Haier expands Pune plant’s capacity to lower imports

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Consumer appliances and electronic goods make Haier India expects its product imports to fall by half with the additional capacity at Pune plant becoming operational, a company official said to ET.

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Haier, which yesterday inaugurated additional capacity at its plant at Ranjangaon in Pune built with an investment of Rs 600 crore, will manufacture washing machines, ACs, TV panels and water heaters.

“I expect our product imports to go down from around 50 per cent at present to 20-25 per cent with this new plant. We, however, will continue to import some high end products,” Braganza added,” Haier India President Eric Braganza told.

Haier is eyeing over 45 per cent growth in its net sales at Rs 2,300 crore in the current calender year, he said.

Earlier, the company was manufacturing refrigerators at the plant. Haier’s production capacity now stands at 3.8 million units.

The inaugration event was presided by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Haier said with this additonal capacity, the company will generate 2,000 new direct jobs along with 10,000 indirect employment opportunities in the ecosystem.

Haier had signed an MoU with the Maharashtra government in 2015 for the plant.

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