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Date: 03-03-13

Saft inaugurates new battery factory near Bangalore, India

Saft has inaugurated a new 75,000 sq. factory in Bidadi to meet the growing demand of rechargeable batteries in India's power and industrial sector.

The new factory is operated by the AMCO Saft India Limited joint venture to produce nickel-based, rechargeable batteries to address the growing demand for energy storage to support mega power plants and photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy schemes, and also meet the back-up power needs of defense and oil and gas industry customers.

Saft says the Bangalore plant incorporates all the resources required to support the Indian operations of major railway OEMs; from design to manufacturing and commissioning of battery solutions. Saft targets the battery demand in booming railways market of India, both urban transport system (metro) and high-speed train projects. The local metro system in Bangalore already features Saft batteries and they are found in metros throughout India including Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur and Mumbai, according to Saft.

The new plant is also qualified/certified to manufacture aviation batteries for the Indian Air Force (the world's fifth largest air force) to complement Saft activities as a major supplier to HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd)

Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft's IBG Division, said: "Our new Bangalore factory is the latest Saft investment in emerging economies where there is high growth. This very significant increase in manufacturing capacity in India will play a crucial role in expanding our business to meet the demand for batteries suitable for high end applications in demanding environments, where performance and reliability are critical."

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