According to reports, Saft, a global designer and manufacturer of industrial batteries, opened a new manufacturing facility in Bidadi, located in the outskirts of Bangalore along with its Indian partner, Amalgamations Group, to meet the growing needs of India’s energy and power sectors.
Saft’s operates in India through Amco Saft India Limited (ASIL), which was created in 2006 when Saft acquired a 51 percent stake in Amco Power Systems, part of the south-based Amalgamations Group.
The new 75,000-sqft manufacturing facility set up with an investment of Rs 30 crore will produce nickel-based rechargeable batteries, effectively doubling ASIL’s local production capacity for industrial battery systems. This additional capacity would enable the company to address the growing demand for energy storage, and would support mega power plants and photovoltaic renewable energy schemes, as well as meeting the back-up power needs of the defense and oil and gas industry customers.
ASIL’s customers include NTPC, BHEL, BEML, EIL, Emerson, ABB, L&T, Siemens, Hitachi-Hirel, Amar Raja, and GAIL. ASIL has also been certified by the Indian Navy as an approved supplier of batteries for all its 18 dockyards.
In addition ASIL is the supplier of nickel-based batteries for India’s railway projects, which include the Metro rail projects in Delhi and Bangalore. The company’s other rail customers include Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Integral Coach factory, Chennai and RDSO in Lucknow.
Xavier Delacroix, GM of Saft’s IBG Division, said, “Our new Bangalore factory is the latest Saft investment in emerging economies where there is high growth. This significant increase in manufacturing capacity in India will play a crucial role in expanding our business to meet the demand for batteries suitable for high end applications in demanding environments.”