CHENNAI: Sundaram-Clayton(SCL), part of the TVS Group, inaugurated its new foundry at Oragadam, near Chennai on Thursday that has been set up with an investment of over Rs. 150 Crores.
The company said the capacity expansion is targeted towards growing demand for its products from the automotive industry and will primarily serve Hyundai Motor India. With a capacity of 8000 tonnes, the plant will produce machined castings ranging from 1.9 kgs to 7.2 kgs.
SCL currently produces around 50,000 tonnes of machined aluminium castings annually for the passenger car, commercial vehicle and two-wheeler segments, supplying to customers like Hyundai Motor Company India Ltd., Cummins, Volvo, Daimler, PACCAR, BMW, Honda, Ford, HANON, WABCO, ZF and TVS Motor Company.
“This facility reinforces our drive to serve our customers by cutting down supply times because of the proximity to their factories and gives us a competitive edge. This is a critical advantage given the lean inventory management of our customers who want the supply chain to be agile,” said Lakshmi Venu, Joint Managing Director of SCL.
The capacity expansion is a part of SCL’s strategy to partner in the light-weighting of their customers’ vehicles, both with R&D capability and a responsive supply chain, said a press note by the company.