Tetra Pak to invest Rs 600 cr to set up new plant at Chakan

PTI Pune | Updated on February 09, 2011 Published on February 09, 2011

Food processing and packaging solutions firm Tetra Pak on Wednesday said it will invest Rs 600 crore to set up a new facility at Chakan, near here to cater to the growing domestic and international demand.

“The total investment in the new factory is expected to be around Rs 600 crore. With strong economic growth, a dynamic consumer base and modernisation of distribution and retailing there is high demand across all categories,” Tetra Pak Managing Director (South Asian Markets) Mr Kandarp Singh told reporters here.

The Chakan plant would have an annual capacity of 8.5 billion packages. It could be further scaled up to 16 billion packages a year.

“With a capacity of 8.5 billion packages per year, we are gearing up to meet the growing demands of consumers,” he said.

The company, which sells its packaging materials to various companies, including Parle Agro, Dabur and Amul, in the country at present has a manufacturing facility at Takwe, near Pune. The Takwe plant has a capacity of nearly five billion packages annually.

The new facility at Chakan, which would be operational by December 2012, will cater to both domestic and export markets.

“Besides supporting the expected strong growth in the Indian market, the plant will also support the company’s growth in other key geographies such as Southeast Asia and the Middle East,” Mr Singh said.

The company, which posted sales of Rs 850 crore from India in 2010, is also looking to nearly double its revenues from the country by 2013.

“As the new facility gets operational by 2012 end, we expect to double our revenues from the Indian market,” Mr Singh said.

At present the company’s existing capacity of five billion packages per year is utilised equally for meeting domestic and overseas demand but it expects the Indian demand to double by 2013.

“This would amount to nearly doubling our revenues from here,” Mr Singh added.

The Switzerland-headquartered company employs nearly 22,000 employees and operates in over 170 countries. Its global revenues for the year 2010 stood at €10 billion.

Published on February 09, 2011
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