Bonfiglioli to Expand Operations in India
Bonfiglioli´s expansion plans in India include improvements to existing facilities in Chennai and construction of a new facility in Pune (Chakan area), for a total investment of Rs 85 crore.
The current plants in Chennai, located at the SIDCO Industrial Area, Thirumudivakkam, cover an area of 180,000 sq ft and the Mannur plant located close to Sriperumbudur covers an area of 100,000 sq ft. These plants are highly integrated facilities that manufacture gearboxes and gear motors for mobile machinery, wind turbines and industrial processes.
A new facility of 140,000 sq ft will be built, adjacent to the current plant at Thirumudivakkam. It will house modern assembly lines, R&D Centre and test labs, all built with the highest standards of quality and safety, consistent with Bonfiglioli locations worldwide. The expected capacity is 75,000 units per year and will enable Bonfiglioli to serve existing and new markets and customers in off-highway, construction, mining, agriculture and material handling applications.
A completely new facility will be built in Pune (Chakan area) and is expected to be ready in March 2017. This new facility will be approximately 45,000 sq ft, including 3,000 sq ft of office space and will contain 11 assembly centres and 2,000 warehouse locations, all built to the highest standards of quality and safety, consistent with Bonfiglioli locations worldwide. The expected capacity is 150,000 units per year to serve customers in food, packaging, cement, steel, pharmaceutical, textile, material handling, sugar, power generation, paper and water treatment sectors.
In Bologna, Italy, the company will break ground on a new SMART factory based on Industry 4.0 technologies and innovations. The new production plant, an investment of Rs 450 Cr (Gé¼60 million).With over 32,000 sq ft of rooftop gardens, nearly 500 trees, and a photovoltaic installation of 3MWp the building will be nearly zero-energy while using the same energy requirements as today. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017.
Sonia Bonfiglioli, Chairman of Bonfiglioli Group, said, ´Bonfiglioli is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, but we are not looking at the past. The new plant in Bologna will be an industry benchmark, with smart and efficient systems required for Industry 4.0 operations, while the expansions in India will enable Bonfiglioli to increase the production capacity in India to drastically reduce lead times to customers in India and nearby countries - all with the goal to help sustain Bonfiglioli through the next 60 years and beyond.´
In addition to the expansions, Bonfiglioli has also announced plans to build a second home for abandoned and disadvantaged children in Chennai. One young man has grown up in the home and now works at the Bonfiglioli Chennai plant as a technician. Now, the company wants to give the same opportunities to young girls and a second home will be built near the current boys´ home. Vocational training in addition to education in core subjects (mathematics, science, English, among others), will be part of the daily routine as well.
´My father had a passion for helping children, especially in educating them and giving them a chance for a better future,´ said Ms. Bonfiglioli. ´We built the boys home in Chennai because, while the Bonfiglioli plant in Chennai was having great success, we could not ignore the children in that area who needed help.´
Bonfiglioli is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and distributor of a complete range of gear motors, drive systems, planetary gearboxes and inverters, which satisfy the most challenging and demanding needs in industrial automation, mobile machinery and renewable energy. Bonfiglioli began operations in India in 1999 and employs over 700 employees throughout the country.
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