Wheels India Limited is company promoted by the TVS Group, India’s largest auto component manufacturers. Starting with a bus service in 1911, the TVS Group has grown to become one of India’s largest business houses with businesses in two wheelers, vehicle dealerships & logistics and auto components which had a turnover of over USD 7 Billion (FY 2012-13).
Wheels India (established in 1962) is one of the largest steel wheel manufacturers in the world. The company had turnover of USD 375 Million (FY 2012-13) coming from the segments of Cars/ UVs, Commercial vehicles, Tractors, Single Piece wheels and Construction & Earth Mover wheels. The company also manufactures air suspension kits for trucks and buses. With over 15 % of its turnover coming from exports, particularly from the Construction & Earth Mover equipment segment, it is truly a global player in the auto components industry.
Wheels India started production of wheels for commercial vehicles in 1962 at our plant in Padi, Chennai. The company started the production of car and tractor wheels in Padi in 1965. In 1972, the company made a foray into the construction equipment sector with Hindustan Motors (now CAT India). In 1982, the company opened its second facility in Rampur for tractor wheels. Wheels India entered the wire wheel business in 1988 and also entered the air suspension market under the brand “WILRIDE”. In 1998, the company opened a facility in Pune to cater to this growing automotive hub. This facility manufactures wheels for car, trucks and busses.
The 2000s represented a decade of growth for the company and 2000 marked its entry to the earth mover market with 35” and 49” wheels. In 2005 the company started manufacturing forged aluminium wheels to cater to the growing after market for truck and trailer manufacturers. 2007 marked the setup of 2 new facilities in Sriperumbudur for Big EM wheels and Bawal for car wheels. In 2009 the company setup a new facility in Pantnagar to cater to the growing truck and light commercial vehicle business.
Wheels India is a partner to various Global OEMs like Ford, Hyundai, Tata, Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Case New Holland, Leyland, Tafe and Suzuki. The company has won various awards which stand as a testament to its “Quality First” policy, to name a few – CAT SQEP Silver Certification 2010, TPM Award & Certification, Toyota Supplier Award for Quality & Cost ’09 and Regional Contribution Award from Toyota in 2013 Global Suppliers Convention.
The company believes that its future lies in partnering OEMs in their growth and providing service to match. Wheels India has Launched aftermarket brand “TVS WILGO” for catering aftermarket needs in 2012.