Ostbevern, July 21, 2022 – The joint e-mobility activities with the Indian joint venture partner – the UNO MINDA Group – for the joint expansion into the Indian two- and three- wheeler market with electric engines are meeting with a very high demand on the Indian subcontinent. For instance, letters of intent for the supply of e-mobility drive solutions for prestigious Indian vehicle manufacturers were successfully signed as early as the 2nd quarter of 2022. With these agreements, sales in the mid two-digit million-euro range become possible. In addition, further promising talks are ongoing about orders that could further significantly increase the aforementioned potential sales. In the process, the joint venture partners are also talking to some of the world’s leading Japanese two- and three- wheeler manufacturers.
FRIWO and UNO MINDA are also progressing rapidly in their efforts to build up the production capacities required for this purpose. The construction of a manufacturing plant for the supply of success-critical modules for electrically powered two- and three-wheeled vehicles is already underway. There, it will be possible to produce end-to-end system solutions in the field of e-drives, comprising the necessary hardware and the appropriate software architecture. The plant south of Delhi is to cover an area of around 15,000 square metres and start operations in the 1st quarter of 2023.
The joint venture between UNO MINDA, a global technological driver in the automotive and vehicle supply sector, and FRIWO (49.9 % joint venture share) is aiming for a market-leading position in the establishment of e-mobility drive solutions for two- and three-wheeled vehicles in India. Industry experts estimate the market volume to be addressed by the joint venture at approximately 4.5 million vehicles by 2027. This is on the assumption that the share of vehicles with electric drives will then amount to around 15 % of the total market potential of up to 30 million two- and three-wheelers. In the light of massive environmental issues caused by the enormous pollution, the Indian government has recently launched several initiatives to increase the use of e-mobility drive systems. A prohibition of all combustion engines (<250 cm3) is being discussed.
“We are delighted that our joint venture in India has got off in such a good way. This applies to the creation of the operational infrastructure together with our partner UNO MINDA, but above all, to the immense demand we are encountering in our electric drive systems for two- and three-wheelers. In view of the great underlying growth potential from the entire region, we are very confident that we will see initial positive earnings contributions from India as early as the 2023 financial year,” comments Rolf Schwirz, Chairman of the Executive Board of FRIWO AG.
Between the joint venture partners, it was agreed that UNO MINDA would design, construct and finance a new manufacturing building, which will then be available to the joint venture company on a lease basis. The joint venture will then undertake the investments in the manufacturing lines, following the example of the FRIWO factories in Vietnam. Additionally, FRIWO contributes its unmatched technological expertise in electric drive systems to the joint venture. In return, the company is to receive license proceeds. However, this will not be the case until the joint venture generates a positive result. Under the premise of a successfully ramped-up manufacturing, this is anticipated by the middle of 2023 at the latest. Accordingly, FRIWO expects the first contributions to profit and cash flow from licensing income from fiscal year 2023 onwards, which will further strengthen the already anticipated positive annual result.
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