Saietta VNA – the joint venture which was formed in May 2021 between the UK-based Saietta Group and India’s Padmini VNA – is ramping up its ‘Make-in-India’ strategy by establishing a new manufacturing facility on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The company has today revealed about the ongoing construction of a new state-of-the-art plant in Delhi-NCR to produce its range of axial- and radial-flux electric motors for e-two-wheeler and e-three-wheeler applications. While the groundwork for this 30,000 square-feet facility commenced in Q1 of 2022, the outer shell is already complete and the setting up of tooling and equipment will begin in Q1 of 2023.
In addition, Saietta VNA has also appointed Pradumna Walimbe as its new managing director to take charge of the company’s India operations. While Walimbe comes with a rich experience in the global lightweight mobility sector, which has proved crucial to the company’s strategic approach to new and fast-growth markets, it has also appointed Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula as the non-executive director of the Board.
Dr. Bhagavathula, who joined the Saietta Group in 2021, has had a long and successful career in the Indian automotive sector. Dr Bhagavathula has previously held senior executive positions at the Ashok Leyland Group, Great Wall Motor Company, Daimler Trucks and Daimler Chrysler AG.
According to Wicher Kist, CEO, Saietta Group, “We were among the first e-mobility technology developers to recognise the importance and potential of the rapidly-evolving Indian transportation landscape. Through our joint venture with Padmini VNA, we are delivering a portfolio of turnkey e-Drive solutions that are ideally suited to the market, and – crucially – they will be produced in India, for India.”