New air brake facility opens in India

Dedication ceremonies were held in Chennai, India, at the new US $13 million, 300,000-square-foot air brake components production facility that Sundaram-Clayton Ltd owns. Sundaram-Clayton is a joint venture involving Indian automotive component manufacturer TVS Group and global commercial vehicle control systems supplier WABCO, a business of American Standard Companies Inc.

The facility, which relocates braking component production from an existing 42 — year-old facility nearby, manufactures and supplies air brake components for national vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket customers. Employing more than 1,000 people, including about 50 development engineers, the Sundaram-Clayton facility is certified to ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental) standards.

Ceremonies were attended by senior commercial vehicle industry leaders, including Ravi Kant, executive director of commercial vehicles, Tata Motors; and Vinod K Dasari, chief operating officer, Ashok Leyland, as well as representatives from American Standard Companies, TVS Group, WABCO, government, financial institutions, and the local supply industry.

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