ZF inaugurates off-highway assembly line at its Coimbatore facility
The assembly line will address expected market demand and add capacity for local customers as well as for export
ZF inaugurated a state-of-the-art assembly line for off-highway products at its Coimbatore plant. The assembly line, which is based at ZF Windpower Coimbatore, is built to accommodate, assembling of axles for backhoe loader, wheel loader, dump trucks and compactor applications.
The inauguration also represents a major milestone in the relation with ZF customer JCB. While joining the event Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO of JCB India, said “JCB India has had a long and valuable relationship with ZF. It has been an equal partner in our commitment to manufacture world-class products in India for our customers worldwide. With this new assembly line, we are certain that ZF will set the bar even higher for quality and reliability of their products.”
ZF as a global technology supplier has developed and manufactured driveline systems and axles for construction machinery for half a century and equips a wide range of construction vehicles with state-of-the-art axle and driveline technology. Tilo Huber, head of construction equipment business from Passau, Germany, said, “This new state-of-the-art facility will help us to address increasing demand. The Indian market is increasingly important for ZF Group and particularly for our off-highway business. Our activities are appreciated by local OEMs and support our competitiveness for global customers.”
The new assembly line will address the expected market demand and add capacity for local customers as well as for export markets. In the field of construction machinery, ZF is one of the technology and innovation leaders worldwide. The developers' focus in this field is on reducing consumption and emissions, increasing productivity, driving comfort and safety as well as increasing the ease of operation and reducing noise. As a systems supplier, ZF concentrates on the drive as a whole and combines axles and transmissions with advanced software functions.
The investments are aligned with the goal to bring best-in-class technology to help customers to offer products with enhanced performance and reliability. Based on market conditions ZF plans to triple initial capacity of the new line within the next three years.
Adding on the importance for the Indian market Suresh KV, head of region India, stated, “Private and public investment in building and infrastructure are key for India’s economic growth. With this assembly line we support the localisation of vehicle production for off-highway applications. Bringing key technology to the Indian market underlines the growing importance of our home market. The inauguration of this assembly line in Coimbatore is the next logical step to further increase our vertical integration and thereby our customer service.”