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Schaeffler presents customized innovations for the energy-efficient automobiles of tomorrow in India
Schaeffler at the Auto Expo in Delhi 2012
The Indian market is characterized by strong growth and a marked awareness of costs. India is expected to develop into one of the world's largest automotive markets in the coming years and the Indian market will rank alongside the USA, China, Europe and Japan. In addition to India's rising level of motorization, the growing global importance of Indian companies is also playing a role in this development. The awareness about environmentally-friendly and efficient technologies is also increasing in India. This trend is driven by increasing emission requirements and fuel costs - the price of gasoline in relation to purchasing power is highest in India.
Schaeffler offers a diverse product portfolio for these requirements. A large number of different systems for variable valve trains are exhibited in the Schaeffler advanced Drive . "Growing demands in terms of energy efficiency are increasing the focus on modern valve train components", says Prof. Dr. Peter Pleus, Member of the Executive Board Engine Systems at Schaeffler. Schaeffler's solutions to the tasks posed by the increasing number of start-stop systems, as well as clutch, transmission and chassis components are also the focus of interest at India's most important automotive trade show.
A look at the field of clutches - traditionally a domain of Schaeffler's LuK brand - demonstrates India's wide range of requirements for customized conventional components. "LuK has specially developed a new clutch for the large number of inexpensive, low-capacity motorcycles in India, in which components previously manufactured from diecast aluminum were replaced by formed sheet metal parts", explains Norbert Indlekofer, Schaeffler's Member of the Executive Board Transmission Systems. In addition, Schaeffler is presenting an electronic clutch management system. This is a key component for automated manual transmissions, which in turn serve in the cost-conscious Indian market as an alternative to the double clutch solutions in high demand in Europe. Norbert Indlekofer: "automated manual transmission are extremely attractive for India. They offer comfort and potential for optimizing fuel consumption. Automated manual transmissions are also suitable for use in combination with start-stop systems."
"In addition to products for automobiles and motorcycles, interesting components include parts for commercial vehicles and agricultural machinery", says Wolfgang Dangel, Schaeffler's Member of the Executive Board Automotive, who has gained extensive knowledge of the Indian market as Schaeffler's CEO in Asia during the last five years. Schaeffler therefore assesses the prospects for the Indian market positively in the medium and long-term. "We are very well prepared and are planning further activities so that we not only share in growth, but also actively shape the market. We will continuously expand our activities in India accordingly. These include, for example, the expansion of our development capacities and construction of an additional location for manufacturing components in Savli (Gujarat). With a view to the future, we will also expand our current location in Pune in the medium-term", explains Wolfgang Dangel.
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