US manufacturer Wabtec officially opened its new manufacturing campus at Rohtak in Haryana state in northern India on May 20.

Built at a cost of Rs 1.5bn ($US 18m), the new plant will manufacture components and subsystems for rolling stock, including metro cars, wagons and locomotives for Indian Railways (IR).

Wabtec says that initial production at 10,000m2 site will focus on products for the passenger market, including axle-mounted disc brake systems, distributor valves, brake calipers and actuators, and friction materials.

Manufacturing products for the mining and industrial sectors as well as rail, Wabtec says that the new plant is a testament to its commitment to the Indian market as well as the government’s Make in India initiative to encourage domestic production.

Rohtak joins the Hosur plant of Wabtec’s Transit business, which produces brake systems, couplers, pantographs, relays, air-conditioning systems and passenger doors. The company’s large engineering presence in Hosur and Bengaluru also provides engineering and service support for Wabtec operations around the world.

Wabtec says it is one of the largest rail equipment manufacturers in India, currently employing 3000 people.

“India is an important growth market for Wabtec, especially for the transit business,” says Mr Pascal Schweitzer, president of the Transit business at Wabtec.

“The new site will further improve Wabtec's ability to deliver enhanced value through our diverse product offerings for both Indian and global customers.”

“We intend to grow this site with plans to invest an additional Rs 800m over the next few years,” says Ms Sujatha Narayan, senior vice-president and India regional leader at Wabtec.

“We currently employ 300 people and as the business grows, we do intend to add another 200 employees with a keen focus on diversity hires.”

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