Engineering | February 2014
Berger Paints commissions new plant in AP
Berger Paints India Ltd has commissioned a new plant in Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh, with an initial capacity to make 80,000 tonne paints a year. The company will invest around Rs 550 crore in the project which will see the annual capacity go up to 3,20,000 tonne in two phases. The paint-maker and its partners are planning to set up more units in the area and make it an integrated paints complex, with ancillary units joining them.
The plant was inaugurated from Hyderabad by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. The fully-automated and robot-assisted unit will help in meeting the growing demand for paint in the southern parts of the country. "We are also in the process of setting up a unit for British Paints, another unit for the joint venture with Japanese company NBC (Nippon Bee Chemicals Co Ltd), a container manufacturing unit and other ancillaries, making it a fully integrated paints complex," said Abhijit Roy, Managing Director and CEO, Berger Paints.
The venture with Japanese company, BNB Coatings India Ltd, makes paints for the automotive sector and supplies to companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. The Hindupur project will provide employment to about 400 people directly and to 1,500-2,000 people indirectly. Kuldip Singh Dhingra, Chairman, said the company now has 10 plants and continues to expand its presence into new segments. The commissioning of this water-based paints plant will help reach out to new markets in the region.