Eying EV future, Amara Raja launches major 2-wheeler battery plant

Automobile batteries manufacturer Amara Raja Batteries Ltd that sells batteries under the Amaron brand name today commissioned its two-wheeler battery plant at the Amara Raja Growth Corridor in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, which is claimed to be India's largest.

Overall the company plans to invest Rs700 crore in the new battery plant, keeping in view that electric vehicles are set to take off in India in a big way. The plant will help the company to start the mass production of batteries for electric two-wheelers.

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 take the total capacity for two-wheeler batteries to 29 million units. The plant will employ 1,300 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.

Amara Raja in a statement said, "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."

The plant was inaugurated by George R Oliver, chairman and chief executive of Johnson Controls, the joint venture partner of Amara Raja, which completed two decades of partnership with the Indian battery major.

"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," Oliver said.

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."

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 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, added the company in a statement.

Amara Raja is a company with 26 per cent equity each from the Galla Family and Johnson Controls, the US. It is one of the largest manufacturers of lead-acid batteries for both industrial and automotive applications in the Indian storage battery industry.

In India, Amara Raja is the preferred supplier to major telecom service providers, telecom equipment manufacturers, the UPS sector (OEM & Replacement), Indian Railways and to the power, oil & gas, among other industry segments. Amara Raja's industrial battery brands comprise PowerStack, AmaronVoltTMand Quanta.

The company is a leading manufacturer of automotive batteries under the brands Amaron and PowerzoneTM.

The company supplies automotive batteries under OE relationships to Ashok Leyland, Ford India, Honda, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, and Tata Motors. The Company's Industrial and Automotive Batteries are exported to countries in the Indian Ocean Rim.