Strengthening its presence as
the leading battery manufacturer, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd (ARBL) commissioned
its two-wheeler battery plant at the Amara Raja Growth Corridor in Chittoor,
Andhra Pradesh. The plant was inaugurated by George R Oliver, Chairman and CEO
– Johnson Controls, showcasing yet another milestone in the successful joint
venture between the two companies.
The first phase of the plant which
was commissioned will have a capacity of 5 mn units. The plant will have an
ultimate capacity of 17 mn units with an estimated investment of Rs 700Cr
taking the total capacity for two-wheeler batteries to 29Mn units. The plant
will employ 1300 people at full capacity. It is the most advanced production
facility in the country pioneering the use of advanced punched grid making
technology for two-wheeler battery manufacturing. The technology ensures best-in-class product
performance, higher productivity and improved environmental standards.
George R Oliver who was
present with his Global and Asia Pacific (APAC) leadership teams, said, “I am
delighted on the occasion our partnership completing 20 successful years. I
could not be more proud of this milestone in our combined history. 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.”
During the inaugural ceremony,
Dr. Ramachandra N Galla, Chairman, Amara Raja Group said, “This initiative is a
step forward in boosting capabilities to match global competitiveness. The
advanced, high-speed assembly lines present in this plant will increase
efficiencies, thereby driving higher productivity and shorter delivery times.
Johnson Controls has always supported our efforts to introduce advanced
technology and innovative products.”
For harnessing solar energy, the plant is also
installed with 2.7 MW of roof top solar power which generates 4.5 mn KWh of
energy. The high-speed assembly lines and advanced robotic system will help
minimise human intervention making the process highly reliable.
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