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Commercial production at Dunlop Sahaganj factory to resume by Oct

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Aug 29: The long-awaited commercial production in Dunlop India's main plant at Sahaganj in Hooghly district will resume by October, Company Chairman Pawan Ruia here today said.

Mr Ruia, who formally relaunched the tyre major's other plant at Ambattur near Chennai only two days ago amid huge enthusiam of 700-odd workforce and their families there, said the maintenance work at the plant, situated about 60 km from here, was going on full swing and it would take another about two more months to start the full scale operation.

"Since machineries at the Sahagang factory are not only greater in numbers but also pretty old, it is taking a little longer to make it ready for commercial production," Mr Ruia, who took over the ownership of Dunlop India from the Chhabrias last year, said.

Hailing the spirit of 1500-odd Dunlop workforce in both Sahaganj and Ambattur plants, Mr Ruia exuded confidence that the way the workers at Ambattur had completed the maintenance work a month ahead of schedule, it would be emulated by the Sahaganj workers in right spirit.

"We have so far invested Rs 30 crore for the Ambattur and Rs 35 crore for the renovation of the Sahaganj factories, " the Dunlop India Chairman said adding during the current fiscal he planned to pump Rs 110 crore for both factories to make them fully operational.

Asked about the prospect of growth of the rejuvenated company, which had remained closed for more than five years despite being the largest player in the country for two previous decades, Mr Ruia said he was confident that the steep growth in the automobile sector in the country would boost the revival of Dunlop India too.

"The growing demand in automobile sector will lead to increasing demand for tyres too," he emphasised.

About the export potential, he said Dunlop had already started receiving lots of business enquiries from different parts of the world, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia, and he was confident that by next year the company would break even.


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