An automobile tyre. (Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg)

Ceat Plans To Invest Rs 2,000 Crore On New Plant In Next Three-Five Years

Tyre major Ceat Ltd. plans to invest around Rs 2,000 crore over the next three-five years on setting up a new manufacturing facility in Chennai. The first phase of the plant is expected to start production in 2019.

“The company is setting up a greenfield plant with an estimated investment of approximately Rs 2,000 crore to be spent over three to five years,” Ceat said in its annual report for 2017-18. The RPG Enterprise flagship firm has already acquired a 163-acre land parcel for the project.

Civil work for the first phase of the project has begun and the plant is expected to begin production in the next 12 months, Ceat added. The company will start production with passenger car radial tyres at the plant with an initial capacity of around 250 tonnes per day. It also plans to utilise the facility for exports.

The company currently ships tyres to more than 100 countries.

Ceat has manufacturing facilities in Mumbai, Nashik, Halol, and Nagpur. Besides, it also has a an off-highway tyre manufacturing plant at Ambernath, Maharashtra, which commenced commercial production in last fiscal.

Ceat meets its production through in-house plants and secures the rest from various outsourcing partners on conversion-cost basis and bought-out basis. It also operates in Sri Lanka through a 50:50 Joint Venture named CEAT Kelani Holdings Company (Private).

In domestic market, the company has a distribution network of more than 4,500 dealers and over 30,000 sub-dealers.

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