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Forms and Gears forays into Auto component manufacture Print E-mail
Written by James   
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Chennai: Forms & Gears, currently Asia's leading fixture builder, has forayed into auto component manufacture.  A separate division has been spun off equipped with CNC machining centres and CMMs to cater to this requirement.

The company has received an order from Ashok Leyland for fixtures and machining of Bogie brackets for the new U-truck. Forms & Gears has undertaken to manufacture a minimum of 500 Bogie brackets every month.

Other than this Forms & Gears is in talks with a number of auto majors for prototyping and supply of machined components as the company is already developing precision fixtures for these companies.

Recent projects for which the company has developed fixtures for are the Mahindra Mini LCV category which would compete in both the commercial and passenger segments with Tata Motors Magic and equivalents. Forms and Gears have also developed cylinder block fixtures recently for the new vehicle to be brought out by   Nissan- Leyland's JV soon.

Former executive director of Simpson & Cos, Mr. N. Ramani will oversee Forms & Gears's  auto component division. "Forms & Gears is already in the business of fixtures and getting into auto component manufacture was  a natural transition as we have the right resources namely people with manufacturing know how and facilities involving contemporary machining centres with high speed and accuracy", Mr. Ramani says.

A large percentage of business is coming from foreign companies. Forms and Gears now exports fixtures to machine makers in Germany, Japan, Singapore and the US.

Companies like Mazak, Makino, NTC, MAG, JTEK-Toyoda, Hyundai, Ford, Tata Motors, Mahindra, Volvo-Eicher, Cummins, John Deere, Caterpillar etc have profitably partnered with Forms & Gears.

Forms and Gears has been in the fixture building business for 39 years and owns three factories at the Industrial Estate in Guindy, Chennai, housing one of the largest and best equipped privately owned tool room facilities in the country.

The company expects to achieve a turnover of about Rs 18 crores this year.

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