Dana opens tech facility in Pune

Our Bureau Pune | Updated on January 28, 2014 Published on January 28, 2014

US-based Dana Holding Corporation has opened a technology centre in Pune that will house over 240 engineers, and offer engineering capabilities to OEMs in the light-vehicle, commercial-vehicle, and off-highway markets in India and the region. It is the company’s 13th facility in India.

The new centre will offer advanced technologies and product lines designed in India for India, and allow Dana to offer its customers local technical expertise and have a direct connection to its global engineering resources, Roger Wood, President and CEO, Dana, said.

The company’s customers in India include Ashok Leyland, Caterpillar India, Deere and Co., Force Motors, Ford India, General Motors India, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mahindra Trucks and Buses Ltd.

The new lab has a testing equipment for axles, transmissions, materials, NVH, prototyping, inspections, and machining. This equipment includes dynamometers, a rotating bending test stand, a beam fatigue test stand, a multi-axis spin stand, rotary actuators and linear actuators.

“With this new facility, we can rapidly deliver customised solutions that accommodate local needs and requirements for optimising the total cost of ownership, enhancing vehicle efficiency, and addressing environmental concerns,” George Constand, Dana’s chief technical and quality officer, said.

The Pune centre is one of three new research and development facilities for Dana. Last year, the company opened a comprehensive technical center in Wuxi, China, and in May it plans to dedicate a technology centre to develop continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology for use in light-vehicle and certain off-highway transmissions. In all, Dana will have 16 global technical centers operational by mid-year.

Published on January 28, 2014
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