MISSISSAUGA, Ontario—Woodbridge Group is waiting for the nod from car makers to expand seat production in India.
The Mississagua-based company could locate new seat plants in the country's western and southern automobile hubs, Deepak Kanaujia, business development manager at Woodbridge, told Urethanes Technology International at Auto Expo 2020, held in early February at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Woodbridge started operations in India—in New Delhi—in 2008 before moving the business and investing $2.8 million in Sanand in 2011.
Kanaujia said the proposed sites likely are to be of same size, with production pegged at 750,000 units per year.
"We have been in touch with auto OEMs in other regions from quite some time. It takes time to get the required approval from the auto makers," Kanaujia said.
The site originally provided seats for Tata's Nano, which was launched as the most affordable production car in the world. When Tata phased out the Nano, Woodbridge made seats for Tata's Tiago and Tigor models at Sanand.
"We are holding talks with auto makers like Hyundai and Ford, with production sites in Chennai, and VW and Mahindra in Pune," Kanaujia said. "If we get a green signal from them, then two more seat plants are on the way. The first would be in Pune by 2021, followed by Chennai by 2022."
Pune is India's largest Western passenger vehicle manufacturing hub.
Woodbridge introduced ventilated foam, made using a foam composite and developed for climate control seating in active and passive seats, was launched in India last year and it is being marketed to auto companies.