Magneti Marelli has inaugurated a new industrial plant in India dedicated to the production of automotive exhaust systems.

The new production site, built by SKH Magneti Marelli Exhaust Systems Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between Magneti Marelli and SKH Metals Limited (part of the Krishna Group) signed in 2008, is located at the Maruti Suzuki Supplier Park in Manesar, nearby Gurgaon and just a few kilometres away from New Delhi.

The Indian plant covers a total surface of 8,000 square meters, 4,500 of which are covered and dedicated to the production areas for the manufacturing of Hot End components (catalytic converters) and Cold End components (mufflers). At full stretch, the plant will have a production capacity of 400,000 Cold End components and 150,000 Hot End systems a year, and will employ about 100 workers.

The new plant replaces an existing nearby structure dating back to 2009, and meets expansion and modernization requirements, allowing the product portfolio to be expanded to include cold end systems and ensuring more room for production activities.

Magneti Marelli says the new plant in Manesar and the other production facility in Pune - which supplies Indian customers located in India’s northern and western region - represent an important and strategic presence on the Indian market in the specific sector of exhaust systems, especially in “view of the issues pertaining to the reduction of emissions and of future regulatory scenarios”.

Earlier this month Magneti Marelli, through its “Magneti Marelli Powertrain India Private Ltd.” joint venture (JV between Magneti Marelli, Maruti Suzuki and Suzuki Motor Company in force since 2007), also said it recently inaugurated a new industrial site for the production of robotised gearboxes for automobiles (otherwise known as Automated Manual Transmission - AMT).