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News   May 15, 2006   by Auto Service World

Federal-Mogul Ups India Ante

Federal-Mogul Corporation announced today the acquisition of additional shares to own the majority stake of its long-standing joint venture, Goetze (India) Limited, a publicly traded leading supplier of automotive pistons, rings, liners, pins and sintered products. The transaction, which increases Federal-Mogul’s share in GIL to 50.1 percent, supports the company’s growth strategy by expanding its presence in India, a key market for its global automotive products and aftermarket business.
“Federal-Mogul’s increased investment in GIL is a key part of our strategy to drive global profitable growth by providing our leading technology, and world-class quality products and services in India, one of the most dynamic and growing economies of the world,” said Federal-Mogul Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Maria Alapont. “Developing best-cost capabilities and increasing our manufacturing footprint in India will enable us to better serve both new and existing customers in domestic and global markets.”
Headquartered in New Delhi, Federal-Mogul’s GIL business has three operations in India – located in Patiala, Bangalore and Bhiwadi – with nearly 5,000 employees. The Indian market leader in pistons and piston rings, GIL supplies all major Indian original equipment manufacturers in the automotive, heavy-duty, motorcycle, industrial and agricultural markets, in addition to a variety of aftermarket customers. GIL’s 2005 net sales exceeded Rs 4.3 billion (more than $96.8 million USD at an exchange rate of 44.4 INR/USD).
“Federal-Mogul’s technology, global manufacturing, and distribution expertise, combined with GIL’s high-quality, best-cost capabilities, result in a world-class automotive supplier with significant opportunities for future market and product development,” said GIL’s Non-Executive Chairman Anil Nanda. He added, “Federal-Mogul’s investment in GIL recognizes the commitment of the employees and the market leading products they manufacture.”
Federal-Mogul’s other businesses in India include a wholly-owned Champion(R) brand ignition manufacturer and other joint ventures supplying powertrain products. These businesses, including GIL, employ nearly 7,000 people in India.

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