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Hitachi to set up two plants in TN

Debobrat Ghose, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 10, 2011
First Published: 20:45 IST(10/2/2011) | Last Updated: 20:47 IST(10/2/2011)

Japanese consumer durables company Hitachi Asia Ltd will set up two power equipment manufacturing units for super critical thermal power plants in India by 2012-end.


"We plan to set up two units in Tamil Nadu - one each for manufacturing boilers and turbine generators - through joint venture (JV) projects," Hitachi Asia chairman Yasunori Taga told Hindustan Times.

The JVs will invest $136.3 million (Rs 622 crore) in the boiler factory and $450 million (Rs 2,054 crore) for turbine generator unit. It targets producing 3 gigawatt of power a year in each unit, and capturing a market share of 30%.

At present, Hitachi has four plants in India: Ahmedabad (air conditioner), Bangalore (power tools), Kharagpur (construction & mining equipment) and Manesar (amorphous metals).

The company also plans to double its turnover to $2 billion in India by 2013 "through new ventures focussing on energy-efficient products and exports," the chairman said.

Hitachi plans to set up a research and development (R&D) unit in Bangalore in 2011-12.

"It will mainly deal with offshore development job in IT and work towards re-engineering the future market needs - resultantly there will be a rise in employment," Taga said.

Hitachi is bidding for a contract to supply hardware for the unique identification number (UID) project.

"Since UID project is a matter national security, we'll setup a plant for manufacturing data storage systems in India, if we get the contract," Taga said.

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