Dhoot Transmission enters auto switches space in JV with US co

11 Oct 2017

Aurangabad-based auto components maker Dhoot Transmission has made a foray into the electro- mechanical and electronic switches for the two and three- wheeler industry through an equal JV with US-based Carling Technologies, investing Rs 65 crore in a 1-million units plant.
The joint venture will cater to the fast growing two-wheeler and three-wheeler market, as well as commercial vehicles, agricultural and construction equipment segments and will also be exported overseas through Carling s global distribution network, the companies said here on Wednesday.
The JV partners said the greenfield facility coming up on an 8 acre plot in Aurangabad will be operational in the first half of 2018 and will employ around 300 people in the first phase which can go up to 1,000 over the next three years as it sees a massive growth in demand for its products with the introduction of BS-IV norms.
Though the JV partners refused to share financial details citing confidentiality clause, it has been learnt from industry sources that in the first phase, which will have 1 million unit capacity, the JV will invest Rs 65 crore which will go up over the next three years to Rs 100-150 crore.
Dhoot is amongst the top four in the over Rs 6,500- crore domestic wire harnessing segment with over 30 per cent market share in the two-wheeler industry and a sizeable pie of the CV industry. The 97-year-old Connecticut-based Carling is a global leader in circuit breakers, switches, power distribution units, digital switching systems and electronic control switches.
Dhoot expects its revenue to rise to Rs 650 crore this fiscal from Rs 500 crore, and move up to Rs 900 crore next fiscal on the back of the incremental revenue from the JV, managing director Rahul Dhoot told PTI here.