Premier rides on engineering for growth
The company currently sells CNC machines and keys components used in wind energy and infrastructure sectors. It now wants to widen its product portfolio to cater to sectors such as defence and railways.
“Over the next five years, Premier plans to augment its presence in engineering activities. We are at present in a \'holding pattern\' in terms of capital investment due to the slowdown in the economy,” said Maitreya Doshi, chairman, Premier.
“We are working on widening our product portfolio to cover heavy, complex machines and fabricated parts to areas like defence, railways and other core sector areas as they will always be central to India\'s economic planning and growth,” Doshi added.
Revenues from the engineering segment stood at R51 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2012 as against R49 crore in the same period last year, a growth of 4%. Automotive segment revenue stood at R20 crore for the December quarter as against R15 crore in the same period last year, a growth of 33%.
Doshi added that the company is looking at “monitising non-core assets such as land in order to provide resources to grow the company\'s main business,” which is engineering, manufacturing and industrial activity. In January, Premier received R220 crore as part of an agreement it entered with Horizon Projects , part of the Runwal Group for
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