UFI Filters has opened its first aftermarket plant, 18th globally, in India at Bahadurgarh in the National Capital Region. The new industrial site-SOFIMA India Pvt. Ltd-will be dedicated to manufacturing filters for the aftermarket sector, serving both local spare parts market and export demands. The new industrial site has been designed to comply with the most stringent International Standards. The plant will meet European Standards for processes and quality and will be ISO 9001-certified.
Hridesh Sharma, CEO, UFI Filters India said, “This new industrial site opening is part of our strategy to offer high-quality spare parts to the Indian market. The new India operation will make it possible to provide products that are dedicated to the growing demands of the aftermarket sector and will allow the Group to grow its business in line with our vision. We have a committed investment of €10 million and will employ around 300 workers at full capacity. Initial production will be to the tune of 6 million filters per year, including cabin filters and air filters for cars and heavy vehicles, as well as dedicated hydraulic filtration spares.”
Spread over a 5000 square meter area over three floors, the new industrial site will focus on dedicated after-market products, to fulfil the growing demand for high-quality products in India and abroad.
Giorgio Girondi, Chairman of the UFI Filters Group, said, “We are truly proud of this new industrial site, which brings the number of our industrial sites around the world to a total of 18. Expansion in South-East Asia, especially India is strategic for us, as there is a huge potential given the high volume of vehicles available in the country, which we intend to address. All our products meet International Standards viz. SAE, ISO and OEM standards. ‘Think globally, act locally’ is the Group’s central principle for supporting our OEM clients and the Aftermarket. Thanks to the quality of UFI Filters products, major German brands including the Volkswagen Group and Porsche choose filtering systems ’Made in India’ by UFI to complement their brand-new vehicles.”