Auto components industry grows 14% to about Rs 3 lk cr

According to the latest data by the Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA), the after-market segment grew by 25.6 per cent to Rs. 56,096 crore last fiscal from Rs. 44,660 crore in the preceding year.

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Exports in 2016-17 were at Rs. 73,128 crore as against Rs. 70,916 crore in the previous year, up 3.1 per cent. Imports decreased by 0.1 per cent to Rs. 90,662 crore last fiscal as against Rs. 90,571 in 2015-16.

ACMA President Rattan Kapur said: “Despite the challenges of demonetisation and uncertainty in implementation of GST, vehicle production remained buoyant. In this backdrop, the auto component industry posted an encouraging performance.”

He said the after-market segment was “a silver lining” growing 25.6 per cent.

On the outlook, Kapur said: “We believe that a technological transformation of the automotive industry is imminent, which calls upon the component industry to invest in R&D, create intellectual property, acquire and develop relevant technologies at a much faster pace to remain relevant for future needs.”

Expressing similar views, ACMA Director General Vinnie Mehta said at this juncture the industry is preparing to graduate from BS-IV to BS-VI by 2020.

“Leapfrogging a generation of technology in just three years not only calls for sizeable investments for technology acquisition and absorption, but also for skilling of people.”

In terms of auto components supply distribution to automobile manufacturers, ACMA said 49 per cent was to passenger vehicles, 22 per cent to two-wheelers, 11 per cent to medium and heavy commercial vehicles, 8 per cent to light commercial vehicles, 6 per cent to tractors, 2 per cent to three-wheelers and another 2 per cent to backhoe loaders.

source: The Hindu Business Line : September 01, 2017

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