KS Aluminium-Technologie to operate on the Indian market
(PresseBox) (Neckarsulm, )KS Aluminium-Technologie AG, a member of the Kolbenschmidt Pierburg Group (Rheinmetall Group), is further expanding its international market presence. To this end, a license agreement has been signed with Pune-based Jaya Hind Industries Ltd. The deal covers the development and production of cylinder heads, engine blocks, bedplates and other castings destined for national and international auto manufacturers and auto industry suppliers.
A prototype aluminum engine block for Ford is the first order to be shipped out as early as the latter half of the year. The two partners will be supplying the engine block, the cylinder head, and the bedplate. Additionally, the two companies are currently working together on engine blocks for a variety of other customer projects.
This tie-up with Jaya Hind Industries allows KS Aluminium-Technologie a foothold in the high-growth Indian market which shows vast expansion potential in the segment for lightweight aluminum components. Says Horst Binnig, CEO of KS Aluminium-Technologie AG: "As part of our globalization strategy it is our aim, alongside our existing Neckarsulm facility which will in future continue to cast and net-machine high-tech products, to supply markets from other international locations delivering mass-produced products with further cost benefits. With this in mind we will certainly extend even further cooperation with our Indian partners." Within this partnership KS Aluminium-Technologie is contributing its extensive expertise in the development and production of engine blocks and cast aluminum products.
Jaya Hind Industries at present supplies its cast transmission and pump housings, cylinder head covers and other power train components to such manufacturers as Ford, GM, Fiat, Tata, Mahindra, and Suzuki. A part of the Firodia Group, the company has been operating on the castings market for 60 years. It has a workforce of 1,200 and three production plants in the Pune region. Jaya Hind Industries' extensive and modern production machinery will in the course of the partnership be extended with expenditures for pressure and gravity die-casting equipment. The Firodia Group controls also the Indian Automobile Company, FORCE MOTORS LTD - which is active for last 50 years in India in the field of 3-Wheelers, Cross-country vehicles, Light Commercial vehicles and Transporters. FORCE MOTORS LTD has a joint venture with MAN Nutzfahrzeuge A.G. for production of medium and heavy trucks in India, called MAN FORCE TRUCKS Pvt. Ltd.