Rane TRW Steering Systems a joint venture of Rane Group with ZF, has opened a new facility for occupant safety products at Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu in India.

The new facility will add capacity to localise laser cutting of fabrics and airbag cushion manufacturing for the domestic market and exports.

Initial capacity will be around 0.5m modules per year of airbags and 1m seat belt assemblies. This will be ramped up to 1m airbags and 2m seatbelt assemblies in the next two years.

"This facility will help us to address increasing demand for occupant safety products and enable us to further localise the airbag cushion manufacturing process," said Rane TRW Steering Systems vice chairman and managing director, Harish Lakshman.

For his part, ZF Passive Safety Systems Division EVP, Michael Büchsner added: "The Indian market is increasingly important for ZF Group and particularly for our Passive Safety Systems Division.

"Our joint activities with Rane are appreciated by local OEMs and support our competitiveness for global customers and platforms. The opening of the joint bag sewing plant in Trichy is the next logical step to further increase our vertical integration and thereby our customer service."

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