In India, Apollo Tyres has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a tyre manufacturing plant at Vadodara (previously known as Baroda). The project entails an investment of six billion Rupees (112.7 million Euro) but details of product types, capacity etc. are not known.
The agreement signed last August between Indian companies Apollo Tyres and Modi Rubber, whereby the Modi factory would produce for Apollo, is off. Apollo says that its requirements for increased capacity are “being satisfied through our own expansion and through other sources.” An Apollo spokesman also said that the company “was not averse to buying into the tyre business of Modi Rubber”, providing the right deal can be struck. The Modi factory has been closed for over 18 months.
Armed with a US$35 million loan from Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI), in Washington, Apollo Tyres India is on the lookout for acquisitions. The company’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Kanwar Singh, said the company was open for acquiring tyre companies in the country and was in talks with a number of them. “There is no time frame for going for acquisition, but we are open to the idea,” he said.Apollo Tyres is aiming to bring down its borrowing cost by 50 per cent from current levels and is confident to reach a turnover of US$415 million during the current financial year. Commenting on reducing borrowing cost, Kanwar Singh said, “Not only we are expecting a steep fall in borrowing cost, but measures like a cost cutting drive will also bring in much better control.”
Apollo Tyres, India’s second-largest tyre manufacturer, has negotiated a $35 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and banks as part of a two-year, $51 million investment plan. $20 million will come from the IFC and the remainder from participating banks. The money will fund the set up of a new truck radial tyre plant in Gujarat and an increase in capacity of Apollo’s two existing plants in Kerala. The radial technology will be supplied under an agreement with Continental AG.
India’s second-largest tyre manufacturer, Apollo Tyres, is to invest 1.1 billion Rupees (24.7 m Euro) in a plant to make radial truck and bus tyres. The plant will be sited at Baroda, in Gujarat, next to an existing Apollo factory and will use technology from Continental, with whom Apollo has an existing collaboration. Apollo claims a 25 per cent share of the truck and bus tyre market but poor infrastructure and a large number of two-axle vehicles mean that radialisation in this sector is a very low 2 per cent.
Indian tyre manufacturer Apollo Tyres has reported an increase in turnover of 17 per cent for the twelve months ended March 31st. Revenue was 17 billion Rupees (394.9 m Euro), compared with 15.54 bn Rupees (360.9 m Euro) for the previous twelve months. Apollo’s shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange rose 7.27 per cent at the news.
Continental has announced it will be acquiring a 15% share in Indian tyre manufacturer, Apollo Tyres. According to Indian media sources, the acquisition will enable Continental to build up a technological relationship with the Indian tyre market and there are plans to develop a truck tyre factory on a greenfield site in Pune. At the moment, neither Continental or Apollo Tyres have confirmed the partnership.
Continental has denied reports in Indian newspapers that it has a 15% shareholding in Apollo Tyres. Continental is in talks with other companies in India but the results will not be announced until later this year.