CLAAS India to pump 1 m euro into Morinda plant expansion

Written by Preeti Parashar | Updated: Dec 9 2010, 05:51am hrs
CLAAS India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German multinational CLAAS, has chalked out an investment plan of one million euro to expand its facility at Morinda in Punjab.

The second phase of expansion will begin early next year with the construction of a paint shop and fabrication unit. The company also aims to achieve full production capacity of 1,250 machines from the unit by early next year. The units production was recorded to be 1,000 machines till September 2010.

We are targeting to scale up the production capacity to 1,650 machines within the current fiscal which started for us on October 1 and will end on September 30, 2011, Pradeep K Malik, president and managing director, CLAAS India, told FE.

On the outsourcing front, CLAAS has achieved a turnover of four million euro, up from 2.2 million euro as on September 2010.

Malik added, We have been outsourcing parts for our tractors, harvesters and combines etc from India to our plants in France, Germany and other locations. The outsourcing will grow in this year from cities like Ludhiana, Coimbatore, Pune, Faridabad etc.

To cater to its customers in the southern region, CLAAS is planning to set up a new marketing and sales office in Bangalore. The construction of Bangalore office will begin early next year and it will be spread over 1.5 acre. It will entail an investment of 1.2 million euro in two phases, said Malik. Adding further, The company is mulling over making the Faridabad office as Asian headquarter, upgrading its present status of Indian headquarter. The Bangalore office will have a consolidated team of marketing and sales.

Expanding its product portfolio in India, CLAAS has recently launched a paddy transplanter and the largest combine harvester.