India as a growth market? Many OEM and automotive supplier companies were late to recognize the opportunities that the subcontinent has to offer. The country's great economic potential was not really discovered by the international automotive industry until the mid-2000s. Huf was one of the pioneers here as well and demonstrated entrepreneurial foresight by opening a new location in Pune in 2007. What initially began as a sales office in cooperation with a local joint venture partner quickly grew into a modern production site that today plays an important role in the global network of the automotive supplier Huf..
As early as 2008, Huf India began manufacturing lock sets for a well-known British car manufacturer, at that time still in rented premises. At the same time, Huf pushed forward with the construction of its own die casting plant, which went into operation in 2012. The plant, which is located around 140 kilometers southeast of the metropolis of Mumbai, subsequently continued to grow: Within three years, in addition to assembly lines for door handles and brackets, Huf also built a computer-controlled paint shop as well as facilities for toolmaking and the production of molded parts in Pune. The site of the automotive supplier Huf is manufacturing several hundred thousand lock sets and tens of thousands of door handles per month.
Kanchan Bhave has been on board at Huf India almost from the beginning. He started as Deputy Manager maintenance in 2008 and is now the head of maintenance for all equipment. "Since its beginnings 15 years ago, Huf India has developed rapidly. Over time, more and more production areas and production lines were added. With the state-of-the-art paint shop, we also have a real flagship, which, like the high manufacturing quality, contributes to the very good reputation that Huf India has among our customers," explains Bhave.
Huf India: automotive supplier was an early mover in the booming Indian automotive market
Growth market India? You bet! The Indian automotive market was developing rapidly, and Huf was right at the heart of the Indian automotive industry from the very beginning. Today, India is the fourth-largest automobile-producing country in the world, with around 5.46 million vehicles manufactured each year. By comparison, only 1.47 million passenger cars rolled off the assembly line here in 2006 – so the figures have almost quadrupled in this period. India's share of global automotive production more than tripled between 2000 and 2020.