Adient has broken ground on an automotive seating prototyping and testing facility, claimed to be the largest of its kind ever built in India.

The new site, scheduled to open late next year, will provide physical testing to augment the capabilities of the existing technical centre in Pune, a global Centre of Competence at Adient for computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided design (CAD) automation and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation expertise.

First established in 2000, Adient's India Tech Centre today has a total headcount of around 1,000 engineers, which consists of roughly 850 engineers based locally in Pune and a further 150 engineers stationed at Adient locations outside India on global assignments. 

Situated on a 20,000 sq m site near the existing tech centre, the new prototyping and testing facility has full-scale prototyping, testing, and trim capabilities, allowing Adient to conduct full product verification in India to global customer and regulatory standards.

The facility will house a fully hydraulic acceleration sled test system, offering precision pulse matching, full payload capability, and high-speed video capture from onboard cameras. A 6-axis shaker table at the facility, complete with semi-anechoic chamber, will enable NHV (noise, vibration and harshness) analysis and road durability testing.

"As well as underscoring our long-term commitment to India, this investment of more than US$30m is an important milestone for Adient as we optimise our engineering footprint around the world to deliver global standard product development and innovation capabilities wherever our customers are," said Adient VP, engineering and CTO, Detlef Juerss.

"With this new facility, we will be able to fully execute product development including design and product validation for global and local launch programmes here in Pune."

Adient (then a division of Johnson Controls) first established its operations in India in 1995 through the formation of Tata Johnson Controls, a collaboration with Tata Automotive Components.

Adient, which recently celebrated the first anniversary of its spin-off as an independent automotive supplier, today has more than 2,500 employees at its wholly owned subsidiary Adient India.