Amara Raja commissions two-wheeler battery plant as it celebrates 32 years

Amara Raja, the Indian conglomerate, commissioned a battery plant for two-wheeled vehicles on December 19 that will eventually produce 17 million lead-acid batteries a year.

The new $110 million plant, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, was commissioned as the company marked 32 years since it was founded and 20 years since striking up a joint venture with JCI.

JCI chief executive and president George Oliver inaugurated the new plant.

The company says the new plant is the most technically sophisticated in the country, and will pioneer the use of advanced punched grid-making technology.

“The advanced, high-speed assembly lines present in this plant will increase efficiencies, thereby driving higher productivity and shorter delivery times,” said Amara Raja chairman Ramachandra Galla. “Johnson Controls has always supported our efforts to introduce advanced technology and innovative products.”

The new plant will use energy from its 2.7MW of rooftop solar panels, which the firm says can generate 4.5 million KWh.

In India, two-wheeled vehicles are constantly in demand.

According to the Statistics Portal, 17.6 million two-wheelers were sold to domestic customers between 2016-2017, making them the country’s most popular vehicle category, which includes scooters, mopeds and motorbikes.

In December, the motorbike firm Hero announced it would be bringing three new models out this month, two of which will contain start-stop batteries.

Amara Raja is also involved in packaged foods and beverages, electronics products manufacturing, infrastructure, power system production and the fabrication of sheet metal products and fasteners.