Construction World - Indian Edition | October 2006 Issue

Project Update


Jindal Stainless on global expansion mode
Jindal Stainless Steel Ltd has embarked on an expansion spree on all fronts. Its production plant at Hisar will expand production capacity to 720,000 mt from 6,00,000 mt. This is in addition to the 1.6 mt integrated steel plant being set up in Orissa and the 60,000 mt stainless steel cold rolling plant in Indonesia to cater to the South East Asian markets. On the international front, it is setting up a warehouse in Italy along with new offices in Czech Republic, Ukraine, Korea and Turkey.
It is also keen on developing a 2,500-acre SEZ Jajpur in Orissa with an investment of Rs 10,000 crore. Its greenfield project within the SEZ will have a capacity of 1.6 mmt per annum. It is also going ahead with a new forward integration service across the country for customised products and distribution services in stainless steel for the consumer durables and automobile segments. The service centres would be set up soon in Mumbai, Chennai and Vadodara.
Contact: Jindal Stainless Steel Ltd.
Tel: 022-2492 4470-74. Fax: 022-2496 1400.

EADS to invest in India
The European aerospace and defence major EADS plans to invest 2 billion euros ($ 2.57 billion) in India over the next 15 years in various operations like production and setting up of research and development facilities. It already has an Airbus branch office and an EADS office in India. The company is in talks with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and its Eurocopter subsidiary for development of a new army helicopter in India.
Contact: European Aerospace And Defence Major. Website:

Punj Lloyd joins hands with Kaefer for cold chain network
Delhi-based engineering construction major Punj Lloyd and Germany-based Kaefer Insulation have entered in a joint venture agreement to set up a cold chain network across South Asia. The cold chain network is expected to include all insulation projects like cryogenic insulation for liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas tanks, hot and cold insulation for the oil and gas sector, fertiliser plants, power plants, acoustic insulation and insulated panels for the food industry.
Contact: Punj Lloyd Ltd. Tel: 011-2620 0123.
Fax: 011-2620 0111. E-mail: Website:

DCW plans Rs 525-cr capex
DCW Ltd, a 700 crore company, is planning to make a capital investment of Rs 525 crore including a foreign currency convertible bond issue of Rs 150 crore. The remaining expenditure will be met by internal accruals and term loans from a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India. Manufacturers of soda ash, caustic soda and PVC, the company's expansion will be in phases beginning in September 2007 and ending by March 2008. DCW plans to increase its synthetic rutile production from 30,000 tonne to 60,000 tonne.
Contact: DCW Ltd. Tel: 022-2287 1914/2287 1916. Fax: 022-2202 8838. E-mail: Website:

Sanyo to manufacture fridges locally
Sanyo is scouting for contract manufacturing partners to produce its range of direct cool refrigerators in India. At present the company imports appliances from its plants in Thailand and Vietnam.
Contact: Sanyo India Pvt Ltd. Tel: 080-4197 7700. Fax: 080-4197 7701/02. E-mail: Website:

7 MTNL projects behind schedule
Even as private telecom operators are ramping up and expanding their network, subscribers of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd may have to wait to taste the benefits of technology with seven of the state-owned company's major projects running behind schedule.
The projects whose completion has been delayed include MTNL's expansion plans in the broadband network, GSM cellular segment, CDMA mobile services, leased line project, switching projects and deployment of convergent billing solutions.
Contact: Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.
Tel: 011-2335 9273, 2335 9595. E-mail: feedback. Website:

Anand Auto plans Rs 500-cr expansion
Anand Automotive Systems, will invest Rs 500 crore to expand operations in its group companies in the Haryana region over the next five years.
Manufacturer and supplier of automotive components, the group has 17 companies, operating 40 manufacturing facilities across nine states, with an annual turnover of Rs 2,200 crore. Anand has plans to make Gurgaon an important hub for its future growth and development to meet increasing customer capacities.
Contact: Anand Automotive Systems.

Unichem Labs lines up Rs 175 cr investment
Unichem Laboratories, a Rs 477-crore pharmaceutical company, has chalked out an ambitious multi-pronged strategy, which includes setting up formulation manufacturing facilities at one of the special economic zones (SEZ) in Indore, launching new products from its Brazilian and South African subsidiaries, expanding manufacturing capacities for both formulations as well as bulk drug plants located in Goa, Ghaziabad, Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), Roha and production of active pharma ingredients (API) from Pithampur, at an investment of around Rs 175 crore over the next two years.
Contact: Unichem Laboratories.Tel: 022-2678 0643 / 2678 2644. Fax: 022-2678 4391 / 2678 8665. Website:

Aditya Birla group forms JV in China
The Aditya Birla Group will form a joint venture with Hubei Jing Wei Chemical Fibre Co, China for the manufacture of viscose staple fibre. Aditya Birla Group will invest through Grasim Industries Ltd, Thai Rayon Public Company Ltd, and PT Indo Bharat Rayon, Indonesia, in the joint venture named Birla Jing Wei Fibres Company Ltd.' The Indian group will have a majority stake with Grasim Industries Ltd, having a little over 30 per cent.
Contact: Aditya Birla Group. Tel: 022-5652 5000. Fax: 022-5652 5841. E-mail: investorrelations@ Website:

Salzer to enter wire and cable segment
Rotary switch manufacturing major Salzer Electronics Limited (SEL) is planning to widen its product base by entering into the wire and cable segment in the current fiscal year. The company plans to invest around Rs 30 crore for the expansion. The fund would be raised through a mix of internal accruals and bank financing.
Contact: Salzer Electronics Ltd. Tel: 0422-269 2531. Fax: 0422-289 2170. E-mail:

IOC to offer Kuwait firm stake in 2 projects
Indian Oil Corp (IOC) plans to offer Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) a stake in an upcoming refinery at Paradip in Orissa and a naphtha cracker unit at Panipat, Haryana. IOC executed a memorandum of understanding with KPC in March 2006 for cooperation in trade of hydrocarbons, upstream oil and gas projects, downstream oil projects, research and development and training in India, Kuwait and in any other third country.
Contact: Indian Oil Corporation. Tel: 011-2626 0143. E-mail: Website:

Andhra Pradesh

Biotech incubation centre languishes
Three years since its announcement and foundation laying, the country's first full-fledged Biotechnology Incubation Centre (BTIC), expected to come up in Hyderabad, is still looking for funds to be completed. The estimated Rs 25-crore venture is progressing slowly as the Andhra Pradesh Government has said it has limited funds. The Union Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has agreed to provide funds, but has not done so till now.
Contact: Department of Biotech. E-mail: Website:

Sugar refinery planned in Kakinada SEZ
A sugar refinery is to be set up in the port-based special economic zone (SEZ) coming up in Kakinada, at a cost of over Rs 300 crore, in a joint venture between EID Parry (India) Ltd of the Murugappa group and Cargill International Ltd. Sugar is to be imported from Brazil, refined in the unit and exported. The unit is likely to be commissioned by December 2007. A captive power plant is also planned for the refinery.
It will be one of the major units coming up in the SEZ.
Contact: EID Parry (India) Ltd.

AppLabs opens new facility in Hyderabad
AppLabs Technologies has opened its new office in Hyderabad with a capacity to accommodate about 500 people. This brings the total square footage of office space leased by AppLabs in Hyderabad to 120,000 and the total seating capacity to 1,500. AppLabs has over 1000 employees globally and offers three primary services to help enterprises and independent hardware and software vendors improve quality assurance throughout the development lifecycle. These include Quality Assurance Services, Development Services and KeyLabs Certification Services.
Contact: AppLabs Technologies Pvt Ltd. Tel: 040-2355 8000. Fax: 040-2355 8111. E-mail: Website:

Nagarjuna Fert to expand capacity
Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (NFCL) is keen on expanding the existing production capacity of urea from 12 lakh mtpa to 17 lakh mtpa. NFCL provides for seven per cent of the country's total urea needs and meets 55 per cent of the requirement of Andhra Pradesh.
Contact: Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd. Tel: 040-2335 7200/2335 7204. Fax: 040-2335 4788. Website:


Birla Cellulose plans Rs 350-cr expansion
Birla Cellulose, the fibre division of the Aditya Birla group and the only producer of cellulose fibre in the country, is investing Rs 350 crore in expansion of its Kharach plant near Surat. This will increase the plant's capacity by about 18 per cent to 314,000 tonne of fibre a year.
The capacity expansion will only cater to the domestic industry, of which the company has a wide clientele as the sole producer of the environment - friendly fibre that is derived from wood pulp. Currently, the company exports about 30 per cent of its produce to over 34 countries and the client list abroad includes names like Gap, Target and Marks and Spencer.
Contact: Aditya Birla Center. Tel: 022-5652 5000/2499 50000. Fax: 022-5652 5750.

Gujarat to have auto testing unit
The Western India Automobile Association (WIAA)-Castrol Institute of Motoring has proposed to the Gujarat government to establish a vehicle testing facility in the state. The facility, a first-of-it-kind initiative in the state, is likely to come up in Gandhinagar and will see WIAA and RTO forming a joint venture to test automobiles.
Contact: Western India Automobile Association.
Tel: 022-204 1085, 2288 0407. Fax: 022-2204 1382.
E-mail: Website:


Bharati Shipyard to build oil rigs
Private shipyard major Bharati Shipyard has firmed up plans to foray into oilrig construction. The company, which operates three yards currently, has tied up with reputed US-based oil manufacturing company for the project. However, Bharati declined to name the US Company.
The oilrig building facility will be developed in Bharati Shipyard's new site in Mangalore yard. The company has earmarked Rs 500 crore for developing the Mangalore unit and another existing three yards. Offshoring drilling count in India is expected to double in next five years with more exploratory well are opening up.
Contact: Bharati Shipyard. Tel: 022-2267 9090.
Fax: 022-2265 4044. E-mail: info@bharatishipyard. com Website:


RM Education to expand further
Thiruvananthapuram-based RM Education Solutions India (RMESI), the offshore development centre of Britain's RM plc, a leading supplier of software services and systems to the UK education segment, will make its presence felt in the India soon. The company has plans to further expand in Technopark, with a total investment to Rs 10 crore. RMESI operates out of a total of 23,500 sq ft of space of which only about 20,000 sq ft is currently used. RMESI currently provides services ranging from software development and maintenance, testing services, packaging, real time support and remote network management to the RM group firms.
Contact: RM Education Solutions India Pvt Ltd.
Tel: 0471-233 5577. Fax: 0471-270 0953. E-mail: Website:

Madha Pradesh

HEG poised to increase output
HEG Ltd, manufacturers of graphite electrodes and part of the $ 500-million LNJ Bhilwara Group, will set up a greenfield unit abroad to double its output from 33,300 tonnes in 2005-06 to 100,000 tonne by 2010. The greenfield plant will have a built up capacity of 30,000 tonne of the finished product.
HEG Ltd will invest Rs 160 crore for expansion of its Mandideep plant near Bhopal. The company is considering options in central Asia and Eastern Europe, where the cost of power and gas is low, to set up its greenfield venture with an initial capacity of 30,000 tonne.
Contact: HEG Ltd. Tel: 07480-233 524. Fax: 07480-233 522. E-mail:


M&M to invest Rs 1,000 cr in 3 years
Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra will be investing Rs 1,000 crore on capacity expansion in the next three years and is considering setting up assembly units in Russia and Malaysia. The investment will include the development of Ingenio, engine development and capacity expansion at the Uttaranchal plant.
The company expects its assembly unit in Egypt to start production by the end of this fiscal. This unit is slated to manufacture Scorpio with a capacity of about 5,000-6,000 units per year and would also be used for exports in West Asia.
Contact: Mahindra & Mahindra. E-mail: corporate. Website:

M&M to invest Rs 550 cr in Nashik
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Maharashtra government to set up a manufacturing facility at Nashik. M&M will invest Rs 550 crore in the project for its new multipurpose vehicle (MPV) platform unit, Ingenio.
This is the third big investment by an auto company in the state; the previous two were Tata-Fiat and General Motors in the state in less than a month. The investment has been declared a mega project by the state government as it involves an investment of Rs 500 crore and provides employment to 1,000 people or more.
Contact: Mahindra & Mahindra.

Tata-BlueScope JV opens Pune unit
Tata BlueScope Steel, a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Steel and Australia's BlueScope Steel recently inaugurated its first roll forming and pre-engineered building solutions facility in Pune. Two other facilities in Bhiwadi and Chennai are under construction to cater to northern and southern territories. The company is considering a facility in the eastern region.
The company is constructing a metallic coating and painting facility at Jamshedpur. The new facility will have an annual metallic coating capacity of 250,000 tonne and paint line capacity of 150,000 tonne.
Contact: Sanjay Choudhry, Head, Corporate Communications, Tata Steel. Tel: 0657-2431142.
Fax: 0657-2425182. E-mail: sanjay.choudhry@ Website:


RCF-GAIL to set up Rs 2,500-cr gasification plant
Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) will join hands with Gas Authority of India (GAIL) to set up a Rs 2,500-crore surface coal gasification plant at Talchar in Orissa. The joint venture coal gasification plant will be the gas-sourcing base for RCF's proposed Ammonia plant in the new fertiliser complex. RCF has planned more projects in the next two to three years and has earmarked a total investment of about Rs 600 crore in these proposed projects.
Contact: Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Tel: 022-2404 5001/2/3/4. Website:


CCS Infotech plans Rs 20-cr expansion
CCS Infotech has announced that it has lined up Rs 20 crore for increasing the manufacturing capacity of its Pondicherry factory, launching its joint venture company in South Africa and expanding its operations in Singapore.
CCS would expand its present production capacity of 100 computers a day to 150 computers at its Pondicherry plant, which manufactures personal computers (PCs), servers and notebooks under the CCS brand. It has so far manufactured over one million PCs. The company is targeting revenue of Rs 80 crore for the fiscal 2006-07.
Contact: CCS Infotech Ltd. Tel: 044-2834 1121.
Fax: 044-2834 0784. E-mail: Website:


DSM Anti-Infectives commissions new plant in Punjab
DSM Anti-Infectives, which manufactures Purimox, an antibiotic with the highest purity, has commissioned a new plant at Toansa in Punjab. The total project cost is above Rs 100 crore, and has an annual capacity of producing 5,000 tonne of Purimox. Commanding a 50 per cent market share, the company clocked a turnover of $ 100 million last year in India and has plans for further growth. The introduction of Purimox would largely replace the use of Amoxicillin.
Contact: DSM Anti-Infectives. Tel: 0124-5179800. Fax: 0124 5179851. Website:

Tamil Nadu

Hyundai to set up R&D centre
Hyundai Motor Company will establish a research and development centre in Chennai in two years, according to Dr Jung K Paeng, Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Hyundai. He said the company needed a global template solution for its IT support. India is the natural choice because of the country's IT expertise. About 1,000 people, mostly engineers, would be employed at the R&D centre. Hyundai's second manufacturing facility, coming up at its existing plant near Chennai, would double the current manufacturing capacity of 3,00,000 units per annum, he said. About 50 per cent of this would be exported.
Contact: Hyundai Motor India Ltd. Tel: 1800-11-4645, 098-7356-4645. E-mail:

Sitel India sets up facility
in Chennai
Sitel India, a 50:50 joint venture between US-based BPO firm Sitel Corporation and the Tata Group, has launched its global delivery centre in Chennai with an investment of Rs 25 crore.
The Chennai expansion comes on the heels of the company's recent customer deals, two in North America and two in Europe for telecom and consumer products services. The deal sizes ranged between $ 5 million and $ 12 million. The Chennai centre will provide contact centre and back-office services to clients in banking, financial services and insurance, telecom, and technology verticals.
Contact: Sitel India. Tel: 022-2856 1654.
Fax: 022-2856 1659. E-mail: Website:

Tessolve plans testing unit in Chennai
Tessolve Inc, a US-based semiconductor and manufacturing services company, has selected Chennai to set up its testing, assembling, packaging and prototyping (TAPP) facility. The company is likely to invest Rs 1,000 crore over a period of four-five years. The facility, which may come up either in Sriperumbudur or Oragadam, will become operational during next year, providing jobs to 1,700 people.
Contact: Tessolve Inc. Tel: 080-4181 2500.
Fax: 080-4120 2626. E-mail: Website:

Coimbatore foundries being relocated
A large number of foundries now functioning inside Coimbatore city are being relocated in the three new foundry complexes being established outside the city limits, at Arasur, Kallapalayam and Manickampalayam. The move is expected to provide a cleaner environment, and bring in an extra investment of about Rs 200 crore.
According to G Rajendran, President, Coimbatore Industrial Infrastructure Association (COINDIA), the foundries, with annual turnovers of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 3 crore, would also benefit from modernisation and better marketing opportunities. COINDIA is implementing the Pump, Motor and Foundry Cluster Project (Coimbatore Cluster Project) at a cost of about Rs 58 crore. The Central Government, which will provide Rs 40 crore for the scheme, has released the second instalment of Rs 13 crore for the project, which is expected to be completed by April 2007. Some 200 foundry units could be moved to these complexes with common facilities, which would help the small units improve quality and get export orders.
Contact: Coimbatore Industrial Infrastructure Association (COINDIA). Tel: 0422-439 4128, 439 4227. Fax: 0422-222 3076 E-mail: Website:

SPEL plans Rs 1,280 expansion
Chennai-based SPEL Semiconductor Ltd will spend Rs 1,280 crore ($ 286 m) on expansion, over the next five years, according to the company's Vice-Chairman, Ar. Rm. Arun. In the first phase, to be completed by December, $ 30 million would be spent.
SPEL Semiconductor now uses only 4 of the 22 acres of land it owns, but will buy another seven acres to meet with the regulatory requirement of 25 acres to set up a special economic zone. "We will co-locate related industries in the SEZ," Arun said.
SPEL Semiconductor, which had a turn over of Rs 46 crore last year, expects to reach Rs 70 crore this year. Arun said the company would benefit from the trend in outsourcing assembly and testing of ICs.
It also announced the launch of a new facility that can assemble integrated circuits in a hi-tech package. ICs assembled using the 'lead-less moulded package' technology would not have leads - the pin-like legs - sticking out of them. Such ICs are much smaller, and the devices using them, like mobile phones, iPods, PDAs, can also be made smaller.
Contact: SPEL Semiconductors Ltd.
Tel: 044-4740 5490. Fax: 044-4740 5303.
E-mail: Website:

West Bengal

Plans afoot for integrated footwear complex
The Central government has agreed to invest Rs 14.45 crore for an integrated non-leather footwear complex at Pujali near Budge Budge and a rural footwear service centre at Bamungachi in Barasat.
The Leather Forum Calcutta for Research & Development (LFCRD), a forum for the leather products and footwear units in West Bengal, will be developing the two sites jointly with the Central Footwear Training Centre (CFTC). The state government will pitch in by providing 10-12 acres at Budge Budge and 20 kottahs near Barasat for the projects.
Contact: Shri Kamal Dayani, Central Public Information Officer. Tel: 011-2301 4547.

KMC to supply piped water to Dhapa, Kolkata
A Rs 98-crore project funded jointly by the Centre, the Government of West Bengal and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will supply piped water from the river Hoogly to the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (EMB) in Kolkata.
To stop withdrawal of groundwater currently used to meet the needs of residents of the area, the KMC will construct a 30 million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment plant at Dhapa by using existing raw water from Mullick Ghat pumping station on the river Hoogly.
Contact: Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
Tel: 033-2286 1212/1313. Fax: 2286 1000.

Hindustan Composites to set up auto parts unit
Light engineering and auto component outfit Hindustan Composites Ltd is planning to set up a break lining and clutch-facing unit near the proposed Tata Motor plant at Singur in Hooghly district of West Bengal. The company is in discussions with tier-1 auto component manufacturers of Tata Motors for supplying a few components as tier-2 manufacturer for the small car project in the state.
Contact: Hindustan Composites Ltd.
Tel: 022-6653 0101. Fax: 022-6653 01 05.
E-mail: hcl@hindcompo. com

JV to invest Rs 342 cr in chemicals
A joint ventrure between Kolkata-based MCC PTA India Corp. and a Japanese petrochemical consortium led by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation has been allowed to invest Rs 342 crore in the manufacture, marketing, sale and distribution of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in West Bengal. Other members of the consortium are Sojiz, Marubeni Toyota, Tsusho and Sumikin Bussan.
Another FDI proposal, worth Rs 192.5 crore cleared by the Centre is a joint venture by the Russia-based JSC Technochim Holding and Saraf Agencies of Kolkata to manufacture titanium products at Chhatrapur in Orissa. Altogether, Finance Minister P Chidambaram approved 26 FDI proposals valued at Rs 992.84 crore on the recommendation of the Foreign Invest-ment Promotion Board.
The major investment proposals relate to sectors such as industry, chemicals and petrochemicals and petroleum and natural gas.
Contact: MCC PTA India Corporation Pvt Ltd.
Tel: 033-2246 2490. Fax: 033-2446 2467.


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