ERJ staff report (DS)
Weinheim, Germany -- From autumn 2008 the Tata Nano will come into the Indian market. This low priced "people's car" for less than 1700 Euro was recently unveiled by the Tata Group in New Delhi. The new car is equipped with products of two companies of the Freudenberg Group.
Vibracoustic GmbH & Co. KG developed a special engine-suspension concept for the revolutionary new car. The parts are produced by a joint venture, Sigma-Vibracoustic, in the northern Indian city of Mohali. "This is not a cheap product," said Reinhard SchÃ¼tz, chairman of Vibracoustic. "We use high-tech to develop economical products that are precision tailored to match the requirements of our customers."
Since March 2007, Vibracoustic has devoted its product-development expertise to solving a particularly tricky problem: two specially matched elastic engine mountings, along with a pivoted lever, insulate the car's body from the vibration of the two-cylinder engine. This innovation helps ensure a modern standard of riding comfort for a vehicle of this class, said the company.
In addition, The Sigma Freudenberg NOK joint venture is the sole supplier of engine and drive train seals for the Tata Nano.
In 1999, Freudenberg and its partners Sigma and NOK, set up a joint venture for seal production located in Mohali. This joint venture now produces a broad range of seals for the automotive industry and other sectors. In addition to local car manufacturers, Sigma Freudenberg NOK's major customers include the Indian joint venture partners of Europe's car manufacturers and their major suppliers.
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Press release from Freudenberg