Amara Raja Batteries Limited lays the Foundation Stone for it’s third greenfield Automotive Battery plant

Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, 15th October, 2018: Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL), India’s leading Industrial and Automotive Battery major, today laid the Foundation Stone for its third Automotive Battery plant at Amara Raja Growth Corridor Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. The ceremony comes in line with the ARBL board approval for the project in August 2018.

Sri Amaranatha Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Industries, Food Processing, Agri Business, Commerce and Public Enterprises, Government of Andhra Pradesh laid the Foundation Stone, Dr. Ramachandra N Galla, Chairman, Amara Raja Group and Mr Vijayanand S, CEO- Amara Raja Batteries Limited, were present along with the senior management team of Amara Raja.

In the first phase, the new facility will have a capacity of 6.5 million units. The estimated investment for the first phase is INR 700 Crores and it will employ 1300 people at it’s full capacity. The plant is designed to eventually scale up to 10.8 million units, making it one of the largest facilities of its kind in the country.

Buoyed by the industry’s overall growth potential and demand expectations, ARBL announced the new automotive battery plant last year. Recently, the company signed a technology collaboration agreement with long-time partner, Johnson Controls to introduce advanced battery technologies to India. As per the agreement, the two companies will share best practices and improve product design and manufacturing technologies, enabling higher performance across Starting, Lighting and Ignition (SLI), Enhanced Flooded Batteries (EFB) and Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.

Dr. Ramachandra N Galla, Chairman, Amara Raja Batteries ltd, said, “The country is experiencing a phenomenal rate of growth, which has opened up a plethora of opportunities for increasing production and consumption. We have always set new benchmarks in innovation led manufacturing and consolidated our market leadership in the country by expanding our capacities and adopting advanced technologies, both in automotive, as well as industrial products. We have witnessed significant growth across all our business verticals over the year and we are confident of registering even greater growth rates, in the coming times.

About Amara Raja Batteries Limited

A company with 26% equity each from the Galla Family and Johnson Controls, Amara Raja Batteries Limited is the technology leader and 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®, AmaronVoltTM and Quanta®. The Company is a leading manufacturer of automotive batteries under the brands Amaron® and PowerzoneTM, which are distributed through a large pan-India sales & service retail network. 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.

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms.

Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Johnson Controls Power Solutions is a world leader working in partnership with our customers to meet increasing market demands for energy storage on a global scale. We create the most advanced battery technologies for virtually every type of vehicle on the planet. Our employees develop, manufacture and distribute the smartest portfolio of lead-acid and lithium-ion technologies in the world. These technologies deliver uniquely sustainable, next-generation performance. We partner with our customers at every link in the supply chain, contributing to the communities we serve and the planet we share.