Prashanth Doreswamy has been appointed as the head of Continental India. As the market head of Continental India, and the managing director of Continental Automotive India, Doreswamy will succeed Claude d’Gama Rose, who retires later this year. Doreswamy will focus on driving revenue opportunities for Continental in the region and increase its technology and product development capabilities in India. Commencing India operations in 2008, Continental has established a strong presence in the domestic market through steady investments, localisation of the value chain, and by betting big on technology. A tier 1 automotive supplier, tyre manufacturer and industrial partner, Continental has nine plants that cater to the Indian market, and a Technical Center that supports global R&D.
In anticipation of the hybrid and electric commercial vehicle market experiencing 32.9 per cent CAGR with a rise from 49,000 units in 2017 to 115,000 units in 2020, BorgWarner is offering a host of new technologies to help electrification of CVs. BorgWarner, according to Christopher P. Thomas, the chief technology officer, has developed HVH 410 and HVH 250 electric motors that feature High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) stator winding technology to provide industry-leading power (of up to 402 hp) and torque densities. Offering peak efficiencies of over 95 per cent, the HVH410 and HVH250 deliver a maximum torque of 2,000 Nm (for class 7 and 8 hybrid and electric applications) and 425 Nm respectively. The 48-volt high efficiency motor-generator combinations provide higher system efficiency and improved energy recovery capability to meet increasing power demands. The eBooster electrically driven compressor is of much use to smaller commercial engines with less than five-litre displacement. The eTurbo tech enhances electrification with its ability to generate power to recharge vehicle batteries, and is being developed in two sizes to serve both small and large commercial vehicle engines.
Tata Motors has introduced Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for its medium and heavy commercial vehicles. The CV maker is claimed to be the first to introduce the technology in India. Developed in partnership with Wabco India, the technology, according to Girish Wagh, Head – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, will help to strengthen the safety performance of its products. Apart from ESC, Tata Motors has also introduced Automatic Traction Control (ATC) and Hill Start Aid (HSA) safety technology for its range of trucks and buses. According to Dr. AK Jindal, Head – Engineering, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, ESC adds to the Anti-lock Braking (ABS) system, which was introduced as a part of regulatory compliance by the government for vehicles with 12-tonne GVW and above. Taking safety to the next level under demanding conditions, ESC predicts forthcoming instability and automatically intervenes by applying brakes to avoid rollover, skidding and jack-knifing. It measures vehicle’s lateral acceleration, roll about its vertical axis through sensors, and applies brakes on selective wheels to control instability. Benefits to fleet operator would include jack-knifing prevention in tractor-trailer, improve directional stability during dynamic manoeuvres, prevent roll over during turning at high speed. Where automatic Traction Control prevents wheel spin during acceleration on tricky, slippery surface, Hill Start Aid (HSA) prevents roll back of vehicle during ‘Stop & Go’ when going up-hill.
At the Council Meeting held at Delhi on the eve of the 53rd Annual General Body Meeting, John K Paul was unanimously re-elected as the President of Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) for the year 2017-18. John K Paul is the Managing Director of Popular Vehicles and Services Ltd, Prabal Motors Private Limited, and Director of various other Group Companies. Also the president of Kerala Automobile Dealers Association, Paul is an engineer by education. Actively associated with FADA, Paul was the Honorary Secretary of the body during 2012-13, and during 2013-14. He was vice president from 2014 to 2016. He is the first automobile dealer from Kerala to have been elected last year as president of FADA since its inception in 1964. At the Council Meeting, Ashish Kale and Vinkesh Gulati were re-elected as Vice President and Honorary Secretary respectively. Manish Raj Singhania was elected Honorary Treasurer for the year 2017-18.
Srei Equipment Finance Limited and Tata Motors have signed a memorandum of understanding to finance Tata Motors commercial vehicles with a special focus on construction and mining tippers. The Preferred Financier Agreement (PFA) will allow both Srei and Tata Motors to explore enhanced growth prospects in the heavy-duty tipper truck segment in the country. Facilitating Srei to drive its ‘Asset Life Cycle’ management solutions and multiple customer programmes according to Devendra Kumar Vyas, CEO, Srei, the association will enable customers to acquire their preferred brand of vehicle with customised financing solutions. Srei is expected to leverage its experience in infrastructure equipment financing to address the needs of construction and mining tipper buyers.
Precision Camshafts Ltd. has acquired Nashik-based Memco Engineering Private Limited (Memco) for an undisclosed sum. The development will help Precision Camshafts to further strengthen its presence in the auto industry. “It will also help us to diversify our product offering,” said Yatin Shah, Chairman and Managing Director, Precision Camshafts. Catering to clients like Bosch, Delphi, Endress+Hauser and Giro, Memco has grown at a CAGR of 18.5 per cent over last 4 years, and is financially strong. With a capacity to produce 10.7 million precision components, Memco’s key components include fuel injection parts for conventional and CRDi diesel engines, brake components, high pressure diesel injector connectors for naval ships and high precision instrumentation components. Precision Camshafts, in comparison, makes camshafts of diverse kinds for automotive and locomotive application. The acquisition by Precision Camshafts is expected to provide Memco the ability to grow at a faster pace.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) recognised supplier excellence at its recent annual supplier meet. Marking the eighth edition, the supplier meet saw the CV maker honour Brakes India as an excellent partner. Motherson Sumi Systems was honoured as the excellent performer. National Engineering Industries was honoured as excellent innovator. Jamna Auto Industries was honoured as exemplary project manager. Kirloskar Ferrous Industries was honoured as a special supplier by DICV. Attracting the participation of over 500 top representatives of company’s tier-1 suppliers, DICV, for the third time, honoured the best suppliers. Terming the association with best suppliers as a prerequisite for success, Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, DICV said, “Our suppliers are helping us to extend our technology leadership and deliver value to our customers.”