Driving Efficiencies.
Enhancing our Potential.

Special Machinery is a strategic division of Schaeffler that was established in 2006 in India to build new production machinery and also to improve/upgrade the existing automation equipment across Schaeffler Plants. In 2020, Special Machinery was scaled up with newly built state-of-the-art facility at Maneja, Vadodara. Now it has a total assembly area of around 1600 m2. A highly motivated and globally connected team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers continue to take on the challenges. The portfolio of these resourceful specialists encompasses assembly automation, measuring and inspection technology robotics and camera systems.

Most recent highlights of 2020 include development of CRB 120 Assembly Line and SRB 920 Assembly Line for Savli Plant, robotic solution for SLHS system assembly for Talegaon Plant, set up of EK17 Clutch Line at Hosur Plant.

Key operational achievements during the year:

Logistics management

  • Schaeffler India won the CII’s Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Award’2020
  • SCM and Logistic function of Schaeffler India was awarded with ‘MOVE 3 Star’
  • Started the Gurgaon Consolidation and Distribution Centre (GCDC) development project, Go-live is planned in February 2021
  • Started consolidation of global freight
  • Centralisation of logistics bill verification rolled out at Vadodara

Supplier management

  • Rolling process optimised to improve the efficiency by installation of new caster at supplier end
  • Consolidated sourcing to improve delivery efficiency and support on time customer requirements
  • Worked with suppliers to enhance capacity by infusing additional investments by them
  • Purchase team worked with suppliers to add the production lines and horizontally deployed the knowledge at local suppliers, thus creating additional production capacities
  • Local suppliers demonstrated increased delivery of parts in 2020

Design optimisation in close coordination with the parent

  • Worked on ‘fit for application’ concept driven by the parent to increase competitiveness in bearing business. This includes optimisation of design for some of the parts.

Derisking our import supply dependency

  • Developed a child parts in line plant with investment to improve delivery time
  • Identified alternate potential suppliers for risk mitigation, to meet additional demands and ensure seamless supplies. Supplies started in year 2020 from these suppliers.

Operations management

  • Implementation of Variable Speed Drives (VSD)-based production
  • DOJO training for operators to help in skilling, re-skilling and right skilling them
  • Implementation of MTM

Suppliers trained in ethical practices (Nos.)