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Royal Enfield to invest Rs 800 crore this fiscal, new Chennai plant by August

Royal Enfield is a part of Siddhartha Lal-led Eicher Motors. The two-wheeler company posted its highest ever quarterly income from operations at Rs 1,888 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31.

autos Updated: May 05, 2017 17:52 IST
Royal Enfield is a part of Siddharth Lal-led Eicher Motors.
Royal Enfield is a part of Siddharth Lal-led Eicher Motors.(AFP file photo)

India’s popular touring bike maker Royal Enfield plans to invest Rs 800 crore during this fiscal on various activities including its upcoming manufacturing facility near Chennai and new product development.

“We will be investing Rs 800 crore in FY 2017-18 towards our upcoming manufacturing facility at Vallam Vadagal near Chennai, product development, two technical centres in UK and India and towards market expansion,” Eicher Motors MD and CEO Siddhartha Lal said in a statement.

Royal Enfield is a part of Lal-led Eicher Motors.

The new plant is expected to be operational by August 2017 taking the combined capacity of Royal Enfield to 8,25,000 motorcycles in 2017-18.

During the fourth quarter of the last fiscal, Royal Enfield posted its best ever performance. It sold 1,78,345 motorcycles, posting a growth of 20.8% over 1,47,618 motorcycles sold in the same period last year.

The two-wheeler maker also posted its highest ever quarterly income from operations at Rs 1,888 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, a growth of 23.2% over the corresponding period last year.

On future outlook, Lal said: “Our immediate business outlook remains strong and Royal Enfield continues to grow consistently, competitively and profitably towards leading and expanding the mid-sized motorcycle segment globally.”

He added that the Himalayan model has been well received in India.

“We have also started exporting the Himalayan to various countries around the world, and have received a terrific response,” Lal said.

Royal Enfield now has 25 exclusive stores in international markets, he added.