The Bangalore TechCentre is now a Faurecia subsidiary.
Faurecia, global leader in engineering solutions and automotive components, inaugurated a state-of-the-art R&D centre in Bangalore for Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies (FECT). The TechCentre was inaugurated by Christophe Schmitt, Executive Vice President, Faurecia Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies in the presence of Luc Herbin Vice President in charge of R&D, and Mahmood Ashraf, General Manager, Bangalore TechCentre.
FECT started its Indian operations in 1995 as a JV with Anand Group. The Bangalore TechCentre was formed in September 2007 following the acquisition of Emcon Technologies in 2010, and has since been integrated into the R&D division of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies. Designed to accommodate close to 200 engineers, the TechCentre would support Faurecia's global engineering teams in the design and validation of emissions control systems for programmes in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. The centre is spread over 30,000 Sq Ft and can accommodate up to 360 engineers.
Speaking on the occasion, Christophe Schmitt said India was a very important market for Faurecia and that the company was rapidly investing in India to introduce the emissions control technologies over the next five years and offer products complying with evolving BS IV and BS V emission norms.
Giving an overview about Faurecia's operations globally, he said the group registered turnover of of Ã¢â€šÂ¬17.4 billion in 2012, in the process placing it in the sixth place alongside Johnson Controls in the list of automotive equipment suppliers. Giving a region-wise breakdown of product sales, Schmitt pointed out that the Asian region came third after Europe and North America.
As for the product breakdown, automotive seating systems was at the top contributing 37 per cent of the total revenue at Ã¢â€šÂ¬4.9 bn followed by interior systems Ã¢â€šÂ¬3.6 bn (27 %), emissions control technologies Ã¢â€šÂ¬3.2 bn (24 %), and automotive exteriors 1.6 bn (12%). Faurecia Interior Systems (FIS) is the world's leading supplier of vehicle interiors, The company develops and manufactures instrument panels, centre consoles, door panels, door modules and acoustic solutions for vehicles of all kinds. Faurecia Automotive Seating (FAS) is the world's largest supplier of seat mechanisms and frames and the third largest supplier of complete seat systems.
In India, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies (FECT) designs, develops, manufactures and assembles every aspect of the exhaust system, from manifolds to mufflers. The TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certified. company currently operates three manufacturing plants in India - at Pune, Chennai and Bangalore - for producing hot end, cold end, manifold, welded & lock-seam muffler boxes, spun mufflers, bent pipes, catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters, etc. It serves leading automobile companies such as Fiat, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Maruti-Suzuki, Renault-Nissan, Tata, Toyota and Volkswagen. Faurecia also serves commercial vehicles such as heavy load trucks, together with its global partner Cummins.
When asked for his comment on a recent media report, which said that most of the Indian small cars failed the safety tests, Schmitt said, "A lot of cars are exported from this country, do you mean they do not comply with passenger safety norms issued and followed in the exporting countries?" implying that it was a matter of enforcing legislation.
Luc Herbin said the Bangalore TechCentre would report to the Faurecia's global R&D management team in the headquarters and hence described it as an instrumental part of the company's R&D and engineering footprint. Explaining the activities of FECT, he said the company has defined three key areas for innovation: weight reduction, pollutant emissions control, and energy recovery.
In the area of weight reduction, Faurecia is the market leader for valves used in cold-end exhaust components. Its self-adjusting "adaptiveÃ‚Â®" valve addresses the market demand for lighter-weight vehicles: by cutting muffler size in half, it provides significant savings in exhaust system weight. process de-brasage par induction. Similarly, the use of brazing in the welding process reduces the thickness of each component, which not only yields substantial weight reduction but also enhances the exhaust system's quality and durability.
With regard to emissions reduction, FECT has developed the Blue Box Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) solution. Thanks to this innovation, the SCR converter can be placed as close as possible to the engine, for more efficient recovery of nitrogen oxide emissions. Working with Ford, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies developed the Exhaust Heat Recovery Manifold (EHRM). This technology captures heat given off by the exhaust to warm the interior more quickly than a conventional set-up, reducing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.
Mahmood Ashraf said the TechCentre was positioned as a strategic asset supporting Faurecia's global emissions control engineering operations. At the TechCentre Product Engineering teams work on projects from original drawings to final pre serial production, enabling smooth start of production, at sites around the world. The company uses advanced CAD/CAE tools to design exhaust system architecture and optimise for performance and durability. Optimising weight of the system is a key area of focus to improve fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis and Acoustics Simulation tools are used to virtually validate product designs for durability and performance in different operating conditions. The TechCentre is connected to the Faurecia Global Purchasing Organisation for supplier management, he added.