NEW DELHI, India - Anil Srivastava has been appointed managing director of Delphi Automotive Systems India Ltd. He succeeds Sachal Gidwani, who has been transferred to Tokyo as engineering director for Delphi Asia-Pacific.
Prior to this appointment, Srivastava was India country manager for Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems in Noida, the site of General Motors' assembly plant in India.
Srivastava, citing the arrival of intense competition in the Indian auto market, said he has four main priorities:
1. Improved capacity utilization of his four plants.
2. Creation of brand differentiation by leveraging Delphi technology in subsystems and module integration.
3. Establishing stronger ties with global and local customers.
4. Exploiting the richness of Delphi's human resources to build a stronger company.
'The automobile industry in India has moved from a low-supply, high-demand mode to a high-supply, low-demand scenario. The Indian customer now has a wide variety of choices in front of him and can demand a world-class product at a highly competitive price,' he said in a telephone interview.
'This means manufacturers will have to work hard to differentiate their products. Technology and quality will be the key factors for future success - and the components industry will play a major role in providing that edge.'
In addition to General Motors, Delphi India's customers include Maruti Udyog Ltd., Daewoo Motors India Ltd., Fiat India Ltd. and Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co.