Wabtec launches $18M rail manufacturing hub in Rohtak, India

In a significant expansion of its manufacturing capabilities in India, Wabtec Corporation has recently opened a new manufacturing campus in Rohtak, India, marking an $18 million (Rs. 150 crore) investment. Initially, the facility will produce transit rail components and subsystems, with future plans to extend its manufacturing to other Wabtec product lines.

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Wabtec Corporation inaugurated its new manufacturing campus in Rohtak, India. The new plant represents a $18 million (Rs. 150 crore) investment and will initially manufacture transit rail components and subsystems followed by other Wabtec product lines in the coming years. Several Wabtec executives were on hand for the grand opening including Pascal Schweitzer, President – Transit Business, Sujatha Narayan, Senior Vice President and India Regional Leader, and Ajay Mani, Managing Director – Transit India.

New Unit will Manufacture Products for Various Sectors:

  • The factory, set on 10,000 square metres, will start off producing axle mounted disc brake systems, distributor valves, brake callipers, and actuators, as well as friction material for freight cars, metro coaches, and locomotives for Indian Railways and metros.
  • This campus is expected to host many products in the coming months and years that serve the rail, mining, and industrial segments, a testament to Wabtec’s commitment to the Indian market and the “Make in India” initiative.
  • Wabtec’s Transit business in India offers diverse solutions through its manufacturing sites in Hosur and Rohtak, which includes brake systems, couplers, pantographs, relays, air-conditioning systems, passenger access doors, and friction solutions.
  • The company’s large engineering presence in Hosur and Bengaluru also provides engineering and service support for Wabtec operations around the world.

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Mr. Pascal Schweitzer, President – Transit Business, Wabetc said “India is an important growth market for Wabtec, especially for the transit business.” The new site will further improve Wabtec’s ability to deliver enhanced value through our diverse product offerings for both Indian and global customers.

Dr. Sujatha Narayan, Senior Vice President and India Regional Leader, Wabetc said “We intend to grow this site with plans to invest an additional $10 million (Rs. 80 crores) over the next few years.” We currently employ 300 people and as the business grows, we intend to add another 200 employees with a keen focus on diversity hires.

Wabtec is one of the largest rail equipment manufacturers in India, having supplied more than 600 locomotives to Indian Railways and with an installed base of subsystems in over 18,000 LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches and locomotives. The company currently employs 3,000 people in India.

Source:  Wabtec – Press Release | Images Credit: Wabtec

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