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Hero Motors has bagged a contract from BMW Motarrad to become the sole international supplier of gearboxes for the German automaker. Making gearboxes for bikes is no joke and needs high expertise, specially when the company in question makes very powerful motorcycles. The five to eight year long agreement was signed on Tuesday and has removed the perception that Europe is the best place for sourcing automobile components in the world.

“We have developed the gearbox ourselves. Usually, components such as engines and transmissions are made by the company itself, as they involve advanced technology. We have achieved the expertise. BMW Motorrad will source gearboxes from us for products it sells globally,” Pankaj Munjal, MD, Hero Motors, said.