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Bosch sets up manufacturing facility for antilock braking system at Chakan plant Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Friday, 08 January 2010
New Delhi – Bosch has established a new manufacturing facility for its ABS antilock braking system at the Chakan plant in Pune, India. Rs. 60 crore has already been invested in the facility, with a further Rs. 40 crore earmarked for the period between now and 2012.

The new site covers approx. 4,300 square meters and is part of the Bosch international ABS manufacturing network. The ABS production facility at Chakan has a production capacity of 300,000 units per year, or 1,000 per day in 3 shifts and will cater to local demand.

Bosch is the only automotive supplier to manufacture ABS in India for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

The localization of ABS manufacturing in India by the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division follows the establishment of an engineering and sales team in 2007.

Chassis Systems Control India is a part of Bosch Chassis Systems India Limited which produces further braking components such as calipers, drum brakes, master cylinders and boosters for Indian vehicles.

“Ensuring that personal mobility is safe is essential, and an area in which Bosch has pioneered several technologies that are standard or common equipment in today’s cars,” said Bernd Bohr, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of the Automotive Group at Bosch, at the 10th Auto Expo in New Delhi. “The new ABS manufacturing site has strengthened Bosch’s standing as a trusted local partner and supplier. With ever more people in India owning a vehicle, we are confident that demand for safety technologies such as ABS will grow in the coming years.”

Around 75 percent of all vehicles produced worldwide have ABS on board in India, every fourth locally produced vehicle is equipped with the system.

A 2009 survey of 594 car owners in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata revealed that 84 percent of respondents considered safety important when buying their last car. Moreover, nearly every second interviewee considered ABS more important than the airbag, and second only to the seatbelt. While the awareness of Indian motorists is high, today’s availability of ABS in the market is limited.

In India, the ABS installation rate in locally produced passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (incl. vehicles for export) is estimated at 25 percent.

“As the market survey indicates, safety is also a priority for Indian car buyers,” said Andreas Berg, regional president of Chassis Systems Control India. Our associates collaborate with all automotive manufacturers to continuously improve vehicle safety and increase the availability of safety systems."

In 1978, Bosch was the world’s first company to launch ABS with electronic control. The system makes braking safer, as it prevents the wheels from locking. Even when braking hard or driving on slippery surfaces, the car does what the driver wants. The vehicle remains stable, and the driver can evade obstacles. Moreover, ABS reduces braking distance. Today, some threequarters of all vehicles manufactured worldwide are equipped with ABS, and this figure is expected to rise to 80 percent by 2012. In the US, Europe, and Japan, ABS has been standard equipment for many years, and is increasingly being superseded by ESP®, the electronic stability program. The Brazilian government has made ABS mandatory for all vehicles from 2014 onwards. In 2009, Bosch produced its 200 millionth ABS system.

 
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