New manufacturing facilities in India-XV


By EB Bureau

India’s manufacturing sector is set for a giant leap, with the government announcing a slew of measures to boost domestic manufacturing output. As a result, various companies catering to different sectors such as consumer electronics, telecom equipment, computers and solar energy are gearing up to expand their production facilities in India. The booming solar energy sector has now become a far more attractive energy option with many project developers from across the globe venturing into India.

The mushrooming production facilities will help boost the development of many other sectors like tools and equipment, test and measurement (T&M) devices, surface mount technology (SMT) and through-hole machines, etc.

This column features 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

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)

Areas of operation:
Power, transmission, industry, transportation

BHEL will expand its solar photovoltaic module manufacturing unit with an investment of Rs 200 million. It has proposed to increase its solar cell and module manufacturing line from a capacity of 8 MW to 26 MW by September this year with a module efficiency of over 18 per cent.

Contact details: BHEL House, Siri Fort, New Delhi 110049, India; Ph: +91 11 66337000, Fax : +91 11 26493021; +91 11 26492534;

Areva Solar

Areas of operation:
Renewable energy, mining

Areva Solar plans to build a 250 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) installation in Rajasthan by May 2013, which is expected to become the largest in Asia. The contract has been awarded by Reliance Power Ltd and will help advance India’s goal of adding 20,000 MW of solar energy to its grid by 2022. It will result in avoiding approximately 5,57,000 tonnes of CO² emissions per year compared to a similar sized coal fired power plant. Under the contract, Areva will build two 125 MW CSP plants using its compact linear fresnel reflector technology, and will provide construction management services for the project.

Contact details: [email protected]

GE Measurement & Control Solutions

Solutions offered:
Sensor based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection, asset condition monitoring, control solutions, and radiation measurement

The company recently opened a validation laboratory in Bengaluru. With the opening of the new lab, GE expands its services capability to support calibration of validators, temperature baths, ice point reference pressure sensors, temperature loggers and intelligent RTDs with very high precision, meeting the critical requirements of the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.

The lab is said to be the only one in India with the capability to calibrate temperatures to an accuracy of 0.005°C.

Contact details: 6th Floor, Tower B, RMZ Infinity, Old Madras Road, Bengaluru 560016, Karnataka;

Ingersoll Rand India Pvt Ltd

Products manufactured:
Compressors, tools, material handling equipment, pumps and electric vehicles

The company plans to invest US$ 22 million in setting up its third Indian manufacturing facility in Chennai by early 2013. This amount is a part of the US$ 100 million investment plan, which was announced three years ago.

Contact details: Plot No 35, KIADB Industrial Area, Bidadi, Bengaluru 562109; Ph: +91 80 22166001;


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