By Rebika Singam
As India envisages becoming a global leader in the manufacturing sector, the soon to be announced manufacturing policy is likely to give this sector a boost. If India has to achieve exponential growth, it would have to push for strong growth in the manufacturing sector. Recognising this, the government is aiming to increase this sector’s share of GDP from about 15-16 per cent to 20-25 per cent by 2025, and create over 100 million jobs.
In order to tap the growing potential available in the country, various companies catering to different sectors such as consumer and industrial electronics, telecom equipment and solar power generation, are on their way to expanding or setting up new facilities, and even forming joint ventures. These new projects will facilitate and boost test and measurement, SMT and EMS companies to extend their services and product range.
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.
Products manufactured: Mobile phone batteries and chargers
The MAXX Group will set up two more plants in Haridwar, one each dedicated to the manufacturing of lithium-ion battery cells and mobile phones, by the end of 2011. The proposed investment is Rs 3200 million (Rs 320 crore). The planned mobile phone manufacturing facility will have the capacity to produce 3.6 million handsets annually and the lithium-ion plant will have a production capacity of 30 million units annually. The company has a revenue target of Rs 25 billion (Rs 2,500 crore), to be achieved in the next two years. MAXX expects to employ around 16,000 people across all its manufacturing and distribution business facilities by the end of 2012.
Contact details: 16th Floor, DLH Park, SV Road, Goregaon (West), Mumbai 400062;
Ph: 022-33662222; 1800-226299 (toll free number); [email protected]; www.maxxmobile.in
Samson Controls Pvt Ltd
Products manufactured:Engineered control valves and regulators
Samson Controls Pvt Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Germany based Samson AG, has started a manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon near Pune. The company has invested US$ 50 million in the facility. It plans to multiply its existing capacity, many times over. The company also plans to increase its head count.
Contact details: D-281, MIDC Ranjangaon, Village Karegaon, Taluka Shirur, Pune 412220
Ph: +91-2138665600; Fax: +91-2138665666; [email protected]
Products manufactured:Telecom equipment
Huawei Technologies is planning to start operations at its manufacturing facility in Sriperumbudur near Chennai to cater to the domestic needs of the telecommunications market. The plant is expected to attract an investment of around US$ 500 million (around Rs 2,300 crore). The company has already started the contract manufacture of optical infrastructure in the facility and would scale up the facility to manufacture more products in the next one or two years.
Contact details: Ph: 0091-044-43426600; Fax: 0091-044-43426699; www.huawei.com
Moser Baer India Ltd (MBIL)
Products manufactured: PV modules—crystalline silicon and thin film
MBIL is planning to expand its state of the art facility at Greater Noida. The plant will be commissioned in the coming quarter. The new production line will double the earlier capacity of 100 MW of crystalline silicon cells and 50 MW of thin film cells. The company also plans to scale up further in the next three years. It also aims to produce PV cells with 17 per cent efficiency through a process of upgradation. The company will invest Rs 20 billion (Rs 2000 crore) on this PV cell manufacturing facility and hopes to earn Rs 40.5 billion (Rs 4050 crore) in the next five years.
Contact details: 43B, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi 110020; Ph: +91-11 40594444, 26911570/74; Fax: +91-11-41635211, 26911860; [email protected]; www. moserbaer.in
Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd
Products manufactured: Flat glass products and solar control reflective glass
Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd (SGGI) will be setting up a unit with an annual capacity of 300,000 tonnes of international quality float glass in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, with an investment of nearly Rs 10 billion (Rs 1,000 crore) in a phased manner. It would be investing Rs 8 billion (Rs 800 crore) in the first phase this year. The unit will be operational by early 2012. SGGI is also currently scouting for land in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for setting up its first solar glass complex, estimated to cost Rs 5 billion (Rs 500 crore).
Contact details: A-1, SIPCOT Industrial Park, Sriperumbudur 602105, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu; Ph: 044-27162832