Pune is the leading center for the automotive sector in India; as well as one of the top automotive centers globally. In the past year alone, 3 massive new plants from General Motors, Volkswagen and Mahindra & Mahindra were inagurated here. The Chakan-Talegaon Belt is becoming one of the most dense automotive clusters in the world. In this brief blog, I am compiling a list of major automotive companies in Pune and some brief information about them. Please add your feedback (additions/details, etc.) and I will update the blog post.
Tata Nano (Image Credits: Wikipedia)
Tata Motors www.tatamotors.com is the biggest automotive manufacturer in Pune, and the biggest one in India. The huge Pune campus consists of their corporate HQ, R&D Center and Manufacturing facility for their cars and trucks.
Land-Rover has recently started assembling some models near the Tata Motors Pimpri-Chinchwad facility.
Bajaj Auto was one of the early automotive players in Pune. They have big base in Akurdi, Pune (R&D, Corporate and Manufacturing). A large new plant has been recently opened at Chakan. www.bajajauto.com
Force Motors (Formerly Bajaj Tempo)
Manufacturers of 3 Wheelers, Tractors, LCVs and Large Trucks. www.forcemotors.com
Mahindra Two-Wheelers (Formerly Kinectic Motors)
Manufacturers of Scooters, Mopeds and Bikes. www.mahindra2wheelers.com Kinetic Motors has been an important player in the Mopeds and Gearless 2 Wheeler space in India. Their famous models include the ‘Luna’ and ‘Kinetic Honda’.
Mercedez-Benz entered the Indian Market in the 1990s, initially with a partnership with the Tatas. Later on, they setup an independent venture, Mercedez-Benz India. The Pune facility manufacturers and assembles a range of their well known luxury cars. www.mercedes-benz.co.in
General Motors entered the Indian market in the past decade. The Talegaon Plant is a massive facility that recently started production. Cars manufactured here include the new Chevy Beat. www.gm.co.in
JCB manufacturers construction, earth moving and other industrial equipment. Their Talegaon plant and design center opened in 2006.
Volkswagen opened a massive new plant in Chakan Pune a few months back. Read more about this plant here: The First Polo Rolls-Off The Volkswagen Pune Plant This facility is presently geared towards manufacturing high-volume cars like the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia. www.volkswagen.co.in
Mahindra & Mahindra
M&M inaguarated a huge plant this past week at Chakan. Spread over 700 acres and built with an investment of nearly Rs 5,000 Crores (1 Billion Dollars), this plant will manufacture various models of SUVs and Commercial Vehicles. Mahindra is also planning to manufacture new models from Sssanyong Motors. www.mahindra.com
Cummins, the world leader in Diesel Engines opened its Pune facility in the 1960s, in a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group. Later on, they decided to go solo. The Pune facility manufacturers a wide range of Diesel Engines and Generators, and also has a big design center. www.cumminsindia.com
Kirloskar Oil Engines
Kirloskar Oil Engines, part of the Kirloskar Group were one of the earliest auto-players in Pune. Presently they manufacture a wide range of Oil Engines for various applications. www.kirloskar.com
Makers of that famous Indian car of ‘The Premier Padmini’. Current models manufactured include Diesel Pickup Trucks and Vans. www.premier.co.in
The new upcoming Fiat Ranjangaon Plant will manufactures the various models like Punto and Linea. www.fiat-india.com
Bridgestone is setting up a big new plant in Chakan Pune with a total investment of around Rs 2,600 Cr.
Hyundai Construction Equipments
Hyundai Construction Equipments is located on Talegaon-Chakan Belt
Research Institutes, Suppliers & Infrastructure Players
ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) www.araiindia.com
ARAI is a the premier research and certification institution for the automotive industry in India. It has a beautiful campus on top of a hill in central Pune (near ‘Vetal Tekdi’).
In addition to the Auto OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), Pune has a wide range of Tier-1 Tier-2 and infrastructure suppliers. Prominent Industry Players include:
Bharat Forge is one of the top forging companies in the world. They manufacture a wide range of forged auto components. Their Pune facility includes their HQ, Design Center and Manufacturing Facility. www.bharatforge.com
Sandvik is a world leader in cutting tools. Their Pune facility has been around for nearly 50 years. www.sandvik.com
PARI Robotics & Automation
PARI is one of the leading industrial automation companies and have setup factory automation systems at many global manufacturing facilities. www.parirobotics.com
Software & Information Technology
Software and IT are increasingly playing an important role cars and automotive manufacturing. Many leading global CAD/CAM/CAE Software Leaders are based in Pune. These include: Siemens (formerly UGS), PTC, Ansys. Important IT Outsourcing Players in this space in Pune include Geometric and KPIT Cummins.