Polgár, Hungary, June 02, 2017: In a significant step towards expansion, Sona BLW Precision Forgings Limited (SBPFL), part of the USD 500-million multinational Sona Group, is augmenting their operations in Hungary. Besides this facility in Hungary, Sona BLW is present across two more locations globally – India (3 facilities) and Germany (3 facilities). The expanded facility is being re-inaugurated today in Hungary by Chief Guest Dr Szabo Iaszlo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany; Mrs Rani Kapur, Chairperson, SBPFL; and Mr Sunjay Kapur, CEO, Sona Group in the presence of several notable dignitaries like Mr Balazs Rakossy, Minister of Economic Development, Mr Toth Jozsef, Mayor of Polgár and Mr Adam Szekely, CEO, Inforgroup.
The Hungary facility is the first Greenfield manufacturing unit of Sona Group, outside India, which is spread over 4800 square meters. The Hungary manufacturing facility is a downstream process unit which will increase the production capacity by 40% through machining and heat treatment areas. The expansion of this facility will lead to reduction in cost by offsetting through cheaper labour costs and will be creating jobs for about 150 people. The boost in production capacity of the manufacturing unit will result in total capacity of 3.9 million pieces per year with a targeted annual sale of 1.5 billion Hungarian, Forint.
Commenting on this proliferation, Group CEO Sunjay Kapur said “Innovation and Research & Development are the two primary drivers leading to customer satisfaction and overall business growth. In our continuous pursuit of these objectives, we are investing majorly in Research & Development and cost effective strategies. Our Hungary plant expansion offers us advantages to maintain cost-efficiency, transfer of certain aspects of our production and also remain close to the market”
He further added “In three years, we plan to double our production capacity at the Hungary manufacturing facility to 7.8 million pieces per year.”
Sona BLW exports auto components to leading global automotive players such as MAN, Scania, Daimler, John Deere, American Axle, Linamar, CNH and DANA’s. The company’s customer base also includes key OEMs such as Maruti Suzuki, Tata, TAFE, Mahindra & Mahindra, ITL, John Deere, Escorts, DICV Trucks India, Volvo Eicher and New Holland India. Globally, it is known for high-quality certification/standards and high customer satisfaction of forged products. It is recognized worldwide as the market leader in the manufacturing of warm-forged ‘Bevel Gears’.
About Sona Group and Sona BLW Precision Forgings Limited:
Sona Group is the world’s leading auto component manufacturer supplying to major automotive manufacturers across the globe. Founded in the year 1987, the Sona Group is a USD 500 million group with manufacturing facilities in India & Europe. Sona BLW Precision Forgings Limited (SBPFL) is the flagship company of the group founded in the year 1995 and is a globally renowned precision-forged gear manufacturer. Sona BLW has automated machining & forging lines and employs 2300 people worldwide. The company manufactures near-net-shaped Gears (bevel gears), precision forged speed gears, synchroniser rings, E-axles and differential assemblies for Automotive and other applications. It is renowned for its patented warm forging German technology and manufactures high precision forging components for cars, trucks, agricultural applications and construction equipment makers. It also boasts of 18% global market share in precision forged gear business.