Global automotive seating leader Adient has broken ground on an automotive seating prototyping and testing facility in Pune. The new facility will be the largest of its kind ever to be built in India and marks a major expansion of Adient’s existing technical center in Pune.
Adient is scheduled to open the new facility 2018 and it will provide physical testing to augment the capabilities of the existing technical center in Pune, a global Center of Competence at Adient for computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided design (CAD) automation and finite element analysis (FEA) simulation expertise.
Established in 2000, Adient India Tech Center currently houses 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.
Covering 20,000 square meters near the existing tech center, the new prototyping and testing facility will boast full-scale prototyping, testing, and trim capabilities, enabling Adient to conduct full product verification in India to global customer and regulatory standards.
Detlef Juerss, VP, Engineering & Chief Technical Officer at Adient, said, ” As well as underscoring our long-term commitment to India, this investment of more than $30 million is an important milestone for Adient as we optimize our engineering footprint around the world to deliver global standard product development and innovation capabilities wherever our customers are.”
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.