Wabco India, now confirms that they will commence assembly of its AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) units domestically. Local assembly of the AMT system will commence from October 2016. All the components will be assembled at Wabco's facility in Chennai, India.
Initially, several components for the AMT system will be imported. As the volumes increase, Wabco would increase the localisation of components. Wabco would only be locally assembling AMT systems that will be used in commercial vehicles.
The company has decided to take a two-phase approach. During the first phase, focus will be concentrated on the assembly of AMT units. The second phase will consist of localising as many Indian components as possible. So far, Wabco has invested Rs. six crores for their AMT assembly line.
Currently, Wabco is importing AMT units from its Chinese facility. These AMT units will be used mainly by Ashok Leyland models. JNNURM project also makes use of Wabco's AMT units. During 2015, Wabco managed to sell 1,400 AMT units to commercial vehicle manufacturers in India.