WABCO Holdings has entered into a multi-year agreement to supply vacuum pumps across all Mahindra & Mahindra’s major engine platforms, with series production expected to begin in late 2017.
WABCO will supply compact vacuum pumps that feature modular, lightweight design and ultra-low power consumption for braking as well as non-braking functions.
This innovative vacuum pump technology enables better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Furthermore, to deliver differentiated service to Mahindra & Mahindra, WABCO’s product application and manufacturing will be implemented locally in India, said the company.
Bhupesh Patil, senior general manager, strategic sourcing, Mahindra & Mahindra, in a statement, said: “WABCO’s technology leadership in vacuum pumps is consistent with our commitment to innovation, enabling us to achieve automotive breakthroughs and helping us to build cars that thrill their owners.”
“We highly value Mahindra & Mahindra’s confidence in our new long-term supply relationship, particularly as we connect WABCO’s technology leadership to strengthen this new customer’s competitiveness and support their promise to drive the future of passenger cars,” said P Kaniappan, vice-president, WABCO India. “This major new supply agreement is also grounded on WABCO’s commitment to differentiate through high quality and cost effectiveness, which further enhances WABCO’s long-term prospects in this key emerging growth market for passenger cars.”
Kaniappan also said: “This new multi-year contract with Mahindra & Mahindra once again exemplifies WABCO’s technology leadership in vacuum pumps as car manufacturers across the globe increasingly adopt WABCO innovations to boost fuel economy, improve sustainability.”
With more than 50 years of experience in vacuum pump design and production, WABCO currently supplies a global base of passenger car manufacturers.
WABCO India designs, manufactures and markets conventional braking products, advanced braking systems, and other related air assisted products and systems. WABCO India employs over 3,200 employees. It reported Rs 1,838 crore in sales in 2015-16.
The company has two production facilities at Ambattur and Mahindra World City, near Chennai — one each in Ambattur and Pantnagar.