India’s leading battery maker, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd (ARBL) on Tuesday commissioned its two-wheeler battery Plant at the Amara Raja Growth Corridor in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.
In the first phase, the plant will have a capacity of 5 million units, which will be eventually scaled up to 17 million units. This will call for an estimated investment of Rs 700Cr taking the total capacity for two-wheeler batteries to 29 million units.
The plant will employ 1300 people at full capacity.
It is the most advanced production facility in the country, claims the company, pioneering the use of advanced punched grid making technology for two-wheeler battery manufacturing.
The plant was inaugurated by George R Oliver, Chairman and CEO – Johnson Controls, the JV partner of Amara Raja, who completed two decades of partnership with the Indian battery major.
According to Economic Times, Oliver said “When Johnson Controls and Amara Raja first came together in 1997, our goal was simple: deliver high-quality batteries to customers across India. By constantly innovating our products, anticipating the needs of the market and delivering value to our customers every single day, we’ve certainly met our goal. This advanced battery plant heralds another path-breaking journey between the two companies for creating new milestones.”
Ramachandra N Galla, Chairman, Amara Raja Group said this initiative is a step forward in boosting capabilities to match global competitiveness. Amara Raja has deployed energy-efficient processes to minimise carbon emissions. For harnessing solar energy, the plant is also installed with 2.7 MW of rooftop solar power which generates 4.5 mn KWh of energy. The high-speed assembly lines and the advanced Robotic system will help minimise human intervention making the process highly reliable, added the company in a statement.
Amara Raja is a company with 26 percent equity each from the Galla Family and Johnson Controls Inc., USA, Amara Raja Batteries Limited is the technology leader and one of the largest manufacturers of lead-acid batteries for both industrial and automotive applications in the Indian storage battery industry.