Tenneco Automotive Partially Shifts Back-office Ops To India

Chennai | Updated: Jan 30 2004, 05:30am hrs
The US-based Tenneco Automotive on Thursday said that it is shifting parts of its backoffice work to India. The company has set up Tenneco India Engineering and Shares Services (TIESS), a wholly-owned subsidiary in Chennai to develop and provide IT (information technology), HR (human resources), engineering and finance related services. Tenneco Automotive is a manufacturer of ride and emission control equipments.

Addressing a press conference here, Abhaya Shankar, managing director, TIESS said that the company would be outsourcing its North American and European operations to its Indian arm. The outsourcing support would be for captive consumption in IT services, business processes and Computer Aided Design (CAD) processes. The company will consider outsourcing further works to India at a later stage.

The front-end services now provided by Tenneco India has 35 positions. Talks are on for further expansion to include back-end services, which would include another 200 employees.

Tenneco Automotive has made an investment of Rs 50 crore so far for its Indian operations. In 2003, Tenneco Automotive generated a revenue of $3.7 billion. The company has facilities in Gurgaon, Hosur and Pondicherry for manufacturing ride control equipments and a plant for emission control equipments in Pune.

Talks are on with Indian manufacturers for the outsourcing of sheet metal parts, casting and rubber components.