`Indian suppliers need to develop capabilities in advanced fuel systems'
Emphasis on culture of "customer support"Global Auto Components sourcing fair opens
CHENNAI: Cummins, U.S., a global leader in manufacture of diesel engines, proposes to increase sourcing of supplies from India from $150 million at present to $500 million by 2010, according to Ravi Krishnappa, Director (Engine Business Global Sourcing) of the company.
India and China were the leading suppliers of engines and components to Cummins at present, while sourcing was also done from Brazil Mexico, Eastern Europe and Taiwan, Mr. Krishnappa said in a chat with presspersons on Friday on the occasion of the inauguration of the Global Auto Components Sourcing Fair being organised at the Chennai Trade Centre by the AIEMA (Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association) Technology Centre (ATC). The fair is being held concurrently with the ACMEE 2006 seventh industrial exhibition.
He said the Indian auto components sector would have to develop capabilities in advanced fuel systems, advanced electronics and sensors and these would happen with enforcement of higher standards of emission control.
The Cummins Director said the coming into being of free trade agreements (FTAs) would make a big difference to sourcing of auto components and cross border investments across the world.
Earlier, inaugurating the fair, Mr. Krishnappa said important aspects like quality, price and delivery being equal, only those suppliers would be able to score in the market who develop the culture of "customer support", by which he meant the capability to understand what it takes to please the customer.
S. Seetharaman, Managing Director, Super Auto Forge Ltd, which has developed a strong supplier relationship with Bosch in the world market, said Indian suppliers would have a competitive advantage if they opted for components requiring a few secondary operations.
Dilip Kumbhat, Chairman, ATC, appealed to Har Sahay Meena, Additional Director of Industries and Commerce of Tamil Nadu, for support to AIEMA's initiatives, including the establishment of a certification laboratory of international standard through the Chennai Auto Ancillaries Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Company (CAAIIUC).