There’s no denying the popularity of sunroofs in India. It’s not only one of the most sought-after creature comforts but also a deal-breaker for some folks when purchasing a car. What was once a feature offered only in premium and big cars, is now available with the most affordable options such as the Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, and the Hyundai Venue. Taking that into account, German car parts manufacturer, Webasto, is all set to open a factory in Pune, India, to manufacture sunroofs.
With an investment of Rs 250 crore, the German manufacturer aims to capitalise on the recovering automotive market in India by manufacturing sunroofs for models on sale in the country and for export. The company will also establish a testing centre here with the aim of introducing technologies as well as in-house projects.
Speaking on the latest development, the President and MD of Webasto India, Vikas Prasad, said, “Webasto has been located in the Pune region for around a decade. With the new facility, we are extending our capacity to manufacture roof systems while also establishing a testing centre in the country.”
The company also mentioned that from 2021, it will manufacture roofs for some newly acquired Indian projects at the new plant, where these projects will also be serviced. The new facility will generate employment opportunities alongside the expansion of the factory. The President of the company’s Asia-Pacific Region, Joerg Sandmann, announced Webasto’s plans to complete new investments in the next three years.
Webasto offers different types of roofs, including panoramic and fixed glass units. The domestic production of sunroofs and the development of associated technologies could result in the feature being offered as an economical aftermarket add-on.
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