which will therefore output 300,000 units/month. In the beginning, facilities will be installed at a rented plant. While thus holding down the investment, the company will expand production and consider construction of its own plant in a few years. In Thailand and India, NPR plans to raise its production capacity of valve seat inserts for ethanol compatible engines 1.9 times as many as the current volume in FY2014.

Nifco Inc.: Increasing capitals of the two subsidiaries in North and South India for business expansion that includes its second plant construction

 Nifco announced in January 2012 its plan to make 738 million rupees (approx. 1.1 billion yen) capital increase in Nifco South India Manufacturing Private Ltd., Chennai, Tamil Nadu for a plant construction in South India. This will become Nifco's second plant in India. Approx. 1.3 billion yen will be invested in an aim to start production in early 2013. Plastic fasteners for automobiles will be manufactured. The company also increased capital twice in Nifco India Private Limited, Gurgaon, Haryana, its subsidiary responsible for the North India market. In order to expand business and strengthen its finances, 150 million rupees (approx. 237 million yen) and then 50 million rupees (approx. 75 million yen) were added to its capital in January and August 2012, respectively. The company also manufactures and sells synthetic resin molded products.

HI-LEX Corp.: To expand its second plant and raise the control cable production capacity by 30% or more

 HI-LEX will beef up its production facilities for automotive control cables in China and India in order to strengthen its supplying operations. In India, it will invest 700 to 800 million yen in expansion of the second plant of HI-LEX INDIA in Haryana and add another production line. The expansion work will start in May 2012 to be completed in May 2013. The production capacity will be increased by more than 30% from five million units/year in 2012.(Reported in April 2012)

Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.: Production of automotive parts began at an existing plant. A new motorcycle parts plant under construction

 In September 2012 Musashi Seimitsu started production of automotive parts, in addition to motorcycle parts, at Musashi Auto Parts India Pvt. Ltd., its 100% subsidiary in Haryana. This is to fill the orders from Honda for engines, MTs and underbody-forged parts of the Brio compact cars, targeted at emerging countries. The annual production volumes, including those for exports, are planned as enough to be installed in 150,000 cars. The company also plans to produce drivetrain parts. As for motorcycle parts, a new plant is under construction in Bangalore, South India, in order to meet growing demands. It will be operational in March 2013. (Reported in June 2012)

Riken Corp.: To increase piston ring production capacity by rebuilding the plant and replacing equipment

 At SHRIRAM PISTONS & RINGS Ltd., its subsidiary in New Delhi, "(Riken) has been working to rebuild the plant and replace equipment. The new plant building has already been completed. The original plan was to increase the piston ring production capacity over the next three years. (Riken) is, however, preparing to accelerate the plan since the demand is growing more than expected," said President Noritada Okano in February 2012.



Launching and strengthening development operations: Denso opened a technical center, Toyoda Gosei starting development, and Calsonic Kansei strengthening development operations

Calsonic Kansei Corp.: To utilize outside resources to strengthen development operations

 As part of its efforts to strengthen development capabilities overseas, Calsonic Kansei will outsource some development and process design tasks in India, in addition to utilizing its own development staff. By taking advantage of outside resources, quick response to local needs, reduction of investment and costs, and immediate support should come along, according to the company. (Reported in July 2012.)

T.RAD Co., Ltd.: To strengthen JV's development functions and entrust design work

 T.RAD plans to expand functions of its development facilities in Pune, Maharashtra, to which it will entrust a part of its design work on automotive radiators currently performed in Japan. To be more specific, simple tasks such as drawing will be gradually transferred to Tata Toyo Radiator, its JV with Tata Motors' subsidiary, within 2012. Along with increasing functions of Tata Toyo Radiator, more local engineers will be hired. The company aims to strengthen its development functions by having its Indian engineers accumulate experience in designing.

Denso Corp.: Opened a technical center in March 2012

 In March 2012 Denso opened its global sixth technical center at DENSO INTERNATIONAL INDIA PVT. LTD. in Gurgaon, Haryana. It will promote local development operations.

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.: To start design and development at its Indian Plant

 In 2012 Toyoda Gosei will start design and development operations at the plant of Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd., Rajasthan. It will send resident engineers from Japan, hire local engineers and start with airbag design and development by several staff. It will also install product evaluation equipment in order to establish operations capable of promptly developing products meeting local needs. It thus aims to win more orders in India. (Reported in January 2012) (Source: Press releases and various media reports)

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