Kolkata, Aug 10, RP Sanjiv Goenka group company Phillips Carbon Black Ltd (PCBL) today said, it will be investing Rs 300 crores to ramp up the capacity and was also evaluating a greenfield carbon black plant in South India.
“We have a capacity of 4.8 lakh tonnes per annum of carbon black and now we will be investing Rs 300 crore in Palej and Mundra plants of Gujarat to add another 80,000 tonnes of capacity. The new capacity will be ready by FY2019,” PCBL chairman Sanjiv Goenka said.
A greenfield plant is being evaluated for a capacity of 1.2 lakh tonne in south India, Goenka said.
“We have land in Tamil Nadu and our second option is Andra Pradesh. We are looking at two key factors: the location of new tyre capacity and state incentive schemes,” he said.
Goenka said currently the project is in formative stage, which would get ready in the next few months and then quantum of investment can be estimated.
Though, speciality black is gaining ground but new capacity in Gujarat will be normal carbon black. Speciality carbon production can be carried out in manufacturing facilities, the company said.
Currently, PCBL produces 20,000 tonnes of speciality carbon but given the high realization, the company is planning to ramp the same to 50,000 tonnes over the next few years.