WEISS expands expertise and availability in India
Only two years after WEISS opened its Campus in Pune, the specialist for rotary indexing tables, linear transfer systems and handling solutions has expanded its on-site expertise with a solution factory, localized the assembly of its rotary indexing tables and established a global sourcing center.
In 2020, a year determined by the Corona pandemic, WEISS GmbH from Buchen, Germany, took an important step and opened its Campus in Pune, India. After only two years, WEISS Automation Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. has now established a solution factory, where components and subsystems that meet the needs of the local market will be designed and realized. The automation solutions satisfy the requirements of customers and sectors in the APAC region as well as users in China.
At the opening ceremony, Uwe Weiss, CEO of parent company WEISS, and Sanjeebit Choudhury, Vice President Asia Pacific and CEO of WEISS India, welcomed numerous guests of honor. The two CEOs were particularly pleased to see VDMA representatives and Achim Fabig, General Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, there.
Building up know-how for higher customer services
WEISS has more than 55 years of experience in automation systems especially in rotary indexing tables. These where first designed to meet the requirements of the automotive industry but nowadays are installed in automation systems to a broad range of industries such as communication, life science, electronics, and consumer goods. The local experts collaborate closely with their colleagues in Buchen (Germany) in order to ensure the high quality standards of WEISS. In addition, they support customers in engineering as well as in commissioning of the WEISS components and solutions. In the long run WEISS plans to establish an academy for both employees and customers. The overall strategy is to connect experts in the field of automation from different industries to open a knowledge exchange platform not only for India but for the whole APAC region. To Sanjeebit Choudhury it is especially important to share the organization’s knowledge to increase customer centricity and improve the company’s performance for customers.
Everything from a single source from component to subsystem
To keep delivery times as short as possible for the rotary indexing tables, which have proven their value for decades, selected product types and sizes will be assembled in India in the future. Furthermore, the recently opened solution factory widens WEISS India’s expertise and makes it a full range supplier in automation. The components and solutions designed and made in India will meet the expectations not only of customers from India but from a broader market region. As WEISS has decades of experience in setting up automated assembly processes, it is as well a reliable partner for both – beginners in the field of automation as well as advanced companies dealing with optimization issues and digitization. Offering CAD data and simulation models facilitates construction of whole automation systems and virtual commissioning.
Enlarging engagement and network
WEISS supplies products to customers in a total of 49 countries around the globe and highly values being close to its customer. The Indian subsidiary will also support the global sourcing strategy in the future, thereby acting as a further building block for making delivery times shorter. At the same time, this strategy increases the availability of WEISS components in the region. The improvements in the purchasing and supply chain structure go hand in hand with WEISS‘s plan to expand the sales network. Uwe Weiss, the entrepreneur who heads the WEISS World group of companies in the second generation, said that it was necessary to take the step due to India’s importance in the South Asian and APAC regions: “India has a very high potential when it comes to economic growth and the number of skilled people available in the labor market. At the same time, the geographical position of India, particularly the Pune location, is ideal for us as the starting point for supplying our customers reliably throughout the entire Asian region.” In line with this maxim, WEISS India’s CEO increases the customer service activities such as after-sales services, refurbishment and retrofit support and spare part delivery.
Due to India‘s potential based on a very well-educated, aspiring workforce, and the countries committed way of improving general conditions, many opportunities are opening up for Uwe Weiss. The foundation of a solution factory, a local assembly and a global sourcing center as well as the will to establish an academy underlines the German automation experts’ long-term plans. In specific areas, WEISS relies on skilled Indian talents, as made obvious by the company’s purchase of Ecotech IT Solutions in July 2022. The IT services company provides services around customer-specific application development and maintenance, digital product development, IT infrastructure, cloud services and IT personnel services. Ecotech continues to operate as an independent unit in the market with its own group of customers. As production automation continues its digitalization, the company’s interfaces to the parent company will increase.