Indian tyre giant MRF Tyres is planning to set up a new greenfield manufacturing plant in Gujarat, reports Times of India. According to the publication’s sources within the government, the company is scouting for a location in the state and is most likely to set up shop in Bharuch which is situated roughly 200 km away from Ahmadabad.
MRF has reportedly sought nearly 400 hectares of land from the Gujarat government for its INR 4,000 crore project and is expected to opt for Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation’s (GIDC) land rather than attempting to acquire real estate from private parties.
Though there is no official word from MRF yet, the new Gujarat plant is reported to have an initial production capacity of one million tyres per month. Expenditure on the Gujarat plant is in addition to the INR 4,500 crore investment on expansion of MRF’s three Tamil Nadu plants. As of now, the tyre maker has an installed capacity of 1.2 lakh tyres per day from its 8 plants in TN, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Gujarat’s prominence in the Indian automotive industry is raising at a brisk pace. After OEMs like Tata, Ford, Honda (2 wheelers) and Maruti Suzuki, tyre companies are following suit. MRF Tyres would be the third automaker to establish manufacturing presence in the state after CEAT and Apollo brands. Taiwanese tyre maker Maxxis Group is also gearing up to set up a plant in Gujarat at an investment of INR 2,500 crore.