Because of the growth, Dürr is greatly expanding its capacities in India.
In the past year, the number of employees there increased by 90% to over 300. At its Chennai site, the company furthermore plans to set up an engineering center where about 60 engineers will design paint shops and assembly lines in proximity to customers.
According to Ralf Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG: 'India is one of the fastest- growing markets for us. We are benefiting there from our good contacts with both domestic and foreign automakers.' Experts expect that production of passenger cars and light trucks on the subcontinent will double in the next five years to about 3.7 million units. 'The automotive industry's buildup of additional production capacities makes profitable growth in India possible for us,' says Mr. Dieter.
Until two years ago, India was a relatively small market for Dürr. Then, demand for production systems suddenly jumped. Sales revenues increased nearly fivefold in 2006 as a result of the automotive industry's opening of the market, and new orders even increased sevenfold. Dürr has been represented in India already since the 1980s. That began with Dürr´s Schenck RoTec business unit, the world market leader in balancing systems. In 1997, Dürr India was founded in Chennai. Because of its long- standing presence, Dürr knows the local conditions very well.