thyssenkrupp recently inaugurated its newest Multi-Purpose Facility (MPF) for the elevator industry in the Chakan Industrial Area of Pune, Maharashtra, India, The facility will include the manufacturing of elevators, a distribution centre and training facilities. Representing an investment of 3 billion rupees (44 million euros), the new 20,000-square-metre facility is designed for an initial capacity of manufacturing 6,000 elevator units, extendable to over 10,000 units in the foreseeable future.
thyssenkrupp has built a strong global reputation in helping to improve mobility and efficiency in rapidly-growing urban areas around the world. Having established a 95 percent manufacturing localisation target, the opening of the Pune factory will enable the company to significantly expand in the region and support the increasing growth of the Indian construction sector, driven by strong urbanisation.
Nurturing local talent is an essential element of thyssenkrupp’s plans for India. As part of the factory’s inauguration thyssenkrupp will also be launching a new seed campus training centre for field technicians. This facility will support the development of local skills and knowledge in line with the Indian government’s wider training programs to improve service provision and efficiency in businesses across the region.
The global seed campus team is taking learning at thyssenkrupp Elevator to a new era, driving the evolution of learning tools and methodologies by including digitalisation in all its forms: mixed reality, virtual reality, gaming applications and simulations.
On this occasion, Ravi Kirpalani, CEO of thyssenkrupp India, comments: “The urban population in India is one of the fastest growing in the world. 30 percent of citizens currently live in urban areas, and this is expected to reach 40 percent by 2030. The government is focused on building new housing complexes, airports, malls, railway stations and harbours. We are delighted that our new local manufacturing site will better enable us to support this.
With the addition of the new Multi-Purpose Factory to the Chakan Industrial Area, thyssenkrupp is poised to play an important role both in supporting the development of the local area, and contributing to wider Indian goals of sustainable and efficient urbanised growth.”
Peter Allaart, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, thyssenkrupp Elevator, comments: “We’re proud to have been able to inaugurate and start ramping up this new facility in such a short time period, as the localisation of elevator manufacturing is considered crucial for the expansion of our business in India, and has been thyssenkrupp’s plan for many years.”
He continued, “It is not only manufacturing but also about nurturing talent; the new seed campus training center will play an important role both in supporting the development of the local area, and contributing to wider Indian goals of localising talent in the country”.
By 2020, it is predicted that India will have 58 urban conglomerations and feature two of the world’s 20 global megacities (New Delhi and Mumbai). Both new skyscrapers and large-scale redevelopment of existing properties are driving construction to support continued population growth across the country’s urban landscapes. With efficient mobility being a key concern in this renewed city space, it is no surprise that India is the fastest growing elevator market in the world.