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Voith inaugurates new production hall for gear units in Hyderabad

 Voith, a specialist for intelligent drive solutions, has inaugurated a new works hall for the production of gear units in Hyderabad on 16 December.  
“Four years ago we started our own coupler production at the location Hyderabad for Voith Turbo Rail. Since then, the market and the sales of our drive components for rail vehicles have developed positively in India,” said Debashis Basu, Managing Director of Voith Turbo in Hyderabad.
During these four years, Voith produced complete semi-permanent couplers for Jaipur Metro and sub-assemblies for Bangalore Metro and an export project in Turkey. The production department is staffed exclusively with local employees and a lot of localised components of high-quality standards are used.
The new production hall was opened at the location by Voith Turbo Rail CEO Dr. Frank Gropengießer. Invited customers were able to get a direct impression of the hall, in which about 20 employees will in future produce rail vehicle components for the local market on an area covering approximately 775 sq.m. 
Voith would like to strengthen its commitment to India in the long term; the decision for this plant was therefore strategically important. In spring this year, Voith received, for example, an order from Delhi Metro for Scharfenberg couplers and gear units, all of which will be exclusively manufactured in Hyderabad. The company has reached substantial localisation, both for gear units and couplers. Production started in autumn 2014 and delivery to Delhi Metro is scheduled between 2015 and 2018. Voith Turbo India also received an order from Bombardier Transport for the supply of gearboxes for the Queensland Metro project.
As of now, Voith manufactures semi-permanent couplers and gear units in Hyderabad. The company plans to produce automatic couplers and complete wheelsets at the Indian Voith Turbo site in future.

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