MOSCOW (MRC) -- Asian Paints Ltd has announced that it will invest Rs 960 crore to expand the manufacturing capacity of its facility situated at Ankleshwar in Gujarat, according to Business Standard.
The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Gujarat commencing the proposed expansion of manufacturing capacity of paint from 1.3 lakh KL to 2.5 lakh KL and resins and emulsions from 32,000 MT to 85,000 MT, Asian Paints said in a regulatory filing.
The expansion is to be completed in the next 2-3 years at a total investment of Rs 960 crore approximately on plant and machinery at the current prevailing prices, it added.
"This expansion will be carried out on the existing land owned by the company," the filing said.
As MRC reported previously, in early May, 2020, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) announced that it was considering selling its stake in India’s largest paint maker valued at about USD989 million as the conglomerate steps up efforts to trim its debt. RIL was in discussions with banks for a potential sale of its 4.9% stake in Asian Paints Ltd. through a series of block trades. Reliance holds the stake through Teesta Retail. The size and timing of any potential sale haven’t been finalized, and Reliance could decide not to proceed with a deal, the people said then. The sale of stake in Asian Paints is part of RIL’s string of fundraising plans unveiled in order to bolster investor confidence, even as the crash in oil prices pulled down profit at the company’s oil-to-chemicals business.
We remind that in November 2019, Reliance Industries confirmed plans to invest 700 billion Indian rupees (USD9.75 billion) to establish a crude-oil-to-chemicals (COTC) complex at the company's Jamnagar, India.
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