Berger Paints has invested in its largest manufacturing unit, located at Sandila in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi district.
The new plant has a total installed capacity of 33,000Mt/month, made up of 15,000Mt of water-based paint and 4,800Mt of solvent-based paint, construction chemicals and putty.
Now in its hundredth year of operations in India, Berger Paints has invested more than Rs 1,000 crore in the unit, which started commercial production in February and was inaugurated virtually by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on March 5th.
Commenting on the development, Abhijit Roy, Managing Director and CEO of Berger Paints, said that it took more than 6.1 million man-hours to complete the massive unit. “While producing a vast range of products, the plant happens to be a zero-liquid-discharge plant and can be run entirely on solar power,” he added.
He said that the colourant and stainer sections of the factory were managed and operated solely by women. “As an organisation, we have always believed in supporting diversity and equal opportunity in employment and this factory stands as testimony to the same,” Roy said.
According to a company statement, the plant will facilitate the manufacture of a diverse range of products which, in turn, is expected to enhance the company’s profit margins in the upcoming quarter. Spread over 37 acres, the unit will directly employ 250-300 people in Uttar Pradesh.