Webasto SE is a company based in Stockdorf, Germany which makes sunroofs, electric-car chargers, and air-conditioning systems. It is a global leader in providing world-class heating, cooling, and roof hatch solutions for cars, vans, trucks, and buses. Webasto Roofsystems India Ltd., catering to both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, kicked off production at its Pune plant in 2013, following an order from Ashok Leyland.
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.
German car parts major Webasto will be setting up a new factory in India as the business for sunroofs grows rapidly amidst a revival in the passenger vehicles market. The company will invest Rs 250 crore (USD 35 Million) for the 200,000 square feet of the new manufacturing facility that will come up at Pune, catering to models meant for sale in India as well as for exports.
“Webasto has been located in the Pune region for around a decade. With the new facility, we are extending our capacity to the manufacturing roof systems while also establishing a testing center in the country,” Vikas Prasad, president & MD of Webasto India, said. The setting up of this new facility represents our confidence in the potential of the Indian market. We want not only to produce high-quality car roofs here but bring new technologies and innovative products in roofing systems to India as well. Webasto India will create jobs and offer exciting career opportunities for young potentials and talented, experienced local engineers. Our workforce will likely grow by 500 percent by 2025, he added.
The company said that demand for sunroofs remains strong in India, and it will be hiring engineers in line with factory expansion. “From 2021, Webasto India will manufacture roofs for some recently-acquired Indian projects at the new plant. New projects will also be serviced by the same facility.”
Joerg Sandmann, president of the company’s Asia-Pacific region, said the new investments would be completed over the next three years, adding that the company plans to introduce new technologies and innovative products in roofing systems.