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Delphi to make India its R&D hub

The US auto component major is also planning to increase headcount at its technology centre at Bangalore to 800.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 11:11 IST

US auto component major Delphi is planning to make India one of its global R&D hub and increase total headcount to 800 by 2008.

"We are expanding our work here at the Bangalore technology centre and bringing in new work like application engineering and validation," Delphi Automotive Systems India Vice President (Sales Marketing and Communication) Prashant Saha told PTI on the sidelines of the SIAM annual convention.

He said the company would increase headcount at its technology centre at Bangalore to 800 from the existing 500 by 2008.

"Increasingly we will be utilising the India centre as an R&D hub for both domestic and international requirements, with our five R&D centres in the Asia Pacific region," he said.

The company has already invested about $10 million in the last 2-3 years on the R&D centre. Saha, however, declined to comment on how the company would be getting additional investments in India.

Delphi's parent company in the US had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.

First Published: Sep 07, 2006 11:11 IST