Sona Comstar reaches milestone of 250 million bevel gears production

Sona Comstar has crossed a milestone of producing 250 million bevel gears in January 2020. The company has fitted bevel gears for 6.25 crore vehicles globally. An article on states that the company has developed an integrated electric axle for passenger EVs.

The company started operations in 1995 as a 75:25 joint venture between Sona Group and Mitsubishi Materials and was named Sona Okegawa Precision Forgings. After acquiring Thyssen Krupp’s forging business and 25% stake of Mitsubishi, the Sona Group was renamed to Sona BLW Precision Forgings and became the largest manufacturer of forged gears.

Sona Comstar came into existence in 2019 when Sona BLW acquired Comstar Automotive, which was a leading designer and manufacturer of starting and charging systems for automobiles. The company claims that it is the biggest supplier of gears in the world by volumes.

In India, CV is our major segment in terms of bevel gears. We supply to Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and VECV, and have around 97 per cent of the market share. While we are the world leaders in differential bevel gears by volumes, having crossed 250 million units in January 2020, we could only make as many gears. That is when we thought of going vertically upwards and started making the entire differential assembly.

Vivek Vikram Singh, MD and Group CEO, Sona Comstar

Now, Sona Comstar is looking for new opportunities and has developed an integrated 3-in-1 electric axle by adding a motor and controller into the differential assembly for passenger EVs. The company has already started pitching the product to many passenger vehicle manufacturers including Tata Motors and Mahindra Electric.

Sona Comstar e-axle
Mr Vivek Vikram Singh, MD and Group CEO, Sona Comstar, opines that everyone is on a different page when it comes to EVs. He says vehicle manufacturers need to localise to be eligible for the FAME II subsidies and there’s no Indian supplier which can offer motor, differential and controller, all integrated into one package.