Wirtgen India, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Wirtgen Group, has commenced its new production facility at Bhandgaon, near Pune. The company's new factory in Pune comprises a 2700 m2 administration centre and training building alongside a 3600 m2 factory, built to the same standard as Wirtgen Group's production facilities in Germany. It includes a shot blasting system, a paint facility and a spare parts depot, while machines are assembled on a 60 m long production line, equipped with overhead cranes, with a load bearing capacity of 10 tonnes each and supported by slewing pillar cranes. The series production of Hamm's new Type 311 single-drum compactors is successfully in progress. "With the Hamm 311, we have developed a model that is designed specifically for the Indian market. This single-drum compactor corresponds to the high standards of quality of the Wirtgen Group, but is manufactured locally so that the pricing allows us to prevail on this highly competitive market,"explains Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director, Wirtgen India. "We're at the beginning of a major success story in India. The country will make its way in the world just like the other emerging markets in Brazil and China. And all brands of the Wirtgen Group will profit strongly from the market success because we have made timely investments in a local production facility and have already been present in India for decades,” says Stefan Wirtgen, President of the Wirtgen Group.