GROB opens its sixth production plant in India

June 21, 2024

Grob has opened a new production plant, its sixth location in India (Courtesy Grob-Werke)
Grob has opened a new production plant, its sixth location in India (Courtesy Grob-Werke)

Grob-Werke GmbH, a manufacturer of engineering and automation systems based in Mindelheim, Germany, has opened its new production plant in Bengaluru, India, its sixth to date. The plant had been in production for two years.

“We are proud to have officially opened the sixth production plant in India to continue the expansion of the family-owned company. This marks the start of the Group’s development and expansion in the promising Indian market,” said Florian Grob.

In addition to its range of machinery, assembly systems and electromobility, Grob produces the GMP300 metal Additive Manufacturing machine. The GMP300 uses a Liquid Metal Printing (LMP) process developed by Grob, a technology thought to fall broadly into the ISO/ASTM 52900:2015 category of Material Jetting (MJT). It has a build volume of 300 x 300 x 300 mm and uses metal wire as its feedstock.

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The opening of the sixth production facility is said to reinforce Grob’s long-term commitment to India and the goal of making the most of the region’s growth potential as well as advancing its technological progress. The company opened its first branch on the subcontinent back in 2007. As the potential in India continued to grow over the years, the machine manufacturer ultimately decided to replace the branch with a production plant.

“Constructing a plant is completely different to establishing a sales and service branch. Not just due to the enormous investment, but particularly due to the need to bring the necessary expertise in matters of technology, quality, and reliability into the country,” added German Wankmiller, CEO of the GROB Group.

In total, €8 million was invested in the Indian plant, which is situated on a 80,000 m2 property with hall space covering around 5,000 m2. The company already employs 130 staff at the new site.

“We expect strong growth in the coming years,” says Christian Müller, CSO. “The automotive industry in India is currently still focused on conventional drives. But we already offer various e-projects in India. Particularly as we are in direct contact with India’s largest automotive manufacturers in TATA and Mahindra.”

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