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Tenneco begins producing suspension products for the Toyota Etios Print E-mail
Written by James   
Tuesday, 01 February 2011
Bangalore: Tenneco has begun producing suspension products for the Toyota Etios, Toyota's new global small car that recently launched in India. It is supplying both front struts and rear shock absorbers for the car.

Tenneco is manufacturing this product at its ride control plant in Hosur, India for delivery to Toyota's Kirloskar Motors plant in Bangalore, India. The Hosur plant is one of seven Tenneco manufacturing plants located in India.

The suspension products use an adaptable valve technology, which allows Tenneco to finely tune ride and handling performance specific to each and every application, including today's small car trend in emerging markets.

The Etios which was launched in Dec 2010 has seen an overwhelming response with more than 22,000 bookings received so far.  1651 units were delivered this month.

"We are proud to support Toyota on this strategic, new launch with our global manufacturing and engineering capabilities, including a strong footprint in India," said Jeff Jarrell, vice president and managing director, Tenneco Japan. "The ability to deliver on our global strengths locally, combined with emerging market know-how, is a winning solution for our customers' growth strategies."

Tenneco recently opened a new manufacturing plant in Chennai to produce emission control products and systems for original equipment manufacturers, initially supplying Nissan’s global small car platform.

The company invested $5 million in the 2,600 square-meter facility - Tenneco’s seventh manufacturing plant in India – which began producing exhaust systems for the Nissan Micra in May 2010. Tenneco is also supplying modular assembled struts and shocks to Ford from this new facility.

Tenneco first established manufacturing in India in 1995 and has grown its operations to now include 1,500 employees at five production plants and two Just-in-Time (JIT) facilities. In addition to Chennai, the company produces emission control components in Halol and Pune. Tenneco’s ride control production is in Bawal, Pune, Hosur, and Puducherry. These facilities serve a growing customer base including Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, Renault-Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, TVS Motor Company, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, and General Motors.

The company has invested more than $20 million in India over the last three years. It aims to become the number one emission control and ride control supplier to light vehicle manufacturers in India.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 February 2011 )
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