New manufacturing facilities in India-VI

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By EB Bureau

With the manufacturing policy set to become a reality by the end of September 2011, various companies catering to different sectors, such as consumer and industrial electronics, telecom equipment, computers and solar energy, are gearing up to expand their production facilities in India. Once effective, the policy will unlock the true potential of manufacturing within the country.

The mushrooming production facilities will help boost the development of many other sectors like tools and equipment, test and measurement devices, SMT and through-hole machines, etc.

The new policy aims to increase the share of the Indian manufacturing sector from 16 per cent of the country’s GDP to over 25 per cent by 2022. The government is also hoping to create at least 100 million additional jobs over the next 10 years, across the country.

This column features the companies that are setting up manufacturing facilities in India or are expanding their existing plants. Do follow this space every month to know about the latest developments in this domain.

The company

About the facility

Base Corporation Ltd

Products manufactured:
Genset batteries, automotive batteries, inverter and UPS batteries, industrial batteries, home UPS systems and solar batteries

Base Corporation has announced its new mega plant at Hosur, Tamil Nadu. The company aims to have a production capacity of 110 mn Ah per month in the first phase, and subsequently double that figure to 200 mn Ah per month within a short span of time. Estimated to cost Rs 4320 million (Rs 432 crore), the proposed plant has received the approval of the state government. Construction at the plant began in February 2011, and production will commence by 2013.

Contact details: Sangeeta Towers, No. 3, First Stage, 80 Feet Road, Near CMH Hospital, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru 560038; Ph: 080 40621900; www.basebatteries.com

Delta Electronics

Products manufactured:
Power electronics devices, components, industrial automation systems, LED displays and photovoltaic (PV) solutions

Delta Electronics is investing Rs 680 million to set up a manufacturing facility for solar inverters at the Sriperumbudur hi-tech SEZ, near Chennai. The plant is expected to be operational by mid-2012. The Chennai plant is the company’s fourth in India, set up after those at Gurgaon, Pondicherry and Rudrapur in Uttarakhand. These plants produce telecom power systems, UPS and display solutions.

Contact details: Plot No 43, Sector 35, HSIIDC, Gurgaon 122001, Haryana; Ph: +91-124-4874900; Fax: +91-124-4874945; www.deltaelectronicsindia.com

LG Electronics

Products manufactured:
Consumer electronics and home appliances

LG Electronics will start its third manufacturing plant in India with an investment of Rs 10,000 million (Rs 1000 crore). The new plant will fabricate next generation products in India including 3D TVs. The company is yet to decide on the location of the plant.

Contact details: Plot No 51, Udyog Vihar, Surajpur Kasna Road, Greater Noida 201306; Ph: 91-120-2560900/40; www.lg.com

REFUsol GmbH

Products manufactured:
Solar inverters, string inverters and central inverter

German company REFUsol GmbH, a manufacturer of solar inverters, will start production in India from the end of 2011 and ship its first deliveries by early 2012. The manufacturing facility will be located in Pune, where it has already set up a customer support office. The company is also setting up an R&D centre that will develop off-grid solar solutions for the Indian market.

Contact details: Uracher Strabe 91, 72555 Metzingen, Germany; Ph: +49 7123 969 0; Fax: +49 7123 969 16; mail@refusol.com; www.refusol.net

Freescale Semiconductor

Products manufactured:
Microcontrollers, digital signal processors and controllers, processors and sensors

Freescale Semiconductor, the global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors, announced the opening of an R&D centre in the Gachibowli SEZ in Hyderabad. This is expected to deliver solutions that enhance Freescale’s QorIQ and the latest AMP (advanced multiprocessing) platforms for applications including data centres, security appliances, mobile wireless infrastructure and small business networking solutions, among other leading edge technologies.

Contact details: 4th, 5th & 6th Floor, 302 Devaradisana Halli, Sarjapur Outer Road, Varthur Hobli, Bengaluru 560037; www.freescale.com

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